Our Student Services team assist students, parents, and staff with a wide range of supports. Our team works to help students with both academic and emotional needs. When a child has been diagnosed with a mild-moderate or severe need, students, parents, and our staff will provide accommodations, modifications and other supports. We work collaboratively to support students by creating an Individualized Program Plan that will help guide their growth throughout each school year. We also refer some students to our external community services for Speech Language support, Occupational Therapy, and Mental Health services when required.
If you are wondering if Connect is the right fit for your family. Our office staff, administration, and the student services team is happy to answer any questions you may have around supporting your child.
When students have a specific physical, emotional, or academic diagnosis, our school is required by Alberta Education to create and uphold an Individualized Program Plan. This program plan is a collaborative document between home and school that is specifically generated with the student’s strengths and areas of need outlined. We work together to generate goals, accommodations, and sometimes modifications to programming that will support the student’s progress. Please contact Abby Saadeh, our Inclusive Practices Coordinator if you have any further questions in regards to IPP’s.
At Connect Charter we have adopted the teacher-counsellor model with support from our administrative and student services teams. Some of the ways we can support a student are:
- To promote personal, social, and academic development
- To assist students in coping with life’s demands and developing positive self-esteem, individual responsibility and accountability, and other skills necessary for positive citizenship
- To provide accessible and confidential short-term counselling support to students and their families
- To promote communication and mutual support between school, home, supports and outside agencies
- To provide support and guidance to students as they explore educational paths
- To facilitate referrals to community resources
The Peer Mentorship program was established to foster healthy relationships and create positive attitudes towards school for all students through peer mentoring. It ensures that everyone feels successful, wanted, and accepted. In order for students to participate in the Peer Mentorship program as a mentee, teachers and parents will identify students who would like to participate because they are seeking a friendship and/or academic support. If a student is interested in becoming a mentor, they will have to attend an initial information meeting and fill out an application. Here is a link to the Peer Mentorship program for more information.