NEWMAN - Nearly 140 English learners have made the transition to English proficiency this year in the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District.

The district celebrated their achievement by honoring the students during ceremonies hosted by Orestimba High, Yolo Middle School and Hurd Barrington Elementary (where students from all district elementary campuses were recognized).

District officials made an event of the milestone. Each ceremony included videos featuring student interviews, student portraits that will be presented to their families to commemorate the night, presentation of certificates and a dinner.

In all, 138 district students were reclassified from English learner to English proficient in December - a record number which far exceeds the 40 or so students who have achieved that milestone in recent years.

Being reclassified means that the student has demonstrated proficiency in reading and writing in English which is comparable to that of a native English speaker of the same grade level. A variety of assessment test results, teacher evaluation and parental consultation are all elements of the reclassification process.

“This is a testament to the hard work of our students, staff and parents,” commented Kim Bettencourt, the district’s director of curriculum and instruction. “The district is proud of the number of students who were reclassified this year. We have focused on improving outcomes for English learners and will continue to support our sites in meeting the needs of EL students.”

Following are the students who were reclassified as English proficient.

Orestimba High

Stephanie De Loera Esquivez, Christopher Elizalde, Priscila Gonzalez Alvarez, Alejandro Gonzalez Zapien, Angel Gutierrez Gonzalez, Mayra Hernandez Diaz, Sebastian Martinez, Reyna Navarrete Lopez, Jenifer Oros, Jaime Soto, Abraham Zamora, Alejandro Bran, Gustavo Campos Guzman, Maria Cerna, Nayeli Itzel Diaz, Gabriela Gutierrez, Kevin Lopez, America Manriquez, Jasmine Munoz Ramirez, Alondra Navarrete, Yuliana Sanchez Fajardo, Kristen Caina, Juan Castellanos, Lourdes Frias, Melissa Garcia Orozco, Diana Garibaldi, Lilia Leyva, Angel Manriquez, Janessa Mendoza, Breanna Murillo, Fatima Raya, David Hernandez Guzman, Mauricio Hernandez Jr., Esmeralda Martin, Anai Nunez Torres, Anahi Perez, Jennifer Reynoso Calzada, Jose Alcantar, Angel Rascon Avalos, Elizabeth Garcia-Jimenez, Noe Castaneda, Adan Cortes, Mia Fierros, Daniel Robles, Jorge Cardenas, Pedro Ledezma, Brissa Martinez Lucero and Ignacio Perez Jr.

Yolo Middle School

Jocelyn Arredondo, Daniel Garcia Solis, Iriadna Gonzalez, Xienna Granados, Alexander Gutierrez Toscano, Jose Hernandez Avila, Cristian Herrera Hernandez, Deanna Inzunza, Melissa Izarraras Navarro, Blanca Martinez, Natalie Martinez, Sebastian Munoz Ramirez, Itzel Negrete, Arely Reynoso, Aleiza Rodriguez, Alexander Vargas, Alec Acevedo Gonzalez, Jonathan Arteaga, Zeyden Arteaga, Eduardo Baeza, Ramiro Beltran Pelayo, Horacio Campa Guzman, Karen Carreno Ruiz, Karina De Loera Esquivez, Valeria Gallardo, Daniela Garcia, Vanessa Garcia Jimenez, Jesse Garza, Andres Gavilanez, Valeria Gomez, Laura Hernandez, Mariana Ledezma, America Manzo Garibay, Drako Mejia, Bradley Mondragon Lara, Adriana Morales, Ruby Murillo Peralta, Denetzy Negrete, Diego Negrete, Andrea Noguez Hernandez, Genesis Ortiz Elizarraraz, Angel Robles Navarro, Jonathan Rodriguez Ornelas, Derek Rosas, Leslie Torres Chacon, Fatima Valdez, Julissa Vazquez, Yareli Anaya, Jesus Cervantes, Leonel Gastelum, Ruby Guzman, Brittany Lopez, Shania Lopez, Ulises Nunez Gonzalez, Mario Sanchez Barragan, Genessy Soto and Alan Vargas Hernandez

Barrington Elementary

Landen De La Cruz, Jesus Jimenez, Emiliano Madrigal Arroyo, Emiliano Alvarez Zamora, Angelina Blanco, Ivana Castaneda, Michelle Castaneda, Edgar Esquivez, Fabian Gonzalez, Daniela Juarez, Avyel Leyva, Bryant Lopez Aparicio, Sebastian Navarro, Ricardo Rodriguez, Ismael Salazar Medina, Jocelynn Sanchez, Fernanda Valencia Moreno and America Vega

Hunt

Jeremiah Campos, Kimberly Hurtado Coria, Jose Rodriguez De La Rosa, Kelly Zapien, Yamilet Cueva Esparza, Natalia Jimenez Cruz, Vanessa Sanchez Fajardo and Vanessa Soto Lopez

Von Renner

Diego Torres, Melany Rios, Luis Gudino, Juliana Gonzalez and Alexis Arrambide

Bonita

Saba Mohmand