English Language Newcomer

Lead Teachers: Marcela Taylor

The English Learner (EL) Newcomer Program offers courses to students whose first language is not English and who are recent immigrants. Students are placed in the according to their CELDT (California English Language Development Test) scores. New students are tested and evaluated according to state law and then are scheduled into appropriate
courses by recommendation of the Newcomer Program and counselors.

According to the BUSD Board of Education-approved EL Master Plan, ELs who are “less than reasonably fluent” (beginning to intermediate on the CELDT) must be in a Structured English Immersion program (SEI). This includes an individualized combination of ELD and Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) classes. Also, teachers are trained to work with students from non-English speaking backgrounds (through the Constructing Meaning and Systematic ELD). The unique
needs of these ELs are met by the use of instructional methods and materials designed to increase English proficiency
in listening, speaking, reading and writing, and in academic language. Moreover, it is the practice of the Newcomer Program to illustrate to every student and family that the primary language and culture of each student is highly respected and valued. Primary language development for Spanish speakers or heritage speakers of Spanish in the Native Speakers Spanish class or AP Spanish Language or Literature is offered. The Newcomer Program also monitors and supports ELs who have mainstreamed into one of the six Learning Communities at BHS.

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    Leadership Meetings 2016-17 (Library)
    March 27, 2017
    8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Library
    BHS Arts Extravaganza (Quad & Senior Steps)
    March 27, 2017
    11:15 am - 12:15 pm
    Quad & Senior Steps
    All-School Mailing (Conf Room B)
    March 27, 2017
    11:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Conf Room B
    BHS Arts Extravaganza (Quad & Senior Steps)
    March 28, 2017
    11:15 am - 12:15 pm
    Quad & Senior Steps
    Golf: Boys All Levels Match vs Castro Valley, Berkeley, Encinal (Away)
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: March 28, 2017 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Monarch Bay
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Castro Valley, Berkeley, Encinal
    Volleyball: Boys Varsity Game vs Castro Valley (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: March 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Castro Valley High - Auxiliary Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Castro Valley
    Baseball: Boys Varsity Game vs San Lorenzo (Home) (Date changed from 03-24-17)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: March 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Tim Moellering Field
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: San Lorenzo
    Baseball: Boys JV Game vs San Lorenzo (Away) (Date changed from 03-24-17)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: March 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: San Lorenzo High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: San Lorenzo
    Badminton: All Levels Match vs Arroyo (Home)
    Starts: 4:15 pm
    Ends: March 28, 2017 - 4:15 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School - Jacket Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Arroyo
    BHS Arts Extravaganza (Quad & Senior Steps)
    March 29, 2017
    11:15 am - 12:15 pm
    Quad & Senior Steps
    Swimming: All Levels Meet vs Bishop O'Dowd (Home)
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: March 29, 2017 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Bishop O'Dowd
    Softball: Girls JV Game vs San Leandro (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: March 29, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: San Leandro High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: San Leandro