Student Services

The purpose of our department is to support our students’ learning as well as their social and emotional needs and educational planning. We strive to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for all students.

 

 

 

 Department members:

Mrs. Elaine Chotowetz, Elementary Learning Strategist:
Core areas of responsibility:

    • Support students and advocate for their learning needs.
    • Consult with parents and provide ongoing communication regarding student learning.
    • Consult with teachers and school psychologist about students’ learning needs
    • Administer Educational Assessments.

Ms. Tina Kennedy, Secondary Learning Strategist:
Core areas of responsibility:

    • Support students and advocate for their learning needs
    • Coordinate the operation of the Student Success Center.
    • Consult with teachers and school psychologist about students’ learning needs
    • Consult with parents and provide ongoing communication regarding student learning.
    • Coordinate the School’s Peer Mentoring program.
    • Administer Educational Assessments.

Ms. Jana-Lynn Caines, University and Academic counsellor:
Core areas of responsibility:

    • Consult with senior high students regarding their post-secondary plans.
    • Coordinate the School’s annual “Eastern universities tour”.
    • Assist grade twelve students register for university.
    • Consult with parents and students regarding course selection, university programs and registration processes.

Dr. Brent Macdonald, consulting psychologist: (contracted position)
Core areas of responsibility:

    • Conduct psycho-educational assessments.
    • Consult with faculty, students and parents with regard to student learning.
    • Provide short-term psychological counselling for students

Mr. Larry Clark, Director of Student Services
Core areas of responsibility:

    • Primary role is to support the social/emotional needs of our secondary student population.
    • Liaise with parents, faculty and the Academic Leadership Team regarding the educational/social/emotional issues of our students.
    • Coordinate referrals to other members of the Student Services Team or outside agencies.

Accommodations:
Accommodations describe the strategies provided to a student to enable them to compensate for any difficulties arising from an identified learning challenge. It is important to note that these accommodations will not change the curricular expectations traditionally held at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School. These strategies may be employed by the student, the classroom teacher and/or our Learning Strategist.

The implementation of academic accommodations in class for students at STS requires the following:
a) A clear need as demonstrated by performance in the classroom and/or on examinations.
b) A clear indication from a qualified specialist (Learning Strategist, registered psychologist, psychiatrist, doctor) that academic accommodations are appropriate.
c) Assessment data to support such accommodations.

Accommodations in class that may be provided to STS students, based on recommendations from appropriate professionals are:

    • Sitting closer to the teacher
    • Providing visual representations of the course material.
    • Additional time for examinations.
    • Providing quiet locations to write exams, relatively free of distractions.
    • Provide exams in larger font size.
    • Providing the opportunity to complete all written exams using word processing.
    • Being provided with unit vocabulary in advance.
    • Advance notice of due dates for assignments and exams.
    • Breaking larger assignments into smaller “chunks” and provide shorter, more frequent due dates.
    • Teacher follows up one-on-one with a student to ensure they understand new material, directions, assignment parameters.
    • One on one support for organization and learning strategies.
    • Work with an older student as a Peer Mentor.

The implementation of academic accommodations for examinations for students at STS should be supported by the following:
a) A clear need as indicated by performance in the classroom and/or on examinations.
b) A clear indication from a qualified specialist (learning strategist, registered psychologist, psychiatrist, medical doctor) that academic accommodations are recommended.
c) Assessment data to support such accommodations.

In the absence of these qualifications, students may not be eligible for accommodations.  Accommodations that may be provided to STS students for examinations, based on recommendations from appropriate professionals are:

    • Additional time for examinations.
    • The opportunity to write exams in a quiet location relatively free of distractions.
    • Provide exams in larger font size.
    • Providing the opportunity to complete all written exams using word processing.

*Note: For accommodations to be provided on final examinations, Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams students must have used the requested accommodations throughout the school year.

The Student Services Team will make the final determination regarding the use of accommodations, keeping in mind student need, curricular demands, and school resources. As such, not all accommodations indicated in a psychological report may be necessary or practical in the STS environment. Student Services will act in the best interests of the student and will strive to ensure a fair and equitable educational environment to encourage the greatest possible level of student success in light of resources and reasonable ability to accommodate.