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English as a Second Language

My name is Mary Nolte and I am the ESL teacher at OCPES. I have been with the Guam Department of Education for 15 years. I will be working with your child to help build skills in reading, writing and math. Students in the ESL program are in a smaller classroom setting, with a lower student to teacher ratio. Many strategies are used to help each student learn to his or her full potential. 
The core subjects (Reading, Writing and Math) are taught in the ESL classroom with an emphasis on individual student needs.

Scaffolding, otherwise known as supports are put into place to help each child achieve academic and social success. 
I am available after the school day until 4:00 P.M. Please feel free to contact me through the office phone or via email at to make an appointment.

I look forward to working with your child and to a successful school year!
--Ms. Nolte

At OCPES, we are fortunate to have students from many different countries and island nations. Our registration data completed by the parents/guardians (the Home Language Survey) indicate that around 34% of our student population comes from homes where another language (other than English) is spoken.

On Guam, the medium of instruction in the public schools is English. In order to address the language needs of the students who speak another language or are exposed to other languages in their home, OCPES is able to provide support to these students through the ESL (English as a Second Language) Program.

We are a multi-cultural and multi-lingual school. We are required, through the Office of Civil Rights, to provide ESL identified students with adequate, appropriate, and equitable educational opportunities to they are able to attain high levels of academic success.

We encourage students to maintain their home language because it is part of their culture. At school, however, English is spoken and used in classroom instruction.

The ESL program at OCPES supports its students to become more fluent and proficient in English and, therefore, become better learners in the classroom. In order for your child to participate in the ESL program, we must have parent/guardian permission. All students who are eligible for this program (by the Home Language Survey in the registration packet) can participate with parent permission. If you do not want your child to participate, we ask that you contact our staff in the Main Office to request an ESL Parent Waiver.

We look forward to working with your child in the ESL Program. If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact the Main Office at 477-9645.

Board Policies

303 Equal Treatment of Students

312 English as a Second Language (ESL) Program