From Our Director
March 1, 2023
March Director's Note
In this note I would like to share more information on Multi Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and what it looks like at Palouse Prairie Charter School (PPCS). We use MTSS to support all students in academic and character development. Throughout the school year, teachers assess all students for proficiency and growth toward meeting grade level standards for English Language Arts (ELA), Math, and Habits of Scholarship (Responsibility, Collaboration, and Craftsmanship) that guide students’ approach to academic learning. The MTSS team — comprised of the Special Education Teacher, Title 1 Teacher, School Counselor, Executive Director, Instructional Coach, and a classroom teacher representative — meets quarterly with each classroom teacher to identify students who could benefit from specific interventions. The MTSS team reviews formative assessment data, discusses students’ emerging and ongoing needs, and plans specific interventions to help students demonstrate growth in their academic and social learning. In the next few weeks we will be notifying parents with a letter if your student will be receiving intervention. In order to support your student in developing specific skills, we will offer them a daily intervention in addition to the regular literacy lessons in class. This intervention will be provided by the classroom teacher or an education specialist during your classroom’s designated small group time. The intervention time is a dedicated instructional block and students will not miss any instruction as all students in the classroom will be receiving small group instruction at this time. If you are interested in learning more about MTSS, you can find additional information here or can contact your child's teacher.
This month’s design principle is collaboration and competition. Individual development and group development are integrated so that the value of friendship, trust, and group action is clear. Students are encouraged to compete, not against each other, but with their own personal best and with rigorous standards of excellence. You are welcome to join us during community circle on March 10th and March 31st to hear more about our design principle. Fourth and fifth grade students will share how they have incorporated the design principle of collaboration and competition into their crew at our community circle on March 31st.
Each year Idaho and Palouse Prairie collect valuable information through our student and family engagement survey. The survey takes only a few minutes and your responses are anonymous, and they will be critical to helping us find ways to maximize satisfaction, engagement, and communication. Please fill out this important survey. Parent Survey Link
Sara Beggs, PhD