June 2, 2004 Weekly Facts
June 2, 2004
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.
If you are interested in more information on clustering students as you prepare for next year, infomration can be found in the ELL staff handbook. Information specifically addressing clustering can be found in section 4.1: Language through Content in-depth. This information was provided to all principals in a presentation from Valeria within the last month.
End of the Year Reminders
- Please keep in mind that the following items will need to be completed by June 9:
- Complete Spring Checklists. Print a copy for the cumulative folders (remember, to print from ELL Campus you need to first click on the "reports" tab)
- Collaboratively complete the end of the year Summary Report with classroom teachers
- Be sure that the TEAE/MN Solom reports are in the students' cumulative folders
IMPORTANT SECONDARY SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION!!!
All level 1 & 2 students will be centrally located:
**All 7th grade, and incoming 6th graders, who are level 1 & 2 will be at Hazel Park Middle School. They will have a reading class and a math class.
**All 8th through 12th graders, who are level 1 & 2, will be at Harding High School. They will have a reading class and a math class.
All math classes will have biligual EA's who are good at math to assist
All level 3 & 4 students will attend their current school, or for 8th graders, the school they will attend next year.
**There will be no ELL classes for level 3 & 4 middle schoolers (7th grade) due to staffing shortages. Since it is a reading and mathematics format, the 7th graders do okay in the regular summer classes.
** Priority goes to the level 3 & 4 high school students. Each high school has 2 ELL teachers, unless based on winter enrollment there is a need for only 1 teacher at that building.
ELL teachers will be teaching reading using our ELL secondary summer school curriculum, which is very good. Writing will be taught separately by a writing teacher, unless we find additional staff.
ELL TEACHERS!!!!!!! PLEASE ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO ATTEND SUMMER SCHOOL. ALL ELL STUDENTS QUALIFY AND SHOULD GO, ESPECIALLY THE LEVEL 1 & 2 STUDENTS!!!!!!
YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT AND EXPLANATIONS ARE IMPORTANT. SUMMER TEACHERS ONLY KEEP THEIR JOB BASED ON STUDENTS WHO PHYSICALLY ATTEND AND SHOW UP: THEREFORE, THE MORE YOU CAN HELP US RECRUIT KIDS, THE BETTER.
THANKS VERY VERY MUCH!!!!!
MIDDLE/JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS!!! LOOKING FOR A STAFF DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY? SUMMER TRAININGS IN AUGUST!
If you haven't taken part in the Junior Literacy Initiative yet, you may want to sign up for the August 16-20 training with the Minnesota Writing Project at Arlington High School. This training will load you up with new ideas in using reading and writing strategies in your classroom. It is a great complement to the CARS training all middle/junior high school ELL teachers received last year from Mary Barrett. The training will get you psyched about the reading/writing connection and how you can use writer's notebooks in your ELL classes. Most schools have participants from the Junior Literacy Initiative already, so ask your fellow teachers what it's all about. Denise Quinlan has extended the deadline for signing up for this workshop, so if you are interested in taking part in this, please talk to your principal about signing up today.
If you have already taken part in the MWP workshop and are already involved in the Junior Literacy Initiative, you can sign up for the Adria Klein workshop or the Disciplinary Literacy strand with other content area teachers in your building. Again, talk to your building principal about signing up today!
If you have any questions about these workshops, please contact Anne Lowe at 767-8387 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students and Staff Organize Ethiopian Heritage Day at Highland Park Senior High School
Submitted by Highland Park Senior student, Bereket Keseterbrhan, Ethiopian Heritage Day Organizer
The number of Ethiopian students in Highland Park is increasing each year. I came up with the idea of presenting a cultural show because I wanted to familiarize the rest of the students and teachers with the Ethiopian culture.
Before the student assembly on April 22, 2004, a group of students from all over Ethiopia who attend Highland High gathered together after school to discuss which parts of Ethiopian culture to showcase. We chose dances and music from the northern part called Tigrinya, the central part called Amharinya, and the southern part called Guaraginga. We held a slideshow that showed the diversity of the landscapes and people of Ethiopia. We also delivered a short history of Ethiopia.
I hope Global Vision and Liberal Arts students are fascinated by what the Ethiopian students presented. It is my hope the coming-up students will continue this event as a proud Highland High tradition.
Special thanks to everyone for making this event unforgettable. It would not be the way it was without your efforts. Special thanks to Ms. Sevald and Ms. Bierman and the students.