Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Hello Family and Friends!

We have so many wonderful things to announce!

Manuel took the Accuplacer Test (an English proficiency exam) in early March, and he did very well!

Due to his awesome Accuplacer scores, Manuel has been officially accepted into Century College starting in August! Woohoo! We are so proud of him. He will begin in the ESOL program (English for Speakers of Other Languages), and will later transition to academic courses.

To add to the excitement, Manuel was recruited by the Century soccer coach! While most players have to go through an extensive try-out, Manuel's skills got him automatically in! The Century soccer team is highly ranked nationally, and we are looking forward to cheering Manuel on at his games!

Manuel started taking extra English classes last month through Moundsview School District. On Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights he attends classes from 6:00-8:30pm, and remember that this is after his normal 8-4 classes! He is one motivated guy!

On Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons, he plays soccer!

And the rest of the time, he studies!

Manuel is in his last session at Global Language Institute! His graduation day is April 22.

Manuel received an outstanding letter of recommendation from his academic advisor at Global Language Institute. Here is an excerpt from it:
" Manuel has been required to present various projects during the oral communications courses, all of which have shown a high level of organization and preparation, as well as good English language ability. Manuel shows an eagerness to work well with others in group projects and is always respectful to other members of the class. We can always count on Manuel to be well-prepared for class and to frequently ask good questions. 

In his writing and reading courses, Manuel has improved throughout his time at GLI due to his hard work and effort in and out of class. Manuel works to his highest potential every day and has been consistently able to apply new vocabulary and structures in his writing assignments. He has made good progress with his reading comprehension skills too. 

We firmly believe that Manuel is a bright and enthusiastic individual who will perform well in any educational environment. He is highly motivated, and always ready to take on new challenges. We feel certain that Manuel will continue to show his qualities in his future endeavors. "

Manuel learned all about the tradition of dying Easter Eggs!
Natalia and Manuel love cuddling together!
Natalia is pretty much Manuel's biggest fan! 
Tio Manuel is a highly desired playmate by both kiddos!
Our family Easter picture