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  • Harlem 5th grade bilingual students enjoyed the active and engaging STAAR preparation lessons taught

    by Janie Jimenez, Bilingual/ESL specialist. Students answer questions about drama in a carrousel format

    in pairs. Students had to choose and agree on the best answer and explain why using text evidence.

    Issue # 5, May 2015 Message from the Director of Bilingual/ESL Education

    June 9th-30th- Bilingual/ESL Pre-K-K

    summer school

    June 9th- 26th -Language Acquisition

    Camp 3rd-5th

    June 9th-22th -Language Acquisition Camp

    for newcomer students in grades 6th-8th

    June 11th July 1st -Language Acquisition

    Camp for newcomer students in grades

    9th-12th

    Important Dates:

    Dear Administrators and Teachers:

    Welcome to the fifth issue of the Bilingual/ESL department E-

    newsletter. We are one week away from the end of this 2014-2015

    academic year. We look forward to the exciting work of the upcoming

    summer schools.

    This months newsletter showcases the Goose Creek CISD winners of

    the district HAABE (Houston Area Association for Bilingual

    Education) bilingual/ESL teacher of the year competition. We share

    with you how Banuelos teachers get together to ensure their LPAC

    folders contain all documentation impacting decision of English

    language learners at end-of-the-year. Do not miss the pictures of the

    TELPAS data analysis done at our bilingual/ESL PLC at Alamo May

    18th. Our curriculum writing cadres had an opportunity to network in

    an open lab session at Bauelos May 19th to work diligently to finalize

    the Spanish language arts (SLAR) and English as a second language

    (ESL) scope and sequences for next school semester. We share

    information and pictures about our newcomer program. Thank you for

    sharing pictures of best practices you observe in your classrooms.

    Sincerely,

    Pilar Moreno-Recio

    Bilingual/ESL Department E-Newsletter

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    Goose Creek CISD HAABE

    Bilingual/ESL Teachers

    of the Year Banquet at the

    Hilton University of

    Houston

    Goose Creek CISD Bilingual Elementary Teacher

    of the Year, Ms. Fabiola Avena, and ESL

    Secondary Teacher of the Year, Ms. Natalia

    Heckman, posing with the gifts presented to

    them at the May HAABE Bilingual/ESL Teacher of the Year banquet.

    Thank you to Ms. Beatrice Baca, principal at Hopper Primary School and Mr. Kevin Foxworth,

    principal at Ross Sterling High School, for their attendance to the HAABE Bilingual/ESL

    Teacher banquet and support to their teachers. Ms. Avenas family attended the event to show their support.

  • OUR LPAC FOLDERS ARE ALL READY!!

    Bauelos Elementary bilingual teachers get together

    after school to ensure LPAC folders contain all

    documentation pertaining decisions about English

    language learners in preparation for end-of-the-year

    LPAC annual review. Way to Go, Bulldogs!

    WE LOVE OUR LPAC ADMINISTRATORS!

    .

    Thank you for your hard work to make all

    decisions impacting our English language learners

    a success. Ms. Gonzalez, LPAC administrator at

    San Jacinto Elementary, always ensures her

    paperwork is ready prior to LPAC meetings,

    which guarantees a smooth process and time for

    quality instructional decision-making.

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    District Bilingual/ESL PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY AT ALAMO

    Elementary

    Bilingual/ESL Teachers met at the last PLC of this scholastic year to analyze TELPAS data. Teachers

    wrote individual instructional goals for the next academic year to support English language acquisition

    and shared those goals with colleagues.

    Heather Witcher, Imagine Learning Educational

    Consultant, recognized top campus Imagine Learning

    program users. Ms. Walmsley, 2nd grade bilingual

    teacher, from Travis was the top user with more than

    40 hours of students program use.

    Ms. Ana Carlson and Marcia Walmsley, present

    at the last bilingual/ESL PLC, will be retiring

    this year. They were recognized for their work

    with Goose Creek CISD. Thank you for your

    contribution to the education of our English

    language learners.

    Thank you Alamo Elementary for opening the doors of the campus to

    host the District Bilingual/ESL Teacher PLC Meeting!

    We wish you well !

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    Curriculum writing Cadres Below Cadres of writers sharing their progress on their SLAR and ESL scope

    and sequences. PEER review and constructive feedback ARE making the

    curriculum documents powerful

    PURPOSE OF THE SPANISH LANGUAGE ARTS SCOPE AND SEQUENCE WRITING

    Provide bilingual students with foundation in first language so that they can build on the transfer of skills in their second language. Establishing connections with their first language

    to help them acquire English easily.

    Provide teachers with an opportunity to master and own their own created curriculum.

    PURPOSE OF THE ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CURRICULUM WRITING

    SCOPE AND SEQUENCE.

    Teach/reinforce English language arts skills during the ESL block of time. The ESL block of time is a component of the Bilingual/ESL program necessary to expose bilingual students to

    English language arts skills and thus closing the gap with requirements of early transition into

    a second language.

    Daily ESL Framework (45 minutes) in the Bilingual Classroom Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

    Word

    Study/Grammar

    and Phonics

    Readers

    Workshop

    Mini-lesson

    Small Group

    Instruction/

    Independent

    Work

    Small Group

    Instruction/

    Independent

    Work

    Writers

    Workshop

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    ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY

    NEWCOMER ACADEMIES

    GOOSE CREEK CISD NEWCOMER ACADEMIES

    -Developing Scholars-

    1 2nd year

    in U.S. schools

    HLS indicates language

    other than English

    OLPT is administered

    (IPT II)

    -

    -

    Student* exits Newcomer Academy and returns to home campus upon reaching Advanced

    on TELPAS Reading OR after a maximum of two years

    *In order to exit ELL (LEP) status, students must meet all state exit criteria. For the purposes of this chart, exiting only refers to Newcomer Academy placement, not bilingual program placement.

    After year 1 in US, newcomer students are

    scheduled in ESL English classes and

    Sheltered Instruction teams.

    Ms. Emilee Morales and Ms. Michelle Hicks, Baytown Junior School newcomer academy teachers, use

    technology during direct teaching. Newcomer students interact with technology to provide text evidence.

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    Ms. Hernandez, Prek bilingual teacher at Banuelos

    Imagine Learning Forum 2015, Provo, Utah

    -A Learning Experience-

    Pilar Moreno-Recio, Director of Bilingual/ESL

    and Ahime Ornelas, Bilingual/ESL Specialist at

    the Imagine Learning Headquarters learning about

    the research and benefits of the Imagine Learning

    program.

    Howard Stephanson, Utah State

    Senator, and Pilar Moreno-Recio,

    GCCISD Director of Bilingual/ESL

    Education, at Utah State Capitol

    after speech on the importance of

    digital learning and Utahs

    commitment to support ELLs in the acquisition of English.

    Goose Creek CISD district representatives, Pilar Moreno-Recio and Ahime Ornelas, were

    able to see the Imagine Learning team in action behind the scenes. Above, the Production

    and Art Drama/Video Departments explaining what is takes to create a research-based quality digital program that students enjoy.

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