Students with an educational evaluation:
Parent(s) of students at Saint Thomas More who have already received an educational evaluation that indicates a need for special services should contact the applicable Special Services coordinator:
Upon receiving the student evaluation paperwork, the Resource teacher will review the information contained in the evaluation and draft an initial Student Accommodation Plan. The Student Team which consists of parent(s), teacher(s), and Resource teacher will then meet to review the Student Accommodation Plan, the evaluation, and discuss any additional accommodations needed for that student’s success. The Resource teacher will compose a formal STM Student Accommodation Plan which is then provided to the parents and classroom teacher for approval. After finalization, the STM Student Accommodation Plan will be distributed to and implemented by all involved parties.
Students needing support:
Parent(s) who have concerns about their student’s achievement should first contact the child’s teacher. Teachers who have concerns about a student’s achievement should first confer with the child’s parent(s) in order to discuss concerns and strategies to aid the student’s progress. Students who do not have an educational evaluation on file, but who continue to struggle with the curriculum may be referred by a parent or teacher for assistance to the School-based Team. The School-based Team, composed of the student’s teacher(s) and Resource teacher, will discuss areas of concern, review the student’s records, and develop general goal statements. Teachers or parents should make initial contact with the Resource teacher by dated written note or email. This will begin the process of monitoring the child’s performance and collecting additional data. An informal observation and assessment may be completed as part of this process.
The Student Team, composed of the student’s parent(s), teacher(s), and Resource teacher, will solidify the goals, create action steps and implement classroom interventions to aid the student. Action steps towards the goal will be carefully implemented in the regular classroom for approximately 4-6 weeks. A follow-up conference meeting time will be established.
At the follow-up meeting, the Student Team will convene to discuss and finalize one of the following options: the success of the interventions, the need to make additional changes, or the need for further evaluative information in order to best serve the student’s needs.
Educational evaluations are completed through a licensed psychologist and include all available information (psychological, achievement, focus, etc.) Evaluations are available through Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools. This can be done after the above described process has been completed. Parents are always welcome to seek an educational evaluation through a private practice. This route does not require the student assistance process. Saint Thomas More Catholic School will make every effort to provide an appropriate education to every child.
Saint Thomas More Catholic School is committed to ensuring that all students enrolled succeed at their highest level. The STM Enrichment Program provides grade level supplemental learning that engages and challenges selected students.
STM Enrichment Program
Saint Thomas More Catholic School believes that high performing students need enhanced rigor, complexity, and depth in what they learn. These students benefit from engagement with intellectually challenging materials, topics, and concepts. Students will work independently or in enthusiastic collaboration with their peers.
The goal of the STM Enrichment Program is to provide options for self-motivated learners as an extension of grade level curriculum. This environment nurtures creative reasoning, problem solving, and non-traditional thinking and learning. The Enrichment teacher supports, facilitates, or enhances students’ knowledge, skills, or habits.
Eligibility for consideration as a participant in this program will consist of both academic qualification and teacher recommendation as follows:
The enrichment teacher may work both in the classroom (push-in) and/or in small groups outside the classroom (pull-out). Students are eligible for attendance (approx. one period per week) by semester or by a full school year. The enrichment teacher will not assign homework. Students will not be graded or formally assessed but will gain skills in various curriculum based concepts.
The classroom teacher will keep enrichment students updated and current with any regular classroom instruction or missed assignment which may require attention while attending Enrichment.
Students and their parents will be notified of student selection for the STM Enrichment Program following completion of testing in early October. The STM Enrichment Program is available for students in grades 1-5. Students will be selected initially based upon data and teacher recommendation requirements from the student’s previous school year and updated by semester as additional data or recommendation becomes available.
Questions concerning this program should be addressed to: