ESL Department

East Maine School District 63

ESL / BILINGUAL SERVICES

 

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Erin Sterling, Director of ESL/Bilingual Services

  "Empowering all students to succeed in a changing world." 

  

For the 2013-2014 School Year

 

Students that speak a language other than English may qualify for a transitional bilingual classroom, ESL support or a general education classroom. In order for a student to qualify for a transitional bilingual classroom or ESL support, he/she must take the WIDA ACCESS Proficiency Test (W-APT).  Based on the score of the W-APT, students will be placed in a classroom that will best meet their educational needs.  East Maine School District 63 offers the following programs for our students who speak a language other than English.

 

SPANISH BILINGUAL PROGRAMS

 

Spanish Bilingual classrooms will be offered at the following schools:

Apollo School – 10100 Dee Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016 – (847) 827-6231

Nelson School – 8901 Ozanam Avenue, Niles, IL 60714 – (847) 965-0050

Stevenson School – 9000 Capitol Drive, Des Plaines, IL 60016 – (847) 298-1622

 

Spanish Bilingual Classrooms

 

            Kindergarten –  Bilingual Spanish Classroom Teacher

                                       Subjects are taught in Spanish

                                       Student begin to learn to read/write in Spanish

                                       English is taught throughout the day

 

            First grade –   Bilingual Spanish Classroom Teacher

                                    Subjects are taught in Spanish

                                    Students will continue to learn to read/write in Spanish

                                    English is taught throughout the day 

 

            Second grade – Bilingual Spanish Classroom Teacher

                                       Subjects are taught in Spanish

                                       Students will continue to learn to read/write in Spanish

                                       English is taught throughout the day          

                         

             Third grade –  Bilingual Spanish Classroom Teacher

                                     Students will continue to learn to read/write in Spanish

   Subjects are taught in Spanish

   English is taught throughout the day and students will begin to 

   transition to reading and writing in English 

 

 v  If your child’s home school is not one of the above listed schools, she/he will be bused to Apollo School to be enrolled in a bilingual classroom.

v  The Bilingual Spanish program is only for native speakers of Spanish. It is not a program that will teach students to speak Spanish.

 v  Parents have the right to refuse ESL or Bilingual Services. Please notify the school if you would not like your child to receive English language or Bilingual services.

 

Transitional Program of Instruction (ESL) Services

 

Students that speak a language other than English or Spanish will receive ESL – (English language support services) from ESL certified teachers.  They will either have an ESL teacher pull them out of their classroom for ESL services or the ESL teacher will go into their classroom to work with the students that qualify for ESL support.  ESL teachers and staff will provide students with English language instruction they need to be successful in the general education classroom.

 

Students that speak Spanish in fourth through eighth grades will receive ESL services by an ESL teacher through out the school day.  These students may be pulled out of their classroom or the ESL teacher may go into their general education classroom to provide support to the student.

 

**Parents have the right to refuse ESL or Bilingual Services. Please notify the school if you would not like your child to receive English language or Bilingual services.

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Sheltered and ESL Supported Classrooms

Students that qualify for ESL services may be placed into a Sheltered or an ESL Supported classroom.  Sheltered and ESL Supported classrooms have ESL certified teachers that work with the entire class to support English language development. Sheltered and ESL Supported classrooms do not move at a slower pace than the General Education classrooms do. These classes are specifically designed to improve English language proficiency throughout the day while students are learning the grade level material/subjects. Sheltered Classrooms are made up of ESL students at varying levels of English language proficiency. ESL Supported classrooms have 60% ESL students and 40% General Education students. Students are randomly selected to be ESL Supported classrooms.

Please note, not all schools offer Sheltered or ESL Supported classrooms. If you would like to know more about either one of these classroom styles and if they are offered at your child’s school, please contact building principal or an ESL teacher at the school.


 

 General Education Classrooms

Students that do not qualify for the Spanish Bilingual Program or for ESL support services will be placed in the general education program.  These students will not receive any type of ESL or Bilingual instruction or services.

 

 

**** SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION ****


  • 2014 Ready, Set, Kindergarten Information…Ready, Set Kindergarten is an invitation only kindergarten readiness program. During the 4 week program, students will work on literacy and mathematics skills. Materials, bus and snacks are provided free of charge to all students who qualify for the program. The dates of the program will be July 14th through August 7th, Mondays through Thursdays. Classes will begin at 8:30 am and end at 11:30 am. There will be no classes on Fridays. The classes will be held in the students’ home schools. Due to construction at Melzer, the students will attend Washington school.  Please contact Katie Bajorek at 847-493-8421 if you have any questions or concerns. Ready, Set Kindergarten bus information will be mailed to parents as soon as possible. The bus will stop in front of the student’s homes to pick up and drop off each student. Then Ready, Set Kindergarten teachers will ride the buses the first day of the program to assist the students on and off the bus.
 
  • 2014 ESL Summer School will be held at Nelson School and will begin July 14th through August 7th, Mondays through Thursdays. Nelson School is located at 8901 Ozanam Ave, Niles, IL 60714. Student hours are 8:15 am to 12:15 pm. There will be no classes on Fridays. A free breakfast will be provided to your child every day. There will be no lunch hour, so please do not send a lunch with your child to school. The registration form is due no later than May 16th, 2014. ESL Summer School bus information will be mailed to students’ homes as soon as we receive the information from the bus company. If you have any questions about ESL Summer School, please contact Katie Bajorek at 847-493-8421.
 
  • 2014 ESY Summer School will be held at Nelson School and will begin July 14th through August 7th, Mondays through Thursdays. Nelson School is located at 8901 Ozanam Ave, Niles, IL 60714. Student hours are 8:15 am to 12:15 pm. There will be no classes on Fridays. A free breakfast will be provided to your child every day. There will be no lunch hour, so please do not send a lunch with your child to school. The registration form is due no later than April 30th, 2014. ESY Summer School bus information will be mailed to students’ homes as soon as we receive the information from the bus company. If you have any questions about ESY Summer School, please contact Margie Scanlon at 847-493-8420.