Student Support Services
JKCS is an inclusive school that recognizes the diversity that exists within God's children.
We are a Christ-centred community that offers a safe and caring environment in which all students can develop their God-given gifts and use them as participants in God’s Kingdom. Each child is part of a caring Christian community within the classroom and school.
Student Support Services (SSS) complements and fosters this development and feeling of security by providing support, when needed, to help students function more independently within the classroom.
Our school is committed to providing a positive learning environment for children with exceptionalities. We strive to nurture the unique needs and talents of each child with exceptionalities. This occurs in different settings: individual or small group settings, sometimes in the regular classroom, and sometimes withdrawn from the classroom. We are committed to meeting the academic and social needs of each student to the best of our ability, so that each child may feel like an important, integral part of the classroom community.
Our Educational Assistants play an important role in the academic life at JKCS.
They help develop and implement Individual Education Plans for students, design and deliver instruction, and monitor student progress. The EA collaborates with classroom teacher, the Student Support Services Teacher, and the Student Support Services Director to ensure student success.
Occupational Therapists (OT) work to enhance the student's ability to fully access and succeed in the learning environment. This might include working on handwriting or fine motor skills so the child can complete written assignments, or helping the child become better organized within the classroom (including work space in and around the desk).
Occupational Therapists also work with the teacher to modify the classroom and/or adapt learning materials as needed to better equip the student for success.
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children.
The SLP may provide suggestions for the teacher to modify the classroom and/or adapt learning materials to facilitate successful participation.
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a process used by educators to help students who are struggling with a skill or lesson.
Every teacher will use interventions (a set of teaching procedures) with any student to help them succeed in the classroom. If a student is struggling, his or her teacher will use test scores and other measures of progress to choose a researched and proven intervention strategy suited to help the student learn. If a student does not respond to the initial interventions, the teacher will make a referral for the student to participate in an intervention program.
A student may be referred to receive group or individual specialized remedial instruction in reading or math. This is a supplementary program designed to develop and increase skills so the student experiences better outcomes and success in school. The student will work with an Intervention Specialist in the Student Support Services Centre up to a maximum of 4 periods per week.
Intervention Specialists have specialized training to provide small groups of individuals remedial instruction in reading or math. These specialists also work closely with teachers and parents.