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A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. William Arthur Ward

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Classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) are established to assist English Language Learners (ELLs) acquire English as a second language while gaining content knowledge to meet graduation requirements in the content areas. Students with this designation have scored below the minimum cutoff established by the state of New Jersey on a state approved English language proficiency assessment instrument. Annual standardized tests approved by the State of New Jersey monitor student progress, and help to determine how they advance through the program.
English as a Second Language K-8
E.S.L. is an intensive English program for those students whose first language is a language other than English and whose proficiency in English indicates that they are still learning English as a second language. Students in this program are part of a mainstream classroom throughout the day, and receive additional instruction from an E.S.L. specialist either in a small group setting or within their mainstream classroom. Instruction in this program is in English only. Instruction focuses on the concepts and language needed to succeed in the regular academic program.

My Child is an ELL

After School Help - Primary


Grades 1-2 ELP 1 & 2 will stay after school with me from 3:10 until 3:30.
*Please be prompt in picking up your children. 

After School Help - Intermediate


Grades 3-4 ELP 1 & 2 students will stay after with me from 3:10 - 3:30.

*Please be prompt in picking up your children.

After School Help - Middle School


Grades 5-8 ELP 1 & 2 students will stay after school with me from 3:10-3:30.

*Please make sure your parents know you are staying after school with me!


There is typically no homework given in ESL classes, as many students are already overloaded with work to do for their other classes. If you are looking for supplementary work for your child to do at home, please have them log into Reading Eggs, RazKids, Moby Max or Digital ReadWorks (Grades 4-8).

Websites for Extra Practice


Contact Me

  • Mrs. Janet Finizio Markowski, ESL Teacher
  • Department: Special Services
  • Subject: ESL
  • Grade Level: PreK through 8
  • Email:
  • Phone: 201-672-3000 x3041
  • I am available every day after school from 3:10-3:30 or by appointment. Email is the quickest way to reach me during the day.

ACCESS Test Demo

More Information for Parents

Strategies to Support ELLs

- Speak more slowly, not more loudly
- Provide outlines, advanced graphic organizer or visual guides
- Write down key terms on the board
- Integrate games
- Read written instructions. Repeat.
- Write key concept vocabulary on a Word Wall
- Integrate listening centers
- Model new skills
- Extend test time
- Don't rescue ELLs when they struggle to speak - smile, relax your feet, face and hands, and wait ( it's hard to be tense when those body parts are loose).
- Think - Pair - Share
- Provide exemplars of successful projects
- Let students use their home language (L1) in the classroom to solve word problems
- Use pictures, sketches, and graphic organizers
- Make videos of presentations for ELLs to replay if needed via Google Classroom
- Liberally use checks for understanding
- Pair up ELLs with strong oral and written English skills [Peer Language Buddy]
- Share a picture glossary
- Teach with cooperative learning
- Provide opportunities for low-stakes writing