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Hagerman Elementary honored by Legislature

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Pictured, from left, are bilingual teacher Clara Caro and Belia Reyes, Hagerman Elementary principal, as well as students in the Elementary BMEP Program. (Submitted Photo)

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Hagerman Elementary received the Bilingual Multicultural Education Program (BMEP) Recognition Award during Bilingual Education Day 2020 at the New Mexico State Legislature on Feb. 7. Hagerman Elementary has approximately 200 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Hagerman is a Bilingual Transitional School, where students receive rigorous instruction in both English and Spanish. The students who are identified as English learners are held to the same high expectations set for all students, while being supported by a Bilingual Education Team.

“Hagerman prides itself in having a strong bilingual program where students are meaningfully engaged and encouraged to strive for excellence every day,” according to a press release issued by the school.

“All of our teachers are committed to strengthening our students’ home language and developing proficiency in their second language. We are proud to say that most of our teachers are TESOL (teachers of English to speakers of other languages) endorsed and through culturally and linguistically responsive practices, they create an environment that is conducive to respect students’ diverse backgrounds, identities, strengths and challenges.

“We are proud of the growth that our bilingual population has made over the past years and look forward to continued growth as our students become bilingual and bi-literate.”

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