SABE teaches biliteracy using a 90/10 immersion program where the minority language, Spanish, will receive a greater portion of the instructional time in the early elementary years (90% in kindergarten) and then decrease as grade level increases until reaching a 50%:50% program (50% English, 50% Spanish) by the fourth grade and continuing through the eighth grade program. By assuring that students receive core educational content in Spanish rather than Spanish as an auxiliary course, SABE's students will achieve proficiency in both English and Spanish to a degree that provides competency for real-life and academic situations.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, one in five people in Rio Rancho speaks a language other than English at home. One in six speaks Spanish at home. Historically, ELLs in Rio Rancho have had English and math proficiency levels that are about half of those who speak English as a native language. By teaching children to read in their home language, Spanish, we close the achievement gap by giving them a jump on literacy that is easily transferable to English.

But what about native English speakers? A study performed in 2013 by Virginia Diaz and Faye Karp at the University of Massachusetts Boston found that "Spanish’s shallow orthography (pronouncing a word exactly as spelled) makes learning to decode text easier for young learners, and may be beneficial to learning English." In addition, Diaz and Karp found that both native English speakers and native Spanish Speakers "have higher Spanish proficiency outcomes at the end of the program in 90/10 than in 50/50, with no detriment to English in the long run." At the end of the program, those students who participated in the study were proficient in Spanish, but just as importantly, they had high English proficiency levels, indicating that Spanish added to, not detracted from, English.



Project Due​: 15 de Abril.

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Your child has been invited to take part part of our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Fair, an exciting event that encourages students to think like young scientists.

During the next few weeks we ask that you work with your child to design a Home STEM project that uses the scientific method to solve a problem. We hope you agree that the educational benefits are numerous, as students develop skills in writing, oral presentation, creative thinking and problem solving.

The package includes a list of ideas for possible projects as well as guidelines for completing a project.

The Home STEM project, can be one of the following: demonstration, experiment or a collection. Please go through this document and help your child select a project that will be interesting to your child and will be appropriate in terms of difficulty and resources available. This is an optional activity and is not a requirement. We will have two information/help sessions for parents and students to join us for April 9th and 10th from 3: 00-4: 00 pm. We will provide ideas and guidance on how to help your child.

We ask that you encourage your child and monitor his/her progress along the way. Your support is the key to a successful project, but please do not allow your involvement to extend any further in order to assure equity and promote student learning.  It is important that your child wrestles with problems and tries to solve them. Guide your child whenever and wherever you can, but let the final project reflect your child's individual effort and design.

The package includes a judging rubric, assignment details and due dates. Look over the package carefully so you know how your child's STEM fair project will be judged.

The complete STEM Fair project (display board, written report, and presentation) is due Monday April, 15th. Judging will be held on April 16th and the STEM Fair Projects will be on display during the STEM night (Explora Science Night) on Thursday, April 18th at 5:00 pm; Among other great events that same evening.

Science Fair Project Assignments and Dates

Science Package sent home: March 21, 2019

Science Fair topic decided: 

Turn in participant from to your child's teacher: April 8th.

STEM Fair Presentation Help: April 9th and 10th from 3:00-4:00.

Turn in Complete Project to include:   April 15th.

*Final Display Board.

* Final Written Report.

* Final Read for Oral Report.

STEM Fair &Science Night: April 18th, 2019 @ 5:00pm.



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Fax (505) 771-9071

Jackie Rodriguez, Director/Principal

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