Dec. 13, 2011
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fills final three spots on Enrollment Monitoring team
Monitoring Committee, an official task force that studies enrollment at Barrington 220 schools and recommends
redistricting if necessary to minimize overcrowding, has received its final three members appointed by the Board of
Education to terms through 2014. The new Board appointees are David Holtermann, Christopher Grigson and member-at-large
Sarah Sander of the Barrington Transportation Company. The EMC
consists of 33 members, including those above and three representatives from each elementary school attendance area.
DATES...Jan. 12 and Feb. 2 events feature strategic plan progress report and a best-selling author
understand its stakeholders, the Board of Ed will use the spring of 2012 to update residents on progress
within the strategic plan while cultivating deeper community conversations. The first community event is Thursday evening,
12, at Barrington High School, featuring a free light dinner and a status report on the 2020 Vision strategic plan. On
Feb. 2, best-selling author and popular speaker Dr. Yong
Zhao will discuss whether Barrington 220 and U.S. schools are catching up or leading the way in the global education
race. Please RSVP for events on both dates by visiting
Grove Avenue Elementary presents its plan
Grove Avenue Elementary School, a two-time recipient of the
rigorous Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education, detailed its School Improvement Plan to the Board of
Education on Dec. 13. Principal Cindy Kalogeropoulos discussed the demographics of the Grove community and the academic
profile of the school, which includes reading, math and science scores at or near the 100th percentile in many grade levels.
The Grove School Improvement Goals focus on fostering academic growth for all students with an emphasis on math and writing,
elevating opportunities for the health and fitness of children, and continuing to care for the social-emotional well being
of all students.
Chinese language programs are complementary
Since 2002 when Barrington 220 launched its first Spanish Dual Language program, through this fall when the school district
introduced the federally-funded Chinese Immersion model for the elementary grades, the school district has become nationally
known for its innovative approaches to teaching world languages. Now, the two programs are
viewed side-by-side as complementary opportunities for native
English-speaking students to become bilingual.
shows students who participate in early language instruction have a greater opportunity to become proficient or fluent in
their second language. Dual Language in Barrington 220 is a two-way
Spanish-to-English model that progresses from a 90/10 to a 50/50 instructional mix over the course of six years. The
Chinese version is a one-way immersion experience that maintains a
half-Chinese, half-English or 50/50 instructional approach from its beginning to its conclusion.