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Middle School Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

The Parkland Middle Schools are committed to delivering top-tier education to each student. In alignment with our Parkland School District mission to foster a safe and nurturing environment conducive to both social and academic development, we embrace the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) approach to learning.

MTSS is a multi-tiered system of supports that systematically helps students at all instructional levels succeed. The Pennsylvania Department of Education defines MTSS as a standards-aligned, preventative, proactive and comprehensive school improvement framework for enhancing academic, behavioral, and social-emotional outcomes for all students.

MTSS provides a tiered framework of increasingly intensified supports for a student’s academic and non-academic needs. As part of the MTSS framework, cross-disciplinary teams represented at the school, grade, and individual levels use a problem-solving process to integrate evidence-based academic, behavioral, and social-emotional programs and practices to meet student needs. You are encouraged to participate in this process and will be made aware of your child’s progress and if they are tier 2 or tier 3 placement. Thank you for your continued interest and support in your child’s education! 

What is MTSS?

 

Below is a brief description of each tier:

TIER 3: INTENSIVE INDIVIDUALIZED INTERVENTIONS & SUPPORTS

These students have significant academic needs that require more rigorous support and more frequent progress monitoring.

TIER 2: TARGETED SUPPLEMENTAL INTERVENTIONS & SUPPORTS

Students needing more specific assistance beyond whole class instruction to address academic challenges move to this tier.

TIER 1: CORE UNIVERSAL INSTRUCTION & SUPPORT

High Quality instruction and differentiation are provided to all students within the entire student population, aiming to create a positive and inclusive learning environment.
Tiers

 

Middle School Data Core Team

The Data Core Team determines the tier to place students based upon multiple assessment measures including classroom-based assessments, standards-based assessments, and universal screening results.   The Parkland School District has selected FASTtrack by FastBridge as our universal screener to monitor sixth through eighth grade student progress throughout the year in both Reading and Math. The purpose of this universal screener is to determine where a student is performing compared to national and local norms. FASTtrack screenings are administered three times a year (Fall, Winter, and Spring). In addition, the District uses the Pennsylvania Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT) standards based assessments, given twice per year in ELA, Math, and 7th & 8th Grade Science. The purpose of this assessment is to determine strengths and areas of need within the curriculum.

Springhouse Middle School

Jude Sandt

Jude Sandt

Springhouse Middle School
Principal
Amanda Abdelaal

Amanda Abdelaal

Springhouse Middle School
Assistant Principal
Sarah Brandt

Sarah Brandt

Springhouse Middle School
Assistant Principal
Brian Barone

Brian Barone

Springhouse Middle School
Psychologist
Megan Bauer

Megan Bauer

Springhouse Middle School
Guidance
Michael Gross

Michael Gross

Springhouse Middle School
Guidance
Megan Jenkins

Megan Jenkins

Springhouse Middle School
Guidance
Terri Plattner

Terri Plattner

Springhouse Middle School
Data and Instructional Specialist
Laura Coulson

Laura Coulson

Springhouse Middle School
Reading Specialist

Orefield Middle School

Todd Gombos

Todd Gombos

Orefield Middle School
Principal
Monica Ouly-Uhl

Monica Ouly-Uhl

Orefield Middle School
Assistant Principal
Thomas Stoudt

Thomas Stoudt

Orefield Middle School
Assistant Principal
Shannon Boccardi

Shannon Boccardi

Orefield Middle School
Psychologist
Elaine Letoski

Elaine Letoski

Orefield Middle School
Guidance
Gregory Poremba

Gregory Poremba

Orefield Middle School
Guidance
Lynda Strohl

Lynda Strohl

Orefield Middle School
Guidance
Miranda Spengler

Miranda Spengler

Orefield Middle School
Data and Instructional Specialist
Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts

Orefield Middle School
Reading Specialist

District Data Core Team

The District Data Core Team recognizes that all students learn differently, and are committed to helping all students succeed. They are dedicated to the successful implementation of MTSS. By utilizing data analysis to inform educational decisions and support interventions, they foster academic, social, and emotional growth for all students. Empowering educators to prioritize student well-being and academic success, the team cultivates a culture of continuous improvement and excellence district-wide. Parkland School District strives to empower each learner to be a meaningful contributor in a dynamic global society through collaborative efforts of students, staff, parents and the Parkland Community.

Mark Madson

Mark Madson

Administration
Superintendent
Michelle Minotti

Michelle Minotti

Administration
Assistant Superintendent
Timothy Chorones

Timothy Chorones

Administration
Assistant Superintendent
Jason Henry

Jason Henry

Administration
Director of Teaching and Learning - Secondary
Matthew Carlson

Matthew Carlson

Administration
Director of Student Services
Andrew Weber

Andrew Weber

Administration
Director of Special Education

 

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