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Somersworth-SAU 56- Southeast


Please note: In 2010-2011 Somersworth School District went through some changes that resulted in the new Idlehurst Elementary School (grades PK 1-5) being built, the Hilltop Elementary School (grades 1-4) being closed, and some shifts in grades and staffing at Maplewood Elementary School (from grades P K 1-4 to K, 1-5) as well.

Early Childhood Education Program: Somersworth Early Education

Grades Served: PK 1-5
Ages Served: 3-5
Project Start Year: 2008-2009
Beginning Priority area: RTI-early literacy and behavior
Implementation level as of 6/30/10: Tier 1 behavior and literacy

Other Information: In 2010-2011 continuing to receive trainig in blending PBIS and emergent Literacy through tiers

(Somersworth ECE): The SAU 56 ECE Leadership Team mainly consists of the Somersworth Early Education preschool program staff and elementary kindergarten teachers that alternate attendance at monthly meetings. The school administrator has become actively involved in the preschool leadership team meetings. The team has focused on stream-lining Tier 1 supports in the preschool classroom with the Tier 1 supports established in the elementary school, including classroom expectations, finalizing a preschool behavior matrix that is in alignment with the school-wide matrix and working on the development of a preschool acknowledgement system that is developmentally appropriate for identified children and correlates with the school-wide acknowledgement system. This team has also implemented use of the same behavioral screening system used by the elementary school population, and is working on using the elementary version of the instrument for students that are in preschool but over the age of five. The team is exploring usage of various literacy screening tools that will best meet the needs of the identified population of students in the preschool program. The team continues to work on documentation procedures in order to make best use of screening data for decision-making purposes as well as a system to send pertinent information to the receiving kindergarten teachers for students that will be entering kindergarten. In lieu of a formalized series of RTI trainings this year, the SEE preschool program has integrated content presentation within the context of regularly scheduled team meetings.

Elementary School 1: Maple Wood Elementary School

Grades Served:  K, 1-5 (previously PK, 1-4 up until 6/2011)
Project Start Year: 2008-2009
Beginning Priority area: Literacy
Implementation Level as of 6/30/10:Literacy tier 1,2 and 3 and behavior tier 1,2 and 3 (previous PBIS site). blended at tier 2 and School Leadership Team.

Other Information: In 2010-2011 receiving continued specific Literacy tier 2 and 3 training and beginning PBIS refresher training.

This Pre-K – 4 school was a previous PBIS site and in 2008-09, they joined NH RESPONDS to focus on literacy. This year technical assistance at Maple Wood has focused on further defining Tier 2 and 3 for literacy while improving implementation of Tier 1 for literacy. The school addressed literacy Tier 1 implementation issues such as: defining literacy instruction, creating units of study, providing data-based differentiated instruction, adjusting school wide schedule to accommodate tiered instruction and to work within the guidelines for Title 1.Specialized training for implementation of Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions was provided. Additionally, the school began describing behavior tier 1 and 2, with considerations for blending at both tiers. The Tier 2 behavior team is focused on a data gathering plan for spring 2011, this plan includes an efficient way to screen students for social/emotional concerns with the outcomes of 1) identifying students at-risk and in need of higher level supports (students who are non-responsive to Tier 1 supports), and 2)identifying ‘clusters’ of need to help the targeted team to strategically formulate the most pragmatic group interventions matched to student need --- based on the most prevalent needs within the school community. Addressed in the interventions will be interventions that match prevalent student functions of behavior and prevalent skill-strengthening needs. To prepare the school for transition to a new district elementary school, some technical assistance focused on describing, reconciling differences across schools, and stabilizing a district-wide elementary school model for RtI (literacy & behavior).

Elementary School 2: Idlehurst Elementary School (as of 7/2011) –  Previously Hilltop Elementary School

Grades Served:(grades PK 1-5)
Project Start Year: 2009-2010
Beginning Priority area: Literacy
Implementation Level as of 6/30/10: Literacy tire 1,2, and 3 and Behavior tier 1,2 and 3 (previous PBIS site)

Other Information: In 2010-2011 receiving continued specific Literacy tier 2 and 3 training and beginning PBIS refresher training

Hilltop (grades 1 – 4) entered NH RESPONDS in 2009-10 focused on literacy. Technical assistance at Hilltop has focused on further defining Tier 2 and 3 for literacy while improving implementation of Tier 1. The school addressed literacy Tier 1 implementation issues such as: providing data-based differentiated instruction, aligning the reading program to Grade Level Expectations, and adjusting the school wide schedule to accommodate tiered instruction and to work within the guidelines for Title 1. Tier 2 progress monitoring tools were piloted to examine ease of use, and match to school/student needs. Extended Learning Opportunities were established for supplemental literacy instruction. Additionally, the school began describing behavior tier 1 and 2, with considerations for blending at Tier 1. To prepare the school for transition to a new district elementary school, some technical assistance focused on describing and stabilizing a district-wide elementary school model for RtI (literacy & behavior).

Somersworths High School

Grades Served: 9-12
Project Year Start: 2008-2009
Beginning Priority area: Literacy/Behavior (RENEW tier 3)
Implementation Level as of 6/30/10: Behavior tier 1,2 and partial tier 3 (previous APEX grant site) Consensus level for Literacy tier 1 and 2

Other Information: In 2010-2011 receiving Literacy tier 1 in some classrooms and continuing to receive PBIS tier 3 and RENEW training

The principal of Somersworth High School has been very active in the SAU Leadership Team and started a high school Leadership Team in the summer of 2009 to begin to develop consensus and explore the implementation of RtI for literacy. The Somersworth High School Leadership Team developed a plan that included goals to improve reading and math achievement, create a reading support/ “futures” planning class, and continue the work of the PBIS 3 tiered model. The Somersworth High School Leadership Team met monthly during the school year, and created several subgroups to accomplish these goals. The Somersworth High School Leadership Team has also been designing a sustained reading block to promote the culture of literacy school wide, and through this intervention and development of Tier 2 & Tier 3 supports, increase overall literacy scores.

The Somersworth High School Tier 2 Behavior Support Team developed and implemented a small group behavioral/academic intervention, Check In and Check Out (CICO), to increase more frequent positive attention from teachers to an identified group of Tier 2 students referred to the Tier 2 Behavior Support. The goal of this intervention is to increase behavioral and academic achievement among students, increase positive adult attention, and develop greater self-monitoring skills among the students in tracking their progress. Currently, 5 students are utilizing the CICO intervention and data is being collected to monitor the success of the intervention. The intent is to increase this intervention to include more students by the end of the year after successfully piloting the intervention in the 3rd quarter. The Tier 2 team has revised their referral flowchart to increase efficiency, increase communication with faculty on an ongoing basis, improve progress monitoring on current students, and implement a quarterly reinforcement system for students achieving their goals. Somersworth High School has implemented a RENEW Oversight Team to help build sustainability for Tier 3 Intensive Supports. The NH RESPONDS staff has provided ongoing professional development and training to the RENEW Oversight Team, as well as current RENEW facilitators. Currently, there are 6 youth receiving RENEW services with a total of 30 adults trained in RENEW, to support youth in the school.

The Somersworth High School principal presented at the PBIS Leadership Institute in Illinois in October 2011 as an exemplar school for its implementation of RENEW as part of its 3-tiered system.


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