International flags flutter from the ceilings of the outdoor hallways at Valencia Newcomer School in the state of Arizona, where more than 200 children from around the world are learning English and American classroom customs.
Before that, a kid might be fascinated with a light switch they excitedly turn off and on. Another is startled by a whistle or a helicopter buzzing overhead that recalls conflict back home.
But fears melt away as the kids adjust, said Valencia Principal Lynette Faulkner, who calls the school their "safe place." Soon, they stand in line, raise their hand, and keep quiet inside the classroom.
Since fall 2018, the public school has welcomed students from countries including Myanmar, Eritrea, Indonesia, Afghanistan and Cuba for a year before transferring to mainstream schools. In 2019, students from kindergarten to eighth-grade come from 21 countries and speak 15 languages. (AP)
flutter：動詞，飄揚；拍翅。例句：Thousands of national flags fluttered in the breeze.（上千面國旗在微風中飄揚。）
whistle：動詞或名詞，（吹）口哨。例句：He is used to whistling Beatles’ tunes while showering.（他習慣在淋浴時，用口哨吹出披頭四的歌。）
buzz：動詞，發嗡嗡聲；（飛機）低空飛過。例句：When a helicopter buzzes over, my ears feel uncomfortable.（當直升機低空飛過，我的耳朵就不舒服。）