EL Happenings

Volume 3 Issue 6

Humans of New York.....Southport Academy Style

Have you ever read a book that made you think, "That is such a cool idea"? Have you ever taken that a step further and implemented critical stance in your classroom? We love to hear about these activities! Humans of New York and Humans of New York: Stories are compilations of photos, interviews and stories about the people of New York. Annah Marchetto, EL teacher at SA, decided she would like to display those same kind of photos and stories from her own EL students. The intention is to understand that every person we encounter has a story to share and something they want to pass on. Annah shared that she is hoping given the political climate, these stories can help momentarily push aside our opinions to just appreciate the perspective of the world these students have taken their time to write out. No pictures and stories correlate and no names were shared to keep anonymity of students. "The point is that stories connect us, bind us, humor us, and help us to understand and care for each other."


If you have a chance, you should check out the stories in the the specials hallway at SA - they are amazing! Better yet, recreate this in your building and share with us the stories of your students across the district:)

Teacher Feature

Math Teacher Patty Epkey and EL Teacher Tara Akers (from Perry Academy) focused on the SIOP component Interaction when they created a cross curricular lesson to increase student knowledge of geography. Mrs. Epkey provided the class with a scratch off world map and the two teachers created math problems and clues that would help identify the lattitude and longitude of the 51 different countries that Mrs. Akers has visited. After students solved the math problem, they located the country online, identified some interesting facts, and then scratched off the appropriate country on the world map. Throughout the process, there was an intentional focus on the Interaction feature of providing frequent opportunities for interaction and discussion. Math + Interaction + Fun = Increased Social Studies knowledge and it's a win win for everyone!

Teacher Takeaway

Any opportunity to promote interaction between students is beneficial to our EL students. Sometimes it can be a simple question that doesn't necessarily have a correct answer, but needs justification. Would you rather questions may be just what you are looking for:)


Would You Rather Questions


Would you Rather....? (Math Questions)

You are Invited....to Myanmar Union Day

Who: You, your family, and all your friends

What: Myanmar Union Day

When: February 12, 2019 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Where: University of Indianapolis, Esch Hall, Ransburg Auditorium, 1400 E Hanna Avenue 46227

Why: Enjoy cultural dances, an ethnic fashion show, authentic cultural food and music, and more!

UPDATED Flyer attached!!!!! You are Invited....to Chin National Day

Who: You, your family, and all your friends

What: Chin National Day

When: February 16, 2019 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Grace Assembly of God Church, 6822 North US 31 in Greenwood 46284

Why: Learn more about Chin culture, Meet new people, and Support our students and families


The evening music concert from the first flyer was cancelled as the singers that were invited were unable to get visas. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Compliance Corner

The WIDA ACCESS window is in full swing with just a few weeks left until the March 1st closing! For guidance on technology troubleshooting, the Technology Troubleshooting Sheet is a comprehensive resource with ideas in case you run into a system message. You can also call DRC Customer Service at 1-855-787-9615. In the meantime, here are some helpful tips to assure a smooth test window…


  • Stay on the lookout for new student enrollees and transfers! Communicating effectively with past schools will be critical in determining what assessments need to be given. Please contact Kim Jovic at kjovic@perryschools.org when you have a new student transfer from within Indiana schools.
  • Review the directions for assistance with handling and returning materials, bubbling test books, and applying appropriate labels beginning on page 3 of the WIDA 2018-2019 guidance document.
REMINDER: If a potential EL student enrolls during the ACCESS window, they must be identified as an English Learner with a placement test or by acquiring past, up-to-date WIDA assessment results prior to administering WIDA ACCESS. Please allow yourself time to complete the process of identifying and placement testing to parent notify within 10 days of enrollment.

District EL Coach

JJ Tidd

Email: jtidd@perryschools.org

Twitter: @JJTidd