St. John the Baptist School believes every child has gifts to be nurtured. Through our Student Services Program, we support teachers and students to ensure that each student receives a meaningful and responsive Catholic school learning experience. We have a full time Supportive Consultant who works with staff and assists students with educational needs.
- Click here for the Student Services informational handout in Spanish
- Click here for the Student Services informational handout in English
Supportive Consultant Role
St. John the Baptist Schools has a staff member designated as a Supportive Consultant to work with and assist students and staff with students’ educational needs. The following is a list of some of their role and responsibilities.
- Provide identified assistance to students of need (academic, behavioral, social, other) as determined by a GRACE School Service Plan.
- Oversee completion and distribution to parents of new and revised Teacher and GRACE Student Service Plans in collaboration with the classroom teacher(s). As needed, include a listing of accommodation and modification recommendations.
- Provide a copy of the Service Plan progress at the end of each grading period (trimester) to parents.
- Attend Individualized Education Program (IEP), Service Plan, and Supportive Consultation meetings as warranted.
- Serve as the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY) Site Coordinator.
- Serve as the Odyssey (computer-based learning) Site Coordinator.
To contact one of the GRACE Supportive Consultants, click here: 2017-18 Supportive Consultants
Odyssey is an online tool used by GRACE to provide lessons, activities, and quizzes that are at a students’ level. It can be used for remediation, intervention, and advanced placement. Over 750 GRACE students used the Odyssey program during the 2016-2017 school year. Features include
- Pretests to assess strengths and needs and pinpoint skill gaps for each student,
- Automatically generated individualized learning paths,
- Links to external assessment MAP test data,
- Engaging yet rigorous instruction delivered through reading passages, virtual manipulatives, videos, and animations,
- Reporting tools to generate reliable data for instructional decision making, and
- 24/7 web access.
St. John the Baptist School has a full time Reading Specialist. This teacher works to support the preschool to eighth-grade literacy curriculum, provides teacher coaching, and provides reading intervention to struggling readers. The Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) is used to help struggling learners. The Reading Specialist is also trained on the Barton Reading and Spelling Program and the Wilson Fundations Program, as part of our Reading Intervention Curriculum. Wilson Fundations is a multi-sensory, systematic phonics, spelling and handwriting program that benefits kindergarten through third-grade students. This program is supplemented by literature-based reading instruction.
Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth
For high achieving students, there is an opportunity to participate in the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY). Students participating in WCATY classes offered through GRACE will not be charged a fee.
WCATY is offered four times throughout the school year for fifth through eighth-grade students scoring a 95% or higher percentile ranking in the subject areas of Reading and Language Usage on their most recent MAP assessment. A student scoring in the 90-94% Percentile Ranking in Reading and Language Usage can be eligible based on a school team decision.
Students participating in WCATY are part of an online learning community led by a certified teacher in which they use higher level thinking skills as they converse and learn with each other. The courses are relevant, challenging, and students interact with the world around them through explorative questioning. WCATY’s research-based strategies for online instruction ignite imagination, evaluation, and creative thinking. Students meet face-to-face with each other and their instructor three times throughout the course at one of our host GRACE schools.
Successful WCATY students are self-motivated, have good time management skills, and are able to communicate with the instructor and other students participating in the class. Schools are advised that participation in WCATY is to take the place of the student’s Language Arts and/or Reading class for the duration of the course. Activities are designed to replace five hours of class work weekly and often require homework. Students receive a grade with comments from WCATY at the completion of the course. For more information, contact your principal.