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ESL Program Support

Welcome to the 2015-16 school year!


I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and the ESL (English as a Second Language) Program to those of you who are new to University Hills Elementary this year and to say welcome back to our returning families.


I am looking forward to a wonderful year working with all of our remarkable students.  Also working with and supporting your children this year is Anne Grieg.  We are both here to help assist your child in learning English and to help him/her feel successful at school. 


Many children will learn to speak English words very quickly, while others may take a longer time to feel comfortable.  Do not be alarmed if your child is not speaking the first month or two.  Every child learns differently and brings with him/her different experiences to a new country.  Please know that studies indicate that it may take a child years to become proficient in their understanding, speaking, reading and writing of a new language.  We encourage our students to try their hardest and do their very best work every day at school.  Our students understand that in order to learn and to progress in their English development, they will need to listen carefully, ask questions when something is not understood and ask for help when a task is too difficult. 


The ESL program has been at University Hills Elementary for many years.  We are truly proud of our program's success!  For students in grades K-5, an ESL paraprofessional may provide support in the classroom.  In addition to classroom support, students in grades 1-5 may also receive direct English language support services in the ESL Center.  The amount of support provided will be determined based on individual student's needs. 


If you have questions at any time, please feel free to contact me at CKiser@rochester.k12.mi.us

I am looking forward to a wonderful year working with you and your child(ren).



Cynthia Kiser