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Some parents oppose Park City, Utah immersion programs

December 15, 2011

Dual-immersion in the neighborhood

McPolin will hold a meeting at the school on Dec. 15
Megan Yeiter , The Park Record
Posted: 12/13/2011 04:42:12 PM MST

Several parents and community members are concerned about McPolin Elementary School’s dual-immersion program, which is set to be implemented next year. According to Park City School District Director of Curriculum Lori Gardner, the question is: in what capacity will the program be implemented.McPolin Elementary School Principal Bob Edmiston will hold a meeting on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 5:30 p.m. at MPES, for parents interested in learning more about the school’s dual-immersion options. Edmiston will present three models, according to Gardner, who said the school has a few different options to consider because of its unique demographic.

“Bob will be presenting three options. One is the one-class model, which would involve about 25 first-grade students, half would be native Spanish speakers and half would be non-native Spanish speakers,” Gardner said. “The second would be the 50/50 model, which are the models we have at the other schools. This would involve about 50 to 55 students.”

Another option would be the Whole School Model, which would begin with first-graders in 2012-2013, and expand a grade level each year. According to McPolin parents Mimi Denton, Ericha Oberg and Jen Kelly, this model raises issues for the people living within the boundaries of McPolin who don’t want their children enrolled in the dual-immersion program.

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