Student Services Department
In addition to excellent classroom teachers, Sacred Heart has several staff members who support these teachers in meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of each student. The role of each of those staff members is described below.
Director of Student Services/Learning Specialist
The learning specialist works with students, parents, and teachers to support students who have a diagnosis of learning difficulties. The learning specialist will help identify specific learning strategies, encourage the application of strategies, and monitor student progress. Services are available for students in all grades, and the learning specialist will work with public schools as well as private agencies in the diagnosis of learning difficulties. The learning specialist will provide pull-out services to students in grades 6-8 as well.
The math specialist works with students on a regular basis in support of the class's math curriculum. She may provide support to students who are struggling, enrichment to those who are exceeding expectations, or more indvidualized attention for students who are performing at grade level.
The reading specialist works with individuals as well as groups of students to improve reading and comprehension skills. The reading specialist will work with classroom teachers to assess student reading, determine reading levels, develop classroom libraries, and create plans for reading interventions where necessary.
The school counselor works with teachers and students to help the school meet its academic goals. The specific support services are varied but may include consultation with parents and teachers, program development, and direct work with children in groups and individually. The school counselor may interact with your child in various ways:
Character Education Lessons: The counselor may work with whole classes on character education. Topics covered include but are not limited to sharing, citizenship, good sportsmanship, cooperation, conflict resolution, and friendship.
Individual and Small Groups: A child may be referred by parent or teacher for individual or small group work for a variety of reasons. The counselor may work with a child to facilitate behavioral change, to enhance communication and social skills, help students cope with daily and life stressors, and promote decision making skills. The counselor will meet with the child and communicate with parents and teachers regarding the child's individual needs.