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Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

We recognize that not all students learn the same way, which is why we have implemented Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in each of our buildings. This program uses data to help match academic, social-emotional and behavioral resources for each student’s unique needs. With these processes in place district-wide, staff are now able to provide individualized support systems for students.

There are three tiers in the MTSS program designed to meet the needs of every student:

Tier 1: Universal Instruction

This tier is the high-quality instruction that every student receives. This encompasses best teaching practices and differentiated instruction. When new methods are found to work well in the other tiers, Tier 1 is refined to incorporate these practices. The district’s goal, and the goal of other districts using this program, is to see 80-90% of all students in this tier.

Tier 2: Targeted Group Interventions

Students who may be struggling in the universal instruction model are assigned to this tier to receive evidence-based support. This instruction is implemented in small group settings. The small groups are determined by similar needs for the sake of systematic efficiency. The district expects to see 5-15% of students in Tier 2.

Tier 3: Intensive Individualized Interventions

For students who do not respond well to Targeted Group Interventions, we offer more frequent, intense and individualized interventions. We expect to see 1-5% of students in this tier.

If you have questions about MTSS, please contact the below individuals in each building:

  • CPS: Dustin Tyler, dustin.tyler@ccsd.us
  • CIS: Katrina Corbitt, katrina.corbitt@ccsd.us
  • CMS/CHS: Ashleigh Manantan, ashleigh.manantan@ccsd.us or Danni Williams, danni.williams@ccsd.us


Meet CCSD’s New Director of Technology

We are thrilled to welcome Cory Juillerat to the CCSD family as our new director of technology, although this is not the first time Juillerat has worked for the district. Most recently, he worked for Zane Trace Local Schools, but before that, he worked under Josh Montgomery as the field technician for CCSD. After five years outside the district, he is excited to return to the place his career began.

“I feel incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the students and staff at CCSD again,” said Juillerat. “It’s wonderful to be able to reunite with members of the Cavalier community that I knew years ago and to get to know so many new faces, too.”

In this role, Juillerat will ensure students, staff and community gain the knowledge and tools they need to excel in all areas of technology. One of his biggest goals for this year is to teach people how technology can strengthen learning, teamwork and a sense of togetherness, especially while participating in remote and socially distanced learning.

“Technology is a bigger part of learning than it ever has been before,” said Juillerat. “I have a great chance to help our students and staff understand how to best utilize different forms of technology to enhance this new classroom experience.”

Beyond supporting the CCSD community as we navigate the challenges of this school year, there are two additional projects Juillerat has enjoyed working on. The first is the construction of a giant mechanical bee, which will be on display at Chillicothe Primary School. This animatronic bee is being constructed by students at Southern State Community College and CCSD.

The bee project was started under former CCSD director of technology, Josh Montgomery, and is one of a collection of eight mechanical bees under construction. The remaining seven will be constructed by and housed at the Smithsonian Institute in an exhibit with a large hive.

The other project is the development of a state-of-the-art esports arena inside the Cavalier Athletic Center. The arena, slated to be completed this summer, will be open to high school students enrolled in the esports program. Students will have access to a wide variety of competitive games and computer science courses, helping them build career skills while working competitively as a team.

“While this school year is far from normal, it’s been a wonderful opportunity to bring our students, staff and community together through technology,” said Juillerat.

Cory Juillerat

Finding New Ways to Teach a Hands-On STEM Curriculum

Earlier this year, Dana Letts, CCSD STEM specialist, was recognized by Ohio STEM Learning Center as the winner of their 2020 STEM Leadership Award. This award is well-deserved, as Letts does everything from creating STEM-related programs, establishing community partnerships and writing STEM curriculum, to supporting CCSD principals, designing and leading professional development opportunities for staff, pursuing funding, and presenting sessions about STEM to local groups and businesses.

“I am extremely proud to be recognized at this level,” said Letts. “I feel that this affirms that what we are doing at Chillicothe City Schools is at the cutting edge of education.”

Letts hasn’t let the COVID-19 pandemic slow her down. In fact, she’s embracing it as an opportunity to reimagine almost every aspect of how STEM instruction is provided to students. This includes the adoption of new technology into everyday learning for both in-person and Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) students.

The addition of technology into instruction gives students more of a voice in their learning. For example, Letts and the other STEM staff have introduced a new element to the curriculum: Integrated Career Exploration (ICE) modules. This online, interactive tool allows students to explore STEM careers, including entomology, marine biology, botany, professional sports and other subjects at their own pace. ICE not only shows how STEM lessons directly tie into the real world, but also enables students to start thinking about what career path they may one day choose to pursue.

Letts has ensured that students participating in online learning are not left out of the hands-on STEM curriculum. On top of their access to the ICE modules, VLA students have access to engineering choice boards and will be given the chance to do in-person STEM lessons, if their family chooses.

“These in-person outings will be led by STEM facilitators in our local parks,” said Letts. “The expeditions will be a great option for our VLA students to experience the same activities as our in-person learning students with increased social distancing.”

To help with the transition to a socially distanced and virtual STEM curriculum, long-time CCSD teacher, Amber Good, is the newest CIS STEM facilitator. While Good will primarily work with grades 3-6, she will also lead some units and expeditions for K-2 this year.

Letts and the rest of the STEM staff look forward to incorporating technology into this year’s curriculum to ensure CCSD students get the top-notch STEM education the district is known for.

If you have any questions about the 2020-2021 school year STEM program, please contact Dana Letts at dana.letts@ccsd.us.


Meet Our K-6 VLA Staff

The K-6 Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) staff have been working hard to make the transition to online learning as easy as possible for the students and families who have chosen virtual learning this year. Meet the team responsible for making sure your student is learning and being challenged online while still having fun!

  • Kindergarten
    • Kris Wiseman and Tammy Morrissey are teaching VLA kindergarten this year. Kris is enjoying the new experience of online teaching and creating ways to make his lessons engaging and fun for his students. He’s also having fun teaching with Ms. Morrissey. Tammy can’t wait to see her kindergartners bloom into young readers and continue to collaborate with her team teachers. She sees this as a great opportunity to learn new ways to educate and learn.
  • First Grade
    • VLA first-grade teachers Deanne Davis and Christie Thomas love learning and are excited to learn along side their students this year, especially about using technology to teach. Christie, who normally teaches kindergarten, is looking forward to the adventure of teaching first graders for the first time.
  • Second Grade
    • Mary Ann Robertson and Ed Warner, our virtual learning second-grade teachers, can’t wait to provide an enriching online learning experience for the families who have chosen the VLA program. Mary Ann appreciates the tremendous opportunity to grow professionally as she guides families through mentoring their children at home.
  • Third Grade
    • Third-grade teachers Pam Blakey and Maisie Hurless are ready to tackle the school year. Pam loves learning how to best collaborate with students, parents and other teachers to create a positive, fun and safe learning environment. Maisie is looking forward to developing relationships with her students and watching them grow. While being online and out of the typical school routine may be challenging for students, she is working hard to ensure each student feels included, important and comfortable in this new learning environment.
  • Fourth Grade
    • Brenda Southworth and Lisa Bennett are the teachers for fourth-grade online learning. Brenda is looking forward to the challenge of teaching virtually. She can’t wait to help her students learn and build a sense of community, while having fun along the way. She believes that people need to love what they’re doing in order to get the most out of it, and virtual learning is no different. Lisa is enjoying collaborating with the other amazing VLA staff and working with VLA families.
  • Fifth Grade
    • Fifth-grade VLA teachers Renee Coffland and Marilynn Greer are excited to navigate this new way of teaching. Even though it’s been a big change, Renee loves online learning. She’s looking forward to providing the best online education for her students as they strive for a safe, healthy and successful school year. Marilynn has enjoyed exploring new ways to communicate and engage students while teaching VLA.
  • Sixth Grade
    • Deborah Pentecost and Angela Francis are teaching sixth-grade VLA. Deborah is looking forward to finding ways to spark students' interest in learning and building a sense of community while teaching virtually. She’s looking forward to the fun challenge of incorporating STEM into her VLA lessons. Angela is really excited to push herself to learn new ways of utilizing technology to teach and to step out of her comfort zone of how she has taught in previous years.
  • Intervention Specialist
    • Jennifer Hayburn is enjoying working with students in this different format and learning how to best support students in new and innovative ways.
  • Aides
    • Kim Ragland, Rose Hambick and Jaci McAllister are the aides for our VLA program. While this year is like none other, Kim is excited to work with the students in this new format and help ensure they have a great experience learning from home. Rose can’t wait to help teachers streamline this new way of teaching, while Jaci is looking forward to learning how to best support the VLA teachers so they can give students the best virtual learning experience possible.

If you have any questions about your student’s VLA experience, please contact their teacher or student wellness and online learning coordinator, Sarah Hawthorne, at sarah.hawthorne@ccsd.us.


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