Courtesy of Horseshoe Trails Elementary School, CCUSD
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Chinese naming ceremony held for Cave Creek kindergarteners

Staff~ 3/2/2015

CAVE CREEK –Kinder students in Cave Creek Unified School District's Chinese Immersion class received their official Chinese names during a bilingual naming ceremony. In China, names are important and have to be carefully created. The names have to sound beautiful in the tonal language and they usually represent something special about that person.

Kinder students were able to learn the special meaning of their new name and leave with their name written in calligraphy by our own HTES artist Chinese teachers. Liliana became 丽莲娜, or beautiful waterlily girl, and Antonio became 安东尼, which is a combination of the word "peace" and the phonetic sounds of his name.

Horseshoe Trails Elementary School parents are impressed with the results in the Touch of Immersion kinder classroom and have received first priority to fill the two first grade Chinese Immersion classes for the 2015-2016 school year. A typical day in a Chinese Immersion classroom has half the day conducted in Mandarin Chinese with math and science content learned in a hands-on, highly visual and interactive approach called immersion education.

For additional information or to enroll your child in Chinese Immersion, contact Janiene Marlow, Principal, Horseshoe Trails Elementary School at (480) 272-8500.