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    Hello Parents/Guardians,
    My name is Mrs. Terruso and this school year I will be teaching English as a New Language (ENL) to 5th graders.  I love teaching students who arrive to P.S. 204 from all over the world with so much knowledge, and who speak many different languages.  It's very rewarding to see how hard they work and how quickly our students learn English.
    This year we have 2 models of teaching English.  The first one is an integrated  English model, where the language is taught in the student's classroom together with other content areas such as science, math, social studies, etc. and the second is a pull out program more suitable for newcomer students at the entering or emerging levels of language acquisition.
    In order to enter the ENL program a student must take the NYSITELL test: New York State Identification for English Language Learners, and in order to exit the program the student must to pass the NYSESLAT New York state English as a Second Language achievement Test. 
    The NYSESLAT test is administered every Spring, usually during the month of May  to measure the student's language gains in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing over the period of the school year.   The results of this test are described in 5 levels in the next few pages.  Please read them to understand your child's  present level.
    I look forward to working together with you to make this a happy and successful 2019-2020 school year for our students.
    Best Regards,
    Mrs. Terruso
    2020 NYSESLAT Listening, Speaking, Reading and  Writing tests May 4 - May 15
            ELA testing March 25 and 26
            MATH April 21 & 22
            SCIENCE written exam June 1st