Special Board Meeting: K-2 Reopening Plans - Thursday, October 29 at 5:30 p.m.


Public Comment: As part of the regular meeting, the Board will accept comments from members of the public. Written comments for the regular board meeting should be submitted via email to Public.Comments@stoughton.k12.wi.us up to 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. Comments must not exceed 250 words and must include the name and address of the commenter. Comments that do not meet these criteria or otherwise do not comply with the Board's public comment policy will not be read. 

ESL Services

English Language Learners have very challenging and specific needs. These needs are being met under the direction of the general education teacher with the assistance of our Learning Strategy Teachers (ESL) and Educational Assistant/ESL.

It takes most students 1-3 years to acquire Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) and 3-7 years to develop Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP). The length it takes students to acquire English varies a great deal. There are many different variables that affect the language acquisition process, including time in school, access to rigorous research-based instruction, background knowledge, years in the country, age/grade, and language level (see below). As students develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, they increase participation in their educational environments. Our goal is to provide our students with the necessary strategies to successfully increase language acquisition.


Deena Ferguson

ESL Teacher

Claire Breitsma

Marit Hawkins

Laura Daly


Keli Melcher
Director of Student Services

Jenny Geishert

Administrative Assistant