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Special Edition...

Highlighting Staff - Working "behind the scenes" with MTSS - Making a Difference

Elms Road Elementary School

Elms Road would like to highlight two of our MTSS (Multi-tiered Systems of Support) Specialists. Mrs. Jody McCoy has served as an MTSS Paraprofessional for years. She has developed strong skills in small group remediation. April Martinez joined the team in 2014. She is a certified teacher and also does an exceptional job on the Elms Road MTSS Team. Both of these ladies serve as full-time paraprofessionals in unique roles which range from working with benchmark groups, small groups of students identified as needing some strategic intervention, and with students needing intensive intervention (under the care of our Differentiated Instruction Specialist). We have a strong system of support which is available for any student in need of additional support. These ladies serve as program pillars. They are skilled at what they do and we are privileged to have them at Elms Road Elementary!

Mr. Jim Kitchen, Principal

Dieck Elementary School

Heather Berry has worked for Swartz Creek Schools since 2004. She started off as a substitute aide and then got a full time job as a one on one aide at Dieck Elementary. She has been doing RtI (Response to Intervention) for the last seven years at Dieck Elementary! She works with students from Kindergarten to 5th grade.

Amy Lovely has worked for Dieck Elementary since 2008. She has been doing RtI for the past five years working with students in grades Kindergarten thru Fifth grades.

Rachel Rupright just began working at Dieck Elementary in October. She does reading intervention groups with grades Kdg., 2nd and 5th. She spends the rest of her time focused on math intervention for grades 1 thru 5. She focuses on some new math intervention programs, as well as works in classrooms for added math support where it is needed.

Morrish Elementary School

Our Morrish MTSS aides are valuable team members. They provide crucial reading intervention lessons for almost 50 groups of students every week. These talented individuals not only help classroom teachers with building students’ reading skills, they also build students’ self-esteem. MTSS at Morrish would not be as successful as it is without the support that these aides provide. Thank you Beth Peterson, Dawn Lakies, Patty Reid, Jordan Seath, Jill Norris, Trish Higgerson, Nikki Frye, Tasha Strauss, Joette Carpenter, Christy Losee and Kim Chambless for making a difference at Morrish!

Mrs. Michele Corbat, Principal

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Syring Elementary School

Employed by Swartz Creek Schools since 2003, Mary Sergent works as a valued part of the Syring team. She provides reading and math interventions to small groups and individual students. Mrs. Sergent also provides behavior support to students while working with them during recess & lunch detention. In addition, Mrs. Sergent helps to organize the materials and schedules for the entire rti program, sharing her expertise with the rest of the team. When questions arise about a student struggling to learn a particular skill, Mrs. Sergent is often consulted for her advice. She constantly searches online for materials and ideas to bring to the table to share that may help our students. We appreciate everything that Mrs. Sergent brings to the Syring team and thank her for her many years of service!

Mrs. Michelle Telliga, Principal

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Gaines Elementary School

The Gaines MTSS Team meets monthly to monitor and adjust academic and behavior supports. K-5 students receive one-on-one and small group instruction in literacy and math. The groups are fluid; students are moved between groups in a way to best meet their learning needs. A daily system of Check-In/Check-out is used to monitor students who are on a behavior plan.

Swartz Creek Middle School

At the middle school, it would be difficult for you to find grass growing under the feet of these two ladies - Connie Stover and Karen Merriam. Whether they are AIMSweb testing or progress monitoring or whether they are checking in with students to ensure that they are working hard to meet their full potential in the classroom, both ladies show concern for and compassion to the students with whom they are working. They are a huge asset to the progressive work that is being forged at the middle school, and we are thankful for their dedication and hard work each and every day.

It Doesn't Seem Enough!

I want to tell you "Thank you,"

But it doesn’t seem enough.
Words don’t seem sufficient--
"Blah, blah" and all that stuff.

Please know I have deep feelings
About your generous act.
I really appreciate you;
You’re special, and that’s a fact!

By Joanna Fuchs

From the District MTTS Team~

Thank you to these and others who make a difference in the lives of our students each and every day. YOU MATTER!!

Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and see you in the new year.

"The most important question in any organization has to be ‘What is the business of our business?’ Answering this question is the first step in setting priorities."

Judith Bardwick

"Nothing stops an organization faster than people who believe that the way they worked yesterday is the best way to work tomorrow."

John Madonna