Did you see you the recent article in the Denver Post about a young blonde girl having a conversation with the hostess at a Chinese restaurant in Mandarin? Our world is changing and it is getting smaller. Many children today are no longer learning spanish as their second language but embracing languages that will be powerful for future generations. Saddletree Homes is proud to be building homes in Colorado Springs District 20 Schools.
District 20 has a long legacy of promoting the study of languages. Their newest school Chinook Trial Elementary School which was built in the community of Cordera is teaching students Mandarin. This is program is offered for K-5th grade and will expand in the future. Strong communities are built around great schools and Cordera is no exception.
The mission of Chinook Trail Elementary, a school with a unique integration of cultures and a critical world language, is to develop 21st Century life-long learners in a safe, respectful and collaborative environment, while preparing successful global citizens.
Chinook Trail Elementary is dedicated to “growing the cross-cultural mind and the international citizen within the neighborhood.” All staff members integrate various world cultures into student activities and lessons. Displays throughout the building include art artifacts and cultural relics from China, Egypt, Israel, Mexico, Japan and Russia, as well as Native-American artifacts which celebrate Colorado’s indigenous people.
The school is decorated with ten art panels that either coordinate with curriculum or expand upon the multicultural theme of the school. Floor to ceiling chalk boards are found outside of classroom doors and in the art room, this providing an impressive space for teachers to creatively display student work, post theme decorations, or exhibit chalk art. In the center of the rotunda, there is a mosaic of the world with Colorado Springs identified by a red star. The mosaic is composed of several distinctive elements: a #2 pencil writing the letters a, b, and c represents literacy, numerals symbolize numeracy, and a calligraphy brush is shown creating the Chinese character for knowledge.
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