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Houghton Middle School MTSS
GRIT (Goals, Respect, Integrity, Teamwork)

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What is MTSS?
A Multi-Tiered System of Support is a school-wide system of support that includes proactive strategies for supporting appropriate student behaviors and increasing student’s academic abilities. These efforts will positively influence student success.

Why MTSS at Houghton Middle School?
The staff at HMS established common expectations that help students easily transition from different teachers and grade levels. The purpose of MTSS is to establish a climate in which students can effectively manage their own behavior, and as a result, academic achievement is increased. The HMS staff has also implemented a school-wide vocabulary focus, a 6th grade intervention program and 7th and 8th academic support classes.

Key Ideas

  • Teach & monitor behavior expectations

  • Acknowledge/Encourage expected behavior (verbally, GRIT cards, assemblies, etc.)

  • Use data for decision making

  • Implementation and use of vocabulary strategies

  • Interventions for struggling readers

  • Monitor progress through DIBELS and Math assessments

Why the acronym GRIT?
Current research shows that “the best predictor of success in a person’s life, including when it comes to goals in education is grit.” 1 At Houghton Middle and High Schools GRIT stands for Goals, Respect, Integrity and Teamwork, which helps our students understand behavior expectations.

1 Duckworth, Angela Lee. “The Key to Success? Grit.” TEDTalks, Apr. 2013. Web. 4 June 2014.

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