We know that students will grow academically, socially, and emotionally throughout the year, but we also know that teachers need a plan for each of their students. Sometimes different plans are needed for different students. It's a challenge for schools, parents and educators to figure out how to use the available resources so that every child succeeds.
At Olson, each grade level consists of a team of teachers who work together to plan and implement core curriculum. We also have a special services team, made up of the principal, psychologist, social workers, special education teachers, reading interventionist, instructional coach, speech pathologist, and OT/PT therapists. Together with parents/guardians, we make team decisions to determine what is necessary so students can be successful.
The teams work together to determine student need based on information from formal and informal data and observations. We review available resources and decide how to provide additional pieces that will support growth.
We use a "multi-tiered system" for both academics and social emotional support. We layer additional supports based on information about students and available resources. If your child is receiving an additional layer of support, you will receive a letter or notification indicating what that is. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher or the school office. You will also receive updates about your child's progress if he/she is participating in an academic intervention group that is in addition to classroom instruction.
Parents of students with an IEP (Individualized Education Program) meet with the Special Education Team annually (or as needed) to review the plan, goals, and progress.
All students receive "core instruction" in the classroom for literacy and math. This includes whole group and small group instruction, partner work, independent practice, and teacher directed lessons. For social emotional needs, students may need additional supports such as a "Check In/Check Out" system, a classroom behavior plan, or small group support with the social worker or other staff members.
We want you to know that you are an important part of this process. If you ever feel your child is struggling or that more help is needed, contact your child’s teacher. He/She will have the best perspective on grade level standards by looking at assessments and classroom performance.
If you believe that your child needs more, you can contact the principal, Mrs. Frisbie or the psychologist, Mrs. Riley, for more information on our academic systems and what the next steps may be. If you have a social emotional concern, you can contact Mrs. Frisbie or a social worker, Mrs. Zeh or Mrs. Wollpert. It is our goal to work together to provide what is best for all students.