Thriving Saturday Program in Copiague

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Copiague School District has a thriving program it offers to its English language learners on Saturdays for 21 weeks during the year. The program is designed for students K-12 and adults who are English language learners. The program is fully funded by a grant the district receives from New York State.

According to Michelle Passeggiata, the district’s director of ENL and world languages, students in grades K-8 attend ENL classes for three hours on Saturday. Students in grades 9-12 attend a variety of classes including ENL, math, science and social studies in preparation for Regents exams and to strengthen their English proficiency.

The adult learners can take classes as beginner, intermediate or advanced speakers of English and also have the opportunity to take a class that prepares them for the U.S. citizenship exam. “We provide all our students with a breakfast each morning supplied by our cafeteria,” Ms. Passeggiata said. “Twice a year, we have larger hot breakfast to celebrate the winter holidays and the last day of our program.”

The program has a movie theater day during the holiday season and this year’s guest speaker was a presenter from an animal sanctuary. The group usually takes a field trip in the spring, which unfortunately was postponed this year. “It’s a real family community throughout the year on Saturdays and we miss it a lot right now,” she added.