Friday Fine Points- 10-9-15

ESOL Department- Greenville County Schools

Upcoming ESOL Program Meeting

Our ESOL Program meeting will be Tuesday, October 13th. The Elementary time is 3:30-4:30 and the Middle/High time is 4:30-5:30. We will have our first book study session during this meeting so please bring your assigned book. We will initially gather in conference center A as a whole group and then we will break out for our book study groups. Don't forget to sign up on the portal.


Micah Sollman arrived on September 30th. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 1 ounce and is 20 inches long. Mom (Tiffany Sollman- ESOL teacher at Stone, Heritage, Early College, and Mountain View) and baby Micah are doing great!

Lunch and Learn #1

Please extend the invitation to all teachers and even your IC/CRT to join us for our Lunch and Learn.

Title: Grammar Keepers: Lessons That Tackle Students’ Most Persistent Problems Once and for All

Date: October 15th

Time: 8:00 am-3:00 pm

Place: Conference Centers A & B

National Speaker: Gretchen Bernabei

We’ve known for years that we should teach grammar in the context of meaningful writing, but how? Gretchen Bernabei offers a new approach which solves several problems at once:

· Students don’t forget what they’ve learned

· Teachers don’t lose track of what they’ve covered

Lessons are simplified and turned into interactive conversations.

Lessons include all the conventions, with special attention on sentence formation (fragments/run-ons/complexity) and usage problems (like it’s/its and there/their/they’re). And best of all, the lessons are actually easy, quick and fun.

*Sign up on the portal so that we will have an accurate count for supplies and lunches.

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Scholastic Book Pick-UP

If you recall from the spring, we had ordered books for an ESOL Book Fair. For those of you who did not pick-up your books, we have set another day to pick up books for your school. This is a great way for your students to begin a personal library at home. This is also a great way for you to do some professional development with your parents about literacy in the home.

Scholastic Book pick up day is Thursday, October 15th at MT Anderson Support Center between 9:00-11:00. If you are at the lunch and learn we will make plans to get your books to you during the lunch break.

*If books are not picked up on or before this day, they will go to another school.

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Spring Assessment for ELLs

This is the moment that you have all been waiting for...drum roll.... A 1 year emergency procurement bid has been accepted for us to give ACCESS as our annual assessment for this spring. I think we will all agree that although the tiering of the tests was different and it was a tad bit difficult to get used to a new test we can all be thankful that we know what we are giving and we have time to prepare for that. You will get a WIDA log-in in the next few weeks as our state moves forward with the procurement process. ACCESS for ELLs Spring 2016 here we go!! For those that are new or need a refresher visit the link below to learn more about the assessment.

Alternate ACCESS for ELLs

Precoding for the LEP Alternate ACCESS NEW

  • Please collaborate with your school's special education teachers to determine if there are any ESOL students in your building who are on the alternate assessment track
  • If an ESOL student is on the alternate assessment track you will need to provide your PowerSchool clerk that information so that she can precode the student's information in PowerSchool.

Upcoming Events


****Work with school testing coordinator on testing accommodations for CogAT and ITBS (Elementary only) ​

10/13 ESOL Meeting: Book Study (MT Anderson Conf. Center A) Elementary:

3:30-4:30 and Middle/High: 4:30-5:30 (sign-up on the portal)

10/15 Lunch and Learn: Grammar Keepers: Lessons That Tackle Students’ Most Persistent

Problems Once and for All ​(sign-up on the portal)

10/23 End of 1st Quarter/Monitor 1st Quarter Report Cards

10/23 Submit Assessment Comparison to ESOL Office

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Collaboration and CoTeaching

Many of you are trying your hand at some form or fashion of co-teaching or inclusion. Kuddos to you! This can be a great model of service for some of our ELLs and I am proud of you for taking the plunge. We are bringing 2 national speakers in for our second lunch and learn to support you guys with co-teachning. Hoginsfield and Dove will join us in January. In the meantime, I found a video that might help support you in your journey. I will go ahead and apologize for the length of the video because it is 8 minutes but I think it is worth the watch. This video is real and shows what happens on a day to day basis. It would be great if you could watch it with your inclusion teacher.

Additional Resources/PD

Essential Actions: 15 Research-based Practices to Increase ELL Student Achievement. See if you can pick one of these actions to focus on in your school.

ESOL Program Office

Ana Hill, ESOL Program Secretary

(864) 355-2978

Gloria Hackenberg, ESOL Lead Aide

(864) 355-2985

Kerry Culpepper, ESOL Lead Teacher

(864) 355-2970

Christine Ware, Title III Instructional Coach

(864) 355-8861

Ashley Ziemer

(864) 355-2979