English Language Learners (ELLs) participate fully in the Kelso School District curriculum through language and academic support from highly-qualified ELL staff members. Upon registration, students who first spoke a language other than English are given the Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA) to determine their initial language proficiency level. The District provides ELLs with varying levels of support based on their language proficiency level and grade level.
Your child’s school should communicate with you—in your language—about your child’s education. This often includes translated documents and a language interpreter for meetings and conversations. You have the right to these services even if you speak some English and even if your child can speak or read in English.
The school should communicate with you in your language about important information and opportunities for your child. This includes information about:
- Registration and enrollment in school
- Grades, academic standards, and graduation
- School rules and student discipline
- Attendance, absences, and withdrawal
- Parent permission for activities or programs
- School closures
- Opportunities to access programs or services—including highly capable, advanced placement, and English language learner programs
- Special education and services for students with disabilities
For Interpretive Support: Please contact Lori Paul
phone: (360) 501-1939
|Maria Rodriguez||Spanish Supportfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Anter Sasuo||Chuukese Supportemail@example.com|
|Translation Services Available to Staff, Parents, Students can be found here|
|Interpretation and Translation Services|
|Servicios de interpretación y traducción|
|Jibañ ko ikijien Ukok ilo Kōnono im Jeje|
|An ELL transitional student liaison advocate is a school employee whose job is to help reduce barriers to students ability to participate successfully in school. Families and students may contact the district ELL transitional student Liaison advocate directly by using the phone number or email listed here; firstname.lastname@example.org or at 360.501.1689.
For more information on the supports available, please click the link here for more information.
|Watch KHS ELL students utilize Talk*Write**Learn with David Irwin; the founder and owner of Language Development Opportunities. strategies. TWL is a dynamic lesson model that engages students with academic conversation and writing skills within the same lesson.|
There are about 100,000 English language learners (ELLs) in Washington — 9 percent of our total K-12 student population. Because knowing and using English well is necessary for success in school, it is important that students who need additional help learning English get it.
Washington has joined a group of 11 states to develop an assessment system to address their needs. The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) is a system based on the new English Language Proficiency Standards our state recently adopted. The new tests will measure the language proficiency of ELLs as they progress through their K-12 education and achieve college and career readiness.
A Family’s Guide to ELPA21 – The English Language Proficiency
Assessment for the 21st Century Spanish
ELPA 21 Assessment
The new ELP standards highlight the critical language, knowledge about language, and skills using language that are in college-and-career-ready standards and that are necessary for English language learners (ELLs) to be successful in schools. The standards also include correspondences to the Practices and Standards identified in the Common Core State Standards and in the Next Generation Science Standards.
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Tammy Trafelet, ELL Coordinator
phone: (360) 501-1689