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Sunset Terrace

Elementary School

Carolyn Bizien


Welcome to Sunset Terrace Elementary School!  My name is Ms. Bizien. I teach English Language at Sunset Terrace.  This is my tenth year working for the Rochester Public Schools and my eighth as an English Language teacher.  Prior to that I taught high school French in the Rocky Mountain West.

Each student and each family at Sunset Terrace are important. It's my goal to make this evident. You may read more about our program below.



Proficiency in English requires practice listening, speaking, reading and writing,  as we look at the unique qualities of English and build on experiences and concepts students may have developed in their home languages. Reading and writing classes are infused with vocabulary development and explicit instruction in grammar. Our curriculum is aligned  with state standards in the skills we expect students to acquire, yet uniquely supports English learners by scaffolding their learning with language supports that allow them to access the content that might otherwise be inaccessible.

As students progress in their level of language proficiency, within the four domains, they demonstrate that they no longer need support. Students take a standardized English language assessment administered in late winter called the WIDA.  It provides us with a way to assess a student's level of proficiency in the four skill areas of English and to provide parents the specific information they may want to know regarding their child's English language development.   

Students with another home language have unique opportunities to share and contribute to make Sunset Terrace the culturally rich school that it is.  Thank you for your interest and support.

Please feel free to contact me via e-mail at cabizien@rochester.k12.mn.us

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