Trost celebrates first-grade bilingualism with bridging ceremony
The gymnasium floor was flooded with first-grade students wearing green t-shirts that read, "Soy bilingüe, I am bilingual" at Trost Elementary's Bridging Ceremony last month.
The annual ceremony celebrates first-grade students as they are on the path to becoming bilingual.
"We choose mid-year through first grade to hold this celebration to honor the work our young students have done so far to work on learning both Spanish and English and also to give them encouragement to keep it up," said Principal Angela Navarro.
At the ceremony, Intervention Specialist Danielle Reynolds noted that the school's first-grade students will now be held at the same standard as students in higher grades.
"Our expectation now is that our first-graders speak in English or Spanish depending on the language of the class, just like we expect from our students in second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade," Reynolds said.
Throughout the ceremony, students in other grades shared songs, poems and artwork with the first-grade students. The school also welcomed parent speakers, who shared the impact that bilingualism has had on their lives.
In addition, the students in the very first dual immersion group, who are graduating this year, made an appearance. Some of them are graduating with the seal of biliteracy, which is a national award that recognizes the ability to read, write, speak and listen in Spanish.
"We hope that you will all be able to receive the same award," Navarro said to students at the ceremony. "It takes a lot of work after you leave Trost, but you can all do it."
The ceremony concluded with the sixth-graders reading quotations in English and Spanish and then creating an arch for first-graders to pass through as they made their journey across the wooden bridge that sat in the middle of the gymnasium.
"It is my favorite assembly we do all year," Navarro said. "I love how proud the students are of their hard work to learn both languages. It also gives us all as a staff an opportunity to pause and celebrate the purpose and mission of our school."