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EL Team Roars Spring edition: On the downhill race to June 8th…

We’ve just completed the administration of the ELPAC to about 550 ELL students. I want to thank everyone who assisted in any way, not only the scheduling and coordination, but attending trainings, supervising the assemblies, administering tests, and/or putting up with the passes and phones calls to pull students out to do make-ups. Chrissy put in hours of her time with the complex schedules, and was a huge supporter of the process.  Thank you all for your patience and support!

We have already reclassified 33 students to  Fluent English Proficient. Thank you for the feedback and assistance you may have provided to accomplish this! We continue to work with students who are nearly there, and I want to thank Victor Nolasco and the entire Special Ed team for continuing to bring in Reclassification forms to us.  Please encourage your EL students to do their very best on the SBAC, or the end of the year NWEA MAP test, that way, if they meet standards and did well on the ELPAC, they may qualify to reclassify in the fall of 2019. A celebration for students who recently reclassified will be held at the April ELAC meeting and all students who have reclassified this year will receive a certificate at the Principal’s Award Ceremony.

Spring RFEP monitoring has begun to ensure that we are keeping these students from “falling through the cracks”. We are looking at grades, attendance, and/or discipline, and if there is a need for intervention. Thank you to all those who responded to our survey and follow-ups.  Your feedback is an important part of this process. If you received an email from me with a list of your students who have been identified as having more than 2 failing grades at this time, and have not yet responded, please visit our survey by 4/12. The good news is that of the 17 on the Fall '18 list, 13 fell off the list and are doing better! I'm sure that is due to the focus you have been giving to these at-risk students!

Administrators and counselors that currently have plans in place for RFEP students have also been asked to respond regarding attendance and discipline. Any and all support that we are giving our RFEP students will make a big difference in their success, and should be documented! Speaking of which, if you are looking for us, we will likely be in the Cum Room updating 228 orange folders; due 4/20!

Professional development to support ELLs:

Aida Walqui returns to us on April 19th for the Quality Teaching for English Learners workshop, strategies(part 2).

Sara Roe is proposing a Linguistic Collaborative for next school year, including two days of PD prior to the start of school, and multiple opportunities to participate with colleagues to “learn the difference between designated ELD and integrated ELD in an effort to promote the intentional teaching of strong, more integrated content area classes across the campus.” Please click on the link for more exciting details!

Our last  ELAC meeting: April 18th from 6-7 PM.  join us!

Left:  ELAC Community Needs Assessment 2/21/19


We are your ELS Team! Reach out at:

Kim X 6328   &

“Doc Roe” X 6589

EL Team ROARs Fall Edition.... First Quarter DOwn!

EL team photo

As most of you know, we are starting the process of reclassifying students as Fluent English Proficient (FEP), if they qualify, using the District’s interim criteria. Now that we have the list of candidates from the District office, many of you have been contacted by Sara or I to give us feedback on your current students to assist us in determining if we can move ahead with their reclassification. Please do get back to us as your feedback matters! The more we know about your students, the better we can support you (and them)!

Our next “big” thing is the RFEP monitoring; another chance for us to reach out and discover how the students who have already been reclassified as “FEP”  are currently doing. Our school continues to get funding to help these students from “falling through the cracks”. Just because they have passed the minimum requirements does not necessarily mean they can fully comprehend the rigorous content you are offering in regular and AP classes. It’s a requirement that we follow-up on these students and we need, and appreciate,  your input.

We provided two staff development sessions on October 5th along with Ann Childers on Mining for Data for ELLs. We looked at individual classes’ ELPAC (and MAP) scores and briefly reviewed the ELD standards and where to find them. We looked at reading and writing strategies and ways to differentiate for the various ELD levels.  We also co-planned with Kristen Erickson, District coach, to provide another set of EL sessions to choose from on Inquiry.

We are planning a Taco Bar Potluck for our November 15th ELAC meeting. Feel free to join us! Staff is always welcome!

The quarterly SDAIE data team has begun meeting during after school hours. Many teachers have received coaching, observations or “pushed-in” assistance. Please let us know if you are interested in receiving this type of service to better meet the needs of your EL students.

Slowly we are getting the equipment needed to create a space that is amenable to serve a small group of students (8-10) for language testing, practice, and language counseling. LARC comes in to our room (from the District office)  to test our newcomers.We also hope to offer an environment conducive for parents of our EL students and teachers to meet together.

ELAC Meeting Thursday October 18th in the WHS cafeteria @ 6PM

We will be discussing the Seal of Biliteracy and Program Options  for English language learners.  You will learn about the various classes offered for students learning English. 

What we do:

  • Support all English learners  in all classes to develop language proficiency
  • Test & monitor all students who are designated as English Learners or are Re-designated  English Learners
  • Provide curricular support to teachers through coaching and planning time
  • Support students in their classes by "pushing in" to classrooms as a coach/ co- teacher

And more!  Click HERE to learn more about what we do and how we can support you!


“What are they doing there in Rm 65?”

We are off and running for a productive school year! In 3 ½ short weeks, we have already accomplished a number of necessary tasks and held a few fun events.

We have been working to create a space that is amenable to serve a small group of students for language testing, practice, and language counseling. We’d also like to offer a pleasant environment for parents and teachers to conference and receive support.

We have already given initial placement tests to determine appropriate scheduling for newcomers and students who appeared to be misplaced, with input and assistance from counselors and teachers.

All ELD, SDAIE and English teachers have been given a (hardcopy & electronic) list of their students’ ELPAC scores, and a video has been created and shared to assist everyone to access these on their own.

We provided two staff development sessions (Day 2 on the job) and are planning two more sessions on October 5th. 

We’ve also already held one ELAC meeting (pictured above) and participated in the Resource Fair at Back-to -School Night.

We’ve participated in:

  • 4--EL Team meetings

  • 3-Meetings with District personnel for ELPAC data & data manipulation

  • 1 meeting with District personnel on Special Education Reclassification.

  • 1-ELS meeting

Special Ed Reclassification forms have been distributed to their case managers and we are prepared to support the process when necessary. Other reclassification forms will be coming our way in about one month, as they fine-tune the criteria with guidance from our new Federal and State Director, Mike Berman.

At least ten teachers have received coaching and about 15 class periods have received observations or “pushed-in” assistance. This is available to those who express interest in learning ways to better serve their EL students. This has impacted about 200 students already!

There is also discussion about starting a quarterly SDAIE data team meeting during after school hours. Administration has generously agreed to offer up to eight hours of supplemental pay to those teachers who are interested and willing to participate.

This week ELPAC initial testing (for those students new to CA or USA) is due to begin, while regular ELPAC testing doesn’t begin until after Winter Break. We are beginning to prepare for Reclassification and RFEP monitoring, which will be taking place in the next few months. This documentation then has to be recorded in their cum folders.

The ELS Team

Sara "Doc" Roe

831-728-6390 x 6589  or

  Cell: 831-254-6648

Kim Sweeney

831-728-6390 x 6328

ELAC Parent Corner

Our next meeting is April 18 in the Cafeteria @ 6 PM.  

Cultural celebration