Sept. 16, 2016



Public Schools is proud of our newest opportunity to provide wraparound
services to our students and families joining us from other countries through
our Newcomer Program.


Our English as
a Second Language (ESL) team is thrilled to officially debut the Newcomer
Program’s home to our community, and you’re invited to join the celebration at
our ribbon cutting! This festive event takes place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20.
The Newcomer Program is located at 3725 N. Kiel Ave.


Newcomer Program serves students in Grades 7 through 9 who are new to the
United States. Our dedicated educators ensure these scholars continue learning
core content while becoming acclimated with their new surroundings in our
friendly community. We aim to offer every support possible to help students
thrive as they transition to one of our Neighborhood, Choice or Innovation
Network schools upon completion of this yearlong program.


To celebrate the public opening of their school, several
Newcomer students will share reflections on their experience in this unique
setting in their native languages with translation from our ESL staff members.
Students will also lead tours of their newly-revamped space in the Gambold
building on our city’s west side.


“It is so critical for our community to see what we’re
doing and how we’re doing it,” said IPS ESL Coordinator Jessica Feeser. “We’ve
really grown since we opened our doors. We started with 47 students, now we
have nearly 100 scholars!”


Our Newcomer
Program is staffed with knowledgeable and passionate professionals committed to
helping our students and their families succeed as they become familiar with
our city. Instructors assist our students in mastering math, science, arts,
English and social studies while our social worker, counselor, bilingual
assistants and parent involvement educator provide valuable supports to both
students and family members.


Students are
joining our Newcomer Program from Mexico, Uganda, Eritrea, Guatemala, Thailand,
Ethiopia, Honduras, El Salvador and Senegal, and we look forward to welcoming
even more new scholars as the year rolls along. During the 2017-2018 school
year, the Newcomer Program will expand to serve students from Grades 3 through


Join us as we
celebrate the unveiling of this invaluable service to our students and