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Clipart Image of student  School-Based Instructional Support is a district-mandated program in all Plum Borough Elementary Schools. This program provides assessment and direct intervention for students who are experiencing difficulty in school. Teams work together as effective problem-solvers to assist children with academic and/or behavioral needs. Using the School-Based Intervention Team (SBIT) model, teams learn to uncover the underlying reasons that a student might be experiencing difficulties and design interventions to address those needs. SBIT teams include the building principal, teachers, professional support staff, and parents. The school-based intervention teacher facilitates the process.  If you would like to seek assistance for your child, please call our SBIT Teacher at  412-795-4580.



Title I is a federally subsidized reading intervention program that is available to students in grades K through 6. Candidates for the program are identified through assessments and teacher observations. The Reading Specialist provides intervention in the regular classroom or an alternative classroom. The purpose of the program is to provide intensive instruction and practice in all facets of the reading process. Primary students are taught in small flexible groups that meet three to five times a week. In fourth through sixth grades, interventions are accommodated in several ways. Some students are taught in whole group class instructional groups with the reading specialist and classroom teacher offering collaborative lessons on reading and test taking strategies, while other students are taught in small intervention groups that meet three to five days a week. The Title I staff and classroom teachers consult to determine how each student’s needs are addressed. Parents are kept abreast of the Title I program through progress reports and Title I parent workshops. 

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

Mentally gifted is defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as outstanding intellectual and creative ability, the development of which requires specially designed programs or support services, or both, not ordinarily provided in the regular education program.

 Plum Borough provides specially designed programs for students who meet the state and district eligibility through its G.A.T.E. (Gifted and Talented Education) program. At Pivik, students who have been identified as gifted meet with the GATE Support Teacher for pull-out sessions weekly. Additionally, classroom enrichment activities are offered as needed. 

To be eligible for the gifted program in Plum Borough, students are evaluated through a 3-leveled screening process. This screening includes current academic performance, standardized test scores, gifted matrix ratings, and intelligence testing. Students may be referred for screening by the classroom teacher, a parent, or by the students themselves (when older). If you are interested in finding out more about the GATE program, please contact the office at 412-795-4580.
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