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Student Success Center

 

The Student Success Center (“SSC”) has been created to help all of our students achieve academic success. The SSC will provide students and parents resources to address different academic needs, including challenging our high achievers, working to support students who learn differently, helping a student that falls behind due to extended excused absences, or guiding students struggling with a new concept. The SSC educational team will help facilitate and support students, teachers, and parents of St. Rita Catholic School.

 

Programs and Services:

 

Enrichment and Advanced classes at St Rita Catholic School are part of the SSC. We work together with classroom teachers to enrich and challenge students to their full potential. 

 

Language Lab is a specialized program for students in our Elementary School (Grades K-4) who have been identified with reading, spelling, or written language delays. Language Lab utilizes the Take Flight curriculum, which was developed at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. The teachers also use other strategies to help support our students with Language Arts needs.

 

Elementary and Middle School Testing Rooms  Classrooms that provide a supervised, quiet space for students who need to make up work or need extended time. 

 

 

How to Use the SSC:

 

Students – We provide an opportunity and a space to help students make up work after an excused absence. The testing centers can support students with valid accommodations to provide the resources they need to help promote their learning strengths. We work to provide staff to implement academic interventions and curriculum support for concepts not mastered. The SSC will also work with  Middle School students (Grades 5-8) to enable them to advocate for themselves and communicate with teachers about their learning style. 

 

Parents – The SSC will be offering office hours to meet with parents to discuss topics in education and how we, as a Catholic community, can support and help our students succeed. The team can help all families with local resources and suggestions to help improve their student academic progress. We also support our 8th students with preparation for the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) including assistance with accommodations.

 

Teachers – The SSC team has extensive experience, specialized degrees, and resources to help support teachers in their classrooms. Our team is here to help teachers understand the importance of differentiation in the classroom.

 

FAQ 

 

Question: Where is the St. Rita SSC located?

Answer: The SSC has several locations in order to provide services throughout the school to all of our students. The SSC office and conference space are in the Main building Room 106 (behind the nurse’s office). This is also where Katie Riley, Dean of the Student Success Center, has her office. The Middle School Testing and Support Center (Grades 5-8) is located in room 108. This room is dedicated to Middle School students who need to take make-up tests, extended time on tests or quizzes, or other academic accommodations. The Elementary Testing and Support Center (Grades K-4) is located in Room 135 and managed by Marjorie Lane, Instructional Support Specialist. This space is dedicated to students who may need small group instruction, a quiet place to test, or scheduled tutoring.

 

Question: Does the SSC team evaluate and diagnosis students?

Answer: No. The SSC team has been put in place to SUPPORT all of our students, teachers, and parents. Our goal is to partner with parents and teachers to provide resources, accommodations, training, and support. We look at every student individually and work with our specialists to create and implement an educational plan to help your student here at St. Rita. 

 

Question: Can my student come in every day for tutoring?

Answer: No. Currently, we utilize our Benchmark testing, teacher input, and student's needs to schedule small group tutoring opportunities. However, we are also looking at ways to staff the SSC to provide more tutoring time for students who need more individualized help. 

 

Question: What other opportunities are there at St. Rita for my student to be academically successful?

Answer:  The Elementary programs include opportunities for Language Lab which provides small group academic support  for Grades

1-4. We also have a full-time Enrichment teacher this year who partners with classroom teachers to challenge students grades 1-4 in Math and critical thinking skills. With the addition of FLEX periods to our Middle School (Grades 5-8) schedule, we have additional opportunities to serve our students. Currently, two days a week our students have built-in time to participate in extra academic support and other enrichment opportunities. This time also allows our students to make up work not having to miss lunch and recess.

 

5-6 Shelton Study Skills- a semester long class that focuses on teaching organizational skills and positive study habits  (Fall Semester)

7th Grade: Individual Class Tutoring, Study Hall, Volleyball, Yoga, and Club Participation

8th Grade: ISEE Prep

 

Please know the Student Success Center is working to ensure the best possible services, programs, and supports for our students at

St. Rita Catholic School. We are continuously learning and evaluating our resources and program structure. Our GOAL is to prepare ALL of our students for High School and Heaven. 

 

 

SSC TEAM

Katie Riley

Katie Riley (kriley@strita.netis Dean of the Student Success Center. She received her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and her Masters of Science in Educational Administration. Katie has been teaching for over 15 years, and her experience includes Chicago Public Schools, Dallas Independent School District, and Saint Michael Episcopal School.  She is thrilled at the opportunity to work at her home parish and continue her ministry in education.  

 

 Lisa Lisa Schrakamp (lschrakamp@strita.net )is the school counselor at St. Rita Catholic School. She has worked in education for over 20 years with experience in both public and private schools. She is licensed as a clinical social worker and has both a Masters of Science in Social Work as well as a Masters of Science in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience. Lisa works with students, parents and teachers to provide resources for those experiencing behavioral or mental health difficulties as well as providing direct support to students on campus.
 
 
 
Katy Hyatt(khyatt@strita.net) Katy Hyatt has been in the education field for over 20 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Texas, Austin and a master’s degree in Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Texas, Dallas. She has taught in both Catholic and public schools. She has experience working with students from 3rd to 12th grade and all abilities from gifted and talented to children with special needs. She is the curriculum coordinator for Junior Decats of Dallas and has taught in the programs since 2001. She is also an education consultant for Brain Connect Education Services. 

 

 

 

 

 

Lower School (Kindergarten through 4th Grade)
 
 

Kim Robbs

Student Enrichment

krobbs@strita.net

 

Mrs. Kim Robbs  is the Enrichment Coordinator for K-4 at St. Rita Catholic School.  She has worked in education for over 26 years with experience in both public and private schools. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Texas and received a GT certification in 1993 with CFB-ISD and keeps it current with Professional Development. Kim works with students and teachers to provide supplemental enrichment resources and lessons.   Also, she has partnered with the parent’s club to coordinate competitions. 

 

Her goal will be to strive to differentiate teaching techniques, proving equitable instruction for all students.  Three steps are to be used to compact the curriculum: Assessing students' academic strengths, eliminating schoolwork and content that students have already mastered, and replacing the work with more challenging alternatives, some of which can be based on students' interests. 

 
Roxanne Herwig
Language Lab  
 

Roxanne Herwig is a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist working with small pull out groups at SRS and with private students outside of school.  She has been a therapist at St. Rita for 22 years, working with select groups of students in the area of reading, spelling, phonics, and handwriting.  In the ten years prior Roxanne was the fifth and sixth grade math, science and religion teacher at  St. Rita.  

 

 
 Terie Farren
Language Lab

Terie Farren is a Language Science teacher with over 15 years of teaching experience as an Academic Language Therapist in a small group school setting and a private tutor.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Education from Wichita State University and a master’s degree in Education from Southern Methodist University.  Her teaching certifications are in general and special education, and physical education. Terie is a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist and a Certified Academic Language Therapist.  She has experience in working with students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade.

 
 

Marjorie Lane

Instructional Support 
 

Marjorie Lane has been working at St. Rita Catholic School for 29 years and has been serving as Instructional Support for students and teachers for the past 13 years.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and attended Southwest Institute for Inclusive Schools and Communities at Texas Christian University. In 1995 she was recognized by the Diocese with the Caroleen Hensgen Excellence in Teaching Award for her dedication and work to make SRCS, and other Catholic schools, open to inclusion.  Marjorie was a co-presenter of “Going From an Exclusive to an Inclusive School” at the NCEA (National Catholic Educational Association) convention and continues to help educators understand students who learn differently.

 

 
Upper School (5th Grade through 8th Grade)
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Ghada Salsa
Advanced Math & Intro. Algebra 
gsalsa@strita.net 

Ghada Salsa (gsalsa@strita.net ) is responsible for the Advanced math program for middle school. Ghada teaches 5-7 advanced math, 8th Advanced Algebra I and 8th Introduction to Algebra.

Ghada was born and raised in Kuwait; however, her family is from Bethlehem, Palestine which gave her a chance to visit Bethlehem regularly. She received her Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Jordan. Ghada has taught math for almost 20 years in 5 different countries; Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, Canada and The United States. Before she moved to Texas summer of 2016 with her husband and their 3 Kids, she taught math for 10 years at St. John Brebeuf high school-Abbotsford, BC with the Diocese of Vancouver (CISVA) – Canada.

This is Ghada’s third year at St. Rita and she is looking forward to another great year.

                

Lara Henderson
Advanced Language Arts 
lhenderson@strita.net 

 Lara Henderson lhenderson@strita.net is the 5/6 Grade Advanced Academics ELA Teacher and Co-Director of The Spartan News. She is beginning her 26th year of teaching. She is an AGGIE — Class of 1991. She graduated with a BS in Curriculum and Instruction, and then graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Masters of Liberal Arts degree in 1997. Her teaching experience includes grades 4, 6, 7, and 8 at St. Paul the Apostle School from 1992-2000. During these years, she was a charter member for Senior DECATS (Debusk Enrichment Center for the Academically Talented). After eight years at St. Paul the Apostle, she was employed as an adjunct faculty member for Texas A&M at Commerce and Richland Community College. Lara returned in 2006 to third grade, where she spent eleven years! She is thrilled to begin her second year of teaching 5th and 6th Grade Advanced Academics Language Arts at St. Rita this year. 

 

            

 
Sarah Huffman
Advanced Language Arts  
shuffman@strita.net

Sarah Huffman teaches seventh and eighth grade Advanced Language Arts, and she works with Lara Henderson to produce St. Rita’s video announcements.  Sarah attended St. Edward’s University where she received a B.B.A. as well as a minor in English Writing and Rhetoric; she also attended SMU where she earned her M.Ed.  Additionally, Sarah has received 30 hours of training in gifted education.  Prior to working at St. Rita, she began her teaching career in Richardson ISD and taught all levels of middle school English language arts.  Sarah is eager to begin her third year at SRS!