Friday, September 9, 2016

Terese Jurgensen ~ Director of Student Services ~ September 9, 2016

Introducing the Lau Plan
Every year, the State of Iowa mandates that school district's English Language Learner Program, named the Lau Plan, be reviewed and updated to meet the needs of students who do not have English as their first language. The Lau Plan originated in 1974 after a class action law suit in California titled, "Lau -vs- Nichols." The basis of the case was from the Office of Civil Rights outlining that students who did not have English as their 1st language had the right to be educated and afforded the tools necessary to obtain and master the English language based on their 14th Amendment Rights. Last school year, we were fortunate to receive many new English Learners at Howard-Winneshiek CSD and, although some of those students have moved away, our district still has 14 students who receive English Learner Instructional supports. Our district Lau Plan will go before the school board on Monday, September 12th for board approval. Listed below is the introductory page that outlines K-12 English Language Learner Program.

Howard-Winneshiek CSD
K-12 Lau (ELL) Plan for Serving English Learners (ELs)
September 2016

In order to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of English Learners (ELs), the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District has developed the following Lau Plan.  

Lau Plan Guiding Principles:
English Language Development:
    • To accelerate academic and conversational English language acquisition/development in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing through formal language instruction.
    • The district maintains and annually revises the district Lau (EL) Plan. [NCLB sec. 3116] (Lau -vs- Nichols, 1974).

Academic Achievement:
    • To help students to successfully participate in classroom learning situations and other school activities.
    • To educate English learners to the same rigorous standards as all students in the district at grade appropriate levels;
    • To support English learners’ academic success in the content areas at grade appropriate level;
Alicia Martin is our ESL Teacher at Howard-Winn!
  • To help students with multicultural backgrounds to develop and/or reinforce positive attitudes toward self, school and community.

    • To promote pride in English learners’ multicultural and linguistic backgrounds;
    • To involve English learners’ families and the community in the educational process to make education a cooperative effort between home and school;
    • To assist English learners and their families in understanding and functioning within American society

The Crestwood Cadets had an awesome football game last Friday night against Decorah! Although our fighting Cadets had a final score of down by 1, the air was electric with Cadet Pride and our young men gave great effort. It was super fun with a large crowd and, for the most part, our elementary students did a nice job of watching the game. Parents, continue to encourage your children to watch the game.  I caught some fun pictures of the fans that I wanted to share with you this week!                   
Check out the new band uniforms! Our band looked and sounded great!
A group of Cadet fans watching the game!
Howie surrounded by his fan base!

High School fans cheering on the Cadets!

September is Attendance Awareness Month!


Elementary Students will be bringing home a letter with an outline of the new school attendance policy. Please look for it! Having your children at school each and every day will pay great dividends for their future!

Pictured on the left is a group of 8th graders acting out a skit about immigrants coming to the United States in the early 1900's. Immigrants, people who did not speak English, have always played a critical role in the great culture and heritage we know in America. That is why documents, such as the Lau Plan, are so critical to student success!

Have a great week!

Please feel free to call me, Terese Jurgensen, if you need anything! You can reach me by email at or by cell at (563) 929-6344.


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