Student Success Services

We recognize that each individual has been uniquely created by God and that learning takes place in a variety of ways. The Student Success Services (SSS) offers programs to assist the specific needs of students with learning differences.

The goal of SSS is to aid students in developing good workmanship qualities as well as a commitment to life-long learning. We encourage students to recognize their individual talents and abilities so that they may reach their fullest potential. The strengths of the student are used to encourage spiritual, academic, social, and physical growth.

A variety of programs are offered through SSS, which augment and reinforce classroom instruction for students who have been diagnosed by a licensed school psychologist or physician with a learning disability, processing deficit, or ADD/ADHD. In addition, we work with teachers and parents to suggest educational accommodations in the classroom, and we monitor the student’s achievements.

SSS faculty recognizes that a partnership with the parents of our students is imperative for the student to achieve the optimum benefit from our programs and services. This is developed and fostered through regular communication, parent training, and support.

 

Programs and Services

 

Diagnostic Testing

Diagnostic testing enables SSS to determine a student’s specific needs so that the proper remediation can be administered. Testing may be provided for educational screening, academic levels, and learning gaps.

 

Response to Intervention

Response to Intervention (RTI) is small group intervention targeted at building reading skills for students in grades 1-5. Grade level groups meet twice a week for 30 minute sessions.  Emphasis is placed on phonemic awareness, reading fluency, and comprehension. There is no charge for RTI.

Search & Teach

Search and Teach is an early intervention program for young children designed to identify and remediate weak processing areas which could be warning signs of a learning difficulty. Search and Teach assesses visual and auditory processing and fine and gross motor skills. Based on results of the Search screening test, students work with an educational therapist using Teach activities.

 

NILD Therapy

NILD (National Institute of Learning Development) is an intensive educational therapy designed to stimulate areas of weakness in perception and thinking. Techniques are intended to improve academic success within the classroom. Students meet one-on-one with a therapist two times a week for ninety-minute sessions.

 

Individualized Courses

Students in grades 1 through 12 who are struggling with math or English in the traditional classroom may benefit from individualized instruction in these courses. Student Success Services teaches these courses using a variety of materials in a small group setting.

  

Academic Support Class 

Academic Support Class is available for students in grades 4 through 12. An SSS instructor provides assistance as needed in study skills, test preparation, homework assignments, and reinforcement of classroom instruction. Close communication is fostered among the academic support instructor, the classroom teacher, and the student’s parents. The instructor also monitors the implementation and progress of any classroom accommodations based on formal testing.

 

Multi-Grade Classrooms

The multi-grade classroom is designed for students who need an individualized instructional program throughout the school day. Factors such as personal abilities, classroom demands, and social/emotional concerns are used to determine placement. In addition to using theme ideas for instruction, students will have teacher-directed instruction in the areas of language arts, reading, spelling, and math. Elementary age students will be assigned a grade level “buddy” and will participate with their peers in elective classes.

 

Speech Therapy

Speech therapy is for students who have difficulty with specific speech sounds (such as the letters “r”, “s”, and “l”) or for students who have other speech and language difficulties.

 

Pediatric OT

Occupational therapy works to develop fine and gross motor abilities, visual-motor skills, social interactions, self-help, and sensory processing skills. OT screenings are provided free of charge. Therapy is contracted through an independent therapist.

Meet the Director

Mrs. Mangum holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia International University and a master’s degree in elementary education from Bob Jones University.  Mrs. Mangum also holds the following certifications:  Orton Gillingham Level 1, NILD Level 2, Wilson Reading, and Brain Gym.  She also holds a lifetime ACSI educator certification.

 At SCS, Mrs. Mangum worked as an NILD Educational Therapist, taught reading, middle school math and Algebra 1, and Academic Support Class.  Prior to becoming the Director, she served as the Elementary Coordinator and then the Middle School and High School Coordinator. Prior to her long-term experience at SCS, Mrs. Mangum served at another Christian school in the Greenville area as a teacher before serving one year as the Director of the school.  She began her career teaching Wilson Reading and assisting teachers in the SSS department at SCS before accepting her first teaching job.

 Mrs. Mangum and her husband, Mark have two Sabres: Christopher and Emma. She and her family are active members of Upstate Church in Simpsonville, SC.

Contact

Phone:
(864) 234-7595
(864) 234-7575 (voicemail)
(864) 234-7048 (fax)

Director of SSS
Monica Mangum, ext. 1600
mmangum@southsidechristian.org

SSS Administrative Assistant
Lori Penland, Ext. 1218
lpenland@southsidechristian.org

SSS Early Education Coordinator
Cathy Wolf, Ext. 1336
cwolf@southsidechristian.org

SSS Elementary Coordinator
Connie Flathmann, Ext. 1602
cflathmann@southsidechristian.org

SSS Middle School and High School Coordinator
Seneca Buehner, Ext. 1374
sbuehner@southsidechristian.org

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