Host or Hang Out With an Immersion Intern This Year!
Host one of our fabulous Immersion Interns for part of the school year - it's just for 3 months. McDonald International receives new foreign language interns each year to help out in our immersion classrooms.
For the 2016-17 school year, our new Interns are:
- Daijiro Fukuhara from Nerima, Japan
- Diana Lopez from Bogota, Colombia
- Jorge Martin Martin from Segovia, Spain
- Julian Miguez from Bogota, Columbia
- Natalia Puigcarbo from Barcelona, Spain
- Misaki Togasaki from Chiba, Japan
Our Immersion Interns have agreed to live with host families to better experience American life and culture. We're looking for families willing to host one of these wonderful interns for just three months (fall, winter or spring).
If you're interested in hosting or you're just exploring the option, contact our Immersion Intern Support Coordinator at email@example.com, as soon as possible. You can also download the host family FAQ (on the right under "Downloads"). Application interviews have already begun. If you're thinking of hosting later in the year, please still let us know, as we're planning as far in advance as we can.
You can also sign up to hang with the Immersion Interns! It's easy!
Sign up to have dinner or do another activity with one or our fabulous IIs
(contact firstname.lastname@example.org above).
Show that American hospitality. This is a great opportunity for your kids and family to get to know one of our wonderful interns better and learn about their experiences. It's a great chance for our interns to experience American life, practice their English, and for your kids to practice a little language.
Why are Immersion Assistants and Interns so important?
The language immersion model requires more than one native speaker in the classroom so our kids can learn Math and Science, as well as Spanish or Japanese.
By reducing the student-to-teacher ratio by one half—from 28:1 to 14:1—the presence of IAs in every classroom gives each child more individualized instruction in the math and science being taught in a foreign language.
The presence of another native speaker helps model conversation for students, which improves comprehension and reinforces the immersion curriculum.
Outside the classroom, IAs and IIs also help before school, during lunch, at recess and with school events.
What is the difference between an Immersion Assistant (IA) and an Immersion Intern (II)?
Although they have sometimes been called upon to perform similar roles in our classrooms, IAs and IIs bring very different backgrounds and experience. They are also funded and hired differently.
IAs are experienced teachers
- They're employed by the Seattle School District to assist the primary teacher.
- The PTA gives money to the School District to fully cover their salaries and related costs -- this year it's $60,000 per teacher.
- McDonald teachers and Principal Goldberg all participate in the selection process.
- These teachers are able to stay with the school long term, strengthening our program and providing stability -- but only if the PTA continues to fund their salaries.
IIs are teacher assistants
- They come to us through international programs that give native language speakers the chance to teach abroad.
- They generally come for just one year and then return to their studies in their countries of origin.
- The PTA funds their living expenses (around $7,000) and provides housing in the form of home-stays with McDonald families.
How was this year’s fundraising goal calculated?
Our Instructional Support Fund goal is to raise $400,000. This will help raise funds for:
- 1 Instructional Assistant in each immersion classroom in grade K & 1 (2 Spanish and 1 Japanese)
- 1 half time Certificated Teacher to be shared between the K English classes
- 1 Intern in each immersion classroom in grades 2-5 (4 Spanish, 3 Japanese).
- Creation of a Reserve Fund to be used for Instructional Support during the 17/18 school year to include, but not limited to: MTSS, Librarian Time, Literacy Support, Counselor Time, Psychologist Time, Instrumental Music, and more
Each Immersion Assistant or half time certificated teacher costs us about $60,000 One Immersion Assistant supports approximately 50 students.
Our goal of $400,000 averages out to $1700 per student (Kindergarten) and $850 per student (1st – 4th grade).
How will the Immersion Assistant Fund contributions be used?
Throughout the year the PTA funds and sponsors a huge number of the programs at our school, including literacy support and math programs in the classrooms,teacher grants to purchase supplemental materials for teaching aides and projects, field trip and after school subsidies for families who need extra help, teacher appreciation, art and music support, and more. All of these programs are funded through the PTA General Fund. The Immersion Support Fund is a separate drive.
100% of the money raised for the Immersion Support Fund goes towards hiring IAs and supporting IIs for our language immersion classrooms.
Will we do this every year?
While the school district has designated McDonald a language immersion school, we don't receive any ongoing extra funding for our program. Every year, McDonald families will need to come together and support the program by contributing to the Immersion Assistant Fund. PTA volunteers are also hard at work on fundraising programs that would generate dollars not only from parents but also from the broader community. Visit the volunteer section of this website to learn more about how you can help.
When, and How Much Should I Give?
In order to hire our IAs and commit to our Interns for the 2017-18 school year, we must have commitments for all IS funding made or received by the end of February 2017.
All students are welcome at McDonald regardless financial contribution. Our goal is 100% participation. In order to hire the staff we need, we need an average of $850 per student. But this level of giving is not possible for all families. So we must pull together as a community and give as generously as we can - $50, $100, $1,000 donations and anywhere in between, below, and beyond!
Every family's donation is important, and every dollar helps us reach our goal. We hope that 100% of McDonald families will give at some level -- at the level they choose.
Please, give as generously as you can. The Instructional Support staff are an investment in our kids’ education that we must make together, to keep our program successful.
How Do I Give?