Committed to fostering the success of all learners.
We value all aspects of student development, including personal, social and academic growth. The goal of Student Support Services department is to equip students, parents, and school staff with the skills, tools, and services necessary to foster the environment needed for students to find personal success.
- Coaches/Interventionists/Reading Recovery
- English Learner
- Gifted and Talent Development
- Occupational Therapy
- School Social Worker
- School Psychologist
Coaches/Interventionists work in collaboration with classroom teachers to support students' academic needs.
Reading Recovery is a program for first graders who are in need of extra help in learning to read and write. Selected students have 30 minutes of individual instruction each day. Reading Recovery teachers have received special training to help children who are beginning readers and writers. The components of the Reading Recovery program are: fluent reading and writing, letter and word recognition, hearing sounds in words, and reading and writing strategies. Parent involvement with the program is critical. Parents must help their children with homework each night.
The English Language Learners (ELL) program is for the instruction of students of limited English proficiency in the following English language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The students we serve have either first learned a language other than English and/or come from a home where another language most often spoken.
The EL students at Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science represent a wide variety of language groups. We have students who have first languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Spanish, Somali, Tamil, Telugu and Vietnamese. There are currently over 26 different home languages at our school.
Gifted and talented children are those students with outstanding abilities and capable of higher performance when compared to others of similar age, experience and environment. They have significantly different educational needs from their peers and require educational differentiation as a regular part of their school day to ensure they reach their full potential. These services are available at all elementary and middle schools.
District 196 uses multiple criteria to help identify gifted and talented children.
For more information, see policy 610 under Board Policy.
Students in grades K-5 may be selected to participate in enrichment groups with other students of high ability (those performing above regular expectations) at their grade level. Teachers may select students for these groups based on test scores and/or classroom observation. Content covered in these groups may be subject-specific (i.e., math or reading), or in areas such as research or problem solving.
These groups are flexible so that some students may be part of one or two during the year, while other students may be included in groups throughout the year. Enrichment groups usually meet once or twice per week for 30-45 minutes.
Do you know about the Minnesota Council For the Gifted and Talented? It is a nonprofit organization of parents and professionals dedicated to promoting better understanding of, and curriculum for, gifted and talented children. The MCGT office is an important source of information on gifted and talented topics in Minnesota. The MCGT provides bimonthly newsletters; participates in a national network through its affiliation with the National Association for Gifted Children and other organizations; sponsors an annual state conference with a special children's program; offers information, literature and referral services; and is active in legislative efforts on the state level in collaboration with the Minnesota Educators of the Gifted and Talented (MEGT).
You can receive information about membership to MCGT by writing to:
Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented
5701 Normandale Road
Minneapolis, MN 55424
or by calling: (952) 848-4906
Educational Games for Children http://www.funbrain.org
KIDLINK is a non-profit grassroots organization aimed at providing life skills training to children and youth through secondary school age. http://www.kidlink.org
Homework Helper is a comprehensive research sites maintained by a kid. http://www.bjpinchbeck.com
ReadWriteThink: Homepage http://www.readwritethink.org
National Geographic website http://www.nationalgeographic.com
Occupational therapists work with the Special Education team to enhance and adapt the child's school environment, to help the child benefit from learning activities throughout their school day.
The overall goal of the elementary school social work program is to work directly with students, their families, school staff, and the community to provide guidance, support, and nurturance so essential to academic success and sound life decisions.
School social workers are licensed mental health professionals trained to provide support and interventions to children and families proactively and in times of emotional/mental health crisis. They do this by providing individual, small group and family support.
Virtual Calming Room
Sometimes life can be overwhelming and it can be hard to work through difficult times. This Virtual Calming Room was designed to assist in identifying different strategies for managing emotions.
School psychologists work with a team of people to help students succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. School psychologists are trained in both education and mental health to know how to identify and lower barriers to learning.
For more information about school psychology, visit the National Association of School Psychologists website.
Resources for families are also available through the National Association of School Psychologists.