Welcome to the English Language Services Page
Students learning English need special support to become proficient with English and English language related to academic skills. To help us achieve great results, we have developed a Master Plan to guide our work. Additionally we have developed a special improvement plan to guide our spending of our Federal Title 3 funds (BHUSD T3 Improvement Plan). A copy of both plans are posted below. As part of our Master Plan to increase student achievement we have established special committees at each school and at the district. These committees help guide our work and are comprised of parents of English Learners (EL). At the schools this committee is call the English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) and the district level this committee is called the District English Language Advisory Committee.
English Learner Program
When you complete the Home Language Survey, if you respond with a language other than English to any of the first 3 questions, your school will administer the Initial English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPAC). We administer the ELPAC during the first month of school. The ELPAC is California's assessment to help schools determine whether or students need extra instruction to develop English proficiency.
If your child has previously attended a California public school, we will access those records and provide services based on your student's language proficiency.
State and federal laws require all public school districts in California to assess students’ English fluency. If you have completed the Home Language Survey in error, please contact your school immediately.
The State of California requires that EL students develop English language proficiency and learn academic content simultaneously. BHUSD implements Structured English Immersion (SEI) as the instructional model for English language Development (ELD). Please contact your classroom teacher or your school's EL teacher for more information.
•Structured English Immersion (SEI) Teachers use special instructional strategies, Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) and integrated ELD strategies to ensure that EL students are able to understand and complete academic tasks. Instruction and learning happen mostly in English. However, teachers and students may use the student's home language(s) to make learning more efficient. Students are encouraged to use digital translators, peer translators, or bilingual dictionaries to support classroom learning.
•All EL students receive a minimum of 30 minutes of Designated ELD. In the elementary grades, the classroom teacher provides EL instruction during the school day in small groups. During this time, students learn about English grammar, sentence structure or may learn specific vocabulary words they will need to participate in larger settings. In middle and high school, EL students receive a minimum of 1 period of designated ELD with the EL teacher. No EL students are removed from their class to for EL services.
Each spring all EL students will take the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). The ELPAC will assess students in four domains: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The scores from the ELPAC will be used to exit students from the EL program and to monitor their proficiency in English.
Please follow the links below for important information:
Each school has their own English Language Advisory Council. This group of parents provides input and advice for their school's planning. These meetings occur three times a year. Please contact your school's ELC for more information.
Additionally, the district hosts a District English Language Advisory Council. This group provides input and advice to the superintendent. These meetings occur three times a year. The DELAC meetings will take place in the Board Room in the District Office. The dates for the DELAC meetings are:
October 5, 2017 5:00pm to 6:00pm
December 7, 2017 5:00pm to 6:00pm
March 15, 2018 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Also below are the agendas for previous and current BHUSD DELAC. Additionally, our budget to implement our EL Title 3 Improvement Plan is posted below.
-Karen Moses at BHHS
-Phillip Babcock at BV and HM
-Laurie Virtusio at ER and Hawthorne
-Cherryne Luesang, Coordinator of Special Projects
-Dustin Seemann, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.