Robert J. Wottawa II, Ed.D.
ENL Parent Night Offers Resources
The school district held an ENL Parent Night on Oct. 18 in the Early Childhood Center building, offering an opportunity for English as a new language teachers, parents and students to explore the programs available for English language learners. The ENL teachers provided a presentation to the parents in English and Spanish to improve communication with East Islip’s ENL population, while parents were able to speak with the teachers about their particular child’s academics and progress.
“This was a wonderful evening where our diverse cultures fused together to support our ENL students and their families” said Dr. Robert J. Wottawa II, the district’s director of art, ENL, music and world languages. “Our teachers provided resources for our ENL parents to access in order to foster a growth mindset at home and develop a culture of learning. Our ENL teachers were excited for the evening and are looking to continue this tradition next year.”
ENL Students Show Their ‘Command’ of English
East Islip hosted its very first “Commanding” ceremony on Jan. 8 for 29 English as a new language students in the district who had scored “commanding” on the NYSESLAT exam. These students exhibited sufficient knowledge in reading, writing, listening and speaking the English language.
“Here at East Islip, we have over 100 ENL students that represent 15 different languages of our world,” said Robert J. Wottawa II, the district’s director of art, ENL, music and world language. “This evening was a celebration of excellence and culture, bringing together our ENL students and families with East Islip’s teachers and administrators. We hope to make this wonderful evening a tradition here at East Islip.”