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LMK Guide to Learning: Student Support Services

LMK offers broad academic and social-emotional support services for all students. Using a highly personalized, tiered approach to intervention, group and individualized services allow school professionals to address the personalized needs of each student. To access support for your child, contact your school counselor.


Each entering cohort of students is assigned a school counselor who will follow them for all three years of middle school. This structure assures a continuity of services and enables the counselor to establish a personal relationship with each student, and their family.  School Counselors support the academic, social, and emotional development of their students.  School Counselors partner with students, parents, teachers and administration to work toward students personalized goals.


Instructional support services are provided to students who are at risk of not meeting NYS learning  standards. Support may be provided in the form of consultation with classroom teachers, as in-class support, or as direct services to students through pull-out Academic Intervention Services (AIS).  Levels of support depend on each student’s needs from occasional, informal support to more structured intervention services.  Support is modified as necessary and continues as long as needed to ensure a student’s success.


School Psychologists ensure that every student learns in a safe, healthy and supportive environment.  School Psychologists utilize child development theories and effective teaching practices to help alleviate difficulties that may otherwise impede successful learning.  These services include consultation, assessment, intervention, prevention, education, research and health care provision.


A School Resource Officer (SRO) is a certified law enforcement officer who is permanently assigned to LMK Middle School and is an integral part of the LMK learning community.  The SRO fills multiple roles including teacher, mentor, and law-related counselor who provides guidance to students and acts as a link to support services both inside and outside the school environment. The SRO delivers the DARE curriculum to students  in 6th grade. 


The Committee on Special Education of the Harrison Central School District provides special education services for students with disabilities.  When an educational disability is suspected, a comprehensive assessment is required, including a psychological evaluation, social history, an observation in the classroom and educational evaluations and assessments in areas related to the suspected disability.  If the student is determined by the Committee on Special Education (CSE) to have an educational disability and needs special education services, recommendations regarding appropriate services are made through an Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Service considerations include: accommodations and support services in the general education classroom, related services, integrated co-teaching, or special class placement in HCSD. By law, children must be served in the “least restrictive” educational setting. 


Speech and language services are provided to facilitate the acquisition and use of language by students whose language development is delayed or impaired.  These services are available to students through recommendation by the Committee on Special Education (CSE), if it is determined that the language disability is having a significant impact on a student’s educational performance. 


English as a New Language (ENL) services are provided to English Language Learners in order to facilitate the acquisition of social and academic language and an understanding of American culture. The program emphasizes inclusion through integration of English Language Learners with native English-speaking peers, while also providing direct English language instruction, academic support and advocacy for English Language Learners.