Pasco Schools ELL Parent Newsletter

VOL IV - May 2021

Questions about this Newsletter?

Please contact Luisa Ojeda Vera, Pasco County ELL Parent and Community Engagement Coach at lojeda@pasco.k12.fl.us (English - Spanish).

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The State Emergency Order of April 9, 2021 states that decisions about whether it is in the best interest of a child to repeat a grade solely for academic reasons must be determined at the local level by the school’s principal, after a careful review of the student’s academic record, with input from the parents, the student, teachers, and school leaders. Only academic performance, or provisions in a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), can be considered when discussing a child repeating a grade.

Retention is not recommended for ELL students that have been in the country for less than two years.

Pasco Summer Camp for ESOL students - “Art Unites Humanity”

Pasco County Schools is happy to announce our very first Language Through Fine Arts summer camp for ESOL students! We will focus on the acceleration of the English language through the Arts. Only 19 groups of up to 22 students across the District, 13 elementary groups, and 6 middle school groups.


Elementary will focus on grades 1st and 2nd, or 4th and 5th, housed at BES, CES, CHES, GTES, LMES, MPLES, RBCES, SAES, SPES, and WZES​.

Secondary will focus on grades 6th and 7th and will have the opportunity to explore the digital arts. It will be housed at CCHS, GMS, PMS, RRMS, RBSMS, and WRHS.


***Students that have to attend Reading Camp must do so, and do not qualify for this ESOL Title III summer plan.***

Imagine Learning Throughout the Summer

Students can log in using their student number through MyPascoConnect through July 31st, 2021. Imagine Learning can be accessed from most electronic devices that have access to the internet. This will give them the opportunity to practice their oral language and literacy skills.

Language and Literacy is a major intervention for our English Learners with a proficiency level of 1 or 2 in WIDA ACCESS.


Students who earn 240+ minutes of usage between June 7th and July 31st will be automatically entered to participate in a contest for a solar-powered backpack filled with school supplies!

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Finding a Great Summer Program: A Checklist for Parents - via Reading Rockets

What should parents look for in a high-quality summer program?

  • Balanced programming with daily opportunities for reading, math, cultural enrichment, and recreation
  • High-interest, engaging activities
  • Positive interaction between kids and caring adults
  • A safe, structured learning environment
  • Personalized attention / Low student-to-staff ratios
  • Bilingual staff to support English language learners
  • In specialized camps, such as those for students with learning disabilities, trained staff that includes psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, teachers, or speech and language, pathologists.

Parents sometimes have to choose a summer program months before having the chance to visit. What questions can parents or guardians ask ahead of time to help discern the quality of a summer program and the appropriateness for their child's needs and interests?


  • What is the program's mission? How long has the program been in existence?
  • How is a typical day/week organized? How will children spend their time?
  • What are the program hours and dates? Is before or aftercare available?
  • Will my child be able to get physical exercise, opportunities for cultural enrichment, and practice reading, math, and other skills? Will my child have an opportunity to choose some of his/her activities?
  • How does the program assess or track each child's progress? What evidence does the program have to show past results?
  • How does the program promote positive interaction between youth and staff?
  • What is the typical experience of the staff members who will work with my child? What training does the staff receive?
  • What does the program do to ensure a safe and healthy environment?
  • Does the program provide healthy food or snacks?
  • How does the program involve families? What type of communication can families expect?
  • How does the program accommodate children with special needs (learning or physical disabilities, those with allergies)
  • Does the program offer scholarships or financial aid? How do I know if I qualify?


The best programs focus on developing the whole child — intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally — so that he or she is prepared for both the present and the future.

Visit https://www.readingrockets.org/article/summer-literacy-challenge for more information about reading activities during the summer.

Summer Program at USF

Parents: Looking for a fun summer program for your child? #USF Everyone Can Code is a new virtual camp open to students in grades 4-6 who want to learn the basics of #coding. Beginners are welcome! Use code PASCO10 to save 10%. CLick on the link below for more information.

Meet your Parent Leadership Council!

The Parent Leadership Council is always looking for new members!

The ESOL Parent Leadership Council is a district-wide forum for English Language Learners (ELL) parents and interested community members to help the District identify ELL students' educational needs and priorities.

Interested? Contact our ELL Parent and Community Engagement Coach!

lojeda@pasco.k12.fl.us

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Did you know?

It's never too late to learn! Pasco County Schools offers adult education at two convenient campuses for students seeking job training or their GED. See how you can take the next step for your future. Click on the image to learn more.
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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!

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