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ESL and Family Engagement Departments team up to host "Newcomer Night" family event!

The Orange County Schools “Newcomers Night” event was hosted Thursday, October 28, by the OCS Family Engagement and ESL departments. This one-of-a-kind, in-person event was the first one held here since 2013.

Newcomers are families who are new to the United States within the past 3 years.  This year, OCS has 71 families who are considered “newcomers.” And we welcome them with open arms.

This event is designed to assist newcomers with navigating our schools at all three level tiers--elementary, middle and high.

Teams presented information on topics specific to each grade tier.

Elementary topics included details on key school staff, important documents, technology devices, COVID guidelines, end of grade exams, the importance of reading, communication from the schools, how to participate in school events, and more.

Topics for middle and high school levels were also very tailored to the particulars about those upper grades that make them distinct from the elementary level. Staff covered areas including key personnel, core classes, ESL services, what to expect in the upper grades, credits and graduation requirements, resources, rigor, clubs and other extracurriculars, important tests and more.

Families were given time to explore kiosks, set up by several community partners, and they enjoyed a tasty dinner from Chick-Fil-A. Special guests included the Orange County Health Department, Durham Tech, Orange County Literacy Council, and El Centro Hispano.

Orange County Schools Superintendent Dr. Monique Felder and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Kathleen A. Dawson welcomed each family to the event and expressed how happy we are to have the new families as part of the OCS community they are “so proud to serve.”

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