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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.

 

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Requesting 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 

[email protected]

(661)387-7000

 

 

 

 

 

Canvas Training for Parents (English):         Norris English Training

 

CANVAS Training For Parents (Spanish) :     Norris Spanish Training
 
 
 
ELAC English Learners Advisory Committee
 

Requirement

Each California public school with 21 or more English learners must form an English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC).

 

Responsibilities

The ELAC shall be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Advising the principal and staff in the development of a site plan for English learners and submitting the plan to the School Site Council for consideration of inclusion in the School Plan for Student Achievement.
  • Assisting in the development of the school-wide needs assessment.
  • Ways to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.
  • Each ELAC shall have the opportunity to elect at least one member to the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC). Districts with 31 or more ELACs may use a system of proportional or regional representation.

 

Composition Requirements

Parents or guardians of English learners shall constitute at least the same percentage of the ELAC membership as their children represent of the student body.

 

Elections

The parents or guardians of English learners shall elect the parent members of ELAC. Parents or guardians of English learners shall be provided the opportunity to vote in the election.

 

Training

ELAC members shall receive training materials and training which will assist them in carrying out their required advisory responsibilities. Training shall be planned in full consultation with committee members, and funds from appropriate resources may be used to meet the costs of providing the training to include costs associated with the attendance of members at training sessions.

 

Legal References

  • California Education Code, sections 35147, 52176(b) and (c), 62002.5, and 64001(a)
  • California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 11308
ELAC English Learners Advisory Committee
Nomination Form 2022-2023
Dear Parents and/ or Guardians, 
The Norris School District is now seeking nominations for for the parent members of ELAC for the following school sites: Bimat Elementary, Veterans Elementary, Olive Drive Elementary, Norris Elementary, and Norris Middle School. This is a one-year term, beginning in August 2022 and ending in May 2022. 
The ELAC serves the students and the school by: 
     *Advising the principal and staff in the development of a site plan for English learners and submitting the plan to  the School Site Council for consideration of inclusion in the School Plan for Student Achievement.
    *Assisting in the development of the school-wide needs assessment.
     *Ways to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.
     *Each ELAC shall have the opportunity to elect at least one member to the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC).
 
Parent members of the ELAC are expected to:
- attend the 3-4 meetings via Zoom  or in person at the school site 
- learn about the SPSA through trainings and information shared at ELAC meetings
- represent EL parents in the neighborhood and community and actively participate in ELAC 
 
The ELAC membership must include parents of English learners (ELs), but may also include other duly elected family & community members. The percentage of parents of ELs who are elected must be at least equal to the percentage of English learners at the school site.
 
If you are interested, please fill out this form and your name will be placed on a ballot for an election. If you are not interested, you do not have to continue with this form. 
The deadline to turn in this nomination form will be September 23rd, 2022. 
 

Remote Testing Resources

 
 

Student Scores and Results Resources

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.

This video will walk viewers through how to understand a student’s Summative ELPAC Score Report. The video walks the viewer through the score report of a sample student describing the meaning of the information contained in each section.

Practice and Training Tests

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 Assessment
  • English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)
  • Alternate ELPAC