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The Department of English as a
ESL: Celebrating Language and Culture
Please review the terms below to assist you in understanding our program:
ELL: English Language Learner
ESL: English as a Second Language
LEP: Limited English Proficiency
LAB-R: Language Achievement Battery- Revised
NYSESLAT: New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test
HLQ: Home Language Questionnaire
How are students identified as
English Language Learners?
1. All families are required to complete a Home Language Questionnaire as part of the overall registration process.
2. Deer Park UFSD is mandated to follow the NYS Limited English Proficient Identification Process.
3. If a student is identified as an ELL, he/she is placed into the ESL program. Services, contact hours and/or periods are determined by a student's level of proficiency and grade level, as determined by either the LAB-R and or NYSESLAT.
4. Can a Parent/Guardian refuse ESL services? No. There is no opting out of ESL once a child is identified and placed in the ESL program. New York State requires that all identified LEP/ELL students receive ESL instruction, appropriate to their proficiency level. The NYSESLAT is the only assessment that can determine if a student has reached a level of Proficient. Once that level is reached on both the Listening/Speaking and Reading/Writing sections, the student is exited from the ESL program. A former LEP/ESL student remains as a Transitional Student, for two years.
In The News...
Chinese New Year...
Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Chinese New Year for the 2012-2013 school year will be celebrated on February 10, 2013. This year is a special New Year, as we celebrate the year of the Snake. The Snake brings wisdom and beauty to all.
Special Report... JFK
Students in Ms. Megan Meahan's ESL class, are investigating animals of the world for a special report. Using interactive graphic organizers , students research and prepare for their upcoming project presentations.
Making Connections: JQA
Students in Mrs. Grossman's ESL class are making language connections by reading favorite folk tales. Students have the opportunity to bring bilingual storybooks home for their parents to read to them in their native language and English. Reading is truly fun!
Back to School Night/Meet the Teacher Night September 2012:
JFK: 9/24 grade 5 @7pm , 9/19 grades 3 @ 7pm and grade 4@ 7pm
JQA: 9/20 (grades K-2)
May Moore: 9/20 (grades K-2)
Robert Frost: 9/20 (grades 6-8)@ 7pm
Deer Park High School: 9/27 (grades 9-12)@ 7pm
There have been a changes made to the 3-8 testing schedule. The NYSESLAT will now be administered as follows:
All speaking task portions of the 2013 NYSESLAT will be administered in grades K-12 beginning April 17, 2013. The reading, writing and listening portions of the 2013 NYSESLAT will be administered in all buildings K-12, from May 6th to May 17th 2013. All students enrolled in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program, must take this state assessment.
My Fall Haiku: Robert Frost
Students in Ms. Freire's class prepared and presented autumn poems: My Fall Haiku, using Smart Board technology. A Haiku is a three-lined poem with specific syllables for each of the poem lines. As you can see by the smiling faces, all presentations were a great success!
Foster Grandparent Program
National Volunteer Month is celebrated each year during the month of April. National Volunteer Month presents an opportunity for individuals to celebrate ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things through service.
With the help of the Federation of Organizations, the Deer Park School
District has been fortunate to welcome "Grandparents" into our May Moore, Lincoln, JFK and
JQA schools. "Grandparents" are part of the Foster Grandparent Program. This program gives seniors in our community the opportunity to work one-on-one with children, by providing individualized attention, encouragement and literacy support.
ESL Family Fun Night
All students participating in our program, are invited to attend this year's "fun night", which will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 5:30-7:30pm, at the Deer Park High School Aquatic Center. Family and friends are also welcome to attend.
Other ESL Family Nights for the 2012-2013:
JFK: 1/24 @ 5pm
JQA: 1/31 @ 5:30pm
May Moore: 2/7 @ 5pm