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Honoring and Celebrating English Learners

Honoring and Celebrating English Learners


On May 1st, English Learners were honored and celebrated at the 3rd annual ESL Celebration: Be Happy!  at Castle View High School.  Hundreds of people attended this special event to celebrate the cultures, education, and accomplishments of DCSD students and their families.

Beautiful artwork, student work, and student projects were displayed with pride and admired by attendees.  Graduating Seniors were honored by the High School ESL Specialists, and their post-graduate plans were commended.  Elementary and Secondary students were recognized for their commitment to education - including increasing English Fluency.

In traditional ethnic dress, students Joselin Mendez, Giselle Tellez, Michelle Heredia, Elizabeth Flores, Yoanna Estrada, Aenia Alves, Danna Sanchez, Lisbet Benhumea, Caren Gonzalez, Aylin Borroel, Yuridia Vargas, Arely Vargas from South Ridge Elementary performed the traditional Mexican folk dance: Jarabe Tapatio.  Parent Saira Gamboa led and trained this beautiful group of girls.

As a gift to honor teachers, families, and students, Dr. Robin Carey (Director of Educational Programming and Services) and Remy Rummel (ESL Coordinator) sang "For Good" from the musical Wicked. The lyrics of the song recognize that through our relationships with others, we are changed "for good."

To culminate the evening, a “flash mob” emerged to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams; students and teachers danced and celebrated together.  All students left with a new book of their choice, and families and teachers connected with one another.  One parent stated, “This is such a special event - it makes our kids and families feel honored.  Thank you!”


Special thanks go out to:

●Castle View High School, Rex Corr (Dean) and Lisa Willie-Racine for hosting the ESL Celebration.

●Martha Cisneros and Cindy Kreek for coordinating the dancers.

●ESL Contacts for coordinating the evening.

●ESL Specialists for submitting student work, teaching the flash mob, and supporting our students and their families.

●Our amazing families for making this event a true success.


May 14, 2014 | By cmlevesque | Category: English Language Development

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