Seal of Biliteracy

The New York State Seal of Biliteracy

THE NEW YORK STATE SEAL OF BILITERACY

    

The Pawling Central School District has proudly participated in the New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) program since 2017.  Over the past 5 years, 18 Pawling students have been awarded the seal and there are 8 candidates currently working towards earning the seal in the 2021-2022 academic year.

 

WHAT IS THE SEAL OF BILITERACY?

The Seal of Biliteracy recognizes students who have attained a high level of proficiency in the three standards/modes of communication:  interpretive, interpersonal and presentational, in one or more languages, in addition to English. The Seal of Biliteracy will be awarded to students who meet the criteria established by the Board of Regents. There is also a medallion that students receive to wear around their neck at graduation.

 

The intent of the New York State Seal of Biliteracy is to:

  • encourage the study of languages;
  • identify high school graduates with language and biliteracy skills for employers;
  • provide universities with additional information about applicants seeking admission;
  • prepare students with 21st century skills;
  • recognize the value of foreign and native language instruction in schools;
  • affirm the value of diversity in a multilingual society.

 

HOW DOES A STUDENT EARN THE SEAL OF BILITERACY?

 Each candidate for the Seal of Biliteracy must complete an application and meet the New York State requirements.  The Pawling High School’s NYSSB Committee reviews and evaluates the student’s eligibility. Based on the state requirements, most candidates will create and present a summative project to a panel that assesses their qualifications.  Candidates are assigned a mentor to guide them through the process.  Applicants must apply by Nov. 1 of their senior year.

 

 HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION?

 For questions about the Seal of Biliteracy and how to qualify, contact the Pawling High School counseling office or Mrs. Erin Plati, Seal of Biliteracy advisor at platie@pcsdny.org

Past New York State Seal of Biliteracy Recipients

  

2020-2021  

Sara Corbi (English/Spanish)

Marthaluz Hernandez (English/Spanish)

Ditte Isak (English/Danish/Spanish)

Avi Kumar (English/Spanish)

Nathan Pandolfo (English/Spanish)

Catherine Robohn (English/Spanish)

Catherine Savarese (English/Spanish)

Susannah Smith (English/Spanish)

Julia Zoeller (English/Spanish)

 

2019-2020 

Robbin Gerber (English/Spanish)

Pamela Merchan (English/Spanish)

 

2018-2019

Irene Bravo (English/Spanish)

Kayla Nappi (English/Spanish)

Linda Camila Perez Palma (English/Spanish)

 

2017-2018

Cindy Villatoro-Lazo (English/Spanish)

 

2016-2017

Jennifher Hernandez (English/Spanish)

Maeve Willis (English/Spanish)