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 Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

Brooklynn Clason; Integrated Services Early Childhood Teacher, Traut Core Knowledge Elementary
(Nominated by Sarah Daniel, Integrated Services Early Childhood Teacher and Julie Daniel, Integrated Services Early Childhood/ELD Teacher)

“Brooklynn joined the team at Traut as a first year teacher this August. During that time, she has worked tirelessly for students with disabilities. She is constantly planning, implementing and adjusting to meet the needs of her diverse student population. She has become a trusted resource to parents as they bring their students to school for the first time. Additionally, she works with her team of providers in a collaborative way with a student centered mindset. Brooklynn has blown us away with her passion and drive as a first year teacher and we are proud to have her as part of our team.”

Emily Marquess; Integrated Services Early Childhood Teacher, Lopez Elementary
(Nominated by Julie Daniel, Integrated Services Early Childhood/ELD Teacher; Stephanie Thomas, Occupational Therapist; Krista Lavigne, Speech Language Specialist; Cheryl Rayner, Integrated Services Early Childhood Paraprofessional)

“Emily has blown us all away with her abilities as a first year teacher. She would fool anyone into thinking that she is a veteran special education teacher. Emily is truly one of the most loving and caring teachers we have ever had the privilege of working with.  She is attuned to each of her students’ needs whether they are receiving special education services or not. Emily’s ability to connect to all students has been something we all really admire.  Each day when the students arrive, they each receive special attention from Emily.  Each student is greeted with a big smile, a welcoming hug and they are assured that they will be well taken care of at school.   On top of learning a new curriculum and all of the intricacies of a new job, she has gone above and beyond for her students with disabilities. Emily has been phenomenal in her ability to write IEPs and collaborate with her team. She cares deeply for all of her students, has an innate ability to problem solve and make learning happen for all of the students in her classroom and is always willing to be the one to put in the extra work to implement strategies and new ideas.

“While carrying her workload Emily always has a huge smile and a positive attitude, even in the most frustrating situations. In addition to serving her students social emotional needs, Emily has put in the time and the work to make her classroom be the best it can be for all learners. A few examples include; setting up visual supports within her routines to support language development, providing differentiation with tasks and activities, and providing numerous opportunities for hands on learning.  We believe she has bright future here and we are proud to have her as one of our team members.”

Shey Reinhart; Integrated Services Paraprofessional, Riffenburgh Elementary
(Nominated by Riffenburgh Integrated Services Team: Kelly Sharp, School Psychologist; Devon Bjubrey, Occupational Therapist; Amy Stokes, Integrated Services Teacher; Sara Buchanan, Integrated Services Teacher)

Shey joined the Riffenburgh team last year as a paraprofessional who immediately jumped in and has made a lasting impact on our students. She provides consistency and love to our students each day. She takes initiative on instructional strategies and is always willing to learn and apply new teaching techniques. Shey works with a few of our most impacted students. Her instruction has taken students from learning letters and sounds at the beginning of the year to reading sentences. Our principal walked in during Shey’s instruction time a few weeks ago and her jaw dropped at the progress one of our first grade students has made with reading! Additionally, last year Shey had been instrumental in providing behavioral and academic support to a student who, previously, was not able to remain in class for instruction more than 10 minutes at a time. This student is now in class for the majority of instruction and accessing his education for the first time. We are so fortunate to have her on our team!

“Shey always comes to work with a positive attitude. She has an easy going personality, and her laugh is contagious. This is much welcomed after a stressful day or during a tough situation. She has a great relationship with the students she works with. They love her so much that they will even bring her donuts – in the bottom of their backpacks, not in a bag of any kind. She has been extraordinary this year in working with a student with significant needs, adapting her instruction to meet his needs. We are very lucky to have her!

“You can see how impactful Shey is on every student she works with by the way they react to her presence- hugs, smiles, presents! Our students absolutely love working with Shey. If she is absent for a day, they are constantly asking “Where is Mrs. Reinhart?” and wanting to make her cards telling her how much they miss her.  She demonstrates incredible patience with our students who need multiple repetitions of skills every day. Some of our more impacted  students have demonstrated so much growth and progress this school year, thanks to Shey’s hard work. We are so fortunate to have Shey as a part of our team.”

Megan Sexton; Integrated Services Teacher, Blevins Middle School
(Nominated by: Erica Rezendes, Social Worker Lead, and others listed below)

“Megan has been a great asset to our team.  She has a calm, patient demeanor and a great skill set for working with students who have emotional disabilities.  She goes out of her way to make kids feel like they belong, to creative a positive working environment, and to communicate with parents on a regular basis.  Her students have been making great progress on their IEP goals.  I am so happy to have Megan on my team!” -Erica Rezendes, Social Worker Lead

“In the two years I’ve worked with Megan she shows up daily for her students as well as her para-staff. Megan makes sure every voice is heard and valued in and out of the classroom. She is a leader in our community, leading Unified Soft-ball in the summer. Megan comes in daily with new ideas that support all of our students. I believe Megan should be recognized for this award for her commitment to special education and her ability to lead by example, everyday.” – Brian Farkas, Integrated Services Teacher

“Megan is the center-based SED teacher at Blevins and she is well deserving of this award. She goes above and beyond in every aspect of her job. Megan is a trusted and consistent adult in students’ lives. She is always even keeled, she never raises her voice, and she enforces consistent expectations. Megan has built strong connections with students and their families. This allows her to hold students to high expectations and push them beyond their comfort level, while also meeting their individual needs. Megan is a master-multi-tasker and she often has multiple subjects being taught in her classroom seamlessly. She builds relationships and connections with staff and collaborates with them for the success of the students. Even though she has no time to do so, Megan writes compliant and well written IEPs. She is the glue that holds together and runs a well-oiled center-based SED team of 11 students and families, 3 full time and 2 part time paraprofessionals, a school social worker, and a school psychologist.” – Jenni Thomason, School Psychologist

“Though I have only known her a few months, Megan has been wonderful to work with and deserves recognition! She has a great sense of humor, is calm and flexible and stands her ground when she needs to. She’s a hard worker that takes on difficult tasks daily with grace and strength. She’s easy going and approachable and truly cares about the care and quality of education that her students are given. She is creative in her teaching and a great team leader and player. I appreciate her and am very glad to be in her classroom this year!”  – Nicoletta Maes, Integrated Services Paraprofessional

Katie Wetzbarger; Integrated Services Teacher, Kruse Elementary
(Nominated by: Kruse Integrated Services Team)

Katie is the teacher you want on your team!  She is caring, kind, patient, trustworthy, a team player, has a great sense of humor and fun to work with!  Katie has so much love for her students.  She continuously goes above and beyond each day to meet their needs.  Cutting fingernails, braiding hair, providing snacks, buying Christmas presents- she does it all!  Katie is a talented teacher and especially great at working with some of our more challenging students and families.  She is a master in providing academic, emotional, and behavioral supports for her students.  Katie works collaboratively with Kruse teachers, staff and families.  She runs efficient, parent friendly IEP meetings.  Katie is a problem-solver, continually modifying and adjusting curriculum and instruction to best meet her students’ needs.  She is a hard worker, organized and has great communication skills.

We are so fortunate to have Katie on our team!”

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

 

 

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Great Happenings with Project Search!

“Project Search is a business led collaboration that enables young adults with disabilities to gain and maintain employment through career exploration and training at Columbine Health Systems.” ~PSD Website

Students at Project Search have participated in several recent activities, including a field trip to Edora Pool and Ice Center for some time on the ice rink, a Health and Wellness fundraiser that allowed everyone to improve their cycling skills while earning money for their program, and a Torchy’s Tacos Spirit Day fundraiser that added to the tally while replenishing needed calories after the spin session.

Here is a note of thanks from Project Search Coordinator, Emily Ring, and the Project Search Class of 2019-20, followed by some fun event photos.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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