ESL Orientation on Aug. 27

In honor of its cultural diversity, Liberty Central School District hosted its eighth annual orientation event for English as a Second Language (ESL) families on Thursday, Aug. 27. There, dozens of students and their parents joined community members to learn more about opportunities available for their families.

According to Student Services Director, Eileen Conway-Whitaker, the district hosts Parent Night and other similar events as a way to engage and empower parents as strong leaders in their children’s education. Events like these are designed to help parents support their children in school and learn about community resources that might be of interest.

Representatives from the following community resources attended: BOCES Adult Program, Child Care Council, Karl Bressler (lawyer), Hudson Health Plan, Hudson River Health, Liberty Public Library, Literacy Volunteers, Mid-Hudson Migrant Program, Migrant Resource Center, New Hope and PRASAD Dental Health.

At Parent Night, families were given resources to learn more about the ESL program, principles of language acquisition, ESL assessment and how to promote the academic success of their children in all content area subjects. Parents also received other information, such as how to communicate with their child’s teacher and what procedures should be followed in case of illness or school closings.

The night kicked off with a buffet table of food contributed by Shoprite, Nonni’s Biscotti, Floyd and Bobo’s Bakery and Dunkin Donuts.
In addition, Luarben Bencosme from the Hudson Valley Special Education Parent Center’s Bilingual Outreach/Information Department presented (in Spanish) information on the Parent’s Center and the Committee on Special Education process. She also gave information on how the Center can support Spanish-speaking families and districts throughout the region to promote meaningful family engagement in children’s special education programs.

According to a Hudson Valley Special Education Parent Center brochure, the center is an outlet for parents who have questions or concerns regarding their child’s education process, Individualized Education Program (IEP), transition to adulthood and more.

Looking for additional ESL resources?

    • • The Sullivan County BOCES Adult and Continuing Education Program will be offering a High School Equivalency (formally known as GED) program for Spanish speaking adults. This program will begin in October and will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the CACHE Office in Liberty (63 South Main Street). For more information, call Sullivan County BOCES at (845) 295-4913.

• The Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County will offer an ESL class for adults in the Liberty High School (room 307). This class will begin Sept. 24 from 6:30-8p.m. For more information, call Literacy Volunteers at (845) 794-0017.

• The district’s Student Service Department is always available to answer questions or provide resources. For more information about the ESL program, please contact Office of Student Services at (845) 292-5400 ext. 5112.

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