MTSSPosted by Holly Ellison on 12/13/2021
Eas Avenue Middle School
Mult-Tiered System of Suppot (MTSS)
Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a framework the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District and East Avenue use to address the needs of all
students and, in particular, give targeted support to struggling students. The
MTSS framework aligns academic, behavioral, and social emotional learning in
the areas of Academics, Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS),
and Social Emotional Learning (SEL).
The East Avenue COST team meets weekly and is comprised of our
administrators, child welfare advocate (CWA), counselor, psychologist, nurse,
support staff, and teachers. Students are referred to COST when there are
persistent academic and/or behavioral concerns. The purpose of COST is to
determine interventions appropriate for the student in question so that s/he can
reach her or his full potential as a student.
English Language Support
In this year-long class, English Language students receive additional academic
support and targeted language lessons to ensure that they are successful in their
regular academic classes.
Student Success Team (SST)
The Student Success Team (SST) is a problem solving intervention that assists
students, families and teachers to seek positive solutions for maximizing student
potential. The SST focuses in-depth on one student at a time, and invites the
parent and student to participate in finding solutions to maximize student
Homework Club meets every Monday and Thursday after school in the library.
Teachers oversee the meeting and are on hand to assist students with work.
Parent permission is required.
A zero period math intervention class is available Monday through Friday from
7:30 am to 8:15 in room O104. Students may be assigned to attend based on
their math proficiency or they may attend on a drop-in basis. There is no need to
MathCounts gives students an opportunity to work together in small groups on challenging
math problems and meet new friends. Our Math Counts team competes yearly against
other Livermore middle schools and is a great way to
A 504 Plan is created with counselors, teachers, and parents to help students
with learning and attention issues learn and participate in the general education
curriculum. A 504 Plan outlines how a child’s specific needs are met with
accommodations, modifications and other services. These measures are
intended to remove barriers to learning.
MTSS: Psitiv Behavio Interventio an Suppo (PBIS)
The Dolphin Way
East Avenue Middle School established The Dolphin Way as a way to create and
promote a positive school climate and develop and refine students’ social skills
within an academic setting. The Dolphin Way expectations for our students are
for them to be respectful, responsible, and safe. Students participate in The
Dolphin Way lessons at the start of each school year and receive updates on The
Dolphin Way expectations throughout the school year in morning
announcements, in classrooms, and at school assemblies. The Dolphin Way
behaviors are posted throughout the school, including in every classroom and
Our Positive Postcards are an opportunity for staff members to recognize
students for displaying appropriate behavior and positive character. The East
Avenue staff mail these postcards home to share student successes with family
Dolphin Dollars and Raffles
Dolphin Dollars give staff members an opportunity to acknowledge students who
exhibit positive character in keeping with The Dolphin Way. When staff see
students doing the right thing, they are awarded Dolphin Dollars that can be
redeemed for entries into raffles for various prizes.
Dolphin Pride provides students with an opportunity to become involved with our
East community. Students keep track of their participation in school events,
including clubs, sporting events, and spirit days. Students who earn 75 points or
more are eligible for the award. More information can be found on our school
website under “Activities.”
Student of the Month
Each month, students are nominated by staff members for exhibiting excellent
academic and/or behavior attributes. Students receive awards that acknowledge
their positive contributions and are recognized in the morning announcements.
Every year, students receive lessons that teach and reinforce what it means to be
a good digital citizen, make smart choices online, and in life.
Check-in/Check-out is a positive, non-punitive intervention for students struggling
with their behavior in a classroom setting. Students in the program set positive
behavior goals and check-in with their teachers over the course of the day to
receive positive feedback about their progress. Students are able to earn
rewards and recognition for making positive changes.
MTSS: Socia/ Emotiona Learnin (SEL)
The East Avenue Game Club meets during lunch time and provides students with
an opportunity to socialize and make new friends in a fun, game-filled
Other School Clubs
We offer a variety of clubs to meet students’ interests and are always willing to
add new clubs as the want or need arises. Some of the clubs we currently offer
include Rubik’s Cube Club, Drama Club, and Gay Straight Alliance (GSA).
Counseling check-ins are available for students on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly,
or quarterly schedule. Drop in counseling is also available as requested by
students. Students are able to discuss academic and/or social/emotional
All students in the Livermore Valley Joint Uniﬁed School District are participating in the
Choose Love social emotional learning curriculum during the 2018-19 school year. Students
learn the Choose Love Formula:
Courage + Gratitude + Forgiveness + Compassion in Action = Choosing Love Formula.