Act 89 is a state financed program designed to "provide auxiliary service to students attending nonpublic, nonprofit schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV takes pride in the continued growth and professional quality of services provided to nonpublic schools since the program was first established by the legislature on August 1, 1975.
The following services are offered to Holy Sepulcher students by the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV:
Speech and Language
The Speech and Language program is an auxillary health service for the nonpublic school population. This service includes screening, diagnosis, therapy, ongoing evaluations and referral for students in grades K-8.
The program provides developmentally appropriate speech and language services to children whose speech and language skills interfere with satisfactory communication and/or deviate from accepted standards of their individual, social and cultural communities. The main goal is to provide the child with the highest possible level of communication skills. Areas of service include the improvement of the following:
- receptive and expressive language skills
- pragmatic language skills
The speech and language program operates in cooperation with the child's school for the improvement of written and oral communication skills. The classroom teacher and parents may be involved in practice exercises and monitoring.
First in Math Online Program
The First in Math online program by Suntex offers substantive content that supports any core math curriculum. A student subscription gives the student practice opportunities from August 1 to June 30. This program can be used anywhere there is a computer with internet access (Home, School Community). Eight skill groups offer a full range of challenges and tie into national and state standards. Students will advance at different rates according to their individual skill levels but all players shoudl experience improvements in numerical fluency and increased speed.
Students play individually but can compete on a team within the school, the state or the nation. Teachers and principals can access Assessment Reports which show student/class performance and participation.
ALEKS Online Program
ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) is a powerful, online math program that provides individualized assessment and learning with standards-based content for grades 3-8.
Elementary School Counseling Services
The purpose is to prepare all students academically and socially to contribute as productive members of society and to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career and personal/social development of all students. The program implements the American School Counselor Association national standards. These standards and competencies include:
- Academic Development
- Career Development
The elementary counselor will work as part of a team with teachers, parents, principal and others in the school community. The counselor will meet with the students individually and/or in groups. The counselor will help children and families cope with stressful life situations and will serve as a bridge to information about community resources. Consulation to families and the school community about specific concerns is also a funcation of the elementary school counselor.
Psychological Services And Response To Instruction And Intervention
MIU IV provides the services of an Act 89 school psychologist who will help develop solutions to facilitate a student's emotional and academic growth. The psychologist serves as a consultant on the Team. This is collaboration model designed to develop partnerships between teachers, principals, Intermediate Unit consultants and parents.
The Act 89 school psychologist can assist with:
Assessing the needs of students with
- slower patterns of learning
- learning disabilities
- ADD & ADHD
- performance below grade level or anticipated grade level
- instructional frsutration
- Adapting curriculum for the identified special needs students
- Offering research-based strategies that help teachers with classroom accomodations
- Assisting teachers to initiate developmentally appropriate research-based interventions for special needs-identified students
Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)
Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) is a set of measures used to assess early literacy and reading skills for students from kindergarten through sixth grade.
DIBELS can be used to:
- identify students who may be at risk for reading dificulties
- help teachers identify areas to target instructional support
- monitor at-risk students while they receive additonal, targeted instruction
- examine the effectiveness of instructional supports
DIBELS is designed to be an efficient, cost-effective tool used to help make deceision about reading instruction, to help the teacher provide support early and prevent the occurence of later reading difficulties.