During the month of October our office with the help of good people in our buildings conducted a self-assessment of our English Language Learner program. We spent considerable time as a committee reviewing our practices and procedures. We also spent time studying the law and figuring out where we needed improvement. Complying with the law was an important piece, but I was pleased to realize that the group was much more concerned with doing the right things for kids than they were with simple compliance.
Representatives from the state office came and went through our records, visited our middle school and high school classes, had conversation with a few of our parents of ELL students, and gave us some suggestions to bolster our program. They were extremely helpful to all of us. We want to make sure our English Language Learners are getting all the help they need to succeed, and they could sense that from being in our schools. My biggest hope for our students who are learning English as a second language is that they will be proud of their ability to speak two languages and that they will use both throughout their lives. We want them to maintain their skills and pass not only their bilingual skills, but their native culture on to their children. We have future plans of awarding our successful students with the bi-literacy seal, which will be placed on their high school diploma.
The following is a quote from Christelle Estrada from the state board of education office: “Our visit to North Summit was successful in so many ways: financial documentation, parent focus group that supports future plans for quality parent engagement, classroom visits, collaborative approaches to ensure quality professional development through the WIDA elearning opportunity and the plan to ensure that North Summit students qualify for Utah's Biliteracy Seal. Thank you Superintendent Holmes and team.”
We at North Summit School District are committed to providing parents and students with accurate and prompt information in the event of school closures or other urgent matters impacting our schools and community. Depending on the type of emergency situation, the district utilizes the following methods of communication: direct telephoning, information placed on the district's website at www.nsummit.org, emailing, cell phones, emergency radios- between schools and the district office. Keeping parents informed helps to assure student safety and provides peace of mind. In an effort to improve communications with our families, we are requesting that all parents Like our Facebook page, North Summit School District, and friend North Summit. Facebook is a very great tool for getting information out quickly. We also suggest that you update your personal information including address, email, home and cell phone numbers for anyone you would want contacted in the event of a school closure or emergency. Sometimes this information is updated at one school for one child, but does not always get changed on all students in the same family. Please help us by contacting the schools or district office if you feel your information may be out of date.
North Summit offers Adult Education for High School Completion and English
Language classes. Classes are held every Tuesday from 5:30-9:00 PM and Thursday from 6-9:00 PM in the Middle School Library.