Response to Intervention (RtI) is defined as "the practice of providing high-quality instruction and interventions matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals, and applying child response data to important educational decisions" (Batsche et al., 2005). RtI holds the promise of ensuring that all children have access to high quality instruction, and that struggling learners are identified, supported, and served early and effectively. At Wells, we provide an array of supports for students, both academic and behavioral, to help ensure that every child has multiple opportunities for success and that students are recognized for their achievements.RtI: Academic Interventions504 Plan
A 504 Plan is created with counselors, teachers, and parents to help students with learning and attention issues learn and participate in the general education curriculum. A 504 Plan outlines how a child’s specific needs are met with accommodations, modifications and other services. These measures are intended to remove barriers to learning.
Academic Prep (AP)
Academic Prep takes place every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:28 am to 10:53 am. During this time, students may seek out extra help on classwork and homework assignments, receive additional instruction, make up quizzes and tests, or, if they are in good academic standing, participate in enrichment activities. Students receive a red stamp in their Minder Binders if a teacher requests their attendance during AP and attendance and these sessions is mandatory.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)
AVID is a year-long elective course for 7th and 8th graders to help improve college readiness. The program places special emphasis on growing writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization and reading skills. AVID students meet with their AVID counselor weekly for in-class tutorial sessions and quarterly for academic check-ins.
The Wells CARE Team meets weekly and is comprised of our RtI Coordinator, counselors, psychologist, nurse, support staff, teachers and administration. Students are referred to the CARE Team when there are persistent academic and/or behavioral concerns. The team’s purpose is to determine interventions appropriate for the student in question so that s/he can reach her or his full potential as a student.
English Language Tutorial
In this year-long class, English Language students receive additional academic support to ensure that they are successful in their regular academic classes.
General Education Tutorial
In this year-long class, general education students receive additional academic support. The targeted students for tutorial are those that have the academic skills necessary for success, but lack some motivation to succeed that impedes their progress. In addition to focusing on academics, organization, motivation, and social/emotional needs are addressed.
This is a weekly check-in program for academically at-risk students. Students meet with our at risk counselor weekly in small groups and are given opportunities to check grades, prioritize assignments, and organize materials. In addition, students receive social/emotional support to address issues surrounding motivation and building a connection to school.
Group Counseling Sessions
Selected students meet weekly with one of our three school counselors. We offer groups based on gender, grade, and academic and/or social/emotional needs. Typically, groups meet an hour a week for 8 to 12 sessions.
Individual Counseling Check-Ins
Selected students meet weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or quarterly with one of our school counselors. Academic and/or social/emotional concerns are discussed.
La Familia is an inclusive, Latino, community-based, multicultural organization committed to strengthening the emotional wellness of individuals and the preservation of families. Working with our Wells counselors, a La Familia counselor meets weekly with selected students to provide academic and/or social/emotional support.
Our Wells Middle School Math Center is open from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm every Tuesday and Thursday for students that need extra assistance. Credentialed teacher and trained tutors are available for one-on-one help. Class size is limited and priority is given to students who have specific questions. The class is not designed to be a study hall.
Math Targeted Teaching Intervention Program (TTIP)
Our math department’s Targeted Teaching Intervention Program allows struggling math students to receive extra help to master the essential math standards for each grade level. Each period, extra math teachers are available to push-in to existing math classes or pull out small groups to offer more individualized instructions. TTIP teachers may also retest students to allow them to demonstrate mastery of the standard(s) they are working on.
School-wide parent/teacher conferences occur every year at the end of the first quarter. At this time, parents are invited to attend one of two conference sessions in order to discuss academic concerns with their child’s teacher. At other times of the year, parents and teachers may reach out to each other to arrange a meeting at their convenience.
Peer Tutors are available to students every Wednesday from 2:10 pm to 3:10 pm. Students who want a peer tutor must fill out a request form and commit to meeting with their tutor weekly for at least one quarter. Both the peer tutor request forms and the application to be a peer tutor are available on the Wells Middle School home page.
READ 180 is a multimedia program that is designed to meet the specific needs of students whose reading achievement is below grade level. The program blends instruction from the teacher with innovative computer software that tracks students’ progress and customizes instruction to meet their needs.
Reading Intervention Class
Students below grade level in reading are signed up for one of three, year-long, grade level classes. The objective of the courses is to provide additional support to help students reach grade level before heading on to high school.
Student Success Team (SST)
The Student Success Team (SST) is a problem solving intervention that assists students, families and teachers to seek positive solutions for maximizing student potential. The SST focuses in-depth on one student at a time, and invites the parent and student to participate in finding solutions to maximize student success.
Targeted Academic Prep (TAP)
Targeted Academic Prep is a mandatory Academic Prep (AP) for academically struggling students. At these AP sessions, several teachers and peer tutors are available to provide individual or small group instruction. If students are red-stamped by another teacher, they are released for that day’s TAP session.
Weekly Progress Reports
Parents and/or teachers may request that students fill out a Weekly Progress Report to monitor academics. Students who participate in the program receive a progress report every Friday, take it to their teachers each period for completion, show the completed form to parents for a signature, and return the completed report on Monday.
RtI: Positive Behavior Interventions
Capturing Kids’ Hearts
Capturing Kids’ Hearts is a teacher training designed to help develop healthy relationships between members of a school’s educational community. Wells teachers receive voluntary Capturing Kids’ Hearts training to show them how to create high-achieving centers of learning by strengthening students’ connections to others through enhancing healthy bonds with their teachers and establishing collaborative agreements of acceptable behavior.
Check-in/Check-out is a positive, non-punitive intervention for students struggling with their behavior in a classroom setting. Students in the program set positive behavior goals and check-in with their teachers over the course of the day to receive positive feedback about their progress. Students are able to earn rewards and recognition for making positive changes.
Honor Roll Assembly
Students with GPAs of 3.0 or higher are recognized at quarterly progress report assemblies. In lieu of attending Academic Prep, honor roll students report to a central location where they are awarded certificates to acknowledge their accomplishments and receive prizes that may include ice cream, pencils, and bumper stickers. Parents are welcome to attend.
Integrity in Action/Roadrunners of the Month
Wells participates in Dublin’s Integrity in Action program which was created to ensure that all citizens, families, organizations and businesses in the city of Dublin are aware of and involved in a city-wide character development program which will strengthen and unify the Dublin community through shared character traits. As a part of this program, Wells recognizes students as Roadrunners of the Month for embodying positive character traits. At the end of the year, a select few students receive recognition at Dublin’s Stars of Integrity awards night celebration.
Our Positive Postcards are an opportunity for staff members to recognize students for displaying appropriate behavior and positive character. The Wells staff mail these postcards home to share student successes with family members.
Roadrunner Bucks and Student Store
Roadrunner Bucks give staff members an opportunity to acknowledge students who exhibit positive character in keeping with The Wells Way (see below). When staff see students doing the right thing, they are awarded Roadrunner Bucks that can be redeemed at our Student Store for small prizes on a bi-weekly basis.
Students of the Quarter
Each quarter, students are nominated by staff members for exhibiting excellent academic and/or behavior attributes. Students receive certificates that acknowledge their positive contributions and are recognized in the morning announcements.
Wells Middle School established The Wells Way as a way to create and promote a positive school climate and develop and refine students’ social skills within an academic setting. The Wells Way expectations for our students are for them to be respectful, responsible, and ready to learn. Students participate in Wells Way lessons at the start of each school year and receive weekly updates on the Wells Way expectations throughout the school year. The Wells Way behaviors are posted throughout the school hallways and classrooms, in addition to being incorporated into every teacher’s course syllabus.
Words of Wisdom
The Words of Wisdom program is a series of thought-provoking inspirational messages that are narrated over our PA system every morning. In just one minute a day, we are able to reach every student and every staff member with a few words of wisdom that will uplift and promote a more positive and effective school climate.