The District’s FLES program (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) was introduced in the 2011-2012 school year. The program included Spanish instruction beginning with kindergarten and first grade. A grade level has been added each subsequent year to currently include kindergarten through fourth grade; fifth grade will be added in 2015-2016.
The program’s vision is that students will become more comfortable and confident in a multicultural world. During a FLES session, students experience the language through a variety of authentic songs, activities, movement, and literature.
FLES teachers at Johnson Elementary recently hosted ‘day in the classroom’ opportunities for parents and District leaders. The visits – held for all kindergarten through third grade Spanish classes - allowed the visitors to see a classroom in action.
“Visiting a third grade elementary Spanish classroom was a wonderful experience,” noted Dr. Dave Benson, Superintendent. “The students were engaged during the entire instructional period. The teacher used outstanding instructional techniques including integration of technology.”
“I was really impressed with my classroom visit,” added Mary Meisterling, Board of Education President. “This is a class taught completely in Spanish with no English spoken. The students were highly engaged, proficient in the language, and physically active through dance and song. The teacher was so fun! I had a distinct sense that students look very forward to this class.”