Weekly Facts 2003-2004

April 7, 2004 Weekly Facts

April 7, 2004

| Joint Information | Elementary Information | Secondary Information |
| ELL Calendar |

Events on the ELL Calendar for this Week

These events for the next week are listed below are detailed in the ELL calendar. All other ELL events that have been scheduled are also listed in the ELL Calendar in the same location.

Apr 7, 2004 3:00 PM

ELL Secondary Study Groups

Apr 7, 2004 4:30 PM

Traditional Hmong Ways and Hmong Marriage Ritual

Apr 12, 2004 4:00 PM

Reaching and Teaching Latino Students

Apr 14, 2004 3:30 PM

Scaffolding/Content Area Part 2

Apr 14, 2004 4:00 PM

Teaming with Bilingual Educational Assistants

Apr 14, 2004 4:15 PM

KLDM Cadre Meeting

Apr 14, 2004 4:30 PM

Traditional Hmong Ways and Hmong Marriage Ritual

Apr 14, 2004 5:45 PM

LCD PAC Committee

Apr 15, 2004 4:00 PM

ELL Elementary Study Groups

Apr 16, 2004

Family Ties - Somali

Apr 17, 2004

Family Ties - Hmong

Welcome Back!

We hope your Spring Break was restful and relaxing!

Teaching about Islam in the context of Social Studies and World Religions

On Monday, May 3, we will be offering a professional development opportunity about teaching Islam in the context of social studies and world religions. If you are interested in a registration form or more infomration on this or other opportunities - visit the professional development section.

ELL Eligibility for Placement in EXCEL Program

Several questions have come up recently regarding ELL students' eligibility for the EXCEL program. The EXCEL worksheet states that ELL level 1 and 2 students are not eligible for the EXCEL program. The intention of this criterion is to match a student's specific needs with the programs available. The EXCEL program is meant to be an intervention for students who are struggling in academic areas; it is not designed for students whose primary issue is English language acquisition. Therefore, students who have recently participated in Language Academy or who were eligible for Language Academy but refused these services, are not likely to be good candidates for the EXCEL program. The AIP team should use their professional opinion based on the student's particular needs to determine whether EXCEL would be appropriate.


We are now in the Spring Pre-LAS testing window

This year we will be requiring all kindergarten students that have an HLQ other than English and a fall Pre-LAS level of 1-4 to be tested again this spring. The testing window for the spring is from April 5-April 30. Scores are due by April 30. Please use the score sheet (see attachment at bottom of page) to record scores. Send the score sheets via inter-district mail to Al Levin at 360 Colborne--ELL Department.


Fall Window

September 2 - October 10, 2003

Due: October 10, 2003


Students entering between October 10 - February 13 should be tested immediately and again in the spring.


Students entering between February 13 - April 5 should be tested immediately.
This will be their spring score.


Spring Window

April 5 - April 30, 2004

Due: April 30, 2004


Maria Alicia (a.k.a Mary Alice) Arabbo Update

Earlier this year, we were proud to announce the Mary Alice Arabbo succeeded in passing her citizenship test. Since then, we've Anglicized her name and been working on Americanizing her accent. Today, we are just as happy to announce that she is a new grandma of a beautiful little girl. So if Mary Alice seems a bit distracted when you see her its all due to having to learn a new accent and shop for baby clothes.....Congratulations Maria Alicia.








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