Monday, January 14, 2019

Student Support Systems

Image result for path to successIn order for all of our students to be as successful as possible, a variety of support systems have been implemented in the Rivercrest School District.  After all, our mission is to create an environment of high expectations and intensive support in which each student is able to achieve.

Rivercrest Elementary implements a Rivercrest Advisory Program (RAP) as one way to support student learning. Each grade level has time set aside daily for student support. Students in most need of support are provided extra time with the classroom teacher to further enhance the core instruction in the regular classroom. Interventionists work in small groups with the other students to practice skills already acquired or to provide enrichment types of activities, depending on the student grouping. These groups are flexible and determined by individual student needs. Additionally, study groups are meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. The elementary is providing multiple paths to ensure student academic success.

All students are screened for dyslexia tendencies.  Phonics First programming provides a clear learning path to equip all students with skills and strategies to support their reading. Students are typically served in small group settings.

Rivercrest High School's Colt Flex 3.0 schedule is designed to support flexible learning opportunities for students. Students who are meeting or exceeding classroom expectations have increased independent time. Students who need additional support or time to complete assignments are assigned to blocks of supported learning time to get the help they need or to provide the time to get their work completed. For students who need even more support, Colt Student Support (CSS) is assigned as an alternative type of learning environment. Our goal is for EVERY student to experience academic success.

Additional services and support are provided across the district. Counselors are available to support the social/emotional needs of students. Not only does the district employ licensed school counselors, we also provide space for both Families, Inc., and Life Strategies Counseling, Inc. to meet with clients at school. Mr. Dave - career coach - is another layer of support for high school students. He assists with college and career planning. He arranges for industry tours and works with students to prepare them for the work force. He also provides college prep assistance through ACT prep classes, and he walks students through the college application and financial assistance paperwork. Multiple layers of support are available for students.

We also have a program to support and challenge our gifted and talented students. These students receive additional opportunities to pursue topics of interest, engage in creative problem solving, and develop higher level thinking skills. At the high school level, students may elect to take Advanced Placement and concurrent credit classes. Thanks to our partnership with Arkansas Northeastern College, we even have students who graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate's degree!

Special education services are provided for students in most need of support. These educators are licensed to work with our students, and para-professionals work with the teachers in support of student learning.

We strive to meet the needs of all students - regardless of what those needs are. Mrs. Debbie Girdley supports the Backpack Program which provides meals for students. Other physical needs can often be met through the services and support that Mrs. Girdley is able to provide.

We encourage you to share your questions and concerns with your child's teacher. We want your child to have a positive learning experience in the Rivercrest School District. We will strive to meet the needs of the whole child as best we can. We have resources and support systems that can make a difference. Thank you for the opportunity to serve!

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