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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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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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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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