(3/21/18) The Morse Code Afterschool Newspaper Club for ENL Students Launches at Morse ES
Tuesday, March 20th was a special day at Morse Elementary School, and not just because it marked the first day of Spring! Nineteen ENL (English as a New Language) scholars began a pilot program under the direction of PCSD staff members Mary Marshall and Tracey Bleau aimed at supporting ENL students within all areas of English proficiency - Speaking, Listening, Reading, Comprehension, and Writing. These English Language Learners are the charter members of a new newspaper, "The Morse Code".
The "staff" meets from 2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at Morse Elementary School but the activity is open to all PCSD elementary students that are current or former ENL students. The program is a part of the PCSD Extended Learning Time initiative.
"Ms. Marshall and Ms. Bleau have worked very hard to bring this program to fruition," said Jack Mager, the PCSD Program Coordinator for Extended Learning Time. "They identified a need for programming for our ENL scholars and crafted a proposal that we are now implementing as a pilot program. The energy that they bring to the program is contagious and the students will benefit tremendously from their effort."
As the newest members of the Fourth Estate, the staff members were all issued their official ID badges. Keep your eyes open around the District for our young journalists!
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