Multi-cultural students immersed in English at Mt. Garfield MS

By: Cecile Juliette Email
By: Cecile Juliette Email

CLIFTON, Colo. (KKCO) - Mt. Garfield is located between Clifton and Palisade, but the address is listed as Clifton.

The school has around 25 percent minority students, and many of them are learning English as a second language.

The ESL program, or English as a Second Language program, gives these students a class designed to accelerate their education in the English Language Arts. ESL teacher Lauren Dominguez tells her students to write their lessons in English, then they stand up and talk about their work with each other in small groups.

She says, "We have to make sure that we have speaking writing in every lesson and that was a speaking activity and that was a prompt some of them wouldn't know how to start a conversation without it." Dominguez says her students respond well to situations in which they can participate with their friends.

Mt. Garfield also opens it's classroom to after-school programs like childcare, archery, and cupcake-making.

Currently, there are 12 students taking advanced Childcare classes, offered by the Red Cross. They are learning CPR and other life-saving techniques. When they are done, these students will be licensed childcare providers.


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  • by Anonymous on May 16, 2011 at 03:36 PM
    IF you want to come to America... Fine.... COME LEGALLY.... Learning to speak, read and write english is your responsibility! Pay for it yourself!
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      by Anonymous on May 16, 2011 at 06:14 PM in reply to
      THEY ALREADY DO WITH THE TAXES THEY PAY.
  • by Reconquista is coming baby! on May 15, 2011 at 10:27 PM
    Doesn't multi-cultural imply several? Where is the Finnish, Chinese, or Czech? I see one race. La Raza!
  • by Rosa on May 13, 2011 at 09:00 AM
    Im also a so called anchor,who do this peole think they are.Racist no dought.Im kinda enjoying there misery.You really think we care what you think.Your not above me!!!
  • by Szabla on May 13, 2011 at 07:15 AM
    I love how a group can toss around the word “racist” thinking we give a crap. You are so narrow minded, when in fact most people who came to this country “LEGALLY” are protecting This Country from the Criminals who came here Illegally, Thus the label “Illegal Alien”. When my family was “invited” here to become USA citizens, they did not use the Government money to teach the children, my parents and uncles English. They went to the Church were they learned English. Stopping “invasions” from entering ones country does not make a person a Racist. It just shows that the people defending the invaders are “Traitors”. If they are not invited to this country they are “Invading”, so what if they drag their spawn with them, they are criminals like the parents, guilty by association.
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      by Cesar on May 14, 2011 at 05:47 PM in reply to Szabla
      Go ahead stop them from coming,I dont care there is enough of us here already,soon we wont be a minority,but unlike you I can live side by side with anyone.I bet the indians felt like you do now.What goes around comes around.
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        by YEAH! on May 15, 2011 at 01:19 AM in reply to Cesar
        Yeah the Native AMERICANS had an immigration problem to, the Europeans
  • by to TLC Location: GJ on May 12, 2011 at 02:51 PM
    To TLC: Illegal CAN'T VOTE you stupid racist!!!!
    • reply
      by Anonymous on May 12, 2011 at 02:58 PM in reply to to TLC
      They will when the socialist pass the dream act jerk
  • by TLC on May 12, 2011 at 06:56 AM
    How about we save taxpayers money and ship them and their parents back. Why wont ICE do their jobs? Oh yea I forgot. Obozo needs the illegal vote.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on May 16, 2011 at 09:20 AM in reply to TLC
      Why dont you pick on somebody your own size.Good job kids!!
  • by laura Dominguez Location: Mount garfield middle school on May 12, 2011 at 05:31 AM
    It's laura Dominguez
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      by Jesus on May 12, 2011 at 03:30 PM in reply to laura Dominguez
      Not another ignorant racist thinking his kids are better than this kids.Send them back to mexico ha!Why because there here illegaly.Why are american jails full?Because americans break laws for alot of stupid reasons.Why do a majority of this people break the law, for a good reason,to provide there families a better life,unlike the s!@# hole country they came from where the goverment only cares about themselves.Why are so many americans not paying for there car insurance & still driving around illegaly.Because they pick feeding there family over the law!
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        by Anonymous on May 12, 2011 at 03:41 PM in reply to Jesus
        A better life my ... You slither up here to take money from the taxpayers in the form of welfare food stamps free medical care and what ever else you want you take. One day soon you boy obammy aint going to be around. I am looking for the day we have the military on our borders with m16,s.
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          by TLC on May 12, 2011 at 04:16 PM in reply to
          I'm with you anonymous. If the kids are anchor baby's we need to revoke their citizenship and ship them back by force if necessary.
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          by Anonymous on May 12, 2011 at 09:19 PM in reply to
          To the two racist,the only slithering I see is from you two snakes!Tax payers money,last I seen legals and illegal both had to pay taxes when working,paying bills,buying houses,cars,ect.They pump out way more into the economy than they take & what they took, they paid there taxes. As far as food stamps and free medical care,are own citizens already take atvantage of the goverment.Im 40 years old & was born and raised here in the valley & im also a so called anchor,let see you try to throw me out by force.Military at the borders,im all for it but just to stop the cartels & there drug trafficing,not for people who want a better life.Give me a m-16 I'll shoot those mf but hopefully your not standing me be cause we dont need racist at the border.Oh yeah who says I like obama,sounds like your uncomfortable by every dark skined person you see.You think your better than me,keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better about yourself.
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