Instructional Support

MTSS Academic supports

Dear EV parent/guardian or staff member,

If you have come to this portion of our site because you have an academically struggling student about whom you are concerned, then you have come to the right place. For concerns about the mental health or physical safety and well-being of a student, please consider visiting the Student Support Services portion of the site.

Our SST (Student Support Team) takes its name from the system of student support organization known as Multi-Tier System of Supports, or MTSS. Specifically, the SST focuses on supporting students across all three tiers.

The underlying principle of MTSS is that prevention and early intervention are most effective when offered in a timely manner. EVHS uses MTSS as a process to identify students that might need targeted support. SST uses data including academic performance, behavior, attendance, and social-emotional learning to identify the right support strategy from a whole-child perspective.

For more information please refer to the EVHS Parent Information Sheet.

mtss tiers 2 & 3

Tier 1

Tier 1 supports are provided to ALL students. Examples of strong Tier 1 supports include core instruction, student-counselor meetings, and ROAR lessons (social-emotional lessons) that teachers deliver to all students.

Tier 2

Tier 2 supports refer to services that are targeted or specifically delivered to around fifteen to twenty percent of students. Students are referred by parents, teachers, or administrators. The Tier 2 Team uses data from multiple domains to determine the right support for each student.

Tier 3

Tier 3 supports refer to intensive services that one to five percent of students receive if they continue to struggle and require more intensive support. Tier 3 may include service to students who might have learning disabilities and may benefit from a 504 plan or an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) to support their learning.

Your 2-3 Team Members

The 2-3 Team is jointly coordinated by Dean of Students Namrata Mohan and MTSS Coordinator Maria Solis. Members of the team also include Psychologists Marcy Woyciehowski and Fiona Wu, Social Worker Trisha Graves, and, as needed, the counseling staff of EVHS. Students’ teachers can also be called upon to play a role in 2-3 Team proceedings on an as-needed basis.

THE REFERRAL PROCESS

  1. Students are typically referred by a teacher, a parent, a counselor, the school’s social worker, or another adult who has observed that the student’s learning, behavior, or emotional needs are not being met under existing circumstances.

  2. Before an initial formal meeting is scheduled, the SST meets and collects information about your student, such as academic progress, grades, and observations from teachers.

  3. The Team SST then meets to discuss possible support strategies that might have already been attempted or could be attempted to enhance learning, such as seating location, a daily assignment tracker, increased use of visual aids, etc.

  4. Sometimes simple changes can make a big difference. The SST prepares all pertinent information about your student, including work samples, attendance records, and interventions that teachers might have attempted in their own classrooms already.

  5. After all the data has been collected, the team will schedule the initial SST meeting and invite the parents, teachers, and other school staff members as appropriate