The Spanish Immersion Program was established in the district in the Fall of 1997. Students begin the program in kindergarten fully immersed in the Spanish language. While learning the core subjects, they simultaneously acquire a second language. English is introduced into classroom instruction in the third grade. By fifth grade students take half their classes in Spanish and half in English. Many Spanish Immersion students continue with the language through high school where courses are specifically designed with the immersion philosophy in mind. Research shows many benefits to being bilingual, from cognitive enhancement to global awareness.
In the Spring of 2012 under the leadership of Superintendent Joseph Maruszczak and with the approval of the Mendon-Upton Regional School Committee, the Spanish Immersion Advisory Board was established. Originally chaired by retired Nipmuc principal and former Spanish teacher and co-founder of the Immersion Program, Joan Scribner, the board consists of parents, faculty and administrators. The current chairperson is second grade Spanish Immersion Teacher and SI program coordinator, Katie Cardamone. The overarching goal of the Board is to work for the improvement of our district's SI program K-12.
With your help we look forward to another successful year. Contact information for our Advisory Board members is posted on our website. We encourage you to email us with your ideas, concerns and questions. As we continue to develop the site, we are hopeful that it will serve as a true resource to those within the Program, those contemplating the Program for their kindergartners, as well as for those who just want to learn more about the Mendon-Upton Spanish Immersion Program. Check out MURSDspanishimmersion.weebly.