RV Seniors Earn Seal of Biliteracy Distinction

RV Seniors Earn Seal of Biliteracy Distinction
Posted on 06/08/2022
RV Seniors Earn Seal of Biliteracy DistinctionNine Rondout Valley High School (RVHS) students have earned a prestigious mark of distinction: New York State’s Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB), which recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in English and one or more other World languages. The seniors achieved this distinction in Spanish, Ukrainian, and Bengali. 

The program has grown significantly at RVHS in just one year–from one recipient in the Class of 2021 to nine recipients in this year’s graduating class. The application process includes students completing projects relating to their chosen second language. Six points must be earned by meeting both the English criteria and the World Language criteria, which are provided by New York State. For example, scoring 80 or higher on the New York State Regents Exam in English Language Arts and completing a World Language course with a grade of 85 or higher are two ways students can earn one point. They can earn two points by completing their culminating projects. 

The 2022 recipients of the Seal of Biliteracy are: Magnolia Flamhaft (Spanish), Emma Gillis (Spanish), Ella Laskowski (Spanish), Emma Markle (Spanish), Ella Meoli (Spanish), Daniel Ougrin (Ukrainian), Makayla Penny (Spanish), Shafil Sabbir (Bengali), and Katie (Luna) Vizcaino (Spanish). These nine seniors will receive a seal affixed to their high school diploma and transcript, and a medal to wear at graduation. 

While students worked independently on their projects, they received support from their chosen RVHS mentors, as well as from the Rondout Valley NYSSB committee. This year’s committee includes: Anne Kelly, Rondout Valley Central School District Standards Area Chairperson; Alison Klein, RVHS School Counselor; Victoria Robertson, RVHS World Language teacher; Patricia Abi-Hassan, RVHS World Language teacher; Rebecca Horwitz, RVHS English as a New Language teacher; Robyn McDonough, RVHS English teacher; and Jim Sullivan, Community Member (and retired World Language teacher). 

Ms. Robertson admires all the students who applied for the Seal of Biliteracy this year, and is ecstatic about the growth of the program at Rondout Valley. “This is such a wonderful opportunity for students to be recognized for their proficiency in multiple languages, as it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to reach this level of achievement,” she said. “I am so proud of our Rondout Valley students.”