Frequently Asked Questions
1. When would a parent need to seek help from an Elementary School Counselor?
Whenever a parent has a concern about his/her child's academic, personal, social or emotional well being and development as it relates to school success, he or she can consult with a School Counselor. The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making,communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family.
2. What is an "SST" (also known as a Student Study Team) meeting?
Student Study Team meetings are coordinated and facilitated by the RSP Teacher at TOW. This type of meeting is typically held whenever a teacher or parent has concerns about a child who is not performing academically at grade level or if the parent or teacher has concerns about a child who is demonstrating significant behavioral problems that might impede his success. The SST is composed of specialists who will make recommendations about appropriate interventions for the teacher or parent. The School Psychologist, RSP (aka Special Education) Teacher, Reading Interventionist, School Counselor, Classroom Teacher, Parents and Principal compose the team which will arrive at a decision that meets the need of the individual learner.
Some outcomes of SST meetings can be recommendations for specific interventions to be implemented by the teacher or parent for a specified period of time, continued participation in current interventions for an extended period of time or movement toward possible assessment for special education placement if the student is suspected of having a learning disability.