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    Academic Support

    The purpose of the Academic Support Center is to motivate students and foster self-confidence. Strengthening reading skills and reinforcing good study and organizational strategies are the building blocks of academic success. The Center works with students in achieving these goals. Placement in the program is determined by means of referrals and testing. At the beginning of each school year, 6th and 7th graders are administered the Stanford Diagnostic Reading Test in order to assess their strengths and weaknesses in reading comprehension. Based on those results, as well as referrals from the Guidance Department, students are invited to participate in the program.

    The program provides individual or guided small group instruction, as well as a variety of motivational enrichment activities, which reinforce good reading and study skills. Through individual content areas students are taught methods to read, study and analyze information in their textbooks in order to achieve success in the classroom. Membership in Learning Ally provides recorded textbooks which are available on computer as well as individual iPods in the Center. Instructional science videos as well as computer software for history and science are utilized to reinforce the more difficult concepts in these subjects.

    In addition to 2 full time teachers, the Center staffs a Math specialist who is available to the students on a daily basis and a volunteer Chemistry and Physics tutor who works with individuals on a weekly basis.

    Each student in the program is assigned to 1 of the 2 full time teachers in the Center and meets with that teacher during his or her unstructured time. The number of times a student is scheduled is dependent on the individual’s needs. Student progress is continually assessed. When necessary, the Center staff communicates with parents, content teachers and/or the student’s Guidance Counselor.
    Joan Morin
    Teacher - Academic Support
    Joan Morin has been at the Academy since 1983 and is Director of the Academic Support Center. In 1975, Joan received a B.S. degree from Rhode Island College, majoring in Education with a concentration in Special Education for children with neurological disorders. She has completed graduate courses at RIC, PC and Emmanuel College focusing on differentiated instruction in the classroom. Joan is an active member of her parish and presently serves as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. She has also been a lector in the parish for 30 years. In 1999, she and her husband Raymond received the Principal’s Leadership Award for volunteer service at Mount.

    Clorice Senno
    Clorice Senno graduated with a B.A. in Secondary Education: Mathematics 7-12 from New England College in 2015. During this time, she studied with ten classroom teachers and five special educators to learn and develop activities that would make practicing skills a meaningful part of student learning. She worked as the Lead Writing Editor to publish the 2013, 2014, and 2015 editions of The Henniker Review, an annual literary and arts book at New England College.