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MARS/Title I

Welcome to MARS!

(Math and Reading Support)


Our MARS team works hard for the students of La Vergne Primary. Each person brings valuable teaching strategies and experience to our team and the students. Research has found that a child's primary years of education has more impact on a child's academic progress in the future. We believe that children should have a solid foundation in reading and math built in Kindergarten and First Grade to prepare students for future academic success.  Please feel free to contact us at any time with any questions or concerns.




Heather Sacharczyk

Dr. Heather Sacharczyk

RTI Instructional Coach

Mrs. Horn

Mrs. Terri Horn




Ms. Hooper

Ms. Elizabeth Hooper



Mrs. Jennifer Head

Title I Interventionist


Mrs. White

Mrs. Jennifer White

Title I Interventionist



What is RTI?

A multitiered delivery system that uses a datadriven, problemsolving model to identify specific student needs and matches appropriate instructional strategies to the student’s needs.
In Tennessee, the Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2) Framework is a component of TNCORE. The TNCORE implementation plan has three components with student achievement at the center:
1. Assessment alignment and transparency
2. Instructional materials and curriculum

3. Quality training and meaningful support


What are the key components of the RTI2 Framework?
A key component of RTI2 is that all children receive high quality curriculum and instruction in the general education classroom (Tier l).

Another component of RTI2 is that the school conducts universal screenings. Universal screenings review the performance and progress of all students through brief assessments. Universal screenings help schools identify students who may need more support or other types of instruction.
As a result of universal screenings, students may be identified as needing targeted intervention (Tier ll) in addition to the high quality instruction they are receiving in Tier l. Research based interventions are used to support students in the area(s) in which they are struggling. Research based interventions are teaching strategies or methods that have been proven effective in helping children learn.

Another key component of RTI2 is progress monitoring. Progress monitoring is a way for teachers to take a snapshot of how children are doing on a specific skill. It shows how well the intervention is working. It includes formal and informal assessments. Progress monitoring helps determine whether an intervention is successful or needs to be changed. Parents will be notified of their child’s progress every 4.5 weeks.
When progress monitoring indicates that the intervention is no longer needed, the child continues to receive support from the general education curriculum (Tier I). If progress monitoring shows that a child is not responding to the intervention, another approach or intervention may be tried. If a higher level of support is needed, students may be given more intense intervention that further focuses on the supporting skills they need to be successful learners (Tier lll). Students who do not respond to Tier III interventions may be referred for Special Education assessment.


RTI Addresses Five Key Reading Skills

  • Phonemic Awareness – the ability to notice, think about, and work with individual sounds in spoken  words. (Example: what is the last sound you hear in the word CAT)
  • Phonics – an understanding that the written letter represents the sound a letter makes (Example: D- says /d/ as in dog).
  • Fluency – being able to read text correctly and efficiently with appropriate expression.
  • Vocabulary – words we are able to use in speech,  writing, and reading with correct meaning and understanding.
  • Comprehension – the ability to understand the meaning of what is read.


RTI Addresses Six Math Strands
  • Problem solving and reasoning
  • Numbers and operations
  • Algebraic concepts and processes
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Data analysis
Our Parent Lending Library
Parent Lending Library
  • The Parent Lending Library will be available at our Sneak Peeks at the 9 weeks and Literacy Nights.
  • Materials will be available for check out for you to take home and use with your child. Please sign them out and sign them back in when you return them.
  • If you would like to check a math or reading out to work with your child at home, please sign up here:
Why Read 20 Minutes at Home?
Why read 20 minutes at home?
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Are you interested in learning more about RTI2?
Check out our 5 minute video explaining everything RTI2!
Everything RTI