Melissa Couch is a new instructor of applied violin and viola at Lincoln Trail College.
Couch earned bachelor’s degrees in music performance and music education from Indiana State University and will complete her master’s degree in music performance in the spring of 2013.
She began violin studies at age 8 and became a member of the Columbus, Ind., Philharmonic at the age of 16. In 2004, she became a member of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra with which she continues to perform. She served as concertmaster of the ISU Symphony from 2005 to 2010 and performed with the university string quartet. She has participated in jazz ensembles and has engaged in a variety of non-traditional musical collaborations in the non-classical sphere.
For more information on music instruction at LTC, call 618-544-8657, ext. 1433. For more information on LTC, visit www.iecc.edu/ltc.
Once each school year, the Illinois PBIS Network formally recognizes schools that demonstrate implementation and sustainability of the PBIS process through measurable criteria at the Tier 1/Universal, Tier 2/Secondary, and Tier 3/Tertiary levels. Schools that want to be recognized for their implementation of PBIS for the 2011-12 school year are required to submit an application, along with supporting documentation, for one of the five levels of school recognition: Start-Up, Emerging, Implementing, Fully Implementing and Exemplar.
Martinsville (Ill.) Elementary School has been commended and recognized for Implementing Level status with PBIS: Maintaining the school-wide PBIS foundation and building the foundation for Tier 2/Secondary Level Interventions.
The requirements for this recognition include: Completing and submitting the PoI at least once yearly; demonstrating PBIS implementation by fulfilling all criteria on the most recent PoI at the following phases: Tier 1/Universal Phase I and II, and Tier 2/Secondary Phase I (see individual application for required supporting documentation); completing and submitting a Multi-Tiered Action Plan; completing and submitting Daily Progress Report for Tier 2/Secondary Interventions; completing and submitting a Tier 2/Tier 3 Interventions Tracking Tool; scoring 70 or higher on the Benchmarks of Quality, or scoring 80/80 on the School-wide Evaluation Tool; and completing the Self-Assessment Survey.
A congratulatory letter from Elizabeth Hanselman, Assistant Superintendent for Special Education and Support Services, Illinois State Board of Education, was given to the school for their dedication of implementing PBIS.