Heart & Hands

Boerne Independent School District (SAM'S Kids)

235 Johns Rd

Boerne

830-357-2006

235 Johns Rd, Boerne, TX 78006, USA

Mission and Vision

The goal of the priority student program is to find and provide programs, people, and services that narrow the gap between a child's current academic performance and their full academic potential.
Define a Priority Student: A student experiencing a significant gap between their academic potential and their actual performance.

To apply to enroll your child in SAM's Kids or for more information, contact Janet D'Spain.
janet.dspain@boerneisd.net
830-357-2006 or 830-357-2000 (Main BISD number)

Description

METHODS FOR IDENTIFYING THE NEEDIEST CHILDREN:
Classic at risk definitions provided by TEA include failing TAKS, LEP, Economically Disadvantaged, drop-outs, etc.
Identification by Child Study Teams
Identification by the child's parents
Identification by educators and support staff

FOCUSING ON PRIORITY STUDENTS:
According to the data, what students are most often identified as priority students?

Low in math, reading
Behavioral problems
Not involved in school activities
Family difficulties - largest number
Motivation difficulties
Students new to Boerne
More males than females
Disproportionately Hispanic, poor
Anger problems

PLANNING CAMPUS IN-SERVICE ON PRIORITY STUDENTS:
Single most important thing that was decided at the administrative level is the idea that a 1 on 1 relationship with someone who cares is the most beneficial thing we can do for these students.

All of us have God given talents. One of our jobs is to help students and parents find these and help them reach their potential. We should all reach for the sun and if we don't get there, we land among the stars- which is not bad!

That concept and its obvious implication is that we're all experts at something - and we can all learn new things.

SAM'S KIDS PROGRAMS SO FAR HAVE:
Blue bus tutoring
Improved TAKS Scores
Decreased Drop-out Rates
Increased the Number of students receiving mentoring assistance
Created concrete connections with community providers
Club Day Participation increased

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