Save the Date! 32nd Annual PSD Integrated Services Mary Hull Awards – Thursday, April 25, 2019. We have announced our nominees!

Save the date to attend a dinner presentation in recognition of PSD Integrated Services staff and others who support our program.  Congratulations to the following nominees:

Mary Hull Special Educator Award
Meghan Day – Werner Elementary
Ansley Garnett – Kinard Middle School
Tara Gross – Rocky Mountain High School
Diane Kallhoff – Webber Middle School
Tracy Kelley – Early Childhood and Lopez Elementary
Matt Mitchell – Lesher Middle School
Marie Romel – Poudre High School
Troy Tolar – Fort Collins High School

Mary Hull Specialized Service Professional Award
Rachel Collier – Physical Therapist North Side of PSD
Jessica McGuire – Speech/Language Clinician Wellington Schools
Xali Sommers – School Psychologist Lincoln Middle School

Mary Hull Collaborative Award
Allison Alter – Fort Collins High School Teacher
Erica Ciardullo – Lesher Middle School Teacher
Amanda Erickson – Timnath Elementary School Teacher
Barrett Golyer – Poudre High School Teacher

Mary Hull Honorary Award
Kim Cordova – PSD Transportation Department Route Planner
Connie Lucero – Shepardson Elementary School Special Education Paraprofessional II

Poudre High School Senior Wrestler, JJ Gallegos, will compete in the Unified wrestling match before the State wrestling semi-finals on Friday, February 22, at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The match will take place at approximately 5:45 P.M. JJ is the first Unified wrestler for PHS – and PSD! Way to go, JJ!

Pictured in top image from left: Brad Daniel, Volunteer Unified Wrestling Coach; JJ Gallegos, featured athlete, and Lisa Owsley, Poudre High School Integrated Services Teacher and Unified Coach.

Watch FRHS Para Kyle Emery play in the Unified NBA All-Star Game – LIVE NOW on Facebook NBA Cares (link below). Game starts 2/15/19 at 3:00 P.M. MST.

Click“>Here to watch!

Kyle Emery is one of the long-time Special Education Paraprofessionals at Fossil, and is very involved in PSD Unified Sports. Kyle was invited to play in the Unified NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is so awesome to have him there representing FRHS and PSD! 

Update on HB19-1036: PSD School Psychologists Brittany Hutson, Bradley Reimers, and Melanie Potyondy, along with BVSD Psychologist Sacha Mittelman, returned to Denver on Thursday, February 8 to go before the Senate Education Committee.

The bill will move on to the Colorado State Senate for a vote, and, if passed, to Governor Polis’ desk for signing.

Past post:  On Tuesday, January 22, HB19-1036 was voted through the Colorado House Education Committee to be referred to the Committee of the Whole. This bill will grant parity for school psychologists with the NCSP credential to receive the equivalent stipends that teachers, principals, and counselors are eligible for with their national board certifications.  Thank you to PSD school psychologist, Melanie Potyondy for initiating, PSD psychologists Brittany Hutson and Bradley Reimers for sharing testimony along with Boulder Valley School District Psychologist Sacha Mittelman, and State Representative Jeni Arndt of Colorado for championing this legislation!

For more information and updates on HB19-1036, click HERE.

From left: PSD Psychologist Melanie Potyondy, BVSD Psychologist Sacha Mittelman, PSD Psychologist Brittany Hutson and PSD Psychologist Bradley Reimers

PSD Integrated Services Literacy Coaches provide district-wide training available to all educators, and show that fun and learning can go hand-in-hand.

Literacy Coaches Janet Klein (right in top pic) and Julie Woolner (left) help PSD educators blend literacy and language, as well as bridge the gap between professional development and classroom success, through a course titled LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling), authored by Drs. Louisa C. Moats and Carol A. Tolman.  Here are some photo highlights from their most recent training days this week.