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English as a Second Language


The Rowan-Salisbury School System offers an educational program to meet the needs of students who are English Language Learners in grades K-12. This program addresses two areas: language acquisition and cultural adjustment. The goal of the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, thereby enabling students to be successful within the academic mainstream classroom. North Carolina has adopted English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards that are designed to address the needs of ESL students to become fully proficient in both social and academic English. These standards are aligned to our English Language Proficiency test. The ELP standards will provide a framework for teaching English language learners in grades K-12.

The program will assist students through their cultural adjustment by helping them develop an understanding of American Culture. At the same time, students will be encouraged to share their cultural backgrounds and realize the importance of their role in a multicultural society.

The involvement of EL parents is strongly encouraged to provide support for English language learners. It is our belief, that parental support will impact student academic achievement. An ESL Parent Resource Center was established to provide parent learning opportunities, educational instructional materials for use at home, and access to computer technology. A bilingual Parent Liaison is available to assist parents during the regular school term and in the summer as needed.

Parent Engagement

ESL teachers are required to provide at a minimum two parent activities annually. Parent engagement activities should provide parents with information about ESL program services, school routines, and training on how to support the education of their children at home. Teachers must submit their parent engagement activities to the ESL Parent Liaison. The parent liaison will assist teachers with planning their parent activities and with securing materials.

A Parent Resource Center is available on the second floor of the Wallace Educational Forum for parents to check out instructional materials for use at home. The center offers a variety of parent workshops throughout the year.

Recursos para padres (Español)

RSS Parent Resources (English)

- Para más información en Español, haga “click” aquí

ESL Program Placement

The U.S. Office for Civil Rights, as well as, North Carolina State Board of Education policy HSP-K000 (16NCAC 6D.0106) requires that a Home Language Survey (HLS) be administered to all students upon initial enrollment. The home language survey is used to determine if the student is a language minority student. If the answer to any question on the HLS is “other than English,” the student is considered a language minority student. It is the responsibility of the principal/designee to make sure that a home language survey be administered to all students K-12, regardless of the language spoken, at the time the student is registered or is enrolled in school.

The Data manager will provide the ESL teachers with a copy of the HLS and/or a copy of the 804 report indicating students whose parent answered “other than English.” The ESL teacher will meet with the new students to administer the state English language proficiency test, which is currently the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT). This test is a screener and assesses the student’s English language ability in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The ESL teacher will check the student’s record for evidence of participation in a previous ESL program before administering the test. If the student has a recent W-APT or ACCESS score, the student will not have to be retested. Teachers should contact the ESL office if there is a question about testing a new student. Students who are identified as limited English proficient (LEP) are eligible for ESL program services and possibly accommodations on state standardized tests. Parents must be notified concerning their child’s test scores and participation in the ESL program. If a parent refuses ESL services, the student is still eligible for accommodations on state standardized tests. Parents may not refuse testing to determine English language proficiency.

ESL Administration

Jerri Hunt

Titles: Director of Federal Programs
Locations: Wallace Educational Forum
Phone Numbers:
School: 704-680-6838

Miriam Basso

Titles: ESOL Parent Facilitator
Locations: Wallace Educational Forum

Sara Poydock

Titles: Federal Programs Lead Teacher
Locations: Wallace Educational Forum

ESL Faculty - Elementary School

Bostian Elementary

Rosemary Leach: leachrs@rss.k12.nc.us

CT Overton Elementary

Anna Irvin: Anna.Irvin@rss.k12.nc.us

China Grove Elementary

Beth Houck: houckbj@rss.k12.nc.us

Rosemary Leach: leachrs@rss.k12.nc.us

Cleveland Elementary

Amy Huebner: huebnerak@rss.k12.nc.us

Elizabeth Koontz Elementary

Lucia Valencia Carter: valenciacarterld@rss.k12.nc.us

Julie Darnell: Julie.Darnell@rss.k12.nc.us

Enochville Elementary

Farah Conklin: mollahassanif@rss.k12.nc.us

Faith Elementary

Nicole Gardner: gardnerns@rss.k12.nc.us

Granite Quarry Elementary

Julie Darnell: Julie.Darnell@rss.k12.nc.us

HD Isenberg Elementary

Nancy Munoz: munozna@rss.k12.nc.us

Hanford Dole Elementary

Suzanne McMahon: suzanne.mcmahon@rss.k12.nc.us

Hurley Elementary

Leslie Foster: fosterle@rss.k12.nc.us

Anna Irvin: Anna.Irvin@rss.k12.nc.us

Knollwood Elementary

Leia Bruton: Leia.Bruton@rss.k12.nc.us

Courtney Skipper: Courtney.Skipper@rss.k12.nc.us

Katie Bostian: bostiaka@rss.k12.nc.us

Katie Gardner: gardnerkb@rss.k12.nc.us

Landis Elementary

Amanda Folino: folinoal@rss.k12.nc.us

Millbridge Elementary

Farah Conklin: mollahassanif@rss.k12.nc.us

Lucia Valencia Carter: valenciacarterld@rss.k12.nc.us

Mt. Ulla Elementary

Kim Turnbull: turnbukh@rss.k12.nc.us

North Rowan Elementary

Alexandra Castillo: Alexandra.Castillo@rss.k12.nc.us

Rockwell Elementary

Nicole Gardner: gardnerns@rss.k12.nc.us

Shive Elementary

Nicole Gardner: gardnerns@rss.k12.nc.us

Woodleaf Elementary

Amy Huebner: huebnerak@rss.k12.nc.us

ESL Faculty - Middle School

CC Erwin Middle

Sherry Cox: coxsc@rss.k12.nc.us

China Grove Middle

Gail Safrit: safritgk@rss.k12.nc.us

Corriher Lipe Middle

Gail Safrit: safritgk@rss.k12.nc.us

Knox Middle

Francisco Marin: Francisco.Marin@rss.k12.nc.us

North Rowan Middle

Shanna Hinson: hinsonss@rss.k12.nc.us

Southeast Middle

Mary Stoddard: stoddardmb@rss.k12.nc.us

Linda Steber: Linda.Steber@rss.k12.nc.us

West Middle

Sherry Cox: coxsc@rss.k12.nc.us

ESL Faculty - High School

East Rowan High School

Lauren Martin martinlb@rss.k12.nc.us

Henderson Independent High School

Shanna Hinson hinsonss@rss.k12.nc.us

JC Carson High School

Lauren Martin martinlb@rss.k12.nc.us

North Rowan High School

Shanna Hinson hinsonss@rss.k12.nc.us

Rowan County Early College

Linda Steber Linda.Steber@rss.k12.nc.us

Salisbury High School

Chloe Everhart Chloe.Everhart@rss.k12.nc.us

South Rowan High School

Richelle Bates Richelle.Bates@rss.k12.nc.us

West Rowan High School

Preston Sale salepk@rss.k12.nc.us


Enrollment Information (Información de inscripción)

Parent Resources (Recursos para Padres)

ESL Education Services (Servicios de Educación de ESL)

Teacher Resources (Recursos para Maestros)

ESL Contacts by School (Contactos de ESL por Escuela)

ESL Assessments (Evaluaciones de ESL)

WIDA English Language Development Standards (Estándares de Desarrollo del Idioma Inglés de WIDA)


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