March Marauder Moments
Message from Dr. Avery and Miss Chaya
We have just a week until our students return to school with their other cohort peers! We have been meeting this month with our students in homeroom to field any questions or concerns they may have. We are so excited to be a whole-school family again, but we also understand that for our older students especially change can be hard, even if it means a move toward more normal times.
We will bring our cohorts together for full day four-day classes as of March 15, as you read in the update from Mrs. Mazzullo sent on February 5. I have included that announcement here so you can refer back to it if you have questions.
You may wonder how your child is doing relative to other years, but this is no other year. Your child’s teachers have reviewed their curriculum carefully and are focused on the essentials, as directed by the State Education Department. Between the in-person learning and the asynchronous work assigned on their alternate days, they will be prepared with the essentials for this year and ready for the next year. We also discuss the curriculum from grade to grade, so we can ensure there are no significant gaps as students move forward. We also should note that many students have learned some new skills they might not otherwise, and ones we don’t usually monitor- like independent study skills, or time management.
We are also keeping a close eye on student achievement more so than in a regular year, so that we can respond to dips in performance. This triangle below represents the kinds of instruction and support a student may need. This is covered by an umbrella term called Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS).
Tier 1 is what all students receive, both academic and social emotional learning, guided by the needs of our student population and best-practices.
Students who need a little more support, as indicated by our data processes, receive some, usually short-term, support to help them regain progress (Tier 2). This might look like building-level counseling for a short-term struggle, a daily adult-check-in, or a marking period in Learning Center getting additional help. Fewer students will need more intensive Tier 3 services and support to maintain grade-level progress.
Each building has teams of staff for each Tier that monitor student data such as attendance, grades, disciplinary events, or unexpected visits for counseling support. We review this data to decide if a student is in need of intervention and if so, which would best support that student. Teachers may also refer students for consideration.
If you are concerned about your child’s progress in a class, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the teacher. If it is a nonacademic concern, or an academic concern that may be greater, please loop your child’s counselor into the conversation. We are happy to bring these concerns to the MTSS table.