WELCOME TO ESL

My name is Sara Smith, I am the English as a Second Language teacher for the Sergeant Bluff-Luton CSD. I live in Sergeant Bluff with my husband Andrew and our two daughters Lillyan and Cora. I graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in social work. I continued with my education at Morningside College receiving my 
k-6 teacher certification, ESL endorsement, and Masters of Arts in Teaching degree. I have been teaching ESL at Sergeant Bluff-Luton CSD since 2004. 


 Sergeant Bluff-Luton is full of diversity, we have students from all over the world.
We provide English as a Second Language Learning classes to students who speak:
Loation
Russian
Spanish
Arabic
Urdu
French
Balkanese
Vietnamese
portuguese

In partnership with parents and the community, the Sergeant Bluff-Luton Schools will challenge students to take responsibility for their education and to apply their learning to a diverse and changing world.

Sergeant Bluff-Luton is actively responding to the unique needs of ELL (English Language Learner).
The goals of our English As a Second Language Program are to:
• educate ELL to the same rigorous standards as all students in the school district.
• teach English language comprehension: listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
• provide students the opportunity to progress academically with their peer group by using tutor assistance in their first language.
• foster positive attitudes toward school and positive self-concepts.
• assist students in understanding and functioning within the American society.
• promote pride in the students’ cultural and linguistics backgrounds.
• involve families and community leaders in the educational process in order to make educational process in order to make education a cooperative effort between home and school.

The following process is used to identify students who need ELL services

Identifying ELL at Sergeant Bluff-Luton CSD

 Step 1)Referrals are received from parents, principals, sponsors, community agencies, and consultant staff; or students are identified by the Home Language Survey as coming from a home with a home language other than English. The Home Language Survey is part of the district enrollment process, as required by Iowa Law.

Step 2)Assessments are completed to determine if a student meets the following entry criteria:
a. Low level of English language proficiency as measured on the Language Assessment Scales.
b. Reading and Math instructional levels significantly below grade level
c. Content area grades 
d. Writing sample reflecting below grade level competence
e. Teacher judgment
f. Parental request

Step 3)Parents are contacted concerning assessment and placement.
 
Step 4)  Parents/Guardians sign ELL Program Permission Form  to accept or refuse the recommended ELL services.

Step 5)  

ALL English language learners who have been identified with a placement tool as ELL will need to take the proficiency assessment. Likewise, all students who are in the Transitional stage must be assessed with the Iowa-ELDA.