Learning English

Newsletter from Ms. Boylan's Classes

ENL Parent Meetings

We held a parent meeting on October 6th to discuss our ENL (English as a New Language) Program and the new state regulations regarding ENL.


Some of the most important information that we discussed was the following:


  • Students are given a score ranging between Entering, Emerging, Transitioning, Expanding, and Commanding. Entering is the lowest proficiency level up to Commanding when no longer require ENL services.
  • The structure of the ENL instruction is either a 40 minute pull-out session, a 40 minute push-in session, or a combination of both; depending on the student’s testing results
  • The frequency is either daily or every other day
  • The content is English Language Arts and the core content areas such as Math, Science and Social Studies using proven ENL methodologies


If you were unable to attend this meeting and have any questions, please contact me.


Also, Parent-Teacher Conferences were held on November 5th and November 10th. If you were unable to meet with me, please let me know and I would be happy to schedule a meeting with you.


We will be having another ENL parent meeting, especially for grades 3-5, after February break to discuss the state exams.


If you have further questions about the new ENL regulations, please refer to the helpful chart in the link below.

3rd Grade

In ENL class, we have been working on responding to reading, using evidence from the text to support ideas, and learning story elements. We have also been learning vocabulary from Math and Social Studies.


In Math, we have been adding and subtraction three-digit numbers, estimating, rounding, and deciding if answers are reasonable. We are starting a new unit on multiplication.


In Social Studies, we just finished a unit on Geography in which we learned about the seven continents, five oceans, longitude, latitude, prime meridian, equator, hemispheres, and map skills.

4th Grade

In ENL class, we have been working on responding to reading, using evidence from the text to support ideas, and learning story elements. We have also been learning and reviewing vocabulary from Math, Science, and Social Studies.


In Math, we have been multiplying and dividing one and two digit numbers. We have also been learning about place value and adding and subtracting five and six digit numbers. Some important words are regroup, place value, equation, inverse operations, less, greater, and rounding.


In Science, we are learning about the different states and properties of matter. Some important vocabulary that we have been studying are solids, liquids, gases, melting, freezing, evaporation, and condensation.


In Social Studies, we learned about the states and waterways surrounding New York. The students practiced spelling and locating the different states and major bodies of water around New York. We are now beginning to learn about the Native Americans.

5th Grade

In English Language Arts, we have been reading Schooled and writing responses to our reading. We are also working on writing a personal narrative, focusing on our leads, climax, and using figurative language.


In Math, we have been working on multiplying and dividing whole numbers. We are beginning a unit on multiplying decimals next.


In Science, we just finished a unit about the Earth and the Sun. We have learned about the relationship between the two and how that affects many things on Earth. Some important vocabulary that we learned were shadows, rotation, revolution, solar energy, radiation, and earth materials.


In Social Studies, we learned map skills including longitude and latitude, using a map scale and key, and about different types of maps. We also spent time learning about North America and created trivia questions about North America. We are now learning about government.