Support Services and Programs
Crabapple Middle School offers a math mentoring program on Wednesdays from 8:40 to 9:30 a.m.
The program, Mathletes Mentoring, utilizes the services of tutors/mentors from our own Roswell community to help our 7th graders with their math skills and math concepts. The program is supervised by our Graduation Coach, Mrs. Gamel. The first session will begin Wednesday, September 28, 2011. The program will continue through April, 2011.
If you would like to volunteer to be a mentor this year, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Crabapple Middle School offers a math tutoring program on certain Saturdays from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in the CMS media center. The program, Saturday Scholars, utilizes the services of tutors from Roswell High School, Blessed Trinity High School and CMS advanced math students. The program is supervised by our Graduation Coach, Mrs. Gamel. The first session will begin Saturday, October, 2011, and will continue through April, 2012. There are no meetings during holidays.
My Graduation Plan/Ultimate Life Workshop
MyGraduationPlan is the only web-based program of its kind. MGP helps students visualize, plan, and implement the steps they will take toward graduation and beyond. The MGP application will teach our students that by working closely with their teachers and their parents that they can become self-advocates for their education. This means that students will have an awareness of their performance and what they need to work on. Because we know that each of our students has a unique strength, along with becoming self-advocates they will remain motivated by identifying, pursuing, and developing their unique strengths and interests, and connecting those with vocations beyond high school and college. MGP will help our students make the connection between their employment goals and the education needed to accomplish them, and then help plan their high school classes to set them up for success.
Why Try? Program
Section 504 Individualized Plans
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973/Public law 93-112 is a comprehensive law that addresses the rights of handicapped students in each school, eliminating barriers to educational programs. Section 504, as it is often called, is a civil rights law that covers the rights of all individuals with disabilities, not just school-aged children. It prohibits disability discrimination by any program or activity that receives federal funds. For example, it applies to public schools, colleges, and vocational programs. State and local government agencies and programs, public services, are also covered. Section 504 has significant differences from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Who Qualifies for Section 504 in Public Education Programs?
Section 504 - Schools are required to provide appropriate, reasonable adaptations and modifications for individuals who have disabilities, have a record of disabilities, or are regarded as having disabilities that substantially affect a major life function such as physical or mental functioning. Consequently, this law covers a very broad range of potential disabilities. Learning disabled students who receive specially designed instruction are automatically covered under Section 504.
What does Section 504 Require Schools to Do?
What is a Section 504 Plan?
For students with a physical or mental impairment who do not meet the more stringent requirements for special education services, a 504 Plan may be an alternative if the disability is substantial.
A 504 Plan has accommodations developed by a 504 committee, and must be implemented by school staff. If you suspect your child has a disability that may qualify, call the 504 coordinator in your district to request a meeting to request a meeting to discuss your child's needs and the possibility of an evaluation.
Does Section 504 Apply to Private Schools and Agencies?
In some cases section 504 applies. If the private school receives any form of federal funding or benefits from federally funded programs or facilities, then it is required to comply with Section 504. Some private schools, for example, may receive federal assistance with meal programs for students.
Are There Limitations on What Schools Must Provide?
Yes. Schools are only required to implement reasonable accommodations and adaptations. If a requested accommodation is too costly for the program, it may legitimately seek a less expensive alternative. Schools are not required to pay for personal use items such as a student's glasses. They are required, however, to provide adaptive materials or technology that may be needed by a student with a visual impairment in the classroom.
Student Support Team
At Crabapple Middle School, the Student Support Team (SST) and Response to Intervention (RtI) process involves a multi-tiered problem-solving process for schools to address the needs of all students struggling to meet higher learning standards. The RtI approach is also used for developing and evaluating systematic, research-based interventions in the identification of learning problems in students. An effective SST program is a team based approach, creating a more indepth environment that supports the development plans for students who are having difficulties in school.