English Second Language Services
The ESL Program of the Huron School District strives to provide the best language acquistion services and progams to all English learners. The ESL program emphasizes instruction in four areas of language development: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The goal is for English learners to acquire language skills while learning the academic content in the classroom.
Our students come from all over the world including home countries of Puerto Rico, Mexico, Honduras, Thailand, Burma, Cuba, Guatemala, Peru, El Salvador, China, and the Philippines. About 1 out of every 4 students in the school district speak a home language other than English.
Families are welcomed to the Huron School District at the ESL Welcome Center located in the Huron Arena, 150 5th Street SW.
English As A Second Language Program
The purpose of the English as a Second Language (ESL) program is to provide experiences that promote individual and social well being and to provide equal educational access for students whose primary language is not English. It is an interdisciplinary program that helps students acquire essential skills for learning a new language and adjusting to a new culture. Recognizing that each student is unique, the aim of the program is to be responsive to the initial and changing needs of the student and to maintain flexibility within the program. The ESL program emphasizes instructional assistance in the four skill areas of language development: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The program assists non or limited English speaking students to develop English language skills at a level which will enable them to perform successfully in mainstream classes, graduate, and function successfully in our culture. The ESL program is committed to encouraging a positive self-concept, maintaining a healthy attitude toward individual differences, and creating a school wide climate of understanding, empathy and interaction between students and staff.
The primary goal of the Huron School District is to support the intellectual development of students. Enabling students to achieve the goals of human and social development and career development is a responsibility shared by schools, families and the community. These goals apply equally to all students, including English Language Learners (ELL). ESL services allow students whose primary language or languages of the home are other than English to develop their individual potential within the Huron School District school system.
Kari Hinker, Director of ESL
Dianne Tapken, ESL Administrative Assistant
Buchanan Elementary (K/1 Center)
Liz Castillo-Kinder/Grade 1
Lacey Fryberger-Grade 1
Madison Elementary (2/3 Center)
Joselyn Schmitz-Grade 2
Christie Hemen-Grade 3
Washington Elementary (4/5 Center)
Wendy Bragg-Case Manager
Spanish Hotline 605-353-8565
Karen Hotline 605-353-8576