The Arc of Larimer County Upcoming Event: IEP 101; Presented by Youth Advocate Melissa Welch, Ph.D. – Thursday, February 6, 6 – 8 PM.

Please click HERE for more information and to register.

From The Arc of Larimer County Event Page:

IEP 101

February 6 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Have questions about IEPs? Join us for a FREE workshop for an overview of the basics of IEPs, the process, what to expect, and how to most effectively advocate for yourself or someone in your care.

Presented by Melissa Welch, Ph.D
Youth Advocate
The Arc of Larimer County

Space is limited and light snacks will be served. Registration is required to attend.

 

 

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Poudre School District
Integrated Services
Sarah Belleau, Director

Save the Date! 33rd Annual PSD Integrated Services Mary Hull Awards – Thursday, April 23, 2020.

Save the date to attend a dinner presentation in recognition of PSD Integrated Services staff and community members in the following categories:

Licensed Teacher
Specialized Service Professional
Collaborative Award (general education teacher or building administrator who works with students with disabilities in their location)
Honorary Award (classified professional or community member who has gone beyond the call of duty working with students with disabilities)

The nomination process is underway.  Stay tuned for more information regarding nominees, recipients, and ticket orders.

 

 

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Poudre School District
Integrated Services
Sarah Belleau, Director

Project Search Fundraisers – both on Friday, January 17th: Cyclebar Class 8:30 – 9:00 AM & Torchy’s Tacos Spirit Day 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM – All are welcome!

Dear Project SEARCH Supporters and Graduates,

We are excited to share an opportunity with you to come to our cycling fundraiser to raise funds for our health and wellness program with Project SEARCH. We have loved having our Fitbits this year and we want to provide them for the class of next year. The Fitbits help us to track our steps, count how much water we drink everyday, and track our heart rate. We have learned that some of us haven’t been drinking a lot of water, some have not been exercising a lot, and we have learned what our heart rate is when we workout or in stressful times. The Fitbits have helped us learn a lot about ourselves and how we can improve.

There are two ways you can participate in the fundraiser. If you’d like to join us for the cycling class, please sign up at the link below. If you’d like to donate money, please send donations to Project SEARCH, 802 W. Drake Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80526.

At the Cyclebar class, we will be cycling to good music and working out for donations so please join us on January 17th, 2020 from 8:30-9:00am. Please meet us at 8:15 at Cyclebar to get fit for your bike. Cyclebar is located at 3300 S. Collage Avenue Suite#140. To sign up, please click HERE.

We will also be having a Torchy’s Tacos Spirit Day from 10 am-4 pm on Jan. 17th. The Project Search class will be going to Torchy’s Tacos after the Cyclebar ride to enjoy some breakfast tacos and socialize. Please print the attached flyer (below). We’d love to have you join us at Torchy’s to get caught up with community members as well as past friends and families of Project Search!

You can contact Emilie Ring for more information at (970) 219- 6667. You can also email her at emilier@psdschools.org.

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Integrated Services
Sarah Belleau, Director

Mid-Year Graduations for two of our Transition Programs – wonderful celebrations!

Congratulations to Alexis from Cooper Home and Dominic, Yoselin (Gaby), and Jared from Community Connections for the successful completion of their studies in Poudre School District. The ceremonies were well attended by PSD staff, students, friends and family. We are excited to see what the future holds for these bright young graduates!

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Table setting for Alexis’ graduation from Cooper Home; complete with hand-made cards from fellow students.Use 2
Just a few of the many attendees; watching a video montage of Alexis’ life at home and as a student (Alexis seated in front center).
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Cooper Home Program Specialist, Gayna Jobe, presenting to Alexis her Certificate of Completion.
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Several of the ceremony attendees, including Cooper Home staff and students, Integrated Services staff, family of the graduate, and Alexis (front center in red dress).
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Community Connections grads (from left) Dominic, Yoselin (Gaby), and Jared.
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Grads with their teacher, Community Connections Program Specialist, Michael Woodruff
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Graduate Yoselin (Gaby), center, with his family.

 

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Poudre School District
Integrated Services
Sarah Belleau, Director

Thank you to our 2019-20 Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)!

We’d like to say a special “thank you” to the members of our 2019-20 SEAC Committee.  Through your efforts and collaboration, students with disabilities are better represented, and partnerships between home, school, and community are stronger than ever!

Please visit this link for more information:  SEAC Homepage

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From left to right, front row:  Jessica Dugan, Heidi Graber, Darlene Prickett, Kylara Hosman, Erin Camper, Chanda Elkins, Anne Eakins, Jill Frey

Back row: Sarah Belleau, Joe Horky, Nick Smosna, Brian Fain, Randy Stahl, Carisa Clinton, Heather Alderman, Julie Chaplain, Kristen Zuiback, Carrie Calhoon, Stephanie Sumulong, Michael Woodruff, Janeen Veins, Amy Baca

Not pictured: Susan Higgins, Tamara Keefe

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Poudre School District
Integrated Services
Sarah Belleau, Director

Congratulations to our staff who were nominated by their colleagues in recognition of the amazing work they do on behalf of students with disabilities in PSD!

The following staff members were recognized at the Integrated Services Quarterly Meeting on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

Marie Romel, Integrated Services Teacher, Poudre High School
(Nominated by PHS Integrated Services Department)

“Marie Romel works tirelessly, everyday for Poudre School District, Poudre High School and for the students with disabilities within the IS Department. At her very core, she cares about the students and their wellbeing. She cares about them being successful, safe, confident and loved.
“She is always willing to drop the million different things that she is doing to help anyone. Have a question about an assessment? Marie is there with an answer. Need to know that one place where interschool memos are kept? Marie knows the exact drawer in the exact corner of a bustling office where they are kept. Need to just vent about a frustrating day you’ve had? Marie is there with a listening ear to let you talk.
“It is easy as a teacher to get lost in the chaos of the everyday business that high school can bring. It is even easier to get lost in the chaos that working as an Integrated Services teacher can bring. Yet, she manages to handle all of that and works together to help support the most important thing in our job … our students.”

Crystal Tani Powell, Board Certified Behavior Analyst
(Nominated for her support at Boltz Middle School; by Kristine Middaugh, School Psychologist; Madeleine van Oppen, IS Teacher; and Bonnie Beach, IS Teacher)

“Without uttering the words, Crystal embodies a mission of “how can I make your job easier.”  She has seamlessly integrated herself into the Autism program at Boltz Middle School by being a positive, collaborative, and considerate resource to the team.  She inherently recognizes needs, creates lessons and supplements, and passes along strategies.  She takes the time to get to know each student, makes easily implemented recommendations, and checks in daily with staff, even when not in the building.  We appreciate her dedication to staff and students and feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to celebrate successes due to her influence.”

Thank you both for your service and dedication to EACH and EVERY student in PSD!

 

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Integrated Services
Sarah Belleau, Director

Colorado Initiative for INCLUSIVE Higher Education – “Creating fully inclusive college opportunities in Colorado for students with intellectual disabilities to foster academic growth, social development, and career advancement.”

For students with intellectual disabilities who are on the path to post-secondary education, there are several inclusive college opportunities right here in Colorado!

Visit THIS LINK for more information!

 

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Poudre School District
Integrated Services
Sarah Belleau, Director

December 2-6 is Inclusive Schools Week!

What a great time to celebrate the continued efforts of PSD schools (both Integrated Services and general education staff in cooperation with administrative professionals) to ensure an inclusive learning experience for ALL students!

Click HERE for more information from the Inclusive Schools Network.

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Poudre School District
Integrated Services
Sarah Belleau, Director