Academic Support

The middle school experience offers many new opportunities for children to learn about themselves and who they are going to become. One of the most valuable experiences for growth happens as children begin to feel more challenged, forcing the need to learn how to cope with challenging times.

Because middle school is also essential for developing fundamental skills that will be used throughout high school, supporting children through their challenges may be necessary for some. Ultimately, we hope to foster responsibility, self-advocacy, and independence in our students. These, therefore, become the foundation of all support systems made available to students at PPMS.

The first step when experiencing any level of challenge requiring extra support should always be to communicate with the teacher. The teachers at PPMS are dedicated to the success of ALL of their students, and therefore would want to be an integral part of establishing a support plan.

PPMS SUPPORTS

Course/Club

Description

When does it meet?

How does one participate?

STUDENT TEACHER PERIOD

(STP)

STP is a period for all students, allowing them to reflect on what needs to be accomplished for best performance in all classes. Students may receive guided support on their daily work, complete make-up work, or begin their homework independently. It is a great opportunity for students to learn self-advocacy skills.

STP meets for 25 minutes every day except Thursday (early release). It is currently from 12:19 – 12:44.

All Students are required to participate in STP.

HOMEWORK CLUB

Homework club is an opportunity for any student to work on their homework in a structured and supportive setting. Teachers are there to help students study, organize, and complete school work.

Homework Club is an after school club that meets twice a week (Mondays & Wednesdays) beginning in October for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from 2:30-4:00 p.m. Busing is available for all students who sign up ahead of time.

Homework Club is a voluntary activity in which students may elect to participate. Sign up is done on a weekly basis or a student may sign up as a regular attendee.

MATH SUPPORT

Math Support offers additional “small group” support in math skills and concepts. Each section will be specifically designed to meet the needs of the students enrolled.

ACE support classes are offered in lieu of the students’ ACE enrichment class. The duration is 1 semester every other day. Students may participate in more than one semester if deemed necessary.

This course will be assigned to a student with specific needs in math determined by faculty and administration.

SUPPORTED STP

Supported STP is a support class for students who struggle with organizational skills, understanding their content classes, and time management skills. Skills are taught and applied to daily assignments from core courses.

Supported STP occurs during STP. It is a smaller class size, so more individualized support is provided. It meets 4 days per week all year long.

Supported STP is for students in grades 6-8. A referral must be submitted by a teacher or counselor and approved by program staff.

READ 180

Read 180 is an effective reading program that has five essential elements: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and text comprehension. The Read 180 session begins and ends with whole-group teacher-directed instruction in reading, writing and vocabulary. Between the whole group meetings, students break into three small groups that rotate among three stations (20 minutes each): small group direct instruction, Read 180 Software and Modeled and Independent Reading.

Read 180 meets for 90 minutes per day, 5 days per week. It is taken in place of the regular language arts course as well as an ACE class or elective classes (depending on the master schedule).

Read 180 is for students in grades 6-8. A referral for a reading screening must be submitted by a teacher or counselor. If the screening is conclusive and approved by program staff, the program will be recommended.

SYSTEM 44

System 44 is a reading program designed for students whose reading achievement is well below the proficient level. The goal of System 44 is to address gaps in students’ foundational reading skills, fluency, and comprehension through the use of computer-based instruction, literature, and direct instruction in foundational reading skills.

System 44 is integrated into the Read 180 program so it meets for 90 minutes per day, 5 days per week. It is taken in place of the regular language arts course as well as an ACE class or elective classes (depending on the master schedule).

System 44 is designed to support students who are significantly below grade level in their reading comprehension due to struggles with foundational reading skills. A referral for a reading screening must be submitted by a teacher or counselor. If the screening is conclusive and approved by program staff, the program will be recommended.

GREAT LEAPS FLUENCY

Great Leaps is a program that allows students to improve their fluency skills through the use of repeated readings.

Great Leaps is offered during STP. It takes about 10 minutes per day, so students return to their STP classroom afterward.

Great Leaps is for students in grades 6-8. Students with fluency issues are identified by faculty and staff on a regular basis.

OUTSIDE TUTORING

At the expense of the parent, tutors are available for extra skill development, homework coaching, and work skill development. A district tutor list is available. Please contact your school counselor for the list.

Tutoring occurs during after school hours. Times, cost, and location are negotiated directly with the individual tutor.

All students could choose to pursue an outside tutoring opportunity if interested.

SUMMER SCHOOL

Summer school is available for students in the district. Please visit

elmbrookschools.org/academics/summer-school for more information.

Summer school meets every summer for about one month. Multiple classes are available.

See Summer School website for information.