Thu Dec 16 2021, 6:15pm
WHS Library (Also Available via Zoom)
Regular Meeting


ELL Report

To: Michael Green

From: Darcy Soto

Date: 12/9/2021

Re: December 2021 Board Report

ELL/State Transitional Bilingual Intervention Program and Translation Services

  • Elementary: Beginning last month K-4 students began receiving ELL services under the direct supervision of our ELL Director and Assistant Principal, Darcy Soto. We are providing direct services to our students with the highest language proficiency needs with an asset-based approach and adaptive curriculum, and working with K-4 teachers to build their capacity to serve ELL students in the classroom with scaffolds and instructional supports.
  • Middle School: The WMS ELL department teacher, Pam Dietrich, monitors grades/missing assignments and communicates with our Spanish Speaking families via email, home visits, phone calls, and Language Link weekly to make connections and inform families. Currently, they are in the planning phase of the WMS ELL Trojan Homework Club 2021-22. We are excited to offer this to our ELL students in 2022!   
  • High school: At the high school, staff completed all the new WIDA training and finished giving the screener to our new 11 multilingual students. In the intermediate and advanced classes, students completed a five-paragraph essay based on their opinion of a movie. They practiced using sequencing words and searching for synonyms to spice up their writing!
  • District Level: Last month we welcomed 33 new students into the ELL program based on the WIDA screeners. In partnership with the ELL Outreach Coordinator and WHS counseling team, we are working on a series of videos in English and Spanish to support families in their understanding of secondary processes and timelines, credit accrual, graduation pathways, and post-secondary opportunities. Our goal, in service to our district’s mission, is to reach all families with this critical information and bolster their positive engagement and success. We look forward to fruitful connections with all families!