Every year Taylorsville High School provides an opportunity for seniors to celebrate the areas that they have excelled in, while enrolled in high school. This program, the Area of Distinction, requires students to apply for each area that they are qualified for. The requirements are diverse and reveal student rigor. Our seniors who have received any areas of distinction will be recognized in the graduation program and their diploma will list the areas of distinction for which they received. We would like to congratulate this year’s seniors who have applied for and earned one or more areas of distinction.
Area of Distinction 2018 Recipients
Students who earn two or more areas of distinction and have a 3.5 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 cumulative CPA, meet graduation requirements and have an additional 4.0 credits of core or world language classes (making 4.0 of 8.0 electives to be core/world language classes) can earn the Diploma of Merit. Our seniors who qualify for Diploma of Merit will be recognized at graduation, will receive a white cord to wear at the ceremony, and will have a distinguished diploma that says diploma of merit and specifies their areas of distinction. Here are the list of seniors who will be recognized with the Diploma of Merit this year.
Diploma of Merit 2018 Recipients
Seal of Biliteracy
On December 4, 2015, the Utah State School Board voted 15-0 to establish a Utah Seal of Biliteracy. Beginning with the class of 2017 the Seal of Biliteracy will be awarded to seniors that demonstrate proficiency in English and one or more world languages or the indigenous languages of Navajo or Ute.
What is a Seal of Biliteracy?
A “Seal of Biliteracy” means a seal is placed electronically on a student’s high school transcript to indicate a student has achieved in English and in a world language a proficiency level of Intermediate Mid as described by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Seniors must be in a Level 3 World Language course or higher OR be a native speaker of the language in order to be eligible for testing. Currently, 27 states and Washington DC have approved a statewide Seal of Biliteracy.
Why get a Seal of Biliteracy?
The Seal encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills they attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices. The Utah State Board of Education has said,
This Seal of Biliterate Proficiency approach to learning languages prepares students to be college and career ready and builds state and national language capacity to improve economic competitiveness and strengthen national defense strategies. Equally, it answers the growing need for the critical skills of language and cultural competencies for relationship building—a keystone for success in global business and diverse social environments (Seal of Biliterate Proficiency, USBE, August 2015).
Seniors who speak more than one language, can show proficiency in that language and can show proficiency in English will qualify. We will be administering the AAPPL assessment to our students to help them qualify. The dates are April 11th and 12th after school. Please see Senior Wells to register by April 6th. Once both prophecies have been established, the application is due to your school counselor on or before May 1st!
School Counselor Assignments
• Eric Timpson A-C firstname.lastname@example.org
• Angie Rasmussen D-HO email@example.com
• Celeste Mickelson Hr-Mo firstname.lastname@example.org
• Jerry Haslam Mp-Sam email@example.com
• Lorri Aldridge San-Z firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of the Taylorsville High School Counseling Department is to help our students graduate from high school and prepare for college, their careers, and life in the 21st century. We are committed to helping ALL students for their next step.