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High School Students Receive the NYS Seal of Biliteracy

On Thursday, June 13, 2024, twenty bilingual seniors from Spring Valley and Ramapo High Schools gathered to celebrate their completion of the Seal of Biliteracy program. 

After introductory remarks from Superintendent Dr. Clarence Ellis, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education Dr. Augustina West and Executive Director of Multilingual Education Kathryn Morales, each student received a certificate from Director of Multilingual Education, Gr. 7-12 Claribel Rodriguez, and a medal and cord for graduation from their Seal of Biliteracy project advisor.
The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in English and one or more additional World Languages. In addition to their medals and cords, students will also receive an official mark on their high school transcript denoting their biliteracy in Spanish, French Creole and/or French.

Throughout this project-based program, students prepared research projects focused on social, health or political issues, culminating in an oral presentation that showcased their bilingualism. 

While these students celebrated the successful completion of the NYSSB program, their bilingualism and multiculturalism will continue to be a pillar of their success as they leave high school for college or the beginning of their professional careers. 

Congratulations! ¡Felicidades! Felisitasyon! Félicitations!

Learn more about the Seal of Biliteracy in East Ramapo, and see all the photos from the event!