Student SupPORT Services

ARCH Credit Recovery Program

ARCH focuses on helping our students earn their high school diploma through credit recovery.  It is also designed as a temporary bridge to our traditional programs.  Classes are offered in the four core subjects: English, math, social studies and science and some electives. 

The program is held Monday-Thursday from 1:30 PM to 4:45 PM at Port Jervis High School.

ARCH Principals

Anthony Lazzaro
ARCH Principal
(845) 858-3100 ext.11510

Heidi Nyland
ARCH Principal
(845) 858-3100 ext.11522

David Marr
ARCH Principal
(845) 858-3100 ext.11520

MTSS: Multi-Tiered System of Supports

MTSS is a framework many schools use to give targeted support to struggling students. These include behavior, social and emotional needs, and absenteeism (not attending school).

MTSS is broken up into 3 tiers of interventions: 

Tier 1 takes place with universal instruction and are classroom interventions that are available to all learners and effectively meet the needs of most. This is approximately 80-90% of the student population.

Tier 2 are evidence-based supplemental, targeted interventions intended for some learners who require support beyond Tier 1. These are targeted group interventions. This is approximately 5-10% of the student population.

Tier 3 provides intensive supports that are individualized interventions for a few learners with highly accelerated, or severe and persistent academic and/or non-academic needs. This is approximately 1-5% of the student population.

How will PJHS utilize MTSS?

The MTSS team has decided that teachers will  provide Tier 1 interventions inside the classroom. Tier I interventions include strategies such as:

  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Progress Monitoring
  • Helping with organizational skills

Students that are identified as needing Tier 1 interventions will be placed on a monitoring status for MTSS.

Tier II and Tier III interventions will be the more focused and targeted interventions using data collection to determine what interventions work and are most appropriate for students designated for MTSS services. 

What criteria qualifies a student to be considered for a Tier II/Tier III intervention?  

  • Struggling Academically
    • Failing more than one ‘Core Four’ class
    • Significantly below grade level (3 or more grade levels)  IXL  scores
    • Overall GPA dropped significantly
  • Behavior Issues/Social Emotional Needs
    • Increase in referrals
    • Habitually demonstrates disruptive behavior in class (even if the behavior doesn’t warrant a referral or being sent out)
    • Increase in couseling intervention
  • Attendance
    • Chronic absenteeism (more than twice a week on a weekly basis)
    • Absenteeism that is hindering progress in class

PBIS - Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based three-tiered framework to improve and integrate all of the data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day. The High School supports our district PBIS and the PORT Pride 5:

  • Be Kind
  • Be Honest
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Involved

Tier 1

Tier 1 practices and systems establish a foundation of regular, proactive support while preventing unwanted behaviors. Schools provide these universal supports to all students, school-wide.

Tier 2

Tier 2 practices and systems support students who are at risk for developing more serious problem behaviors before those behaviors start. These supports help students develop the skills they need to benefit from core programs at the school.

Tier 3

At Tier 3, students receive more intensive, individualized support to improve their behavioral and academic outcomes. At this level, schools rely on formal assessments to determine a student’s need.

Character Education

Character education is a learning process that enables students and adults in a school community to understand, care about and act on core ethical values such as respect, justice, civic virtue and citizenship, and responsibility for self and others. Upon such core values, we form the attitudes and actions that are the hallmark of safe, healthy and informed communities that serve as the foundation of our society."

–US Dept. of Education, Character Education…Our Shared Responsibility