English Language Learners

Mission/Vision Statement

The English Language Learner (ELL) Program supports the mission of Newburyport Public Schools to ensure that all students achieve to their highest ability, to be able to collaborate, to creatively and critically think, and to effectively communicate.

The mission of the ELL Program in the Newburyport Schools is to provide instruction and programs that promote academic achievement, in English, to students whose primary language is not English and who are not yet proficient in English.  A rigorous academic program is provided to all students using the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks 2011 as a base, and  incorporating  the WIDA* English language development standards, with services focused within the four language domains, speaking, listening, reading, and writing, into both the sheltered content classes and ESL.  The district is committed to providing the necessary and relevant resources to support our ELLs and their individual needs.

Our English language learners (ELLs) and their families are supported both culturally and linguistically through the diligent care of our ESL Teachers, who act as the bridge to understanding the cultural expectations of the district and community of Newburyport.

Our district currently has 25 K–12 English language learners. They are from 9 different countries and speak 8 different languages.  The countries represented of our ELL students are Brazil, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Germany, Mexico, Italy, China, Iraq, and Ethiopia.  The languages represented are Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, German, Chinese, Italian, French, Arabic, and Amharic.  We have three certified ESL teachers who provide English Language Development (ELD) to our students.

ESL Teachers:

Chrissa Pissios   Grades  6-12

Phone:  978-465-4447   Email:  cpissios@newburyport.k12.ma.us

 Nancy Kreusser  Grades 5-8   

Phone:  978-465-4447    Email:  nkreusser@newburyport.k12.ma.us

Emily De La Cruz    Grades k-5

 Phone:  978-465-4431     Email:  edelacruz@newburyport.k12.ma.us

Karina Mascia  ELL Family & Community Coordinator
978-465-4435     Email: kmascia@newburyport.k12.ma.us

ELL Teams

We have an ELL Team in each school – Bresnahan, Molin, Nock, High School

ELL Team Responsibilities

The team was formed for the oversight of student screening, student progress and revision of curriculum, programming, and service delivery based on the needs of the ELL students.  The work of this team includes the development of English Learner Education (ELE) program procedures for providing support and accommodations that will give all students access to the core curriculum.   The team consists of ESL Teachers, building administrators, classroom teacher representatives with ELL students and the ESL Director.   The ELL Team meets quarterly to review data of student needs, student progress, and curriculum and service delivery. 

ELL Parent Group

Newburyport Public Schools believes that parents play an important role in their students’ program and should be involved in all aspects of their education. Building a relationship between the parents and school professionals is important to the success of the student’s academic and social life.

We established an ELL Parent Group.  Through this group we hope to:

  • Help parents understand our schools’ culture and procedures
  • Improve communications between staff and parents
  • Make it possible for parents to meet other parents
  • Stress the importance of home language
  • Help parents understand the school’s ELL program and its benefits


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