Special Programs at Hemingway Elementary
English as a Second Language Program
The E.S.L Program at Hemingway School offers students with limited
proficiency in English preparation to function successfully in
classrooms where English is the medium of instruction for all
subject areas. We provide systematic and
cumulative instruction that moves from the concrete to the
abstract (depending on what the student's level may be) to help
students understand native English speakers in academic and
social situations through individual and small group pull-out
We also offer native language support in comprehension of
content area studies, as well as a multicultural appreciation
of different language and ethnic groups. The E.S.L. staff at
Hemingway is comprised of teachers with E.S.L. degrees, state
certification, and native speaker paraprofessionals.
For more information on the School District's E.S.L./Limited English Proficiency programs, click
Dual Immersion Program
Hemingway's Dual Immersion Program integrates language minority and language
majority students for all or most of the day, and provides content
instruction and literacy instruction to all students in both languages.
The goals of the dual immersion are to help students have high
levels of proficiency in their first and second languages, keep
high academic expectations at grade level in both languages, and
help foster positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors.
For more information on the school district's Dual Immersion Program, click
The Gifted and Talented Education program exists to provide opportunities beyond the
regular classroom experience for students who have demonstrated
particular gifts or talents, and to help those students realize
their potential. Please visit
Hemingway's GATE Program Web Page to learn more.
For more information on the School District's GATE program, click here.
At Hemingway Elementary there are two reading
specialists. They are responsible for Reading Recovery for
first graders and Literacy Groups for first through fifth grade
students. Reading Recovery is an intensive individualized
reading program designed to accelerate first graders to grade
level. Literacy Groups focus on explicit, intensive reading
instruction, primarily using the Lindamood-Bell® method. The
Lindamood-Bell® program teaches reading in specially designed
progression to develop decoding and comprehension skill. Read Naturally is a supplemental reading program for
grades 3 to 5, designed to improve reading fluency.
Our resource teachers, reading specialists, and
speech/language pathologist have all been trained in the
Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes® and are successfully
implementing these and other techniques with their students. The
Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® program addresses specific needs
in decoding and spelling skills. Students progress from learning basic auditory
discrimination skills to being able to auditorally sequence,
read, and spell up to five sounds and then applying these skills
to multisyllabic words. Students are able to transfer these
skills to their own reading and writing. The Visualizing and
Verbalizing® program addresses specific needs in language
comprehension through directly stimulating students' imaging
skills. Students combine their ability to "visualize"
ability to "verbalize" in order to demonstrate greater
For more information on the School District's Title 1 Program,
The Special Education Department at Hemingway consists of two
full-time and one half-time resource
teachers, a speech/language pathologist, and a part-time Occupational
Therapist. These teachers serve those students who have been identified
as having special learning and language needs and have Individual
Educational Plans. These teachers consult and support regular classroom
teachers and teaching assistants who work with special needs students.
For more information on the School District's Special Education, click
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