Thiells students celebrate achievement as Former Limited English Proficient (FLEP) learners
Twenty-two students in grades 1-3 at Thiells Elementary School attained proficiency in the English language on the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) and are no longer considered Limited English Proficient (LEP). Passage of the rigorous exam enabled student placement in mainstream classes this year.
A heartfelt breakfast celebration was held at Thiells School on December 3 to recognize the students who accomplished this important benchmark. Guest speakers Director of ESL & Bilingual Services Miguelina Lopez and Superintendent of Schools Ileana Eckert shared their personal experiences about immigrating to the United States and the importance of learning the English language. Two former ESL students, who currently attend North Rockland High School, spoke with pride about what the achievement has meant to them, their families, and their communities.
The next NYSESLAT will be offered in June 2015 to LEP students in grades K-12 throughout the North Rockland Central School District.
Thursday, December 18, 2014