MTSS Definition: At Penn-Delco SD, a Multi-Tiered System of Support is a school achievement process that maximizes the potential of all students using evidence-based instruction, intervention, and assessment to address academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs with a continuum of support and services.
PDSD MTSS Vision: All students learn and grow academically, behaviorally, emotionally, and socially through our MTSS process.
Students in grades 1 – 5 will be assigned to a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) period for roughly 30 minutes a day. Instruction is designed to meet the unique needs of students in each group.
The purpose of homework is to practice, confirm, and extend learning. It also helps children develop the study habits they will need throughout their school careers and is an opportunity for parents/guardians to be involved in their child’s learning. Students in grades two through five will be provided with a planner. Students in grades one through five will be assigned nightly reading of take-home books. Additional homework in other content areas will also be assigned on a nightly basis.
Reporting student progress
Report cards for students in grades 1-5 are completed at the end of each trimester. Parent/guardian conferences are held in November and March. Children’s progress toward meeting educational goals is measured in a variety of ways, including PSSA state test (grades 3, 4, & 5), quarterly reading tests, end-of-year reading tests, chapter and unit math tests, writing samples, as well as text and teacher-made assessments. In addition, writing portfolios are kept to assess ongoing progress. Progress reports will be sent home during the marking period to alert parents/guardians of problems before the report card is issued.
This program is provided by a Reading Specialist to offer extra help to students who are having difficulty learning to read. Students are identified based on a standardized test score, informal tests, achievement in the classroom and teacher recommendation. Parents/guardians are notified in September if their child qualifies for this extra help. Most of the support is provided in the classroom.
If you think your child needs an evaluation to determine eligibility for special education support start at the building level with your child’s teacher, counselor, and/or principal.
Pennell Elementary: 610-497-6300, ext. 7500
The confidentiality of personally identifiable information regarding students receiving special education services is protected by the District pursuant to federal and state law.
Information about specific Special Education services and programs offered by the Penn-Delco School District is available by contacting:
Regina McClure Director of Pupil Services
Penn-Delco School District
610-497-6300, ext. 1320
English Language Learning (ELL)
Students whose home language is not English or who speak more than one language will be screened by the ELL teacher. Students who need ELL services are referred by the teacher and evaluated by the ELL therapist. Parents/guardians are notified if a child qualifies for services.