Pasco Schools ELL Parent Newsletter
VOL II - March 2021
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Spring is already here!
Remember to change your clocks this Sunday!
Daylight saving time 2021 begins at 2 a.m. local time on Sunday, March 14, meaning you'll set your clock to 3 a.m. at that point. Contrary to popular opinion, daylight saving time doesn't last for half the year. Rather, it stretches approximately eight months and will come to an end on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021.
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What is an ELL Committee Meeting?
- Entry assessment results
- Extend and nature of prior educational or academic experience, social experience, and a student interview.
- Written recommendation and observation by current and previous instructional and supportive services staff,
- Level of mastery of basic competencies or skills in English and heritage language according to local, state, or national criterion-referenced standards,
- Grades from the current or previous years, or
- Test results other than the entry assessments.
Who can request an ELL Committee Meeting?
- Classroom teacher
- School counselor
- School administrator
What is Equal Access for ELLs?
Equal Access to Appropriate Instruction for ELLs is the right ESOL students have to be enrolled in programs other than ESOL. This includes comprehensible instruction in basic subject areas equal and comparable in amount, scope, sequence, and quality to the instruction provided to non-ELLs.
All programs shall seek to develop ELLs English language proficiency and academic potential.
The Parent Leadership Council is looking for new members now!
Interested? Contact our ELL Parent and Community Engagement Coach!
In Other News...
In-person 2021 Graduations
Pasco County Schools announced a plan to hold in-person 2021 graduations in school stadiums with each graduate permitted to have four guests attend the ceremony. The plan became necessary when the district learned that the Yuengling Center at the University of South Florida will not be available for the graduation ceremonies in June.
The ceremonies will be similar to the in-person events held for Pasco graduates last year, with some significant differences. Last year, each graduate was limited to two guests (parents, family members, etc.) who were seated with the graduate on the field. Each cluster of three was socially distanced from other graduates and their guests. This year, each graduate is permitted four guests – with two accompanying the graduate on the field and two seated in the bleachers.
“We know how important it is to the graduates to walk across the stage and receive their diploma in person. And we know how important it is to have family there to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Kurt Browning, Pasco Superintendent of Schools. “This plan makes that possible while keeping everyone safe.”
The complete list of graduation dates and times is found below ⤵️
Marchman Technical College offers ESOL courses for basic interpersonal communication skills for adults. Their curriculum is based on reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills, with in-person and online classes. Click for more information!