District 51 to award first-ever Certificates of Biliteracy

Grand Junction, CO – You are invited to see 13 middle school and 11 elementary school students receive District 51’s first-ever Certificates of Biliteracy this Monday and Tuesday at local schools.

This is the first year District 51 has awarded Certificates of Biliteracy to fifth-, eighth-, and 12th-grade students who demonstrate speaking, reading and writing proficiency in English and at least one other language taught in District 51’s world language curriculum (Spanish, French, or German). Students also perform bilingual community service.

Eighth-graders will receive their certificates at 7 p.m. Monday, May 22, 2017, at Bookcliff Middle School, and fifth-graders will receive their certificates at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Dual Immersion Academy. Twenty-one District 51 seniors received their Certificates of Biliteracy Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Central High School.

Certificates of Biliteracy show colleges and future employers that a student has achieved bilingual status – a key skill in today’s world. The certificate also encourages students at all grade levels to learn more than one language and honors them for their language acquisition skills and depth of knowledge.