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English Language Learners

Contact Information

Michele Bryant, Director of Academic Support Services 
661-387-7000
EL Coordinator
Translator - Spanish
661-387-7000
 
Janeth Penaranda
Lead EL Instructional Aide
Translator- Spanish
661-387-7000
 

 

 

The Multilingual Parent Newsletter (formerly known as the Distance Learning Parent Newsletter) is available  in English, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, and Vietnamese.

 

Multilingual Updates Newsletters web page

 

 
 

Canvas Training for Parents (English):         Norris English Training

 

CANVAS Training For Parents (Spanish) :     Norris Spanish Training
 
 
 

Parent Website for Spring Tests 2020-21

 
 
ELPAC PARENT VIDEOS
 
STARTING SMARTER

ELPAC Starting Smarter website external icon

  • The Starting Smarter websites help parents understand student scores and reports, view sample test questions, and provide additional free resources to support your child’s learning.

Practice and Training Tests:  https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ep/documents/elpacpracticetests.pdf

Practice and Training Tests web page external icon

  • This web page provides students guest access to practice and training tests. Select “Sign In” as a Guest User and Guest Session to take a practice or training test with your child. Select your child’s grade and choose a practice or training test for the following tests:
    • Smarter Balanced English-language Arts or mathematics
    • California Alternate Assessments for English-language Arts or mathematics
    • California Science Test
    • California Spanish Test
    • English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)
    • Alternate ELPAC

Technology Readiness Checker for Students

Technology Readiness Checker for Students external icon

How to Use the Technology Readiness Checker for Students (PDF) external icon

Technology Readiness Checker for Student Support Guidelines (PDF) external icon

  • The Technology Readiness Checker for Students (TRCS) is a game-like tool students navigate to create a storyboard. The navigation through the TRCS is similar to the navigation used in a computer-based assessment and can be used to identify your child’s technology readiness for online testing.
  • The TRCS is not an assessment and does not provide scores.
 

Language Acquisition Programs

 

The California Education for a Global Economy (CA Ed. G.E.) Initiative is a voter-approved state plan to ensure that all children in California public schools receive the highest quality education, master the English language and access high-quality innovative and research-based language programs that prepare them to fully participate in a global economy.

 

The CA Ed.G.E. Initiative authorizes school districts to establish language acquisition programs for both fluent English speakers and English Learners, and requires school districts to solicit parent and community input in developing language acquisition programs.

 

Parents/Guardians may choose a language acquisition program that best suits their child. Norris School District offers Structured English Immersion program for all English learners. Structured English Immersion is a language acquisition program for English learners in which nearly all classroom instruction in provided in English, but with a curriculum and a presentation designed for pupils who are learning English.

 

The CA Ed.G.E. Initiative authorizes school districts to establish language acquisition programs for both native and non-native English speakers, and requires school districts to solicit parent and community input in developing language acquisition programs. A response from the LEA is required when the parents of 30 pupils or more per school, or 20 pupils or more in any grade in a school, request a new language acquisition program. (EC Section 310[a].). Parents interested in establishing a new language acquisition program at a school may request a new program by providing a written request to the Director of Academic Support Services, Michele Bryant, at the NSD district office. If you need assistance in making a written request, please call the district office, and an appointment will be scheduled to assist.

 

Please provide the following in the written request:

  • School Name
  • Student Name
  • Current Grade Level
  • Parent/ Guardian Name
  • Phone Number
  • Indicate all languages spoken by the student
  • Name the Language Acquisition Program Requested and the Requested Language
  • Sign and Date
 
The district shall conduct an analysis to determine the feasibility, costs and resources necessary to implement a new language program.
 

Michele Bryant

Director of Academic Support Services 

Norris School District 

michele.bryant@norris.k12.ca.us

(661)387-7000