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English Language

Sheena Buckhouse
Sheena Buckhouse

EL Coordinator
O. M. Tiffany Elementary
May Overby Elementary

Tara Hill
Tara Hill

Elementary Instructor
Mike Miller Elementary
Simmons Elementary

Lyza Bixler
Lyza Bixler
Elementary Instructor
Lincoln Elementary
C.C. Lee Elementary

Margaret Moore
Margaret Moore

Middle School Instructor
Simmons MS
Holgate MS

Hannah Carlson
Hannah Carlson
High School Instructor
Central HS

District English Language (EL) Program Mission Statement
The Aberdeen School District’s EL program strives to help English language learners (ELLs) develop English language proficiency while maintaining academics at grade level.

District English Language Vision
We envision a program that:

  • Will support and enhance the English language learners’ performance and meaningful participation in the regular classroom
  • Will assist all students in achieving grade-level standards
  • Will help students reach English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening
  • Will provide and maintain a learning environment in which students can excel in English while embracing their native culture and language
  • Will integrate other cultures into our educational system and the community

Identification of ELLs
The Aberdeen School District considers many factors in determining proper program placement such as the following factors:

  • Home Language Survey
  • Language testing
  • Previous school placement (academic history)
  • Sibling placement
  • State guidelines for age on entry
  • Family commitment to program
  • Program availability including class size and gender distribution
  • Special needs

District EL Program Description
English language learners in the Aberdeen School District are enrolled in their home school and are part of the basic education classes and school environment. Students receive specialized assistance in learning their new language from our EL teachers in one-on-one or small group tutoring. English language support focuses on language development and supports content learning from the regular classroom.

ASD EL Handbook

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