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25 Students Earn Seal of Biliteracy

May 18, 2021

North Polk students earn Seal of BiliteracyThe North Polk Community School District is excited to recognize 25 students as the district’s first ever Seal of Biliteracy recipients during their May 23, 2021 graduation ceremony.

Iowa’s Seal of Biliteracy was established as part of Senate File 475, adopted by legislators in the fall of 2018. To receive a seal, students in participating schools must demonstrate proficiency in English and at least one other language through approved assessments. Students must be able to read, write, listen, and speak in the language they are testing. At North Polk, assessments were available on April 13, 2021 to seniors who have taken at least three years of Spanish coursework.

The seal encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills students attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices. Being able to know and use more than one language is a critical skill for the 21st century. Above all, it is a recognition of a student’s accomplishment, hard work, and dedication to learning another language.

At North Polk, the Spanish department believes in high expectations and creating multiple opportunities for students to practice and apply their learning. Students use the language daily in upper levels to communicate and the learning is built upon through four years of Spanish coursework. 

“One of the most rewarding aspects of teaching this elective course is seeing students grow as learners,” said Renee Connolly, one of three Spanish teachers at North Polk. “I enjoy seeing them reach their potential and succeed both on the Biliteracy Seal and in post-secondary learning, as our graduates often go on to earn Spanish majors and minors.”

Upon receiving the Seal of Biliteracy, North Polk students will be recognized with an affixed seal to their diploma, an indication on their transcript, and a medal to be worn at graduation. These 25 North Polk students will be the first to achieve this distinction in the district and we congratulate them on this outstanding achievement.

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Pictured (Left to Right):

Front: Nora Shea, Addi Thomas, Megan Theulen, Sophie Hoffmeier, Abi Zimmer, Hailey Steffen, Harlee Rose, Faith Sardou, Mia Schumann

Middle: Natalie Jepsen, Livy Stevenson, Sydney Anderson, Addie Cooper, Grace Ethofer, Sydney Weers, Emma Conley, Madison Nelson

Back: Sophie Vernon, Reagan Demmon, Maya Monk, Sophia Hawkins, Austin Percy, Dylan Meiners, Thomas Jones, Mackenzie Blevins