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ELD - Middle School

Students in grades 6-8 who score in the Beginning/Advanced Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced levels on the WELPA Screening are recommended for the comprehensive ELD program at North Pines Middle School (NPMS).

Students enroll in 1-2 class periods each day as their language arts class with a highly qualified ELD teacher in addition to a full middle school schedule. ELD class sizes are small so students receive more individual instruction and support. A highly qualified paraeducator supports ELD students in either their math, science, or social studies classes.

The North Pines Middle School ELD program gives students an opportunity to learn and practice English skills, learn about American schools and culture, and the study skills needed to be successful students. Students gain confidence in talking to teachers and other students; parents can easily contact the ELD teacher anytime that they have questions or concerns. Adjusting to a new culture and new school can be challenging. NPMS offers new ELLs a school environment where they can learn English yet speak in their primary language, be proud of their heritage, and get support while they are adjusting to life in the U.S.

The ELD teacher works closely with content teachers (science, social studies and math) to scaffold and modify instruction and assignments based on the language level of the student that will most help the student succeed. Students also receive assistance in note-taking, clarification of lesson content, and instructional modifications.

At NPMS, ELLs –as any other student– are able to participate in a wide range of sports programs and a comprehensive intramural program, including robotics. Additionally, NPMS offers band, orchestra, choir, PE, and art. NPMS has also provides resource room and self-contained special education programs. More information about NPMS is available at the school’s website.

Whether ELLs attend NPMS or another CVSD middle school, each student has an individual Academic Learning Plan which is shared with school counselors and the teachers of each ELL. This plan identifies the level of language proficiency and recommended accommodations for each student. Whenever ELLs experience academic challenges, parents/guardians or classroom teachers and school counselors are encouraged to meet with one of the middle school ELD Specialists to review the student’s Academic Learning Plan.

Whenever there are academic concerns about the progress of Transitional (L4s) students, parents/guardians and classroom teachers or school counselors are encouraged to contact one of the ELD Specialists to review the academic progress and needs for additional services.

For more information about the Middle School ELD Program, please contact:

Betsy Casteel, ELD Teacher/Specialist, National Board Certified Teacher
North Pines Middle School • 701 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA 99206
(509) 558-5083 | bcasteel@cvsd.org

Kim Koch, ELD Program Paraeducator

Kristin Day, K-8 ELD Specialist (Spanish)