|Students translate materials for history museum as part of Seal of Biliteracy program|
|Monday, July 22, 2019|
Five students from Pattonville High School are currently on track to earn their Seal of Biliteracy by volunteering with the Missouri History Museum and working on a translation project.
Madina Nigmonjonova is translating English to Russian, Lucy Ndungu is translating to Swahili, Erik Bustillo is translating to Spanish, and Abdulmohaimen Al-Yuwaili and Harith Al-Yuwaili are translating some of the museum's educational materials into Arabic.
The Seal of Biliteracy is a program created by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). As of January 1, Pattonville is just one of 52 school districts in Missouri offering the Seal of Biliteracy. The recognition program encourages and recognizes the study of a second language and the cultures and languages within the community. The Distinguished Missouri Seal is awarded to students who show an advanced level of proficiency in English and at least one other language. The standard Missouri seal is awarded to students who show a high level of achievement in English and an intermediate level of proficiency in another language. The Seal of Biliteracy can be obtained by high school students proficient in two languages, whether English is their first or subsequent language.
Students interested in earning the recognition must submit an application and complete the following requirements to receive the Seal of Biliteracy: show language proficiency in English and a language other than English and complete a project that demonstrates high levels of sociocultural competence relating to English and the second language. Projects can include providing translation services for a nonprofit community organization or completing a community service project that requires the use of both languages. After completing the project, the student must write a reflection piece.
Above and below, Pattonville students help translate materials for the Missouri History Museum.