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Newcomer Students Find a Welcoming Home at Manzanita Community School

MCS is one of only five elementary schools with a dedicated Newcomer Teacher

 

For his second class of the day Corey Wallace, Newcomer Teacher at Manzanita Community School, works with students who have been in the country for at least a year. This is Mr. Wallace’s most advanced group of newcomers and together they focus on reading, writing and conversation. The goal for these students is to increase their ability to use academic language and produce writing at grade level. Read on as three students share their stories and favorite things about school.

Mr Wallace and students view laptop computer

Zubar - 5th Grade

Originally from Afghanistan, Zubar, pictured in the red shirt at right, has been an MCS student for two and a half years.

 

What’s your favorite thing about school?

They have such good teachers.

 

What’s your favorite thing about Mr. Wallace’s class?

Classroom reading. We’re reading about Chinese New Year.



Eh Nay - 4th Grade

Eh Nay and his family are Karen, a people that live mostly in the hills of Myanmar and western Thailand. He’s an “old timer” by newcomer student standards, having started at MCS in kindergarten. Eh Nay is wearing a tan sweatshirt in the photo below.

 

What’s your favorite thing about school?

The play structure!  

Two Manzanita students sitting at a table

What’s your favorite thing about Mr. Wallace’s class?

Learning. We also do reading and writing. We read a lot of books. I like the last book we read called Lost.

 

 

Jasson - 4th Grade

Jasson came to MCS from El Salvador fifteen months ago. He wants to be a professional soccer player some day. That's Jasson in the red and blue sweatshirt.

 

What’s your favorite thing about school?

You make new friends.

 

What’s your favorite thing about Mr. Wallace’s class?

We read with him.  

 

Welcoming Sign outside of MCS Welcoming signs on the front door at MCS




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