ALMS VTSS

Virginia-Tiered Systems of Support

Andrew Lewis Middle School is a VTSS school. The Virginia Tiered System of Supports integrates academics, behavior, and mental wellness into a single decision-making framework. The process involves universal screening, tiered (or levels of) intervention strategies, and progress monitoring to meet the needs of students both academically and behaviorally. The progress of each student is monitored and results are used to make decisions about further instruction or intervention. Please visit the VTSS web page for more information: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/virginia_tiered_system_supports/index.shtml

Andrew Lewis Middle School has begun the VTSS process by focusing first on behavior. VTSS supports: teaching, modeling, practicing, intervening, and acknowledging students for appropriate behavior. Our students show this behavior while following The Wolverine Way.

What is VTSS?

The Virginia Tiered System of Supports integrates academics, behavior, and mental wellness into a single decision-making framework.

The process involves universal screening, tiered (or levels of) intervention strategies, and progress monitoring to meet the needs of students.

The progress of each student is monitored and results are used to make decisions about further instruction or intervention.

At ALMS, we want to “…provide multiple levels of support to students in a more effective and efficient, clearly defined process.”

Why VTSS?

The purposes of the Virginia Tiered System of Supports are to:

· identify and prevent potential learning problems

· provide additional academic, behavioral, and social-emotional supports for individual student needs.

This approach allows school divisions, schools, and communities to provide multiple levels of support to students in a more effective and efficient, clearly defined process.

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Meet Our Wonderful Wolverines

At Andrew Lewis Middle School, we are committed to recognizing students who follow The Wolverine Way. Teachers nominate students who are safe, responsible, and respectful Wolverines. Each Friday, the principal draws the name of a 6th grader, 7th grader, and 8th grader. This is done live, over the announcements. Students win prizes from the community; Salem City businesses donated several great prizes for our students.

The Wolverine Way

I am safe.

I am responsible.

I am respectful.

I am a Wolverine.


Andrew Lewis Middle School would like to thank the following businesses for their generous support of our systems to acknowledge behavior (The Wolverine Way):

  • Chick-fil-A
  • Mac n Bobs
  • All Sports
  • Joe's Deli
  • Salem Ice Cream Parlor
  • Mama Maria's
  • Dominoes
  • Skate Center
  • Pizza Den
  • Salem Bowling Alley
  • Thunder Valley
  • Salem Red Sox
  • Tokyo Express
  • Fruitions
  • Kelly Cafe
  • Mill Mountain
  • Chris King and the Salem Athletic Foundations
  • Country Cookin'
  • ALMS staff members who continuously donate to VTSS

The Wolverine Way

Check out the resources we use to teach students our expectations. We use a behavior matrix to teach (and reteach) students how to behave in class, the bathroom, and all shared areas of the school. Each teacher uses The Wolverine Way is his/her classroom to insure that our students are safe, responsible, and respectful.

ALMS Matrix.pdf
The Wolverine Way Poster.pdf

What can you do at home to support VTSS?

Learn about the behavioral expectations at school and discuss them with your student, including examples of how these expectations help them learn and participate in school

Ask your student about his/her behavior at school.

Praise your student when his/her positive behavior is acknowledged.

Keep in touch with your student’s teachers.

Where can I find more information?

http://www.pbis.org/

https://vtss-ric.org/