St. Joseph’s School believes each student is a unique learner.
We work to meet each student’s learning needs so they may reach their full potential.
St. Joseph’s School employs three Learning Specialists. They work closely with classroom teachers, parents and administrators in addressing students’ remedial and gifted needs.
Our Learning Specialists provide small group instruction and classroom assistance. Working with the classroom teacher, they determine appropriate accommodations and modifications to the curriculum.
Our Learning Specialists work closely with Independent District #197 personnel to ensure qualified students receive the appropriate special education services entitled to them by law. One of the school's Learning Speialists attends all District #197 staffings.
Students in grades K – 3 who have been identified as needing instructional support, are served by the Learning Specialist. Students receive individual or small group support in the areas of language arts and mathematics.
Students in grades 4 – 5, receive both individual or small group support in the areas of language arts, mathematics and science by the Learning Specialist. Direct support may also be provided in the classroom. The Learning Specialist provides opportunities for oral testing and reteaching as needed.
Students in grades 6 - 8, benefit from classroom support in all subject areas. Individual and small group instruction/support is offered during Contact Time (study hall).
The Learning Specialist monitors learner progress and offers support in the area of organization and time management. The Learning Specialist facilitates communications between parents and Middle School teachers.
Who Needs Special Education Support?
Most students experience difficulty learning at various points during their school years. In fact, struggling with new material is a normal part of the learning process and can provide benefits to learners. The additional effort and concentration required to complete challenging tasks can strengthen problem solving skills, increase comprehension, and sustain the focus necessary to improve long-term memory. Consequently, not all learning difficulties are signs of learning disabilities. What should a parent do if it is suspected that a child has a learning disability?
Though teachers are often the first ones to realize that a child is having significant difficulty with a basic academic subject, such as reading, math, spelling, or writing, some learning disabilities may go unnoticed at school for a variety of reasons. If your child is struggling or you suspect that your child has a learning disability, contact a member of St. Joseph’s School special education staff at 651-457-8550 to determine whether or not testing and evaluation is prudent.
Grades K-3 Diana Ostrowski
Grades 4-5 Nancy Gagliardi
Grades 6-8 Kathy Anderson / Maragret Fallon
Federal law requires that public school districts provide special education and related services to children who qualify. If tests are conducted and the results indicate that the child requires special education services, the public school district’s school evaluation team (planning and placement team) along with a member of our special education staff will meet to develop an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) geared to meet the child's needs.