We believe trust relationships are the
key to effective educational services. These relationships can only be
built through honest effective, respectful and frequent interpersonal
contact. The needs of students are best met through a collaborative
consultation approach where students and parents have the right to be
and should be, involved in the decision making process and education of
their children. Personal wants must become secondary to the needs of
students. Therefore, a team of equal status educators working in a
consensus or majority decision model is likely to be most effective.
School Level Staff
Mrs. Barb Lovich, our Learning Assistance Teacher supports students who have a variety
of unique learning needs. Learning
assistance is provided for those students whose needs cannot be met
through regular classroom instruction. Students who are having
significant difficulty in one or more areas may be eligible for
individual/small group help. Emphasis may included skill development,
remediation or compensation.
The students at Black Mountain have access to additional teaching support from a school based learning support teacher, as needed. Students
who have been identified with a Ministry number/designation have
undergone psycho-educational assessments. These assessments have
indicated specific educational needs to qualify them for additional
learning support and an individualized education plan.
Students who are identified as English Language Learners (ELL) receive instructional support from Ms. Margaret Coyle, the ELL Specialist teacher. This support helps students develop their social and academic English language skills so they can succeed in school. Through the process of assessment and discussion, ELLs may benefit from receiving targeted language support in further developing their oral language skills, reading skills, and writing skills.
Support is provided in the following ways:
- direct instruction from the ELL Specialist teacher (1 to 1 or small-group support)
- in-class support
- collaboration/consultative support between the ELL Specialist teacher and the classroom teacher
If you have any questions or concerns about your child's placement in the ELL program, please contact Ms Coyle by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helpful resources and games can also be found on her website here: https://t.ly/ep4up
Black Mountain has a School-Based Team (SBT), which consists of the principal,
vice-principal, learning support teachers, school counselor and the referring classroom
teacher. The SBT can meet every week. Other specialists
(such as a speech language pathologist, educational psychologist or
consultants) may also be present depending on the needs and relationship
to the student being discussed. The purpose of these team meetings is
to share knowledge about children with educational, social/emotional
needs, and to access area, district, and community support as needed, to
assess and evaluate student progress, to assist with designing
strategies to meet the special needs and to document the needs and
support provided for the student. Referrals to SBT are made through any
of the team members in consultation with the classroom teacher.
all of the school based supports available have been offered over a
consistent period of time and a student continues to have learning
difficulties, then a request for a formal assessment of the student’s
learning potential and performance (a psycho-educational assessment) may
be requested. This request for assessment will involve a district psychologist.
Certified Educational Assistants (CEA's) support students with
physical, mental, behavioural or chronic health impairments as per the
student Independent Educational Plan (I.E.P.) and Ministry of Education
District Level Staff
The following District level specialist staff provide support for
Black Mountain Elementary School students, staff and parents on a part
1. School Counsellor: Mrs. Vanessa Martin
The role of the Elementary Counsellor is to assist parents,
teachers and administrators to work more effectively with elementary
students within the elementary school setting. These are students whose
emotional and social behaviours are severely interfering with the
success of their learning and socialization.
2. Resource Teacher: Mrs. Julie Markus
3. Speech and Language Therapist: Ms. Candice Boden
4. Occupational Therapist: Cassandra Greenhough
5. Indigenous Adocate: Ms. Ainzley Wikenheiser
Indigeneous Student Advocates provide emotional,
social, academic and cultural support to students. They work closely
with families, teachers and other personnel to provide service for