Child development center celebrates bilingual graduation |

Child development center celebrates bilingual graduation

Axie Navas
Lake Tahoe Child Development Center student Ricardo Grajeda dances to a rendition of Gangnam Style Tuesday during graduation. Axie Navas / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Forty Lake Tahoe Child Development Center students celebrated their graduation from preschool Tuesday with songs sung in both Spanish and English.

Parents packed the classroom as the class of 2012-13, dressed to the nines and sporting plastic gold aviators, serenaded them with a rendition of Gangnam Style and a Macarena-esque tune.

Since Site Supervisor Sue Coppini began work with the Lake Tahoe center 35 years ago, she’s seen the demographics of the student body shift. Ninety-five percent of the children last school year were native Spanish speakers, up from zero in 1977.

Soon Coppini started hiring more teachers fluent in both languages, and now math, science and literacy classes at the center mix Spanish and English instruction. It’s an organic evolution that teaches biliteracy in under three years.

Students can stay at the Lake Tahoe Child Development Center until they’re 8 years old, Coppini said. After graduation, some students enroll at the neighboring Bijou Community School, an elementary school that offers its own Two Way Language Immersion program.  

Since the Lake Tahoe Child Development Center is state-funded, enrollment fees are determined on a sliding scale based on working families’ income. The curriculum includes language and literature, math science, social studies, creative arts and physical and social development.

According to Coppini, the preschool is currently accepting new students. For more information, call 530-541-5887.

Tallac, STHS graduate seniors

The Mt. Tallac and South Tahoe high school graduations will take place Friday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively at the Viking Stadium.

Live Violence Free hosts empowerment day

Live Violence Free will hold a Girls’ Empowerment Day Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All middle school girls, including those entering the high school or starting middle school next year, are invited.

The center will offer workshops centered toward achieving self-esteem, leadership and empowerment for all participants. Soul 2 Soul, TRiO and Live Violence Free will conduct the workshops, which include arts and crafts, self defense, yoga, and a girls’ support group.

To sign-up or for more information, call 530-544-2118, ext. 7634, or email

El Dorado educator wins state award

El Dorado County Office of Education Superintendent Vicki Barber won this year’s Outstanding Instructional Leader award, according to a county press release.

The California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development announced the award winners last week. The OIL award, also known as the Helen Heffernan award, is presented annually to a California educator who embodies the highest level of professionalism, vision and leadership.

Barber, a 40-year veteran educator, will retire this year as county supervisor.

“At the county, regional and statewide levels, we all have been positively impacted by her hard work,” Deputy Superintendent Jeremy Meyers said.

California Board of Education Executive Director Karen Stapf-Walters was also named a recipient of the OIL award.

LTCC calls for distinguished alumni nominations

The Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation seeks nominations for the 2013 Lake Tahoe Community College Distinguished Alumni Award.

The award is based on an alumnus’ exemplary achievement. His or her accumulated academic, business or civic activities are also considered. Nominees are expected to attribute their success in some way to knowledge and experience gained at LTCC, according to a release.

Past recipients of the award include Jory John, Carl Young, Chief Jeff Michael and Lt. Les Lovell.

The nomination deadline is June 14. Recipients will be selected by the LTCC Foundation Board of Directors and recognized on stage at LTCC’s graduation ceremony June 28.

Alumni may be nominated five years after attendance at LTCC. Only one individual or couple will receive this award in a given year.

Nominations for the award can be made by any members of the LTCC faculty, staff or general public and nomination forms are available at

For information, contact LTCC spokesman Peter Bostic at

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