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Response to Intervention


Nobody gets to where they are without the help of other people. Sweetwater ISD is consistently working to provide the very best support system for every student to succeed. As students attain new knowledge through life experiences, and as students develop skills as they master concepts through practice and repetition, habits are formed. The connections between experiences and habits create mindsets. The mindsets that are formed drive behaviors and actions that lead to results. Over time the experiences from results reinforce the creation of habits and combined together, form even stronger mindsets, that again drive behaviors and actions.

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The goal of Sweetwater ISD’s student supports is to deliver equitable learning opportunities for all students to learn new knowledge through positive experiences and practice skills to develop productive habits, in order to create growth mindsets that will drive our student’s behaviors and actions delivering successful results, in the career pathway they choose. Sweetwater ISD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, or disability in providing education services, activities, and programs, including Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. To deliver on this goal Sweetwater ISD’s student support systems take a three-tiered approach as outlined in the SISD RTI Handbook with each tier working in connection and synchronization:

 Support Structure Hierarchy.pdf

Campus RTI Coordinators

Southeast Elementary (Grades PreK – Kindergarten):  Christi Riley – 325-235-9222

East Ridge Elementary (Grades 1 -2):  Crystal Bibb – 325-235-5282 

Sweetwater Intermediate School (Grades 3 – 5):  Lisa Lowery – 325-235-3491

Sweetwater Middle School (Grades 6-8):  Shannon Stoker - 325-236-6303

Sweetwater High School (Grades 9-12):  Sarah Gunn - 325-235-4371

  • Tier I supports are for all students to support the academic, social, and emotional needs by providing whole child health, opportunities for student voice, choice, and relationship building. These supports help establish student ownership in their optimum learning environment over their own learning and thus their behaviors and actions by:  

    • Creating classroom norms in a culturally conscious and collaborative way by building respect.

    • Purposefully building relationships with students via check-ins, getting-to-know-you activities, etc.

    • Consider the trauma that students may have endured and be compassionate with each other and ourselves.

    • Use clear, socially responsible expectations to create a safe learning environment that fosters positive and productive digital citizens and mental wellbeing. 

    • Develop students' dispositions around learning and behavior tied to the College, Careers, and Life Readiness Attributes.

    • Create classroom respect agreements . 

    • Support students with time management for project completion and resources for learning  which are aligned to the district C4B4ME Tier I model.
  • While a large percentage of students will respond to Tier One support, a percentage of students will need added support. Students will have established systems of support based upon their academic progress and needs. For those students who are having difficulty in the regular classroom academic or behavior support services that are available. Individualized student supports are documented on each student’s LevelUp chart. 

    Using a data informed approach, personnel have been added at Sweetwater Middle School and Central Administration to support social, emotional and behavioral needs of learners at risk including a additional counselor at SMS and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Behavioral Support Coordinator who will serve the needs of students and their families at all SISD campuses. 

    • Campus Administrators and Counselors will work in partnership with District Administration to ensure 80% of the Campus Counselors time is dedicated to counseling students. 

    • The District LPC will support Campus Counselors through professional development focused on counseling and therapeutic strategies to use with students. 

    • Through partnerships with RootEd and Workforce Solutions of West Texas seniors will have access to advisors for the purpose(s) of: 

      • College and career counseling

      • Support with College applications, scholarship applications and FAFSA

      • Ongoing support for their first year of Higher Education

      • Financial support for non-tuition related expenses based on student need
  • Student accommodations and modifications support Sweetwater ISD’s special programs for gifted and talented students, students who are homeless, students in foster care, bilingual students, migrant students, Emergent Bilinguals, students diagnosed with dyslexia, and students with disabilities. Accommodations and modifications will comply with guidelines, plans, and committee decisions to maximize each student’s optimum learning environment. Curriculum support for accommodations and modifications are identified and included in the K-12 curriculum for students accessing general education curriculum. Curriculum examples will be provided to teachers with recommended accommodations and/or modifications to the general education curriculum to ensure access to instruction and academic materials.

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