February 19, 2018

San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Van Jones Show:Jay-Z -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Chris Bosh Possible Comeback -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Chloe Kim: The 17 Year Old Phenomenon -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Shaun White Wins Gold at Pyeongchang -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Biggest Problems with the NBA All-Star Games -

Friday, February 16, 2018

History of Super Bowl -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Where would you take your date out on Valentine’s Day? -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Jeff Sessions’ History with Race Follows Him -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Crazy Trades During The NBA Trade Deadline -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

“Love, Simon” and representation on the Big Screen -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Contraceptive Coverage Rollback Endangers Women -

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Rape Accusation Made Against Former “Voice” Star -

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Should Confederate statues be taken down? -

Friday, February 2, 2018

John Aguilar: Ataque Rapido -

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

“The Mini Show” -

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

‘Coco’ captura corazones de todos -

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

College Visits -

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Viaje a Teotihuacán -

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

R&B Comeback -

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Ms. Casco Helps Students Thrive

Though not many student know her name, she plays a huge role in the San Mateo High School community. She is a caring, selfless member of the staff who helps ELD, or English Language Development, students who struggle with English succeed in class and in life, as well as helping administer testing with the ELD students.

Ms. Casco came to the United States in 1997 from Nicaragua, and she didn’t speak a word of English, so she attended Skyline College in San Bruno to help develop her English skills. In 1997 she got a job at San Mateo High working instructionally to help support her two children and,  “I was so happy when they called me and said ‘yes, we accept you’”.

Maria is now the ELD coordinator at the school, and her duties include placing students with the California English Language development test, or CEL, talking with the students who struggle with English when they need help, and communication with parents who only speak Spanish.  “I try to be the link between the school and the parents,” said Ms. Casco.

“I analyze the student’s grade, I let them know step by step, especially the eld students because the latin america system is so different from the american system”, said Ms. Casco

Often, foreign students have trouble in school because just because it’s just so different from what they are used to. In most Latin American schools, students pass from one grade to another no matter what, unlike in America where students need a certain number of credits.

Most importantly, Ms. Casco makes sure that Spanish speaking students are doing their best and happy. “When they don’t speak the language well, they think they are not good enough. I tell them ‘no’ if you are good, if you are doing your best, nobody is better than your best,” said Ms. Casco.

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