On Wednesday, the Bellevue School District's newest school, Jing Mei Elementary, was officially opened with a ribbon cutting. Mandarin dual language education began in Bellevue two years ago with a single kindergarten classroom housed at Ardmore. Sufficient family interest prompted the district to make the decision to expand the offering into its own school. Parents and others associated with the program suggested the name, which means "beautiful view," the Mandarin version of our city's name, which means the same thing in French. The School Board voted to accept the name at their August 27th meeting.
Our district's aspirations for this school were significantly boosted by the recruitment of Vivian Tam to serve as principal. Vivian moved here with her family from Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she has been a teacher and grant project coordinator for Chinese-English immersion.
Instruction at Jing Mei will employ a two-way immersion model. Two-way immersion is a distinctive form of dual language education in which balanced numbers of native English speakers and native speakers of the partner language are integrated for instruction so that both groups of students serve in the role of language model and language learner at different times.
Sincere welcome and best wishes to Principal Tam and everyone associated with Jing Mei. We're glad you're here!