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ENL Department Honors 18 “Commanding” Students

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The East Islip School District English as a New Language Department held its third annual ENL Commanding recognition on Oct. 20. A total of 18 students who earned a Commanding score on the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test were honored with an online ceremony at the ENL parent orientation meeting. Administrators met with over 20 community members to provide insight on the ENL program and answer any questions. The winning students, who attend East Islip High School, East Islip Middle School, and Connetquot and John F. Kennedy Elementary Schools, were provided certificates during their classes.

During the 2020-2021 school year, East Islip’s ENL students participated in different models of instructions and then transitioned to in-person learning. ENL teachers were challenged to meet the needs of individual multilingual learners throughout the district. Starting in April, these multilingual students began the NYSESLAT speaking assessment and completed the reading, writing and listening sections in May. The teachers prepared for countless hours and provided intense instruction to support the students during this assessment.

“I am so proud of our teachers who go above and beyond to support our individual students’ needs,” said Robert J. Wottawa II, the district’s director of art, ENL, music and world language. “The results are clear that despite all the challenges, our students had great success last year due to our teachers’ positive impacts.”

Friday, January 21, 2022