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    English Language Learning at Sand Point Elementary

    This year the Sand Point community includes approximately 85 English Language Learners (ELL students) with 15 different first languages. Three Bilingual Instructional Assistants (IAs) and two ELD teachers provide English and academic support to these students and assistance to their families. Our office/classroom is located in room 110.

    Bilingual IAs:
    Spanish: Ariadna Aguirre de Alvarado
    Tigrinya / Amharic: Haile Wubneh
    ELD Teachers:
    Michelle Merklin

    Our primary goal is to help ELL students succeed in Reading, Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies while they develop proficiency in academic English. Students receive most of this academic language support in the context of their homeroom classes. Some individuals and small groups may be pulled out for short periods of supplemental instruction. This additional support is determined by the academic needs of students and is aligned to mainstream content objectives. Instruction includes reading and writing skills as well as academic vocabulary and oral classroom participation (speaking) skills.

    The ELD team also helps families who do not speak English to understand Sand Point School and Seattle School District communication and policies by providing interpreters for important meetings and translations of important school communication. Please contact us if you need help!