CPS Pathways Towards the Seal of Biliteracy

Congrats to our students that earn the pathway towards the seal of biliteracy! Please see below to learn more about the program and for a short video about this years’ winners.

What is the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy?

The State Seal of Biliteracy is a recognition given to high school seniors who have studied and can exhibit the ability to communicate in two or more languages (including English) by their senior year of high school. The Seal is highlighted on the high school diploma and serves as a statement of accomplishment for college admission and future employment. To build on the success of the District’s State Seal of Biliteracy program, the Chicago Public Schools Office of Language and Cultural Education (OLCE) introduced in the 2017-2018 school year the CPS Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award, a program for elementary middle school students to be recognized for being on their way towards earning the State Seal of Biliteracy through their enrollment in a bilingual, dual, and/or world language program.


What is the CPS Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award?

The CPS Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award recognizes 5th and 8th grade students enrolled in a language education program that provides a pathway to the State Seal of Biliteracy in 12th grade. This recognition is not solely based on a students’ current language proficiency, but also in the continuing development of that language throughout the course of their elementary and middle school years in preparation for high school. Current enrollment in a Bilingual, Dual Language or World Language program is a requirement to participate

in this program.


The CPS Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award is intended for current 5th and 8th graders who are on a pathway to earn the State Seal of Biliteracy by being enrolled in either a bilingual, dual, and/or world language program, including both students who are native English speakers as well as current or former English Learners (ELs). Current languages offered through the assessment include: Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin Simplified and Traditional), French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. As you know, LaSalle II students took the Avant STAMP 4s (8th graders) and 4e (5th graders) to assess where they are in their language learning journey.


How does a student earn the CPS Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award?

At the Elementary Middle School level, the CPS Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award is given to:

  • 5th graders who score “Novice Mid” (2 or higher in each language mode) in the STAMP 4Se for all of our languages 
  • 8th graders who score “Intermediate Low” (4 or higher) in the STAMP 4S for French and Spanish and Novice High for Arabic and Chinese

Link to 2021 LaSalle II Awards

June SEL Theme: INTEGRITY!

We made it!! We have completed another school year, one which was anything but normal. We want to thank our staff for their tireless efforts, students for their patience and determination, and families for their flexibility. Let’s celebrate this month with our last SEL theme which speaks to an important quality that our school community shows daily – integrity. Defined as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles, integrity is something we see at LaSalle II regularly from children and adults alike. This year has been challenging, but we’ve seen it through with kindness and integrity. Thank you for all you do, have an amazing summer, and we’ll see you all in August!

June SEL Theme of the Month: INTEGRITY!

Creating Rainbows in Room 123

Third grade students in room 123 learned how rainbows are made. Students learned that rainbows are made when sunlight strikes water droplets in front of a person at a 42 degree angle. A rainbow is formed when white sunlight passes through water droplets in the sky acting like prisms. When we see sunlight shining on a bunch of water droplets, we see a rainbow. Isaac Newton proved that white sunlight is actually a combination of all the colors of a rainbow. You can find rainbows under waterfalls or even in the spray from a sprinkler! As an extension, students practiced creating their own rainbows at home using tools such as CD’s, flashlights, prisms, dish soap and water to find and create a rainbow!

Ramadan in our Arabic Classroom

Ramadan is a very special month in the Arab World and it is celebrated by the majority of Arabs and Muslims around the world. Ramadan is a holy month that features 30 days of fasting from dawn to dusk.

In our Arabic classroom, students are learning about Ramadan as an important part of the Arabic culture. This year students are learning about Ramdan via Edpuzzle. Students are also introduced to significant events that happened during Ramadan and how it is celebrated by Arabs. Some of the important events that happen during Ramadan are family gatherings for Iftaar time, the joyful media throughout the wholke month, Showing generous donations, decorations in the streets everywhere. Lanterns with different shapes are the main symbol for Ramadan that must be seen in every street. In our classroom, our in-person students will be making paper cuts lanterns and Remote learners will be decorating and coloring different lanterns via Jamboard to celebrate Ramadan as a part of the Arabic language culture.  

Learning about Plants

Kindergarten friends in Room 108 have a chance to move our bodies while acting out the life cycle of a plant during our plant investigation unit. We are the roots! Later in the unit, we will have a chance to plant seeds in our school garden and watch nature in action.

Congratulations On Your Retirement Mr. Santiago! 

Our long-time security guard Mr. Santiago is retiring on May 28th. We are very thankful for his many years of service at LaSalle II. Ray started working at LaSalle II when his grandson Jacob was a student here! Since that time, Ray has enjoyed forming relationships with so many students, especially those of whom he had the chance to coach in basketball, football, softball, and more. Ray is often referred to as the father of the LS2 sports program, was the first recipient of the Clinton Ross award for excellence in coaching, and has led his teams to win many championships. In his retirement, Ray and his wife Lucy plan to travel as often as they can and spend more time with their grandchildren. Congratulations, Ray, and thanks for all you’ve done for LaSalle II!

Be sure to wish him well if you see him on the playground in the mornings next week!

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SY20-21 Open Houses for Prospective Families

Due to Covid-19, we are unable to host our usual in-person Open Houses. Once we are able to resume in-person, we will post those dates.

K-8 Parents– As an alternative, we recently held an information session for prospective students in grades K-8 who received an offer for admission. We recorded the session and it can be found here. Additionally, we have another informational video about the school that can be found here.

PreK Parents– We hosted a virtual Open House for all interested families and you can find the link here.