Student Support Services
Our Learning Center teachers are special education instructors.
They have certification and/or training in the following:
- Wilson Phonics
- DIBELS Assessments
- Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessments
- Moderate Special Needs
- Woodcock Johnson IV
- Writing Individual Education Plans
- Writing 504 Accommodation Plans
- RTI (Response to Intervention)
- Literacy Specialist
Our Child Study Team consists of the classroom teacher, the Learning Center teachers, the School Counselor, the Assistant Principal, and the Principal. When a teacher has a concern regarding a student in his/her classroom, the teacher will ask for the Child Study Team to convene to discuss the child’s strengths and challenges. This meeting allows them the opportunity to look at the child academically, socially, and emotionally. At this time, the teacher will share any interventions implemented in the hope of improving the student’s performance. At the conclusion of the meeting, the team will decide whether to implement additional strategies or whether we should meet with the parents and suggest further action steps. One of the strengths of this team is that the principal has known the student for his/her entire academic career, so she is able to offer insight and look at growth. By forming a relationship with each student, it makes it easier to recognize what is needed and address the issue.
The Student Services Committee consists of the Learning Center teachers, the School Counselor, the School Nurse, the Assistant Principal, and Principal. Every week the team meets to discuss the academic, social, and emotional issues of students that are on an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) or a 504 (accommodations that students need), or those students that meet with the School Counselor on a regular basis. It is an opportunity to talk about any child at St. Joe’s that has something going on academically or personally. We want to ensure a high-quality education for every student looking at the whole child.