Dear Sciole Families,
The faculty and staff here at John A. Sciole Elementary are committed to working as a team to help our students be successful. One way we accomplish this is through our Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) Team formally called the Response to Intervention Team [RTI] or the Student Support Team [SST]). The team consists of myself, the school psychologist, the social worker, an AIS reading or math teacher, a speech pathologist, multiple classroom teachers, and our nurse. The team meets weekly and follows a multi-tiered system of supports model.
The steps in our MTSS model is as follows:
When a teacher has concerns about a student’s success in the classroom (academically, behaviorally, socially, etc.), he or she will try TIER I interventions in the classroom. Examples include an individual behavior plan in addition to the whole class plan, or classwork modifications.
If these classroom interventions are not effective, the teacher refers the student to the MTSS team. The MTSS team will discuss the student with the teacher, looking at assessment results, classroom work, and the results of the previously attempted intervention(s). The team will make an intervention recommendation (possibly moving to more intensive TIER II or TIER III level) and develop a plan for monitoring the intervention. A member of the team will be assigned as the case manager and assist the teacher during the agreed upon time period for the intervention. At the end of the time period, the teacher and the MTSS team will meet again to review the results of the intervention. A decision will be made to either discontinue the intervention (when successful), modify and continue it, or develop a new one.
The entire process is designed as an early intervention to help students be successful. Please be assured that if your child is referred to this team for any reason, the classroom teacher will contact you. If it is determined that an intervention will be tried, you will be notified and kept informed of your child’s progress.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports team.
Carrie L. Greene, Principal