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Guilford County schools officials assembled a list of questions about the system each week, and these appear periodically in the News & Record.

If you have questions write to:

Questions on Consolidation

School Community Relations

712 N. Eugene St.

Greensboro, N.C. 27401Or call 370-8307 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Readers also can use a touch-tone phone to call the News & Record 's Infoline at 574-1000, ext. 4504, for answers to more questions.

Q. Are slots available for kindergarten students in the Foreign Language Immersion Program?

A. Yes, kindergarten students may apply for full-time enrollment in the Foreign Language Immersion Program at Jones Cultural Arts & Foreign Language School.

Q. Explain the Foreign Language Immersion Program.

A. The Foreign Language Immersion Program at the Jones Magnet provides an opportunity for students to become fluent in a second language.

In this program, Spanish is the medium of instruction rather than the subject of instruction. Therefore, all academic subjects are taught in Spanish.

Q. When are students able to become fluent in Spanish?

A. Initially, students are allowed to speak in English and use their listening comprehensive skills. They eventually become proficient in speaking, reading and writing in the foreign language.

Q. When is the application deadline for the Foreign Language Immersion Program?

A. Thursday, June 30.

Q. How can I receive an application?

A. Call Linda McDougle, administrative assistant to the superintendent, at 370-8303.\ Q. Where should we send completed application forms?

A. Parents may return application forms to either of the following addresses:

Linda McDougle, Guilford County Schools, 712 North Eugene St. or P.O. Box 880, Greensboro, N.C. 27401

Q. How will I know if my child has been accepted in this magnet program?

A. Parents will be notified of their child's acceptance by Linda McDougle.\ What about transportation?

Transportation to and from the magnet schools is provided free of charge to Guilford County residents by the Guilford County Schools.\ Q. If my child is accepted into a magnet program, can I later change my mind?

Parents or guardians of children accepted into a magnet school must make a commitment for their child or children to remain in the program at least one full semester of the school year. Requests for release from the program prior to completing the required term must be approved by the Superintendent.\ What is Reading Recovery?

A. Reading Recovery is an early intervention program designed to reduce reading failure.

Q. Explain how Reading Recovery operates.

A. It is based on the assumption that intensive, high-quality help during the early years of schooling is the most productive investment of educational resources.

The early years of school, which set the stage for later learning, are critical for children who are at-risk of failure. Reading Recovery provides a second chance in reading for young children who are poorly prepared for the first year of formal reading instruction.

Q. How are children chosen to participate in Reading Recovery?

A. Individually administered observation procedures are used to identify children most in need of special help.

Interventions are then specifically tailored to help each at-risk child become a successful reader and writer.

Q. How many schools in Guilford County use Reading Recovery?

A. Reading Recovery will start in 12 Guilford County Schools during the 1994-95 school year.

Q. Who can I call for more information about Reading Recovery?

A. Call Liz Bridges at 370-2327.

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