Multilingual Services Fund

Spirit of Excellence Awards Ceremony

The Spirit of Excellence (SOE) Award ceremony is held annually to recognize ELL students who have demonstrated great efforts to reach outstanding academic success and may have overcome personal, economic, or cultural obstacles.  Staff members and a principal at each level (one elementary, one middle, and one high) who work with ELLs and go the extra mile to make a significant impact in ELL students’ academic achievement and English language acquisition, along with outreach to ELL families, can also earn this award. A team of district staff and members of the District Multilingual Parent Leadership Council anonymously select winners from the nominations submitted by each school. The event will be held in conjunction with the District Multilingual Parent Leadership Informational Fair on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at Colonial High School’s main campus. SOE winners receive a trophy, and gifts such as books, and other educational materials donated by community partners. Winners and their guests also receive dinner provided by sponsors from throughout the community.

Spanish Spelling Bee

The World Languages division of Multilingual Services sponsors the annual Spanish Spelling Bee (SSB) for middle school students throughout OCPS. The OCPS District Spanish Spelling Bee promotes knowledge of the Spanish language and encourages students to continue their pursuit of that knowledge. It is held in the spring of each year. It will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at Colonial High School’s main campus.

SSB winners receive a trophy, and gifts such as books, theme park tickets, coupons to local area restaurants, and other educational materials donated by community partners. Students and their parents receive breakfast provided by our community partners. 

Florida Seal of Biliteracy Awards Ceremony

During the 2016-17 school year, Florida Department of Education approved the Seal of Biliteracy diploma designation to recognize high school graduating seniors who have earned a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English. Students have to demonstrate high levels of competency in all four domains: reading, writing, listening, and speaking of the language/s. In May of 2019, Orange County Public Schools held its first Seal of Biliteracy Awards recognition ceremony as an initiative of the Honorable Board Member, Johanna Lopez. This initiative will be an annual event hosted by the Multilingual Services Department.  Seal of Biliteracy scholars receive a medal to wear during their graduation ceremony. Scholars and their guests receive dinner provided by our community partners. This event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Location will be determined at a later date.

Rally to Tally Showcase

Multilingual Services will be sponsoring the Rally to Tally field trip to Tallahassee for 11th grade immigrant students. The goal of this field trip is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for effective and responsible participation in the processes of democratic society and the American political system and to inspire, engage, and empower students to become active citizens. Upon return, the students’ highlight their learning from the summit in a forum for parents and educators. Student participants receive incentives and a bagged lunch provided by our community partners. This event is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2020. Location will be determined at a later date.

 

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