Stoddert Elementary

Student Support Programs

Counseling

The school counselor is available as a resource to work with children, parents, and teachers. She assists the fifth grade with the middle school transition activities including registration for classes at Hardy Middle School.

Morning Computer Lab (Before School)

Our dedicated technology instructor makes the computer lab available to a limited number of students who want to practice keyboarding skills; complete homework projects requiring the use of technology; or practice reading, writing and math skills using computer tutorial programs.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

This program provides additional support to students with limited proficiency in the English language and helps these students have a successful school year.

Math Tutoring After School

At risk students in grades 3, 4, and 5 may receive additional support in math skills upon the recommendation of the classroom teacher, principal or by parent request. Space is limited in order to ensure that students receive intensive and individualized assistance.

Reading Resource

The reading resource teacher provides services to children needing extra support in reading and writing skills. Students are tutored individually or in flexible small groups. Classroom teachers and the principal refer students or use SAT-9 scores to identify students. The classroom teacher continues to be the primary reading instructor while the student receives this extra support.

Peer Mediation Program

Students from grades 4 and 5 are trained as Peer Mediators to help other students resolve their conflicts by listening to the problem and helping both sides agree on a workable solution. The purpose is to prevent students from getting into more serious trouble later and to teach children valuable life skills.

School Nurse

The health suite has two and one-half days of nursing coverage, provided by the District of Columbia Health Department. The nurse provides first aid and triage, maintains health records, and screens for health problems. Health screenings include blood pressure, weight, scoliosis, vision and hearing. Screenings are grade based. The nurse also provides developmentally appropriate health education for students, staff, and parents.

In addition, the health suite also dispenses medications for children who require it during the school day. Parents must complete medication authorization forms (including physician’s orders and signature) to access this service.

Special Education

The Special Education Team provides assessment, identification, intervention, and monitoring of progress of students with special needs. Stoddert Elementary School has adopted the inclusion model to meet the needs of students. Special services and instruction are combined with classroom instruction whenever possible. Services are available to identified students who have been formally assessed as having a disability — learning, speech and language, emotional, or physical