About Me!

Miss Elise Davidshofer

Phone: 309-444-3943


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Middle Level Education with a minor in TESOL, 2013, Illinois State University Masters of Education in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education, 2017, American College of Education

Miss Elise Davidshofer

Welcome to ELL! 
I am Miss Davidshofer and I will be your ELL teacher for the year.
I would like to take a moment to introduce myself.  My love for languages started when my mother sent me to Norwegian language camp in Minnesota when I was 8 years old.  I loved learning a foreign language and continued to learn Norwegian through the summer camp for the next 10 years.  After high school, I studied Norwegian, arts, crafts, and downhill mountain skiing for a year at a cultural school in Norway.  After returning to the United States, I spent the next few years at Illinois State University where I graduated with a degree in middle level math education with endorsements in language arts and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.)  I completed by Masters of Education in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education through Amerian College of Education in February of 2017!  This will be my fifth year teaching at Central, and I am excited for the 2017-2018 school year!
My boyfriend, Jordan, and I live in Deer Creek, IL with our 5 year old, high-energy cat, Dexter.  In my free time, I enjoy reading, crafting, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends!
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Popular websites to help with homework or continue learning at home:
eBooks and Articles:
AR Book Find -- Find the AR number on books not from the school library
Dogo News--Fun, Enjoyable News Articles for All Ages
Learning Ally -- Access to thousands of audio books.  (If you do not have an account, let me know and I will set you up with one!!)
Extra Practice/Homework Sites:
Learner's Dictionary -- Student friendly defintions that you'll truly understand!
Typing Games:
Alpha Munchies -- Learn how to use homerow with this fun game!
Typing Race Cars  -- pick 17 for all letters
Keyboard Invasion -- pick 17 for all letters
Other Fun Sites:
Free Rice -- Practice your vocabulary while donating rice to help hunger!
Fun Brain -- Fun games and activities to exercise your brain!
Blabberize -- Fun website to practice speaking or reading aloud your writing
Test Prep:
Information for Parents and Families about ACCESS Testing:
WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Information:
English     Spanish    Chinese    Arabic    Vietnamese    Haitian Creole French    Hmong    Somali
Parent-Guardian Guide to Individual Student Report (Understanding your student's ACCESS scores):
English    Spanish    Chinese    Arabic    French    Haitian Creole    Hmong    Portuguese    Russian    Somali    Tagalog    Vietnamese
The New "Proficient" definition letter to parents from Illinois State Board of Education:
English     Spanish     Cantonese     Mandarin     Arabic     French     Gujarati     Korean     Polish     Tagalog     Vietnamese
Understanding Your Child's 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Scores:

ELL News

  • Enjoy Summer

    Posted by Elise Davidshofer on 5/17/2018

    Yesterday was the last day for ELL this school year!  I know a lot of the students were disappointed that ELL classes are over, but many students were excited to hear about different reading programs that are going on this summer! 

    I hope everyone has a great summer filled with reading lots of good books, practice with writing (even if it is postcards to me--you can send them to school and I will get them), and safe travels if you are going somewhere this summer.

    Enjoy your summer vacation!  :-)

    --Miss D.

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  • Reading Scavenger Hunt

    Posted by Elise Davidshofer on 5/16/2018

    Looking for a fun way to challenge yourself to read this summer?

    Check out the Reading Scavenger Hunt Map


    Miss Davidshofer

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  • Free Book...I Repeat...Free Book!

    Posted by Elise Davidshofer on 5/15/2018

    Free Book!  Who wants to get a free book??  Can you read 8 books between now and September 3rd?  If so, then you can get a free book!

    Barnes and Noble is giving away a free book to students who participate in their summer reading program.   There are three simple steps that you would need to do in order to get a free book.  The steps are: 1. read any 8 books this summer and record them on the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Journal. (Find the journal here: HERE) You need to write a sentence stating your favorite part about the book.  2. Bring in your completed journal to a Barnes and Noble store between May 15 and Sept 3.  3. Choose one of the books that is on the reading adventure book list, which can be found on the back of the Summer Reading Journal. 

    Even though you are limited on the books that you can get for free, Barnes and Noble is offering a variety of books.  There are even some Spanish books.

    So, start reading and writing down your books.  Whenever you have all 8 filled in, take it to Barnes and Noble to get your free book!

    Comment on here once you have gotten your free book!  Let me know which book you chose!

    Happy Reading!

    --Miss Davidshofer 

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  • Can you read 100 books this summer?

    Posted by Elise Davidshofer on 5/14/2018

    Do you think you can read 100 books this summer?  Try it!  Here's a document (in English and Spanish) to help you! CLICK HERE


    Miss Davidshofer


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    Posted by Elise Davidshofer on 5/10/2018

    Does your student think reading over summer is a chore?  If so, why not make reading fun?!?  

     Below is a link to a summer reading bingo that the students can complete.  Not only does it offer different types of texts for the students to read (biography, book in a series, your favorite book), but it also has some creative ways to make reading fun like reading in a pillow fort, reading to a stuffed animal or pet, and more.  Link to print three different bingo boards: BINGO #1  BINGO #2  BINGO #3

     Make reading fun this summer!

     --Miss D.

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  • WHIP Donations

    Posted by Elise Davidshofer on 5/1/2018

    During the 2017-2018 school year, Central Primary School and Central Intermediate School have joined together to help support WHIP (Washington Helps its People)!  In order to support WHIP, the school district will collect a different type of item each month in order to help stock the shelves for Washington families. 

    During May, we are collecting cereal!

    Feel free to bring in the listed item for the month or other nonperishable food anytime during the entire month!  There is a table outside the office where the food can be placed.

    Thanks in advance for all of you donations!

    --Miss Davidshofer

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does ELL stand for?

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    English Language Learners
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  • What type of ELL program is at Central?

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    Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI)
    This type of program is provided whenever there are fewer than 20 limited English proficient students of the same native language at attendance.  Through the program, students are pulled from their grade level classes (usually during a study hall, activity period, or RtI) to receive additional English instruction in small groups. 
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  • What are the native languages of the ELL students?

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    The ELL students at Central speak a variety of different native languages.  The most popular native language is Mandarin Chinese with almost 45% of the ELL students.  The other native languages that have been present throughout Central's ELL program are: Dutch, Vietnamese, Gujarati, Russian, Spanish, Twi, and Creole.

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  • How are students placed in ELL?

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    At registration, each parent fills out the home language survey.  If the answer to either question is yes, then the student will be pulled for ELL screening.  Students entering Kindergarten through first semester of first grade will take the WIDA Model screener test to determine their language proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing.  Students in second semester first grade and up will take the WIDA Screener test to determine their language proficiency in the four areas.  Their scores on this test will determine if they qualify for ELL services.

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  • My child is an English language learner. What does that mean?

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    Click on the WIDA webinar below for an answer to this question:    

    My Child is an ELL--What does this mean?

    English Webinar

    Spanish Webinar

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  • What is the ACCESS test?

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    According to WIDA, ACCESS (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment given to Kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). It is given annually to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English.
    For more information on ACCESS, click here.
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  • Who takes the ACCESS test and when?

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    All ELLs (including those who have declined ELL services but have not met the language proficiency standard according to the state) are required to take the ACCESS test annually.  Test occurs over several different testing sessions during the month of January and sometimes into February.  Scores from this test will be given to the school district during the first week of August.

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  • How do students exit ELL?

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    A student will exit ELL once they are English language proficient.  Scores on the ACCESS tests are used to determine their language proficiency.  The state of Illinois has a set of standards for language proficiency depending on what grade level.  According to ISBE, "From the 2017 ACCESS, ELs in Illinois need to receive an overall composite score of 4.8 on ACCESS to be English proficient.  There are no longer requirements for domain specific score in ACCESS 2.0."

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  • My child is an English language learner. How do I know if my child is making progress?

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    Click on the WIDA webinars below for more information:

    English Webinar

    Spanish Webinar

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