RTI is a school-wide process involving systematic, high quality, research-based instruction for all students and multi-tiered, early interventions matched to students’ needs. Part of the RTI structure includes enrichment for students meeting the core level in their grade level. In the 2014-2015 school year, MMES implemented RTI in 2nd-3rd grade in English Language Arts. With the 2015-2016 school year, based on students’ beginning-of-year assessment data and analysis of their needs, the RTI time will be open to include K and 1st grade starting with an appropriate cycle. RTI may include Math as well as English Language Arts for all K-3 students. For more information about our school’s 2014-2015 RTI program, please check out the 2014-2015 Parent University overview in the side bar. As our program develops this school year, more information will be forthcoming.
The Fountain Hills Unified School District subscribes to the state definition of a gifted student as defined in ARS 15-770. “Gifted pupil means a child who is of lawful school age, who due to superior intellect or advanced learning ability, or both, is not afforded an opportunity for otherwise attainable progress and development in the regular classroom instruction who needs special instruction or special ancillary services, or both, to achieve at levels commensurate with the child’s intellectual ability.”
For information about the district’s gifted education program including testing dates and procedures, please visit the FHUSD Student Services page.
In kindergarten through second grades, MMES offers honors programming to students through enrichment in the classroom and RTI. Beginning in third grade, the district offers honors programming through a full-time honors class. Placement for the third grade honors class is determined through gifted/talented test results as well as other key data that is analyzed in April-May of second grade.
Trusting relationships between young people and individuals is provided to develop our youth's confidence and character. Committing one hour per week, local volunteers are serving as both tutor and mentor. Mentored youth have more positive attitudes towards school and tend to trust and communicate better with their parents. To volunteer or learn more about the Fountain Hills Mentor Program, please call (480) 664.5262, email the program coordinator Jeannie Ryan, or visit the Fountain Hills Mentor Program website.
Students in the Title I Reading Program work with a reading specialist in a small group setting to reinforce reading and writing skills introduced in the regular classroom. This instruction takes place daily and is supplemental to the regular classroom.
The goals of the program are to:
Identify students most in need of educational support
Native American students have the opportunity for Fort McDowell services providing interventions in English language arts and/or mathematics. For more information, please contact academic specialists Camille Connor and Jean Towner. FHUSD partners with the Fort McDowell Education Division to provide a variety of services to Native American students. Find out more at the Fort McDowell Education Division website.