Fifth Annual Bilingual Spelling Bee Spring 2015
Waller ISD is going to host its fifth Annual Bilingual Spelling Bee Championship on Saturday May 16, 2015 at 10:00am at Waller ISD Schultz Junior High Cafeteria. Every elementary school will be represented by two finalists. The Waller ISD Bilingual Spelling Bee is a competition full of excitement with a sprinkle of challenge and it 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 finally 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 and 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 picture below shows District Bilingual Spelling Bee Champion for this Spring 2014 getting the Championship Crown Rosa Sánchez from Turlington Elementary School.
Waller ISD va a tener su quinto certamen de Deletreo Bilingüe el Sábado 16 de Mayo a las 10:00am 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.
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
|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:
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:
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 PROGRAMThe 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.
* ESL (With two classes Morning and Night)
*Literacy Center for Kids of Parents enrolled in Adult Classes (Only Night Class)
-- SPRING Semester 2015 will start on Tuesday, January 20 and end on Thursday May 14, 2015
Contact our department to get further information.
-- PRIMAVERA 2015 inicia el martes 20 de Enero y termina el jueves 14 de Maya 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 email@example.com. 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 ResourcesTEA- 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.
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