Welcome to school year 2020-2021!Welcome back to school! Although the summer seemed to pass by very quickly, I am greatly anticipating a wonderful school year to come! It will certainly be quite different this year, but we will all work together to make this a super successful year!A little has changed since last school year. Starting this school year, I will only be working out of WHS, HBS, and RMS. Any students who live in the TBS sending area that qualify for ESL services will be enrolled at WHS and receive transportation to and from WHS. Where I will miss going to TBS, remaining at WHS for our elementary ESL needs will provide a little more time in my schedule to better service ESL students.ESL instruction in class is always geared to the students' English proficiency levels and is designed to best meet the students' individual needs.ESL classes and lessons are specifically written to enhance the students' English learning at their specific proficiency and skill level. Lessons and focus of instruction depend upon the students' English language proficiency. I do believe that all aspects of language learning are important in gaining English proficiency. These include listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Sometimes, language is also learned through content, and other classroom skills are incorporated into the ESL lessons so that students have an opportunity to practice and strengthen those skills or ask questions as needed. Students are in a comfortable, smaller learning environment where they are able to ask questions, seek clarification, and be challenged in their language learning process.English practice is the best way to reinforce English learning in school. Speaking some English at home, watching some television programs, listening to the radio in English, reading books in English, journal writing, etc. are all good reinforcers for English language learning. There are also many apps that promote English language learning that can be used on cell phones, tablets, IPads, etc. The most important thing is that English is practiced! As the old adage says, "Practice makes perfect!".This school year, WHS and HBS students will be using an interactive English language learning program called Imagine Learning. Some of you tried it out over the summer, but we will now have access to the learning program for the entire school year. Imagine Learning constantly adapts its lessons to how the students do with the material presented while they are using the program. In a way, it is similar to IReady Math in the way that it adapts (it focuses on English rather than Math). Especially being virtual, using this program will be beneficial for the students, and I can then assign lessons to them, see where they might be struggling, and gear other lessons accordingly based upon how they are doing in IL. I will be sending home access codes and student log ins.We will be using Google Classroom as our main form of communication. Google Classroom will also be where I will be posting assignments and homework, possibly recorded videos, zoom meeting information, etc. If your child has qualified for ESL, I have sent out a join invitation for my Google Classroom. Please be sure that your child joins our ESL class.As always, I am here to help my students and their families in any way possible. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!I can easily be reached via email: LGabrielsen@Readington.K12.NJ.US or phone: 908-534-4411 x 4123I am looking forward to a wonderful school year, and I hope your children are, too!
Last Modified on September 3, 2020