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Area Leaders React To Florida Mass Shooting

Sunday, February 18, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Students being led out of a high school in Parkland, Fla., after a Feb. 14 mass shooting. | Getty Images 

The Feb. 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Fla., where a semi-automatic-toting 19-year-old killed 17 people, garnered some reaction among local community leaders, particularly in area schools.

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D89 Superintendent Pens Immigration-Related Letter to Families

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District 89 Supt. David Negron released a letter to students, parents and families on March 8 reinforcing some of the district’s immigration-related policies. | File 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview District 89 Superintendent David Negron released a pointed letter addressed to parents, families and students today. It was related to “local and national events surrounding immigration and refugees.”

Negron wrote that the district “is committed to protecting the right of every student to attend our schools, regardless of the immigration status of the student or the status of the student’s family members.

“We believe in our Constitution and the freedoms, protections, and opportunities it provides for every child to receive a high quality [sic] education regardless of race, nationality, religion, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or immigration status.”

Negron reinforced some of the district policies that are already on record about immigration-related issues, including one that prohibits staff from requesting information or making a record of information about a student’s immigration status.

In the letter, the superintendent also directed staff members on what to do if an official from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency shows up requesting access, or information about students, without a warrant.

“If the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency asks for access to a school or for access to student information, without a warrant, they will be politely denied and referred directly to my office. In turn, I will refer the matter to our district’s legal counsel.”

During an interview on Wednesday, Luisa Berardi, the district’s communications coordinator, said that the superintendent released the letter to emphasize district policies and protocols that are already in effect.

“We wanted to make sure everyone is aware of our policies and that we’re here for the safety of our children,” she said, adding that the D89 school board has no intentions to pass a resolution similar to that passed by the District 209 school board. 

Last month, the D209 school board passed a resolution reaffirming the district’s status as “a welcoming and safe district for all students.”

The villages of Maywood and Melrose Park are considering Sanctuary City ordinances. Late last month, Melrose Park Mayor Ronald Serpico swatted away any hope that the ordinance has of passing his Board of Trustees. Maywood officials are still researching the proposal.  VFP

Read Supt. Negron’s entire letter (in English and Spanish) below:

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Maywood School Celebrates Holidays With International Flair

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Students during Washington Dual Language Academy’s “Christmas Around the World” assembly performed numerous poems and songs from cultures around the globe on Thursday afternoon. | Shanel Romain/VFP

washington-dual-language-academy_students-performThursday, December 15, 2016 || By Shanel Romain || @maywoodnews

J’Larean Anderson beamed as she watched her third-grade son, Joshua Dawson, participate in the “Christmas Around the World” assembly Thursday afternoon at Washington Dual Language Academy, 1111 Washington Blvd.

The international premise of the event is fitting for the district’s student population, said District 89 Superintendent David Negron.

“We have children literally from all walks of life and every part of the world,” Negron said. “It’s standing room only here because the parents always enjoy watching their children sing and dance. This is a wonderful representation of the diversity of cultures in our community.”

The Dual Language Academy was created in the wake of the district’s 2014 transition from being comprised of all elementary schools to a mixture of K-5, preK-5, 6-8 middle and specialized schools, such as Washington, a multicultural and multilingual school that serves PreK through third-grade students. Eventually, the school will serve students up to 8th grade.

“We teach our students 80 percent Spanish and 20 percent English,” said Darryl Bass, a member of Washington’s parent advisory council. “Our test scores are the highest in the district.”

Washington Principal Lourdes Perez said that students, such as Dawson, enter the school at varying levels of fluency but they all leave as bilingual speakers.

“He came in speaking only English, but now he speaks English and Spanish,” said Anderson of her son. “He also reads and writes fluently in both languages.”

The Christmas assembly, which was attended by numerous elected officials, including state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (7th) and Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, is a moment for students to let their fluency shine, said Perez.

“We are a multicultural and multilingual school and these are cultures they represent,” she said, adding that the children sang songs and recited poems from cultures in Asia, Mexico, the Caribbean and Africa — to only mention some.

For Anderson, the exposure is why she enrolled her son in the school.

“I believe that in the near future, we’re going to need to communicate with everyone in all walks of life and I don’t want my children to be left behind in that aspect,” she said. “People who are bilingual make more money throughout their careers and tend to exceed to high heights in their lives. That’s what I want for my children.”

For more information on Washington Dual Language Academy, click hereVFP 

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