Classroom Guidance – A guidance curriculum is delivered to all students through classroom lessons in grades K – 8. Some topics covered during classroom lessons include problem solving, diversity, career, study/academic skills, social skill development and high school transition.
Responsive Services – The school counselor is available to meet the immediate needs of students, families and faculty. This may include referrals, the implementation of small groups, consultation and crisis response. The school counselor works to promote a happy, healthy and safe school environment.
Individual—Students can receive planning to help their educational, emotional and career development as well as receive individual counseling for a variety of needs.
Why Parents May Contact the School Counselor….
• Concerns over student achievement
• Family crisis that has the potential to impact the child at school
• New student orientation
• Difficulties or concerns for the child
• Questions pertaining to Section 504 and district/test testing
Special Education – Russell Elementary School offers individualized programs and services to students with special needs. Individualized Education Plans are prepared with the involvement of parents/guardians who are regarded as full partners in the educational process. Emphasis is placed on maximizing academic progress in basic skill areas and in developing compensatory skills. The Learning Center staff members Teresa Muzzey, M.Ed.,LD,EH, and Jan Faulkner, certified Wilson Reading System instructor. Ms. Muzzey supports grades K thru 8, and Mrs. Faulkner supports grades 2 thru 8, as needed. Mrs. Faulkner is also the Special Education Administrative Assistant handling all the clerical work involved.
Russell Elementary School offers Speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Psychological services to our students.
Speech-language services at the Russell Elementary School include assessing, diagnosing, treating and helping prevent speech, language, cognitive-communication, and other educationally related disorders. The speech-language staff includes a certified speech-language pathologist and a certified speech-language assistant. Services are provided as a related service to students who have Individual Education Plans and require speech and language support. Students who demonstrate developmental speech and language delays may also receive short term services through the school’s Response to Intervention Program. If speech-language delays persist and educational progress is affected, students may be referred to Special Education for further evaluation.
Parents who have concerns about their child’s speech and language skills should feel welcomed to contact the speech staff with any questions. The American Speech and Language Association website is an excellent resource for more information: http://www.asha.org/
Dunstan Pediatric Services originated from the idea that all students with special education or developmental needs would have equal access to a therapy program offering specialized sensory motor equipment in a dedicated therapy space. Each therapist at DPS holds the same desire to provide the most effective neuromuscular therapy in an individualized program so that each student experiences just the right challenge under the guise of play.
During occupational therapy intervention, children experience their environment with a perspective that fosters courage, hope and meaning. Children are offered activities that challenge their ability to succeed within a particular sensory motor area. When the degree of difficulty in a task matches the student’s skill they tend to believe in themselves and their ability. Course is felt. When they are challenged just slightly beyond their skill level they may create a change in their typical movement patterns known as an adaptive response. With time and practice, the child develops and grows. The therapist brings them to the understanding that there are sensations created during movements that allow them to consistently create, plan and execute actions for success.
The School Health office provides a wide range of services for RES student and staff. Some children have scheduled visits for medication administration or prescribed treatments. Others are seen for illness or injury assessment and care. Health Screenings are provided including height, weight, vision, and hearing. Through State and community resources flu vaccine clinics are offered as well as the dental care program. These services help provide a safe, healthy environment enabling children to learn.
Sports physicals are provided for free at the beginning of each school year. 5th graders and 1st time team sports participants are required to have a sports physical within the school year to play. Students in grades 6-8 are required to have one every 2 years in order to play sports.
The Title I Reading Program at Rumney School District provides individualized skills and small group guided reading instruction that supplement the regular school reading program, and is taught by highly qualified teachers. Students from grades K-8 receive extra reading support based upon scoring criteria that includes standardized assessment scores, individual needs, and teacher recommendations based on classroom performance.
Nutritious and Fresh, Every Day
At the heart of our successful, school food service programs is our commitment to serving creative meals that not only taste good, but also are nutritious and fresh every day.
At Fresh Picks Café, we value our commitment to supporting the health and wellness goals of our school clients above almost anything else. It all starts with our emphasis on fresh, locally grown or produced, and whole wheat foods. And we carry it through in our menus and our methods.
Fresh Picks Café menus feature whole foods prepared on site with minimal amounts of prepared or manufactured foods whenever possible. Whole wheat breads and products are menu staples. We promote and purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables when it’s practical, and we use low and reduced fat products as much as we can.