EL Student and Family Newcomer Orientation Program

Newcomer Orientation Program

Federal Programs is pleased to announce that the EL Student and Family Newcomer Orientation Program has officially opened! The Newcomer Program is located in the Wayne County Public Schools Professional Development and Family Engagement Center (415 South Virginia Street, Goldsboro, North Carolina). 

The program will provide a school and community orientation to students and their families. Students will receive explicit instruction in the English language while enrolled in the program before transitioning to their home school. Students in grades 1-12 are eligible to attend the program first semester. Kindergarten students can attend the second semester.

When a student enrolls in WCPS, and it is their first time in a U. S. school, the person registering the student will notify the Parent Liaison. The Parent Liaison will then invite the student and their family to the Newcomer Program for orientation.

Transportation from the student's home to the Newcomer Program will be provided along with breakfast and lunch. The approximate length for participation in the program is one to two weeks. Some students may transition to their home school earlier than anticipated, while others may require additional time to become accustomed to a school setting. The EL teacher and Parent Liaison will communicate regularly with the base school administration to ensure a seamless transition between the program and school. The Parent Liaison will monitor the student's progress once they return to their home school and work to build a partnership between the school and family.

The EL Student and Family Newcomer Orientation Program will provide students and families information on attendance policies, student schedules, grades, graduation procedures, transportation, special services, after-school activities, parent engagement, and the role of parents in their child’s education. Parents and families will receive information on community resources, outreach programs, and Pre-K enrollment opportunities.


Program Contact Information

Mary Leslie Wellmer
Title III Facilitator
(919) 731-5936 (3052)
Fax: (919) 735-5528
[email protected]

Nidia Nino-Gurley
Newcomer Teacher
(919) 731-5936 (3025)
[email protected]

Elizabeth Ochoa
EL Migrant and Newcomer Parent Liaison
(919) 731-5936 (3025)
[email protected]

Alichel Batalla
Migrant Education Program
(919) 252-9289

Newcomer Orientation Program Photos

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