Tiered System of Supports


 Denville Township School District

New Jersey Tiered System of Supports (NJTSS)

New Jersey Department of Education


The three tiers of supports and interventions are bolstered by effective school and district leadership committed to the implementation of the system, a positive school culture and climate that is conducive for learning, and family and community engagement in the development and implementation of the framework. Across all tiers, some students may require accommodations that provide access to instruction. These supports are not contingent upon a student’s level of instructional support but are necessary to access content and achieve meaningful participation in the instruction.

Tier 3 provides intensive supports and interventions that may be delivered individually and provided in or outside of the classroom after the delivery of core instruction. Tier 3 may include replacement instruction.  There may be adaptations of supports and interventions based on an individual student’s performance using data that are reviewed during frequent progress monitoring intervals.

Tier 2 provides supplemental supports and interventions that may be delivered in small-group instruction, provided in either the general classroom or during an intervention period. Interventions include evidence-based instructional practices and interventions that increase in intensity, frequency and duration based upon the review of data during regular progress monitoring intervals.

Tier 1 provides high-quality learning environments, evidence-based curricular and instructional practices, and a continuum of supports and interventions in general education classrooms, delivered with fidelity by trained teachers with the support of other professionals.

Tier 1 supports are provided to all students. Tier 2 supports are provided through the I&RS process. Tier 3 supports are provided through the I&RS process and if applicable, through Special Education Services. Please review the Denville Township School District RTI Pyramid of Tiered Interventions for specific supports in each tier.

Family & Staff Resources: Please visit the following NJ DOE website for more information surrounding the core components of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and the three tier prevention logic of Response to Intervention (RTI).


Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS)

The I&RS process is a way for teachers to respond to the diverse educational needs of students within their classrooms. A building-based team is developed to plan and discuss additional strategies for teachers and supports for students. Our mission is to best meet individual student learning styles and drive student growth and progress. Referral to the I&RS team is a proactive response to teacher or parent concerns about student progress. (A Child Study Team evaluation may be recommended by the I&RS team, if the student has not shown a satisfactory response to interventions outlined in their action plan.)

Family & Staff Resources: Please visit the following NJ DOE website for information and resources to support the effective implementation of the I&RS regulations:

Denville I&RS Coordinators:

  • Lakeview – Patricia Huizing, Kimberly Steimke, Angela Abel & Dawn O’Connell (Grades K-2); Jennifer Cuff & Jane Zielinski (Grades 3-5)
  • Riverview – Meghan Lynch & Karen Hagman (Grades K-2); Jessica Llaneza & Laurie Smith (Grades 3-5)
  • Valleyview – Marian Lezgus & Leanne Foth


Basic Skills Intervention: Program Philosophy

The ultimate goal of Basic Skills Intervention, better known as BSI, is to support the student’s mastery of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. New concepts are introduced throughout the school year. BSI supports students in learning these new concepts, as well as the review and reinforcement of skills not yet mastered.

Student Eligibility: Identifying students for the Basic Skills Intervention program is based on the following criteria: Teacher recommendation, report card grades, student work samples, and overall student progress. BSI teachers work closely with the student’s homeroom teacher. When the student has achieved proficiency in their Math or English Language Arts goals, the teachers together will decide if the student needs continued support through BSI.

Family & Staff Resources: Families are encouraged to support their children at home. This includes 20 minutes of reading and support with any homework activities sent home on a particular night. (Please keep in mind, at the elementary level - each content area should take no longer than 20 minutes for the student to complete.) Another helpful tool is to reinforce academics through the use of family/student friendly educational websites. Here are just a few of the many websites that can assist students:

  • Reflex Math, Prodigy, Learning A-Z, Raz-Kids 

Denville Basic Skills Staff:

  • Lakeview – Basic Skills Teachers - Dawn O’Connell and Linda Frost; Early Connections - Kimberly Steimke; Reading Specialist 3-5 - Jane Zielinski
  • Riverview – Basic Skills Teacher – Trish Schell; Early Connections - Mary Beth Pridham; Reading Specialist 3-5 Iris Berger
  • Valleyview – Basic Skills Teacher – Lisa Schwarz


English Language Learner Services

English Language Learners (ELLs) within the student population are provided with access to grade-level content, while learning English. Students are provided with broad-based learning opportunities through pull-out instruction, as well as push-in instruction with our certified ESL teachers.

Family & Staff Resources: Please visit the following NJ DOE website for more information, resources, and family engagement opportunities:

Denville ESL Staff:

  • Lakeview & Valleyview – Theresa Mongiello
  • Riverview & Valleyview – Margo Fidurska 

Assistant Superintendent - Curriculum & Instruction: Dr. Sandra Cullis
Contact Information: (973) 983-6545 x 4407; scullis@denville.org


Director of Special Services: Mrs. Grace Johnson
Contact Information: (973) 983-6549 x 8403; gjohnson@denville.org


Supervisor of Support Services: Mrs. Skye Sardanopoli

Contact Information: (973) 983-6545 x 7402; ssardanopoli@denville.org

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