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25 Woodlands Middle High School Seniors Achieve NYSSB Recognition, Three receive Tri Literacy Distinction

The New York State Seal of Biliteracy program (NYSSB) provides an opportunity for upcoming high school graduates to be recognized for achieving a high level of fluency in both English and one or more other languages. This incredibly prestigious award—only five percent of graduating seniors each year attain the title—distinguishes students from other high school graduates when applying for college or employment. 2023-24 marked the second year Woodlands Middle High School participated in the program which resulted in outstanding success. The district is proud to announce that 25 students have successfully qualified for the NYSSB, of which three have also achieved a Tri Literacy distinction. 

Our exceptional scholars have achieved the New York State Seal of Bi(or Tri)literacy
in the following languages: 

  • Mandarin

  • Guyanese Creole

  • Urdu

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Haitian Creole

  • Japanese

  • Punjabi

  • German

  • English

"This remarkable achievement showcases our students' diligence and commitment, as well as their enthusiasm for embracing linguistic diversity," stated Catherine Addor, the Director of the IB, World Language, and ENL Programs. "It also highlights the robustness of our programs and the dedication of our teachers in promoting language proficiency and cultural awareness among our students."

The district’s commitment to providing a comprehensive world language education program, spanning from Pre-K to Grade 12, paves the way for awards such as the NYSSB by fostering cultural diversity and global citizenship. Through engaging in language courses, students enhance their linguistic abilities and deepen their understanding of diverse cultures, aligning perfectly with the objectives of the New York State Seal of Biliteracy. “Our outstanding ELL teachers deserve recognition for their vital contributions in promoting English language learning and empowering students to attain the esteemed Seal of Biliteracy,” said Ms. Addor. “As an IB District, celebrated for its dedication to promoting multilingualism and fostering intercultural awareness and international-mindedness in every subject, we see the NYSSB as a natural extension of the IB Program and its objectives. We are committed to creating more opportunities that align with this mission in the future. ”

The district congratulates these outstanding seniors on their NYSSB achievement.