Middle Grades Program of Studies - Support Services
The mission of School Counselors is to provide a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, proactive, and student-centered school counseling program that creates a positive, accepting environment where all students feel safe and supported. They strive to promote academic, social, personal, and career growth for all students through individual counseling, group counseling, and classroom guidance lessons teaching students the skills necessary to transition to high school and ultimately prepare students to be lifelong learners and productive members of society. Counselors work with students directly on personal/social skills, academic success, and career development. They make it a priority to be visible and engaging with their students, so rapport is established early and students feel comfortable to talk. School counselors are available to assist students, improve their problem-solving skills, and work through difficult times. All counselors work closely with teachers, administrators, parents, and the community to open the lines of communication and create strategies that help students to be successful.
English Second Language (ESL)
In English as a Second Language, students work to improve their English language skills in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students receive explicit academic vocabulary instruction and preview or review core content vocabulary. The English Language Learner program follows the vision for the program set by Johnson City Schools. The program supports English learners not only through their English journey in our school but also with the “social, emotional, cultural, linguistic, and academic skills necessary to excel in higher education, work, and life” (JCS, 2018). Our commitment is to serve all English Learners with the appropriate services they require. As a school and a district, we are also committed to valuing our students’ diverse non-English backgrounds and cultural identity.
Frontier Health is an extension of the mental health services we provide. The behavioral health service offers treatment in mental health, behavioral therapy, vocational rehabilitation, and developmental and intellectual abilities services. Frontier health is a comprehensive network of trained professionals that work to help students successfully move forward and reach their full potential.
Gifted Education students are grouped to provide enrichment opportunities to progress at a more rapid pace to help increase overall student academic achievement. Through various methods utilizing critical, higher order and creative thinking abilities, students explore, guide, and celebrate their interests and talents. Guided pathways of exploration within academic subjects, accompanied with hands-on activity choices, help Gifted Education students gain career outlook ideas.
Response to Intervention (RTI)
Response to Intervention classes are for students needing extra reading and/or math instruction. Students are identified using a Universal Screener and placed in instructional groups based on specific needs. Students are given progress monitoring assessments every 10 days to ensure instruction is helping students grow. If progress monitoring shows a lack of growth, the intervention is reviewed and changed. When students show enough growth, they exit RTI. RTI helps support academic progress and growth.
Response to Intervention - Behavior (RTI-B)
In order to best meet the needs of students, Indian Trail provides a continuum of behavioral support through RTI-B, a programmatic approach to creating and sustaining a positive school climate and culture. Teachers, staff and school leaders employ a consistent approach through the use of a school-wide behavior plan. This plan outlines the expectations for behavior as well as communication with families, including daily notification through the alert system, phone calls and conferences. For students who struggle to maintain appropriate behavior, additional behavior support is provided through individualized intervention. Teams of teachers, counselors and school leaders meet regularly to create plans of support tailored to each child’s individual needs. For students requiring the most intense intervention, an RTI-B staff member will regularly meet with the student and work to teach replacement behaviors, provide individualized reinforcement, consequences and a highly structured environment.
Special education and related services are available to all students with disabilities who qualify according to federal and state regulations. A student receives special education services if he or she is eligible and after an IEP team has determined how the student will be served. There are a variety of available programs and services that are designed to provide identified students with access to the general education curriculum with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to meet the unique needs of the student. Instruction is provided by various combinations of the student’s regular education teachers, special education teacher, related services personnel, or other appropriate support individuals.
Through this individualized education plan, the student may receive remediation support of basic skills, as well as adaptations to the general education curriculum. Students also receive supplementary services and materials appropriate to their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). In addition to the services available within the classroom and resource room, students with disabilities may receive a variety of related support services. These services include, but are not limited to, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, hearing resource services, and assistive technology.
Student Support & Engagement
School counselors, Frontier Health counselors, administration, and the attendance secretary meet once a week to discuss interventions for at-risk students. The school counselors work with many of these students daily, and their input is of vital importance. Issues discussed include attendance, discipline, and any other pertinent information that the counselors feel they need to share with administration. This team of professionals work together to decide and implement interventions that will benefit the students. Interventions may include behavior plans, attendance incentives, and after-school tutoring.