The Easton Area Middle School Student Success Program (SSP) is a collaborative, school-based program that helps students develop self-control and self-management skills so they can maintain good attendance, behavior and classroom performance and ultimately succeed in school and graduate from high school. The program has two components. The first component is open to all students, and includes participation in the Botvin LifeSkills® classroom-based training, a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse and violence. The second component of the Student Success Program is one-on-one case management for students who demonstrate risk for failure in attendance, behavior and grades. Case management includes regular contact with a caring adult and continual review of how the student is progressing with attendance, behavior and classroom performance. The program is designed to last one full school year.
The Easton Area Middle School Student Success Program was initiated in 1999 at the request of the Easton Area School District to address disturbing behavior patterns gleaned through student surveys, and behavior and attendance records. Analysis of the information indicated two core issues facing students — family poverty and under-education. The United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley recognized similar needs and named Easton Area Middle School a United Way Community School designed to level the playing field for schools with a high poverty rate. A United Way Community School is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. With its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement, the goal is to improve student learning, strengthen families and build healthier communities.
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