Cigna, Gordon & Scalona Receive Seal of Biliteracy Award

WILMINGOTN, MA – This year Wilmington Public Schools proudly joined 8 other districts in the state awarding the Seal of Biliteracy as part of a pilot program. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school or school district in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. Students must take the STAMP or AAPL test, comprehensive exams graded through a third‐party testing agency that measure students’ proficiency levels in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, in order to be eligible for the award. It marks attainment of high‐level mastery or two or more languages and it is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admissions.

On Friday, June 3, the Wilmington World Languages Department had the distinct honor of awarding 3 of our graduating seniors with this impressive award.

The Gold Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to students who are both proficient in English, and have demonstrated an Intermediate‐High Proficiency in Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking in a world language. We were very proud to award the school’s first Gold Seal in Spanish to Lawrence Gordon.

The Platinum Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to students who are both proficient in English, and have demonstrated an Advanced‐Low Proficiency in Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking in a world language. We were very proud to award the school’s first Platinum Seals to Timothy Scalona and Isabella Cigna. This is the highest award that is available within the Seal of Biliteracy.

These students each represented different levels of our program: AP, Honors, and Academic/College Prep.

Some of the important purposes of the Seal of Biliteracy are:

  • To encourage students to study languages
  • To certify attainment of biliteracy skills
  • To recognize the value of language diversity
  • To provide employers with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills
  • To provide universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants for attainment of high level skills in multiple languages
  • To prepare students with 21st century skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society
  • To strengthen intergroup relationships and honor the multiple cultures and languages in a community.

The Seal of Biliteracy is part of a national movement started in California to showcase and support the importance of being bilingual in a world of growing and expanding global citizenship. Please, feel free to find more information at the official website http://sealofbiliteracy.org.

These three students are among the first students in the state to receive this prestigious award. The Wilmington World Languages sends a heartfelt congratulations out to these three graduates and awardees and and we hope that this gift of language, a gift they have earned, opens up a new world of opportunities.

Seal of Biliteracy Medalists
Isabella Cigna, Lawrence Gordon and Timothy Scalona (left to right) were awarded Wilmington’s first ever Seals of Biliteracy

(NOTE: The above press release was submitted by Carlos-Luis Brown, WHS World Languages Curriculum Team Leader.)

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