Bei Dou Xing has awarded two Laoshi Grants for the 2013-2014 school year. Li Laoshi (K) and Niu Laoshi (2nd) each received a $1000 grant to help offset educational costs incurred this year while working towards licensure. XinXing teachers are required to attain licensure in order to continue teaching here, so we all want to see them succeed! Support for teacher licensure is paid from the Bei Dou Xing Laoshi Fund which is funded by proceeds from Longevity and Laoshi Book sales (Chinese books with a teacher-recorded CD).
XinXing grade 5 parents and students are invited to attend an information night at West Jr. High, November 21st, 6:30-8:00.
Learn about the Hopkins Chinese immersion program at the secondary level and see why XinXing @ West is the best choice for continuing your child’s Chinese education.
West Jr. High is located at 3830 Baker Road in Hopkins. Get more info about the XinXing @ West program on the District website: http://www.hopkinsschools.org/schools/hopkins-west-junior-high/chinese-immersion-secondary-program
Tune in to KSTP Channel 5 on Sunday, May 19 at 11pm for On the Road with Jason Davis. The segment is about the Minnesota-China connecion. XinXing students and our sister school will be shown on the program. The segment can also be viewed on line after Sunday’s program: http://kstp.com/article/stories/S3038843.shtml?cat=0
At the March 21 Board Meeting, the Hopkins School Board approved International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP). The program will be implemented in the 2014-15 school year at both junior highs, the same year that the first class of XinXing students will transition to West Junior High. Click here to read the full story on the Hopkins District website.
See video and photo highlights from the XinXing Chinese New Year Performance on February 28th, 2013, posted on the Hopkins District website: http://www.hopkinsschools.org/district-news/news/xinxing-year-snake-celebration
The administration and teachers at XinXing have decided that the sixth grade class will enjoy a two day immersion experience at the Concordia language village at Marine on the St Croix at the end of 6th grade. The overnight will be a great experience for the kids to be completely immersed in the language at a fun camp experience. Bei Dou Xing has been asked to support this experience. The expected cost of the trip is $95 per student that attends. At the February Board meeting, we discussed options for supporting the event. The board has decided that the Cultural Fund meets the mission for the event which is to provide a cultural and immersive experience beyond the classroom. We do not know what portion of the trip will be covered by the fund but will make that decision as the trip details are finalized.
The impact of this decision means that the Longevity event now supports the 8th grade trip to China, the 6th grade overnight at Concordia and the Laoshi fund. Each grade level has its own account that is funded each year by the Longevity event and will be used to support the activities the grade level.
Please remember to support this important event on April 27th. For more information on Longevity or to buy tickets, click here.
Take a look at this great video that was produced by MAIN (Minnesota Advocates for Immersion Network) to inform Minnesotans about immersion education. XinXing was invited to represent Chinese immersion for this project. Jiao Li (grade 1) and Lulu Shi (grade 3) and their students and XinXing fifth grader Daria Douglas are featured in the video! Click on this link to watch: