It has been great seeing our families at parent teacher conferences! If you were unable to schedule an appointment, please contact Miss Nemer and we can set a time for you to come in and learn about your EL's progress.
Welcome back for the the 2018-2019 school year! I hope you all have a great year ahead. Please look in the mail for information regarding your English Learner and services they will receive. I'm looking forward to seeing you all and helping your children succeed!
All my best,
I hope you all have a wonderful summer filled with much sunshine and happiness! I encourage you to spend some time outside, go to the park, walk around Lake Anna, visit the library, and read 30 minutes every day. There are many fun camps and summer programs! If you're interested, contact Miss Nemer at RNemer@BarbertonSchools.org
The Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment results have been released. The school will send and explain the official reports to show how your English learners have made progress. Please contact Ms. Nemer with any questions: RNemer@BarbertonSchools.org or by calling: 330-753-1084 x25325
The 2018 Cultural Festival was an incredible experience! The theme was, "It's a Small World," because there were so many connections made throughout the planning, preparation, and day of the event. Here are some highlights:
Student Speaker: Ajdin Halilovic
Barberton Middle School 5th grader from Bosnia spoke about his journey to America and how his teachers and friends helped him learn English and acculturate to the American lifestyle. Ajdin said his STEM classes at Barberton will help him reach his dreams of going into computer programming or coding.
This event brings together students, families, and teachers to celebrate cultural diversity at Barberton City Schools. We will have food and activities for all to enjoy!
Stories will also be shared about how our resilient students and featured speakers immigrated to America to achieve the American Dream. This year, Mr. Kaser’s STEM team will be featuring a virtual reality demo of Google Earth – which is an amazing opportunity to experience countries across the world without having to leave Barberton! I was fortunate to see my family’s home in a small village of Lebanon and it made my eyes water… it was a really neat experience! We will also have cooking and language lessons, and other great cultural activities for you to experience a day in our multilingual students’ lives.
Please contact Miss Nemer if you have any questions: RNemer@BarbertonSchools.org
The Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA) is the state test to evaluate English proficiency. There are four parts: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. This test is being administered to all English Learners, February 5 - March 30, 2018.
More information on the OELPA can be found here: Ohio Department of Education OELPA
Parents and Students,
Welcome to the new school year! I'm excited for this new beginning and I'm looking forward to seeing the success our English Learners will achieve.
There are great new additions to our EL curriculum that we will be using this year:
With parent and teacher support and our students' focus and dedication, our ELs will make great strides! Please feel free to contact me anytime if there is anything more I can do to help. My phone number is 330-753-1084 ext. 25325.
Wishing you all the best!
- Miss Nemer
The Spring 2017 Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA) test results are in! The student reports will be available on June 9th and sent home after.
These scores help us better understand your child's English proficiency. If an English learner received a composite score of "proficient," this means that the student has met the exit criteria. Pages 15-20 of the Understanding OELPA Results Spring 2017 document will help to understand what the scores mean.
The ESL Program at Barberton City Schools held their 3rd Annual Cultural Festival on Thursday, April 27th. This district-wide event led by ESL Teacher, Randa Nemer, brought together English Learners, their families, teachers, native-English speaking students, and community members to celebrate cultural diversity at Barberton City Schools. Guests enjoyed activities and a variety of different foods that families brought to represent their countries. Friendships made from previous cultural festivals were rekindled and new bonds were also made.
The highlight of the event were the speakers who shared emotional stories about their journeys immigrating to America. It was especially significant for the ESL Teacher because her father, Manuel Nemer, an immigrant from Lebanon, shared his inspiring story about growing up in Lebanon and attending a German boarding school there. Manuel genuinely spoke to the students and explained how difficult it was like for him coming to America with $6 that his mother had given to him, something that he cherished forever. Manuel said, “The first day I got to the United States, the next day I went to work.” He used to work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, for $20 each week until he earned enough money to send his first $500 to his beloved mother. He has been working for 47 years and still works 10-12 hours every day. His heartfelt story moved all of the guests and he spoke directly to the students by encouraging them that great things can happen, like they did for him, by working hard and being blessed to have the opportunity of being in America. He said, “Here we have so much help now, but back in those days we didn’t have any of that. It pays to work hard, have good ethics, honesty, and good will.”
Sixth grade students, Amir Halilovic from Bosnia and Noe Guerrero from Mexico, also shared their stories and experiences from their native countries and how they started their lives in America. The students explained how their teachers helped them succeed with learning English and how Barberton City Schools are preparing them for their future, especially through the STEM program. The event was a testimony of how valuable English Learners and their families are to the Barberton community and how the schools are helping the students succeed.
ELs @ BCS
The English Learner (EL) program at Barberton City Schools helps provide the resources and support ELs need to succeed. Our goal is for ELs to meet learning standards and achieve academic and social success.