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Welcome to the Swedesboro-Woolwich School District ACES and I&RS Information Page



     Academic Coaches Enhancing Skills (ACES) Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS)    

The Swedesboro-Woolwich School District follows the Response to Intervention Model (RtI) to support students in a variety of areas beyond the scope of the classroom instruction.  As part of RtI, each school includes an I&RS team consisting of teachers, administrators, guidance, and Child Study Team members.  The goal of the team is to provide students with the necessary skills needed to promote learning growth towards grade level standards. The I&RS team supports students with both academic and behavioral needs, and hopes to forge positive relationships to create goals with students, teachers, and families.

For the academic piece, the ACES Program is rigorous in its recommendations for students who require additional academic support services, after classroom interventions have not been successful. Through the ACES Referral Procedure, teachers will be able to begin the process of tracking modified classroom intervention instruction, before referring students to ACES, eliminating or decreasing the loss of instructional time which may sometimes occur in a basic skills program.

If the student has been successful in ACES, he/she will be exited from the ACES program. If the student has not been successful, after all attempts to remediate academic issues in the classroom and through the ACES Program, the student will be referred by the I&RS Team for further intervention. 

Working together, classroom teachers and ACES teachers should be able to bridge the gaps that may be preventing students from being as successful as they could be! If you have any questions concerning the ACES Program, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the ACES teachers.

The 2023-2024 ACES teachers and I&RS Chairs for each building are listed below. Please contact your child's specific ACES teacher for questions pertaining to the program.    Clifford: Lindsey Shainline (I&RS Chairs), Kate Pezzicola, and Stacey Stewart   StrattonKelley Stingle (I&RS Chair and ACES Teacher), Elisa Turdo and Caroline Smith   Harker: Michele Garcia (I&RS Chair and ACES Teacher), Lucy Ann Casella, Brielle Scott, Tracy Gaidis, and Stephanie Shainline   Hill: Kelly Pollitt (I&RS Chair) Alaine Zizzamia, Dan Owen, and Rachel Ryman   For more information regarding RtI, ACES, and I&RS please click any of the links below:  
SWSD RtI Parent Handbook
SWSD Title 1 Parent Night Presentation
SWSD Parent Compact Letter (Link was sent to parents via email)
State of NJ Tiered System of Supports Website
RtI Action Network Website