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English learners from Tulsa Public Schools participate in school visits

Published 5/25/2017




Tulsa Public Schools


Emma Garrett Nelson


As the 2016-2017 school year comes to a close, English language learner students and English Language Development teachers participated in school visits designed to ensure that students have smooth transitions to their new schools in the fall.

"We want to build excitement and ease any anxieties for our English learners as they move into new buildings," said Sabine Bazhaw, Memorial Junior High English language development teacher. Bazhaw and several of her middle school students visited Key, Grimes, and Marshall elementary schools to meet with rising 7th grade students. During the visit, Bazhaw and her students discussed expectations, schedules, uniforms, and Summit, the district's new personalized blended learning program where all students have their own Chromebooks." We want our students to feel welcomed and ready for their 7th grade year," said Bazhaw.

Memorial High School English Language Development teacher Maya Thomas and her students hosted a visit with 20 rising 9th graders transitioning from Memorial Junior High School. The visiting students from Memorial Junior High were welcomed by Memorial High School teachers, counselors and principal Darin Schmidt. Soccer coach Mark Dover gave a tour of the athletic facilities and talked about sports and the importance of academics. One student, Jackeline said: "This is an opportunity for these incoming 9th graders to get to know their new school. Even if they forget where to go when school starts in August, they may still remember meeting their new English language development teacher, Mrs. Thomas!"

Hale Junior High Schools English language development teacher Tucker Carter and his students visited Hale High School and English Language Development teacher Kylinn Kennedy. Carter planned this visit to ensure an open dialogue between the two schools and try something that neither school had done before. The rising 9th graders were especially impressed with the trophy collection at the high school, and talked about how many more they were going to add in soccer next year. "They can't wait to be able to use the soccer field all of the time," Carter said.

Both Bazhaw and Carter noticed after they got back from their tours, students seemed to feel more confident. "They held their heads higher," said Bazhaw, "it was wonderful to see them so proud and excited for the future! We will definitely do school visits again next year."





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