English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a program that offers assistance to students who have another language in their background and need help in speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in order to be successful in school.
Salem School District has 4 full time ESOL teachers who serve the district’s English Learners:
Salem High School
Fisk, N. Salem, Lancaster
In addition, district and federal funds are used to hire part-time certified ESOL teachers to provide addition support across the district.
How are students identified for ESOL support services?
A Home Language Survey is completed at the time of school registration. If there is an indication of a language other than English, the form is forwarded to that school’s ESOL teacher. After a review of information, the student’s English skills are assessed. Eligibility for services is based on those test results.
If recommended, is participation in ESOL required?
While parents may not deny the assessment of their child’s ability to speak, listen, read, and write English, they may deny ESOL services.
How are students exited from ESOL identification?
Whether or not a student receives ESOL services, annual testing is required by federal law and New Hampshire State Standards for English Language Learners. During this winter testing, students are assessed in the four language areas: Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing. When proficiency is demonstrated on this test, students are exited from ESOL identification.
What is Title III?
Title III is a federal grant program that provides financial assistance to school districts to ensure that children who are limited English proficient attain English proficiency and meet the same challenging State academic content all children are expected to meet.
How is Title III funding used in Salem’s Schools?
Adhering to Federal parameters for the use of Title III money, Salem uses the funds to:
Who are Salem’s ESOL service providers?
In addition to the part-time, Title III-funded tutor, the Salem School District employs three full-time ESOL teachers. These four professionals: LeeAnn Mosher, Natalia Ethridge, Nicole Ponti, and Joan Harper, may be contacted at their office at Salem High School 893-7069.
What are some other supports for ESOL students and their families?
If you are unsatisfied with the district’s Title III / ESOL Program, or your child’s ESOL services, please follow these steps in order:
Dr. Jennie Marshall
Director of Literacy, Salem School District
38 Geremonty Drive
Salem, NH 03079
phone: (603) 893-7040
Andrea Somoza-Norton, Ed.D
Title III State Director
For all of these steps, you can arrange a meeting either by phone, or in person, at a time that is convenient for you. If you need an interpreter, one will be provided for you.