Dual-language magnet school launches new website

Feb. 21, 2013 @ 11:21 AM

Frank Porter Graham Elementary School starts anew as a dual-language magnet program for kindergarten to fifth grade this fall.

Earlier this month, the school unveiled a new website with information about the English-Spanish magnet program, application information and answers to frequently asked questions about the school.

Under Principal Emily Bivins, students at FPG are expected to gain written and oral proficiency in two languages, achieve at or above levels of their peers in other programs on standardized tests for reading and math in English and develop positive attitudes about students of other language and cultural backgrounds.

The new website includes information about the planning team that Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools has assembled to prepare the magnet program during the next six months.

The team includes Carmen Castanet (pre-K to first grade), Gaby Segura (second to third grades), Larisa Cortes (fourth to fifth grades), Elizabeth Meunier (fourth grade and resource), Melody Wharton (literacy), Hal Sandick (technology specialist), Flor Ramirez (specials), Kerry Sherrill (family specialist) and Alexandra Lopez (classified).

The school will operate on a traditional CHCCS school calendar similar to other elementary schools in the district, with hours from 7:25 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. However, the website indicates that FPG leaders might explore a year-round option down the road.

Pre-kindergarten programs will be offered as well.

Students who attend FPG are slated to move on to Culbreth Middle School, where they can continue their dual-language experience, once they reach sixth grade.

On the Web: sites.google.com/a/chccs.k12.nc.us/fpg-dual-language-magnet-school/