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Who are our English Language Learners?
Our English Language Learners come from five different continents and speak 14+ different languages (see pie chart). Students in our ESL program may be new immigrants to the United States with minimum English language skills, or they may be fluent English speakers who continue to need support in their reading and writing of English.
Who works with our English Language Learners?
Currently Hastings Public Schools employ two licensed ESL teachers, one at the elementary level and another at the secondary level:
Margaret Cox ~ Pinecrest, McAuliffe, and Kennedy Elementary Schools
Tilden Kindergarten Center
Leslie Burgess ~ Hastings Middle School and Hastings High School
We also have two PSAs (Paraprofessionals) who are dedicated to our ESL program:
Linda Berg ~ Hastings High School, Hastings Middle School, McAuliffe Elementary, and Tilden Kindergarten Center
Mary Lou Rivard ~ Pinecrest Elementary School
What does the curriculum look like at the secondary level?
Hastings High School:
At the high school students are offered ESL support for two, 45-minute periods a day. One period is direct language instruction, using an American History curriculum (Explore America ~ Ballard and Tighe Publishers) to teach important English skills. The other period is a guided study hall where English Language Learners receive support for their other academic classes from qualified peer tutors and a Spanish bilingual PSA.
Hastings Middle School:
At the middle school students are also offered ESL support during two, 45-minute periods a day. The first period is direct language instruction, using young adult novels as the foundation. During the 2006-2007 school year we will be reading these three books:
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan;
- Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan and;
- Flush by Carl Hiaasen
At Hastings Middle School students are also offered a guided study hall staffed by a Spanish bilingual paraprofessional every other day opposite physical education.
What does the curriculum look like at the elementary level?