Weekly Facts 2003-2004

May 26, 2004 Weekly Facts

May 26, 2004

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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.

May 19, 2004 4:15 PM

KLDM Cadre Meeting

May 19, 2004 4:30 PM

Traditional Hmong Ways and Hmong Marriage Ritual

May 19, 2004 5:45 PM

LCD PAC Committee

May 19, 2004 6:00 PM

Family Ties - Latino

May 26, 2004 4:30 PM

Traditional Hmong Ways and Hmong Marriage Ritual

Come See Comedian and Entertainer Tou Ger Xiong to raise money to help The Hmong Refugees in Wat Tham Krabok

May 27, 2004
Arlington High School &endash; Great Hall
1495 Rice Street, Saint Paul
6:00-8:30 p.m.
Bring your friends, family, co-workers and others to see Tou Ger Xiong. Tou Ger is a dynamic one-man show that combines humor, folklore, and hip-hop music into an explosive performance that will entertain and educate about cultural diversity. Dressed in his traditional Hmong clothes and using his bilingualism, Tou Ger will take you on a journey of his life from the jungles of Laos, to the refugee camps of Thailand, and to the public housing projects of America. His stories will make you rethink your own beliefs about accepting differences long after the show is over. It's one cultural experience not to be missed. His message is "As much as we are different we are alike. We have no other choice but to learn to get along."
The event will also include a silent auction and picture show.

FOR INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Mo Chang 651-767-8124 or Mao Thao 651-266-2462

Sponsored by:
Delegates to Wat Tham Krabok, Hmong American Partnership and Hmong Chamber of Commerce
Refreshments will be provided. This is a free event. Whatever you can donate will be greatly appreciated. The fund will go toward the families in the camp by sending a teacher, a mental health professional and money for food, school, water and medicines. If you are not able to attend and would like to make a donation you can send it to:
Please make checks payable to Wat Fund c/o Hmong
American Partnership and send your tax-deductible
donation to: The Hmong American Partnership
1075 Arcade Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106
Tel. 651-495-9160

Download the registration form on the bottom of the weekly facts. 

June 4, 2004 – ELL EA Recognition

Time:  8:00 – 12:00

Location:  Lao Family Community Center, 320 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, MN 55103
(651) 221-0069

Graduation Ceremony Translation Information

Please read the memo at the bottom of the page regarding the availability of translation services for graduation ceremonies. It is a great service to our ELL familes and you don't have to do much more than inform your graduates of its availability.

Clustering Information

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.

Who are Minnesota's Recent Immigrants?


Small World: Urbanization and the Impact of Migration - Town Meeting

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Join MIC on Tuesday, June 22, as Fred De Sam Lazaro convenes a town meeting to screen and discuss the latest installment in the Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) series Small World: Population in Perspective.

Some time around 2007, for the first time in human history, our planet will have more people living in urban areas than rural areas. What is driving this massive movement of people in the developing world? A panel of experts will discuss the economic, social and environmental consequences of urbanization, and the prospect of a new wave of Hmong refugees being resettled in Minnesota.

TPT's Small World series is supported by the World Population Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation.

* Time: 5:30 - 7:30 P

* Place: Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Cowles Auditorium, 301 19th Avenue S, University of Minnesota, West Bank.

* Cost:

$5 Member/Students

$10 Non-Member

(TPT and UNA members are eligible for the member rate.)

* To register: Complete Minnesota International Center online pre-registration form

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.



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

URGENT - Summer School Language Academy Teachers

There will be two Language Academy teachers at each of the current language academy sites. If you applied for this position make sure you contact your principal to request the language academy assignment. All Language Academy placement must complete and return a job application to ALC-Elementary before they can be hired/placed....Prospective applicants may go to www.alc.elem.spps.org to complete an online application. There is crucial that you complete the aplication and inform your building principal, ALC and Maria Alicia Arabbo by APRIL 29. Sorry for the short notice but this positions were authorized yesterday.

If you have questions contact María Alicia Arabbo at 767-8388.


Statement on ELL Services for ELL students with Special Ed needs:

In the past, students with an HLQ other than English who scored below the 30th percentile on a standardized reading test were placed into ELL classes. Most ELL students advance to the next ELL level each school year. It has come to our attention that many of our students in Level 1 and 2 ELL classes have either been born in this country or started their formal schooling in this country. Clearly the students who have been in this country longer than 3 years who remain in level 1 and 2 classes have needs which deal with more than just language acquisition. Many of these students have special ed needs which cannot be met in the Level 1 and 2 classes. The level 1 and 2 classes are for students who are new to this country and language, and who do not have the academic and social English language skills needed to achieve in our schools.

As of next school year, 2004-2005, the ELL department asks that students who have been in the country more than 3 years not be placed into Level 1 and 2 ELL classes. Students who have been here longer than 3 years and who still qualify for service will have the opportunity to be placed in the Level 3 or 4 classes, but will also need to have a schedule of classes which take into account their special ed needs. We ask that ELL teachers, Special Ed teams and counselors work together at the sites to ensure proper placement for students with a home language other than English and who have special needs as identified in their I.E.P.

Secondary ELL Curriculum Writing

As a follow-up to the secondary ELL teacher meetings held in March we are forming a Secondary Curriculum Task Force to write ELL secondary curriculum and to align courses with the English Language Proficiency Standards and State Academic Standards.

The task force will meet on the following dates:

  • Thursday, May 20th from 3:30 to 5:30pm at 360 Colborne in room D

    • Thursday, June 10th from 8 am to 3 pm in room D

    • Friday, June 11th from 8 am to 3 pm in room 4B (on the fourth floor)

    All participants will receive curriculum-writing pay.

    Interested middle and junior high ELL teachers, please contact Anne Lowe.

    Interested high school ELL teachers, please contact Michael Bowlu


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.





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 anne.lowe@spps.org.







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