Multilingual Mustangs

RCE EL Newsletter- December/January Edition

Our Purpose

To communicate up-to-date information and strategies on English Learner instruction with all stakeholders at Russell Cave Elementary.

Our Mission

Ensure a positive, all inclusive environment by providing our linguistically and culturally diverse students with research-based strategies, accommodations, and culturally responsive instruction to promote success in and out of the classroom.

EL Happenings and Celebrations

Mustang Pride

ACCESS Testing Time!

ACCESS Testing begins when we return from winter break. It will last most of January. Please be flexible with us as we pull your students to assess. Remember their are 4 domains they are tested in, which for most will mean 4 different testing times. A schedule will be coming soon as the date gets closer.

* ACCESS Kick-off Parade- (TBD) We will send out more information when we return from winter break.

Progress Monitoring:

We are excited that RCE was chosen to be a pilot school for a new EL progress monitoring tool. We are hoping this is a more effective, consistent way of collecting data for all four language domains. We will be sharing this data with teachers and at MTSS meetings to help us better determine students needs.


Thank you Irina for making labels for our flags in the front hallway! A Honduras flag has been ordered.


Want to get your students reading something timely and interest based? Get them hooked on magazines, now available in Sora. Our Sora Magazine Collection has something for all ages and all readers, all available with simultaneous use- no waiting and no holds! Want your students to read an article in Time for Kids? EVERY student in your class can check out the same issue and read at the same time. Check out to see the full collection and share with your students and families.

Have your students download Sora on their personal devices, access the Sora app through the Google Waffle, or visit Students can use the setup code fayetteky to access FCPS materials and log in with their student credentials. Fayette County has also partnered with the Lexington Public Library to connect LPL materials to students’ Sora accounts by using FCPS credentials. To learn more, visit

EL Strategy Spotlight

Wordless Book

Click HERE. The link will take you directly to Ellevation to explore this activity. Links for organizers, how to directions, examples per grade levels, and videos are provided for you.

This activity allows students to demonstrate learning using a book of images; allows more advanced students to add text to visuals; share completed book as a different form of a summative assessment.

Passport Express-Let's Travel to Honduras!

Follow along as we explore the many different cultures represented within our school from around the world.

Hondorus Fast Facts:

*Official Name: Republic of Honduras

*Government: Republic

*Capital: Tegucigalpa

*Population: 9,182,766

*Official Language: Spanish

*Money: Lempira

Let's explore:

Discover these fascinating facts about Honduras
A Day in the Life of a Child in Honduras

Helpful Resources

Tapping into English Learners' Strengths

Click here. How can you tap in to your EL students' strengths? Focusing on students’ experiences and skills can contribute to their academic success and foster an inclusive classroom environment.

Active and Passive Vocabulary: What Can Teachers Do?

Click here to read part 2 of 2 in this series. You will be able to read part 1 when you click on the article. "It’s not about how many times we say the word to the students. It’s about the number of opportunities we create for the students to use the word." Carol Salva
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Using Subtitles in Powerpoint

This short video was created by Leslie Fisher that demonstrates how to enable subtitle translating in Power Point Live. Click here to view!