French immersion survey underway

  • Mar. 1, 2010 10:00 a.m.

The school district is surveying parents to see how many children might attend a proposed grade 1-2-3 French Immersion class at Sk’aadgaa Naay, but one trustee wants to know why north-end parents aren’t being surveyed. At last week’s school board meeting, Masset trustee Sharon Matthews said there could be a lot of interest in starting a French Immersion class at Tahayghen elementary, but the district will never know unless it asks. The district started its first French Immersion class at Sk’aadgaa Naay two years ago, with those students now in grades 3-4-5. “I’ve seen what these children can do, what they’ve learned,” Ms Matthews said. “It’s so exciting.” Superintendent Angus Wilson said that any north-end parents who would like to see a French Immersion class should contact him by email or by filling out the survey form and he will compile a list. Meanwhile, the Sk’aadgaa Naay survey is now underway. Parents with students who will be in grades 1, 2 or 3 in September who are interested in French Immersion should fill out the survey before the end of March, or email an indication of their interested to Mr. Wilson. If there are at least 20 committed students, the district will go ahead and organize the new class. Mr. Wilson pointed out that the class is open to students regardless of what community they live in, as long as they can get to Sk’aadgaa Naay.