IST Mission Statement
"To provide a system of support for students, teachers and parents."
"To identify students who are at risk and to give them the academic, behavioral, and social/emotional help that they need to succeed in school."
IST Team Members
Our IST teacher, Mrs. Joan Bressi, coordinates the team’s meetings and activities. She is joined at all meetings by our principal, Mrs. Rebecca Grimm. Depending on your child's needs, our literacy specialist, or school psychologist and counselor may also attend.
In addition, teachers from varying grade levels, bring to the team different experience and areas of expertise. They all volunteer to participate in meetings, either before the school day or during their prep time. They alternate the meetings that they attend, so you can expect to see some of the following dedicated teachers at your child’s IST meeting:
Frequently Asked Questions about IST
Q: Who can make a request for IST assistance?
A: Either a teacher or a parent can ask for IST assistance. The parent should talk to the teacher, or call
Q: Why would a teacher or parent ask for IST assistance?
A: If they have concerns about the student’s progress in academic, behavioral, or social/emotional areas.
Q: Does IST go on the child’s permanent record?
A: No. But, information from IST is given to the next year’s teachers in order to share with them strategies
Q: What happens after a request for IST help is made?
A: The teacher fills out a referral form. Mrs. Bressi schedules the first meeting for twenty days from when Phases of the IST Process
Phases of the IST Process
The IST process takes sixty school days. It includes the following stages:
All IST meetings take place in B-5, the IST room. Parents meet with the teacher and Mrs. Bressi's room at 8:00 a.m. At 8:15 a.m. the IST team members arrive and the meeting begins. The meeting is over by 8:45 a.m. The following is the approximate time frame and order of business in the meeting:
2 min. – Welcome – Introductions
10 min. – Review of student’s performance
3 min. – Specify goal(s) on which student will improve during the intervention period
10 min. – Brainstorm intervention ideas
5 min. – Discuss brainstormed suggestions
5 min. – Teacher selects interventions
If you have further questions, please call Mrs. Bressi at 215-944-1914