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Welcome to the Ray School Learning Specialists Page!
There are currently six Learning Specialists at the Bernice A. Ray School who serve as case managers for special education students. They evaluate students, help develop Individual Education Plans, and provide direct services to students.
Click here for a link to the NH Procedural Safeguards (Parent Handbook) for students who have been identified as in need of Special Education Services. You can use this link to review the safeguards or any part of them.
We have also included a link to the State of New Hampshire Special Education Web Site. This site includes a variety of information about special education in the state of New Hampshire.
Click here to see the Learning Disabilities and Special Services section of the Ray School Handbook.
Academic Support Program
The Academic Support program offers students individual or small group tutorial assistance in reading, writing, and math. This is a regular education program, not a special education service. Students who might benefit from extra tutorial support in one or more subject can be referred by their teachers or their parents. Each referred student is screened individually with one or more standardized test to determine eligibility for the program. Generally, students who score below the 50th percentile in reading, writing, or math qualify for services. The Academic Support Tutors, all certified experienced elementary teachers, work closely with classroom teachers and the Literacy Coordinator to develop growth plans for their students and plan lessons that will strengthen students’ basic skills and promote greater classroom success. Typically, tutorial sessions are scheduled for 30 minutes three times per week or for 45 minutes twice a week. Most tutorials are conducted in small conference rooms, but often tutors work alongside teachers in the students’ classrooms.
Pam Graham is our School Counselor and is here Tuesday through Friday during the week. Karen Strickland is also a part-time School Counselor and is our School Psychologist. Karen works Monday through Thursday.
If you’d like to learn more about what we do as School Counselors please see the link to our School Counselor Brochure.
School Counselor’s Update-January 2017
At the soon-to-be midpoint of the school year we have been:
- Continuing teaching Affective Education classes in various grade levels throughout the school
- Meeting with families, teachers, and administrators
- Matching up SIBS (aka formerly Big Brother/Big Sisters) from the Dartmouth College's Tucker Foundation with eligible students
- Teaching Care for Kids Lessons to kindergartners
- Working with small groups of students and individual students
- Reviewing our Affective Education Curriculum
We are also pleased to say that all of our fifth grade volunteer positions have been filled (Haven Helpers, Bus Monitors, Tour Guides) and are up and running! Thank you to all our students who are volunteering and doing this important work in our community.
We’ll also try to keep our website updated with other important resources, news, and upcoming events as the year continues!