East Greenbush Central School District hosted its English as a New Language Open House on Thursday evening for parents of students who receive ENL services. The event was very well attended, and illustrated the growing diversity within the school community.
As Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction James McHugh welcomed the parents to the event, three different translators began speaking. There are more than 22 different languages currently spoken by district students.
Each of the district’s four ENL teachers – Michelle Hall, Ida Marie Lindberg, Alexandra Omecinsky and Jennifer Carraher – spoke during the presentation as well as Wayne Grignon, the principal of Genet Elementary School which is home to the district’s ENL elementary program.
The Open House provided a venue for parents to learn more about ENL services, the curriculum, the school calendar and the importance of school attendance.
A representative from the East Greenbush Community Library was also invited to the event. She encouraged families to obtain library cards and informed them about adult English language classes that are available.