Welcome and thank you for your interest in Rockford Spanish Immersion! At Rockford Spanish Immersion, students learn the district’s core curriculum through Spanish rather than English. In other words, students are “immersed” into the language and study the same content as other students, but while doing so, naturally learn to read, write, and speak in Spanish. Spanish is the means of content instruction, not just a subject of instruction. There are approximately 200 school districts across the USA that offer similar immersion options for their students, with the majority of these programs being in Spanish, French, or German. Rockford Spanish Immersion follows a 90/10 immersion model and is intended for non-native speaking Spanish students and families. No Spanish knowledge is required for students entering at kindergarten. Rockford Spanish Immersion is located on the Roguewood Elementary campus and is growing each year. Currently, 300 students are enrolled K-5th grade for the 2012-13 school year.
With solid research to support its effectiveness, the four main goals of immersion education are for students to:
- gain mastery of the district’s grade level curricular objectives and required benchmarks
- develop strong English literacy skills
- develop a high level of proficiency in second language literacy
- acquire a knowledge, understanding and appreciation of other world cultures and people
All Rockford Spanish Immersion teachers are highly-qualified and Michigan-certified early elementary educators. Additionally, all teachers have had overseas experience either studying, living, or working in the various Spanish-speaking countries of Costa Rica, Colombia, Spain, Venezuela, Paraguay, Guatemala, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.
For parents who would like to provide their child with the opportunity to become functionally proficient in both English and Spanish during their elementary years, and provide them with the skills to interact competently in an increasingly interdependent world, immersion education is a viable option. Because of the nature of immersion, starting early is critical. Therefore, students are only admitted at the kindergarten level each year. If you are interested in enrolling your future kindergartner in Rockford Spanish Immersion, contact Roguewood Elementary at 616.863.6374. An immersion information night prior to enrollment is held each year in January. Applications for kindergarten are distributed and accepted during the month of February prior to each school year. Watch this website for specific dates and times regarding enrollment procedures for the 2013-14 school year starting in January 2013.
More information on immersion education can be found at the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition website: http://www.carla.umn.edu.
Rockford Spanish Immersion
Announcements and Information
***Important! New school hours for the 2012-2013 school year are 8:40 a.m.-3:40 p.m. Students should arrive at school no earlier than 8:10 a.m. for playground supervision.
Kindergarten Starting Age Waiver
"Developing Healthy Kids" Series
Helping Kids Get Along At School: What Parents Can Do To Reduce Student Cruelty And Improve Peer-To-Peer Relationships
Chiara’s Quiet Grace Gazebo
Roguewood Elementary: A 2012 Certified Michigan Green School
2012-13 Suggested Supply List for Roguewood Traditional
2012-13 Suggested Supply List for Roguewood Spanish Immersion
Spanish Immersion KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT TIMELINE FOR SY 13-14
Contact Principal Hoogerland @ firstname.lastname@example.orgStaff Websites
Upcoming Events - SY 12/13
- Please view Staff Directory to connect to your teacher's website - located on the left side of the Roguewood Homepage
- El Puente Celebration - January 9th
- Spanish Immersion Kindergarten Enrollment Parent Information Night - January 17th
- Spelling Bee – January 18th
- Early Release Day – January 29th
- Immersion Tour for new parents (reservation required) – February 1st
- Mid-Winter Break – February 18th
- Professional Development Day for Teachers (Students do not attend school) – February 19th
- Spanish Immersion Lottery – March 1st
- Parent – Teacher Conferences – March 6th & 7th
- No School – March 8th
- March 28th – No School - Spring Vacation begins
- April 8th – Late Start for Elementary Students (10:40)
- Kindergarten Round-Up (parents only) – April 17th
- Anti-Bullying Presentation with Marcia McEvoy – April 23rd
- No School – May 24th
- No School – May 27th
- Half Days – June 5th, 6th & 7th
- Last Day of School – June 7th