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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 satisfactions with some sprinkles of challenging. 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 but 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.  

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Students and parents from Waller ISD are invited to join us to the 28th Annual Houston Hispanic Forum 2014 at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Saturday February 8, 2014. Students from Jr. High and High School will find and learn about resources to build a pathway toward college. This event provide opportunies for our students to talk with representatives of 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 16, 2014 AT 6:30PM @ SCHULTZ JR. HIGH


Estudiantes y padres de Waller ISD estan invitados a acompañarnos a ir a el centro de Convenciones George R Brown para participar del Foro 28o Anual Hispano de Houston el Sábado 8 de Febrero de 2014. Nuestros estudiantes y familias podrán encontrar y aprender de los diferentes recursos que existen para contruir 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 16 DE ENERO DE 2014 A LAS 6:30PM EN SCHULTZ JR. HIGH.


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Mexican Consulate hosted at Waller Junior High

Waller ISD hosted the Mexican Consulate July 23rd. Waller ISD hosted the Mexican Consulate on Saturday, July 23 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Waller Junior High School at 2402 Waller Street. The Consulate provided Mexican Passports and official identification cards (“Matricula Consular”) to qualifying Waller ISD students, families, and employees for traveling purposes.  The Mexican Consulate provided more than 350 documents to families in our community and sorrounded areas.
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District Programs and Services

English as Second Language Program

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program enables English Language Learners to become academically successful in the comprehension, reading, speaking, and composition of the English Language through the integrated use of the English Languager Proficiency Standards.  

 Bilingual Education Program

Elementary Bilingual 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 

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 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.


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

-- FALL Semester 2014 will start on Tuesday, September 9, 2014
 Contact our department to get further information.
-- OTOÑO 2014 inicia el martes 9 de Septiembre de 2014
 Comuniquese con nuestro departamento para mayor información.

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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 Certifcation 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 Suplemental 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 requirments and initiatives, streamlined video lectures, differenciated classroom instruction video segments, best practices for ELL's approved by TEA, and other TEA sponsored resources.



Training Opportunity
Preparation session for ESL Supplemental TExES #154 Exam
The English as a Second Language Supplemental certificate (TExES exam 154) will qualify you to teach English Language Learners at the grade level and in the subject areas of your classroom teaching certificates.  If you are an Educator Preparation Program (EPP) candidate, you must have approval to test from your EPP. After you have approval, if you are a first time testing candidate, you must go to the SBEC website and create an account and get your TEA ID.

Registration: To sign up in Eduphoria School Objects, log in to

For assistance, Contact  Mary Pringle  at  (936) 372-4043

 Dates:  April 14 & 15, 2014 (Monday and Tuesday)

Time:  3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Registration Deadline:  April 4

Audience: Teachers at all levels needing ESL endorsement by

passing the ESL Supplemental #154 TExES test

Presenter:  Dr. Patricia Morales, HCDE

Location:  Waller I.S.D. TECHNOLOGY CENTER

Click here to read more about our preparation day

Click here to get Sign-up Directions

Overview of ESL Endorsement Exam 154


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).

Las leyes del Comisionado concernientes al plan del estado para educar a nuestros estudiantes que hablan Ingles como segundo idioma dicen que los distritos escolares que proveen  programas bilingües y/o Ingles como Segundo Idioma (ESL) deben establecer y operar un Comité de Evaluación del Dominio del Idioma (LPAC).

Video de entrenamiento EN ESPAÑOL 

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 English Language Learners State Assessment    
Actualización de la Evaluación del Estado para Estudiantes Aprendiendo Ingles
 Past in spring 2012, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). The STAAR program at grades 3–8  assesses English Language Learners (ELL) with the same subjects and grades that assessed on TAKS. At high school, however, grade-specific assessments will be replaced with 5 end-of-course (EOC) assessments: Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, and U.S. History. The information on this attachment provides facts to familiarize Parents with the accommodations and policies of the State Assessments for our Bilingual/ESL Students.   FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK LINKS BELOW
Assessing ELLs with STAAR      

ELL Assessment UPDATE

Linguistic Accommodations for STAAR


          En la Primavera del 2012, la Evaluación para la Preparación Académica del Estado de Texas (por sus siglas en Ingles STAAR™ ) reemplazó al examen TAKS. El STAAR evalua a nuestros estudiantes que están aprendiendo Ingles (por sus siglas en Ingles ELL) al igual que a todos los demás estudiantes en los grados 3-8 en las mismas materias y grados que se hacía con el TAKS. En la Preparatoria, sin embargo, los exámenes serán remplazados por 5 exámenes de fin de curso (por sus siglas en Ingles EOC): Algebra I, Biología, Ingles I, Ingles II e historia de Estados Unidos. La información del documento que aquí se anexa contiene las provisiones y políticas de la evaluación estatal para nuestros estudiantes Bilingües/ESL.    MAS INFORMACION EN LOS DOCUMENTOS DE ABAJO

Evaluando ELLs con la prueba STAAR 

Actualización del documento Evaluación de ELLs 

Provisiones linguisticas para la prueba STAAR

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

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



Jorge Alvarado

Jorge Alvarado
Director of Bilingual/ESL

Mary Pringle

Mary Pringle
Secretary of Bilingual/ESL

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¡Trabajando duro para la graduación!

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