•  Welcome to Meramec Elementary! 
    EL Teacher: Ms. Sarah GottemoellerMs. Gottemoeller
    Our community welcomes cultural and linguistic diversity. It's our pleasure to teach your child. We know your child has much to learn about our school and much to teach us about him/herself and your home country. We look forward to learning together. 

    In the Clayton School District, all new students are quickly integrated into the regular academic and social programs.  The ELL (English Language Learners) Program provides both individualized instruction and small group settings.  The ELL teachers also attend the regular classroom to instruct and support students in class work.  ELL teachers collaborate with classroom and specialist teachers to create a firm foundation in both English Language skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening, culture) and content area understanding. 
    Description and English Language Program Goals
    The Clayton English Language Program (ELP) is designed for non-native English speaking students who demonstrate the need for English language instruction. The program provides language instruction and educational experiences that:       
     •teach the skills required for English language learners (ELLs) to achieve an advanced level of academic English language proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing
    • help EL Learners meet the academic achievement standards expected of all students
    • support the successful acculturation of students and families
    • promote parent engagement in the child’s learning and in the schools 

    To determine a student’s eligibility for services, the Clayton School District ELP considers the Home Language Survey, student/parent interviews, parent/ teacher/ counselor recommendations, previous school records and transcripts, and the WAP-T, a standardized English proficiency test. 

    The English Language Curriculum and Instructional Program
    Is based on best practices in teaching and learning, individual student needs, the Missouri English Language Learning Standards and “Show Me” Standards, and Clayton School District curricula. 

    Parent Involvement
    The ELP provides parent and families social and educational programs as part of the International Family Program, including holiday celebrations, parent education and support programs, and volunteer opportunities.  We focus on facilitating adjustment to and participation in a new city and culture.  The International Family Program events are a great opportunity to meet more parents and children and to learn about American culture.  
    Look for an invitation to the International Coffee held once a month in conjunction with Glenridge and Captain.  

    How will I know when my child is ready to stop receiving ELL services?
    Students are exited from the ELL program when they are performing at grade-level and have achieved proficient standards in speaking, listening, reading, and writing as determined by:
    • Standardized Tests
    • Writing Samples
    • Achievement of District EL Standards 
    • Oral Presentations
    • Parent Recommendations 
    • Grades
    • Portfolio Work
    • Teacher Recommendations
Last Modified on October 14, 2015