primary resource - Mrs. N. Bargen
Intermediate resource - Mrs. g. payonk
Guidance Counsellor - mISs m. yarema
STUDENT SERVICES TEAM (SST)
What is the Student Services Team (SST)?
The Student Services Team (SST) provides collaboration, interventions, resources, and information to general classroom teachers and parents in order to support students who are experiencing learning, social/emotional, and/or behavioral difficulties.
SST’s are designed to help individual or groups of students when they first show signs of having difficulties. Students may be struggling to read at grade level, understand a particular subject, complete assignments on time, stay out of conflicts, remain focused, and/or attend school regularly.
The SST allows colleagues to brainstorm ideas and solutions that they may otherwise have overlooked on helping students achieve in their general education classrooms.
Who is on the team?
The SST consists of a group of professionals with experience and interest in supporting student success.
The personnel on a SST may vary according to the particular needs of the student.
The school’s core team consists of the classroom teacher, counselor, resource teachers, and administration and also includes the divisional social worker, psychologist, and speech-language pathologist. In addition, parents and other school and divisional support staff may be invited to attend team meetings.
How does it Work?
The goal of the SST aligns with our mission statement, “To maximize children’s learning in a balanced curriculum that emphasizes academic achievement, good citizenship and emotional growth.”
Referrals for the SST typically occur when a child is continuing to struggle despite interventions put in place by teachers and parents.
When a student is referred to the SST, team members use a collaborative process to discuss the student’s strengths, abilities, and needs in order to identify academic and/or behavioral interventions and supports that the teacher may implement in the general classroom to help the student achieve.
The SST process is data driven. SST members:
The members of the St. Andrews Student Support Team sincerely commit to supporting student needs.
St. Andrews School Support Services
Harold Freiter Principal
Glen Jede Vice-Principal
Nancy Bargen Resource
Gwen Payonk Resource
Student Services Centre
Toni Perretta Psychologist
Sandra Mandryk Social Worker
Tracey Fraser Speech-Language Pathologist
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RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION (RTI)
At St. Andrews school we believe that every child can learn at their highest level.
Over the course of the next several years we will be moving towards the RTI Framework. This brochure has been designed to give you an overview of RTI and to help with familiar terms associated with this model.
What is RTI?
RTI is a process that provides intervention and educational support to all students (struggling or excelling) at increasing levels of intensity based on their individual needs. Support is given in all areas including academics, social and behaviour. The goal is to prevent problems and intervene early so that students can be successful.
What is an “intervention”? An intervention is a type of instruction targeted to meet the learning needs of a student. Interventions are in addition to the general classroom instruction and ideally do not take place during classroom instruction.
These added learning tools are well researched or evidence-based to deliver specific instructional strategies and techniques. Interventions can be purchased or created by school personnel. Interventions are monitored frequently to determine if instruction/interventions are effective in meeting the needs of student(s). A Collaborative Problem solving team determines who and what intervention should
take place. This team is comprised of school staff that hold specific insights and areas of expertise that can be used to help the student succeed. This may include our Social Worker, Psychologist, and Speech / Language Pathologist who are part of our school team.
HOW Can I Be involved in RTI?
Parents play a critical role in supporting what their children are learning in school. The more parents are involved in student learning the higher the student achievement.
When a child needs supplemental instruction, we will describe that instruction to you.
We will also ask you about anything you think might affect your child’s learning. For example, it is important for us to know why a child has missed a lot of school, experienced a trauma, or is having problems with friends. These types of problems may affect a student’s progress, and if we know about them we can design an intervention more effectively.
What Else Should I Know?
The RTI framework is a process that takes several years to fully implement. We are at the beginning stages of this process, however many of our beliefs and programs that exist now already fit into the RTI model. We believe that the changes described will benefit all of our students. Special education students will continue to receive specialized instruction provided by the resource dept. in accordance with his/her IEP;
however, each will receive more instruction in the regular class. We look forward to hearing from you and invite any questions you may have regarding RTI.