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Winter Holiday Break begins on Monday, Dec. 22.  
Students return to school on Tues. Jan. 6

Waller ISD Tax Office Hours
Tues. Dec. 30 - Wed. Dec. 31
Hours: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.  
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Fourth Annual Bilingual Spelling Bee Spring 2014

Waller ISD held its fourth annual Bilingual Spelling Bee Championship on Thursday May 15, 2014 at 6:30pm at Waller ISD Schultz Junior High Cafeteria. It was another great event, the Waller ISD Bilingual Spelling Bee is a competition full of excitement with a sprinkle of challenge. A bilingual spelling bee is different from a standard spelling bee, Instead of being required to simply spell one word, a contestant must first spell a word in Spanish, then translate the word into English and spell the English word. As a parent, preparing your child for this competition takes dedication. Regardless the position in the contest, enriching the academic vocabulary of our children in both languages has a lifelong, invaluable reward. The purpose of the bilingual spelling bee is create a robust academic vocabulary in both English and Spanish to help our bilingual students to understand the relationship among vocabulary, reading, comprehension, and writing in order to be academically successful and a better social participant in our school community. (Anderson & Freebody, 1983) (Beck, McKeown, & Kucan, 2002). The District Bilingual Spelling Bee Champion for this Spring 2014 was Rosa Sánchez from Turlington Elementary School.


Waller ISD sostuvo su cuarto concurso anual de deletreo bilingüe el Jueves 15 de mayo de 2014 a las 6:30pm en la cafeteria de Schultz Junior High de Waller ISD. El deletreo bilingüe es diferente al deletro tradicional de Estados Unidos llamado “Spelling Bee”, en lugar de deletrear una palabra solamente, aquí el concursante, debe de deletrear la palabra primero en Español, y entonces traducir la misma palabra y deletrearla en Ingles. Como Padre de familia, preparar a su niño para este concurso toma dedicación, pero sin importar la posición que obtenga en el concurso, enriquecer el vocabulario académico de nuestros niños es una recompensa invaluable que perdura por siempre. El objeivo del concurso de deletreo bilingüe es crear un vocabulario academico robusto en ambos idiomas para ayudar al estudiante bilingüe a entender la relación entre vocabulario, lectura, comprensión y escritura para que puedan llegar a ser exitosos academicamente y mejores participantes dentro de nuestra comunidad escolar. (Anderson & Freebody, 1983) (Beck, McKeown, & Kucan, 2002). La campeona del Deletreo Bilingüe de la Primavera 2014 fué nuestra estudiante de la Escuela Primaria Turlington Rosa Sánchez.



HOUSTON HISPANIC FORUM 2015

Students and parents from Waller ISD are invited to join us for the 29th Annual Houston Hispanic Forum 2015 at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Saturday February 14, 2015. Departure will be at 7:30am from students parking lot at Waller High School. Students from the Jr. High and High School will find and learn about resources to build a pathway toward college. This event provides opportunities for our students to talk with representatives from universities, industry, government, and non-profit institutions. Waller ISD will provide transportation and a free T-Shirt for Parents and Students. PARENT'S INFORMATION MEETING ON THURSDAY JANUARY 29, 2015 AT 6:30PM @ ADMINISTRATION BUILDING BOARD ROOM LOCATED AT 2214 WALLER ST. WALLER, TX 77484

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Estudiantes y padres de Waller ISD estan invitados a acompañarnos a ir al centro de Convenciones George R Brown para participar del Foro 29o Anual Hispano de Houston el Sábado 14 de Febrero de 2015. Nuestros estudiantes y familias podrán encontrar y aprender de los diferentes recursos que existen para construir el camino a la universidad. Este evento provee oportunidad para nuestros estudiantes en preparatoria o secundaria para platicar con representates de universidades, industria, gobierno e instituciones no lucrativas. Waller ISD proveera trasportación y camisetas gratis para nuestros Padres y Estudiantes. JUNTA INFORMATIVA PARA PADRES EL JUEVES 29 DE ENERO DE 2015 A LAS 6:30PM EN EL EDIFICIO DE ADMINISTRACION UBICADO EN 2214 WALLER ST. WALLER, TX. 77484

http://hispanic-forum.org/

 
     
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Waller ISD
Bilingual/ESL Department
2214 Waller Street
Waller, TX 77484

Phone: (936) 372-4043
Fax: (936) 372-5576


Staff

Jorge Alvarado

Jorge Alvarado
Director of Bilingual/ESL


ELL Coordinator

Teresa Cavazos
ELL Coordinator


Mary Pringle

Mary Pringle
Secretary of Bilingual/ESL



Working hard for graduation!
¡Trabajando duro para la graduación!
 
     
  District Programs and Services  
 
English as Second Language Program

The English as a Second Language (ESL) is a waller ISD pull out model approved by TEA and designed for English Language Learners (ELL) who are still acquiring English language proficiency. The ESL pull out model enables English Language Learners to become academically successful in the comprehension, reading, speaking, and composition of the English Language. Courses for ESL students provide instruction based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and follow the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS).  The ESL instructional program strives to meet the affective, linguistic, and cognitive needs of ELLs [19 TAC Chapter 89.1210(f)(g)].
 
Bilingual Education Program

The Elementary Bilingual Early Exit Program will produce bilingual and biliterate students capable of being full and productive members of our global society. The bilingual education program in Waller ISD is a full-time program of instruction in which both the students' home language and English is used for instruction by providing a full-time bilingual teacher certified under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §29.061(b). The amount of instruction in each language within the bilingual education program in Waller ISD is commensurate with the students' level of proficiency in each language and their level of academic achievement. Addressing the affective, linguistic, and cognitive needs of English language learners.
The goals of the program shall be to:
  • Focus on both first and second language acquisition.
  • Provide culturally relevant curriculum that creates an atmosphere for learning and upgrading academic skills.
  • Provide a strong and commensurate English literacy component to prepare English Language Learners to take the STAAR test in English by third grade.
  • Provide an effective academic bilingual/bicultural program for all English Language Learners.
New Arrival Center Program
New Arrival Center (NAC) is a voluntary program at Waller High School in which students and parents choose to participate. The NAC program in Waller will receive recent immigrants and ELLs coming from other school districts with a beginning English proficiency level in their first or second US school year and do not show TELPAS progress. An ESL certified teacher will provide intensive English language instruction embedded into content activities and throughout specialized strategies and techniques (Echevarria, Vogt, & Short, 2000). This program will accelerate ELLs’ English acquisition and cultural awareness. Daily lesson plans will be guided by English language proficiency standards objectives to address skills such as:
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Oral Expression
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Reading Fluency
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Written Expression
  • Cultural Awareness
ESL Saturday School

The ESL Saturday School is created to support our ELL’s at High School who still need help improving their English Language Proficiency and support to meet academic state standards. ELLs attending our classes will receive intensive second language acquisition interventions based on TELPAS proficiency levels along with support on content TEKS.

“ESL Saturday School” calendar dates for current school year 2014-2015 are as follow:

November 8, 15
December 6, 13
January 10, 17, 24
February 7, 21, 28
March 21, 28
April 11, 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM
The Bilingual Prekindergarten Program aimed at improving academic outcomes for our English Language Learners. Waller ISD provides optimal support of young children's cognitive and social development:
1. Rich language input.
2. Responsiveness to children's signal.
3. Maintaining and building on interests.
4. Fewer restrictions.
5. More choice providing strategies.
6. Monitoring children's behavior

WALLER ISD ADULT EDUCATION

Waller ISD Adult Education prepares our community to acquire English as Second Language and GED Diploma in order to ensure that adults who live in the city of Waller have the skills necessary to function effectively in our society and be a partnership at home for our students.

Classes:
* ESL (Three Centers High School, Roberts Road, Field Store)
*GED
*Computer
*Literacy Center for Kids enrolled in Waller ISD
*US Citizenship classes -Graduation
* Monthly Adult Orientations


-- SPRING Semester 2015 will start on Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Contact our department to get further information.
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-- PRIMAVERA 2015 inicia el martes 20 de Enero de 2015
Comuniquese con nuestro departamento para mayor información.



UST is offering the opportunity to earn a Master of Education Degree in Bilingual/Dual Language. This is a cohort program in which you must attend class one night a week with 2 hours of additional work on-line. Waller ISD will host an information session on Wednesday December 1 at the Administration Building from 4:00 to 5:00 or you can contact Dr. Higinia Torres-Rimbau at rimbauh@stthom.edu. Click here to read more about this program!!


The on-line Bilingual and ESL Certification Prep Courses, offered by the Bilingual Education Program at Texas A&M University, can help Educators who participate in either of these continuing education courses to develop knowledge and skills for teaching English Language Learners (ELL). The Bilingual and ESL courses provide comprehensive coverage of the teacher competencies tested on the TExES Supplemental Examination Bilingual # 164 and ESL # 154. Scholarships are available for those who can qualify through Texas A&M University College of Education and Human Development Department of Educational Psychology. Click here to learn more about these and other programs.
Bilingual/ESL Resources
TEA- Texas Education Agency has created this portal through the Limited English Proficient Student Success Initiative (LEP-SSI).
The purpose of this Web Portal is to provide resources, tools, and materials to support the education to English Language Learners (ELL's) and can be used by teachers, administrators, and parents.
Educators and parents can access through this portal: state requirements and initiatives, streamlined video lectures, differentiated classroom instruction video segments, best practices for ELL's approved by TEA, and other TEA sponsored resources.

www.elltx.org/
Language Proficiency Assessment Committee / Comité de Evaluación del Dominio del Idioma (LPAC)
The Commissioner’s Rules Concerning the State Plan for Educating Limited English Proficient Students state that all school districts that are required to provide bilingual education and/or English as a Second Language (ESL) programs establish and operate a Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC).



English Language Learners State Assessment
 
     
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