Response to Intervention Newsletter

1st Edition November 30, 2016

Greetings from Mrs. Luscombe!

Below please take a look at the various interventions that take place at Oak Ridge. I included descriptors and pictures of the various programs. Check out what your child is doing so you can get a better idea of what their day may look like when they visit me in the RtI mini lab (located in room 111). By now, you received a letter from me telling you which intervention program I am using to "fill in the gaps" of your child's learning. (This is in "addition" to their daily classroom instruction.) Those gaps are interfering with your child's grade level progress and are the reason they are coming to me for support. My goal is to help them fill in those gaps and help them to be more confident in their problem solving abilities in math, reading and/or writing. Your support is crucial in this endeavor. I enjoyed meeting many of you at the Parent Teacher Conferences. It's nice to put a parent face with a student.


To ensure your student is making academic growth in the identified area, I conduct bi-weekly assessments using AimsWeb assessments. This allows me to monitor their progress as well as the effectiveness of the instruction I am providing to them. It is also an electronic data system that plots their growth.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at luscombed@royaloakschools.org or call me at 248-588-8353 ext. 2096 You may also check out my RtI website at http://www.luscomberti.weebly.com . You will find great resources under PARENT RESOURCE tab. Check it out!!


Did you notice the Red Treasure Box? It contains weekly prizes for students who give their best effort. I'm sure you've seen or heard about the "treasure box." If you would like to donate to the cause, it would be greatly appreciated by the students. Consider cleaning out those toy cupboards of small items to donate. Sometimes those small incentives really give students a reason to shine. Send them to school marked *Attention Mrs. Luscombe, RtI*. Thanks!

Leveled Literacy Instruction or LLI

Leveled Literacy Instruction is a small group reading intervention program for students in grades K, 1 or 2. It allows me to work with a group of 4 students. Instruction is usually 4-5 times a week for 30 minute sessions. The highly structured lesson format is as follows: whisper reading of a previous read book, word work aka phonics, sentence writing about a text we've previously read, word work aka sight words or tricky words, and a new book.


Students come home nightly with a book bag containing a text that we have practiced in our lessons. It is at their "just right" level. The book bag may come home with other supportive homework such as word cards that we have practiced in class, letter formation practice, etc.. It is very important that LLI students complete their nightly homework. All new work is based on and built upon the previous day's work.

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Read Naturally Live

Read Naturally Live is a computer reading intervention program that supports and promotes reading fluency, comprehension, phonics and writing intervention. I can work w/ up to 7 students during a 30 minute session. It is best used for students in grades 2-5 based on their particular reading needs. I assess students using the Read Live oral reading assessment and then place them at their "just right" level. The highly structured lesson format is as follows: key words, prediction, cold timed read of a new book, 3 read alongs by a voice modeling fluency, student practiced timed reads where they must hit their correct words read per minute 3 times, a "hot" read, comprehension questions, student typed retelling and a final pass activity with the teacher.

Fast ForWord

Fast ForWord is a highly structured computerized reading intervention and brain training program. It can be used with students beginning in the second half of Kindergarten all the way through grade 5. It works on memory, attention, focus, sequencing, early reading skills, stamina, grammar, and comprehension. It is necessary for students to work on it 3-5 days a week for no less than 30 minutes per day. Students are given three (10 minute) games each day and have to work diligently to master each level. It is very repetitive and intense. I monitor students to keep them motivated, focused and on track. For a more indepth scientific explanation please go to the website www.MySciLearn. It can also be played at home. The student's first name is their username and abc123 is their password. https://ondemand3.scilearn.com/slc/learner?

SuccessMaker Reading

SuccessMaker Reading is a computerized reading intervention program individualized to a student's assessed reading level. It focuses on vocabulary development, grammar and comprehension skills. Students work 20-30 minutes a day 3-5 days a week. I monitor students as they get additional reading practice at their 'just right' level. Students using SuccessMaker Reading need the "additional" reading practice. It is not a replacement for their classroom reading instruction. Students can access it from home for additional practice. http://success.royaloakschools.org/lms/sm.view

SuccessMaker Math

SuccessMaker Math is a computerized program individualized to the student's level based on an adaptive initial placement test. Students work 20-30 mins a day 3-5 days a week. I monitor students as they work on the program and instruct them in the areas they need additional support. Students use math journals to work out problems as needed. We discuss their problem solving methods similar to the Math Workshop model.They may also access it from home for additional help. This program helps to fill in math skill gaps not attained at previous grade levels. It is not 'in place' of their current grade level math program.http://success.royaloakschools.org/lms/sm.view

Front Row Math

Front Row Math is a computerized program individualized to the student's level based on an adaptive assessment. Students work 20-30 mins a day 3-5 days a week. It is very tightly aligned to the common core standards. I monitor students as they work on the program and instruct them on areas in need of additional support. Students use math journals to work out problems as needed before entering their answers into the computer. We discuss problem solving methods similar to the Math Workshop model. They may also access it from home for additional support. This program helps to fill in math skill gaps not attained at previous grade levels. It is not 'in place' of their current grade level math program. https://student.frontrowed.com/#login

Touch Math

Touch Math is a highly structured program used to help students understand the basic essential math skills. It is based on a touchpoint system to help students by using visual cues and step-by-step strategies. I work with small (1-3) students per group, 3-5 days per week for 30 minutes per session. This is in addition to their regular classroom grade level math.
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