English Learners

English Learners (EL)

The Rocky Hill Public Schools English Learner Program, formerly called English Language Learners (ELL) and English as a Second Language (ESOL), serves students identified as English learners. We examine the needs of each student as an individual, providing instructional support accordingly. We recognize the tremendous advantages of bilingualism and biculturalism, and we celebrate the diversity the families bring to our community!  In this section of the website you will find resources for parents of EL students and also for the EL students themselves.

English Learners
What is an EL program?

 

The EL Program helps students to develop their proficiency in English, and to succeed alongside their peers in the classroom. EL Staff look carefully at the strengths and needs of each individual student and plan EL services accordingly. In many cases, this involves a combination of support within the classroom (called “push-in”), and focused instruction in the EL room (called “pull-out”). While we emphasize vocabulary development, we address all language areas (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) in compliance with current research and all state and federal mandates.

How can parents help?

  • Join the school's parent organization.
  • Serve as a parent volunteer.
  • Attend school events, such as field trips, assemblies, plays, and concerts.
  • Attend parent-teacher conferences to review report cards and progress of your child.
  • send emails/letters and have phone conversations with your child's teachers. express concerns or ask questions.
  • Help your child obtain a public library card and visit the library frequently. Public libraries have books and other media to borrow, as well as programs to promote literacy.
  • In your interactions with the school, do not hesitate to ask for translation services, if needed.
  • Reading to or with your child in any language everyday increases their vocabulary and encourage him/her to read daily.

Be the Role model: Share stories of your own educational experiences, as well as family history, and topics of interests. Ask your children about their school.

Resources for Parents and Guardians

For more information contact:

Darlene M. Listro

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction

860-258-7701 Ext. 31164

English Language Learners Staff

West Hill Elementary School

Leah Gillooly

TESOL Teacher

Barbara Low

EL Tutor

Nisha Patel

EL Tutor

Myrtle H. Stevens School

Jayne Seguin

TESOL Teacher

Marissa Powers

EL Tutor

Punidhavathi Vaithilingam

EL Tutor

Moser School

Jayne Seguin

TESOL Teacher

Sandra Bondi

EL Tutor

Griswold Middle School

Kate Checko

TESOL Teacher

Abirami Krishnasamy

EL Tutor

Rocky Hill High School

Kate Checko

TESOL Teacher