2300 West Main Street, Mendota, IL 61342
Phone- 815-539-7446, Bilingual- 815-539-5193
Fax- 815-539-3103


BPAC Spring Dinner Meeting


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    Wednesday, May 17 at 5 PM - 8 PM
    De La "O" Restaurant, 720 Illinois Ave, Mendota, IL 6134

Nina Montero, MS, LPC
Evolution Counseling

May 1, 2017

Dear Parents: 

 Retroactive to the 2016-2017 school year, the required score for reclassification on ACCESS 2.0 is a 4.8 composite.  There is no longer a  domain specific score requirement.

Linked here are letters in English and Spanish. The letters explaining the updated requirement is from ISBE.




Proficiency Level Changes by WIDA

The Illinois English proficiency criteria

 for ACCESS testing (5.0 overall and 4.2 in reading and writing) were implemented in SY 2013-14 and remain unchanged for SY 2016-17. However, WIDA recently re-examined the ACCESS performance standards and made changes. Most WIDA Proficiency levels (1.0 through 6.0) will require students to get more right answers in 2016-17 than in previous years. This was done in response to the national trend of states adopting more rigorous academic achievement standards for college and career readiness. Information is on WIDA’s website. More information is available on the WIDA website, WIDA held webinars on March 10th and 14th to explain these changes, and suggest ways to communicate their impact to students, families, administrators, and other educators. A recording is posted here,  (61:40).


Statewide Summit for Bilingual Parents Information!

**Parents are asked to please submit registration requests to Mendota High School directly.  MHS is allowed to bring up to 8 participants.

Parent Summit Registration Form

The Annual Statewide Summit for Bilingual Parents provides a rich mix of information about issues of critical importance to parents from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. Top speakers are joined by experts and panels on such topics as pathways to academic success, enhanced parental participation in schools, immigration issues, U.S. citizenship, bilingual education programs, community college services, effective parenting  techniques, health care alternatives, and much more.

The Twelfth Annual Statewide Summit for Bilingual Parents will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Hilton/Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center, 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, Illinois.

The cost to attend is $25 per person (includes breakfast and lunch) and districts can bring up to 8 participants.

IMPORTANT — Because of the change in registration fees this year, districts will no longer be reimbursed for registration, lodging, or travel. Also, please note there will be no onsite registration.

Registration forms must be received by Thursday, April 27, 2017. No on-site registration. FAXED REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  



Bilingual Parent and Student Meeting

March 21, 2017


5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

Meeting called by

BPAC Committee



  1. Welcome                                                                              Sara Escatel and Adrianne Espinoza
  2. Introduction of Crystal Ramirez, Illinois Student Assistance Commission
  3. Next meeting date/time/suggestions
  4. Questions

Next BPAC meeting date and time is the following:  May 9, 2017 at 5:00 PM.  Agenda will include the 1:1 Technology Initiative.


Seal of Biliteracy State Image   Commendation Biliteracy Image 

Eleven Mendota High School students have been recognized as “2015-2016 Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy and State Commendation toward Biliteracy” scholars.  The prestigious award is given annually by the Illinois State Board of Education to deserving students.  There were 54 Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy participating school districts for school year 2015-2016. Honored Illinois public high school graduates who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in four domains in:  English, and a language other than English are eligible to earn the seal.  An official seal will be placed on the diplomas and confer official recognition on transcripts of those students who qualify. Two honors are available:  The Seal of Biliteracy and the Commendation toward Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to those whose proficiency level is equivalent to the Intermediate High scale set by the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages. The Commendaiton of Biliteracy is awarded to students who proficiency level is rated at Intermediate Low or Intermediate Mid in a second language. Mendota High School selection was based on English language scores assessed using either the ACT English subscore, PARCC language arts subscore, ACCESS for ELLS reading and writing subscores, or the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in languages (AAPPL) Measure.  Students at MHS proved proficiency in foreign language by taking the Advanced Placement (AP) Langauge and Culture exam in the foreign language of Spanish. While this distinguished recognition does not include a monetary prize, recipients are encouraged to cite the honor on applications for college admission and scholarships and increased employment opportunities.


The following Mendota High School students have been named 2016 graduates with the State Seal of Biliteracy:  McKennon Escatel, son of Joseph and Sara Escatel; Amador Nanez, son of Amador Nanez, Sr.; Alissa Orozco, daughter of Jose and Valentina Orozco; and Luis Rodriguez, son of Jaime and Victoria Rodriguez. 2016 graduates who earned the Commendation of Biliteracy:  Davy Arteaga, son of Miguel and Maria Arteaga; Bailey Beetz, daughter of Joe and Cindy Beetz; Fabian Espinoza, son of Eriberto and Augustina Espinoza; Aldo Figueroa, son of Mario Figueroa.  Anticipated Class of 2017 graduates who are qualified to graduate with biliteracy honors:  Esmerelda Arteaga, daughter of Felicitas Casas, Seal of Biliteracy; Liliana Rodrigues, daughter of Dennis and Rosa Watson, Seal of Biliteracy; Jon Quintana, son of Armando and Elizabeth Quintana, Commendation of Biliteracy. 


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