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Two DMS students achieve top proficiency in English

Oct. 28, 2019 -- Driver Middle School last week celebrated two English Language Learners (ELLs) who scored at the top “Commanding/Proficient” level on the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (or NYSESLAT) last spring. Congratulations to seventh-grader Sofia Moroz and third-grader Maxim Kozak!

When they first enrolled at Marcellus, both students spoke only Ukrainian.

The NYSESLAT assesses a student's English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. All children identified as ELLs take the test until they score Commanding. It can take several years for a child to rise through the ranks -- Entering, Emerging, Transitioning, Expanding – to finally achieve the Commanding proficiency level.

Marcellus ENL teacher Barbara Rawlings presented both students with certificates of achievement during a brief ceremony on Oct. 24. Joining in the cookies-and-juice celebration that followed were several other students of English as a New Language (ENL) and school staff, including Superintendent Michelle Brantner, Director of Special Education Kara Lux and teachers Suzanne Alexander, Maggie Ariotti, Katie Bazydlo, Jenn DeCook, Eileen Driscoll, Stacy Grooms, Lori Kankus, Erin Malone and Shannon Turley.
photo of three students and student
From left: Teachers Lori Kankus and Stacy Grooms, student Maxim Kozak
and teacher Suzanne Alexander.
photo of four teachers and a student
From left: Teachers Katie Bazydlo, Erin Malone, student Sofia Moroz and
teachers Jenn DeCook and Eileen Driscoll.

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