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  • Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee

    If you are the parent or legal guardian of an English Language Learner (ELL), you are invited to participate in the Orange District Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee.

    All other members of the District EL Community including Early Childhood Advisory Council, Kindergarten Transition Committee are invited to participate as well.

    2021 - 2022 Meeting Schedule:

    Our meeting schedule for 2021 - 2022 is being solidified. The meetings will take place from 6:00 p.m to 7:00 pm. in the months of October, January, April, and June:

    • October 19, 2021
    • January 19, 2022
    • April 2022-TBD 
    • June 2022-TBD 

    Contact Information:

    The contact person for additional information is Nurka L. Nieves, Ed.D., Supervisor of Bilingual/ESL/World Languages, 973-677-4000 ext. 50504,  You may also contact:

    Mrs. Dannette Gomez for Spanish,

    Ms.  Florita Pierre-Blake,


    What is the Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee?

    The Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee is a committee required for public school districts that have bilingual education programs, code 6A:15-1.15 (b). The committee consists of bilingual program parents, legal guardians of English Learners, bilingual and ESL teachers, counselors, or other school personnel and EL Community leaders.

    The majority of members are parents/guardians of children in the program. Membership is representative of the languages of the languages served by the district.

    Committee Members

    Ms. Karen Harris, Executive Director of the Office of Humanities

    Ms. Guadalupe Cabido, Community Stakeholder

    Ms. Narcisa Guarquilla, Parent Central Elementary School

    Mr.  Frank Iannucci, Principal Lincoln Avenue Elementary School

    Ms. Kavito Cassimiro, Assistant Principal, Orange High School

    Mr.  Frank Tafur, Supervisor of Guidance, Orange Public Schools

    Ms. Dannette Gomez, Administrative Assistant

    Ms. Jocelyn Hodges, OPS – Spanish interpreter

    Ms. Milagros Anto, Spanish Teacher, Orange High School

    *Bilingual Teachers

    *ESL Teachers


    Activities will include:

    • Review of the district's bilingual service plan
    • Training from the district to make informed decisions
    • Provide information regarding the English learner program
    • Participate in the planning, operation, and evaluation of bilingual and ESL programs
    • Planning of parents events/evenings



    Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee goals are to:

    1. Advocate for students in the Bilingual and ESL Programs in the oRange Public Schools
    2. Help make decisions regarding the Bilingual and ESL Programs in OPS
    3. Connect with other parents in Orange Public Schools
    4. Support the academic achievement of ESL students by attending trainings/workshops, conferences, and other events for bilingual parents whenever informed of such.


    Events Planned (Dates will be provided)

    AP Spanish Presentation to Parents - TBD

    Presentation on Importance of New Jersey Seal Of Biliteracy

    Annual Orange Bilingual Fair

    Empowering Parents on use of Technology

    Reading with your Child

    Math @ Home


    All meetings will be held from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Meetings will be held virtually. 


    AP Spanish Parent Meeting

     19 parents attended.   Congratulations Ms. Anto and OHS. Next meeting is scheduled for November 23rd at 8:00pm. 

    Orange Bilingual Fair


    Community support

    Awesome teacher

    Super stars