Student Support Services
One of the hallmarks of the Schechter Westchester community is our commitment to the individual student. We believe that all children can and want to learn. We know our students as individuals with their own passions and needs, and we work to provide an academically, emotionally, and socially engaging, challenging, and supportive program for each child. Our task is to use information about the whole child and harness the resources of our faculty to help every student to grow and meet his or her potential as she or he navigates the challenging world of childhood development. This work employs several flexible formats, including large-group work, small-group work, or special plans generated for individual students. Along those lines, our department serves as a liaison between home and school, integrating the powerful and unique perspective that a student’s family contributes to our overall understanding of a child.
The richness of our kehilah is strengthened by the talents, gifts, and challenges of each member. Students’ school and personal success is enhanced by strong family-school collaboration. We value and encourage parental perspectives on children and the issues families face with their own children.
We know each of our students as individuals with their own passions and needs, and work to provide an academically, emotionally, and socially engaging, challenging, and supportive program for each child. We incorporate an understanding of the many aspects of psychology which promotes a safe, caring, and respectful environment inside and outside the classroom.
Home/School Collaboration and Communication
When questions arise at home, whether academic or social and emotional in nature, the first step in addressing them is for parents to speak with their child’s classroom teacher. Teachers are well equipped to handle most issues within the classroom and are consistently collaborating with other in-school personnel as questions arise. If concerns remain, parents and teachers will consult with the learning specialist team leader and embedded specialist for the grade, our early elementary services coordinator, and/or psychologist to create a more comprehensive support plan. Each member sees concerns through the lens of his or her own specific training and expertise.