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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Poudre School District
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

Learning about Dyslexia

On November 13, Integrated Services Literacy Coaches Janet Klein, Shaunda Stahl and Julie Woolner presented a well-attended professional development opportunity: “Understanding Basic Reading Disability and Dyslexia.”  This class was made available to “anyone interested in learning more about dyslexia and how it relates to a basic reading skill deficiency/disability, how it is identified, and appropriate instructional strategies, accommodations and assistive technology to support students.”

Thanks to Janet, Shaunda and Julie for making this invaluable training accessible and applicable.



Final Post of School Psychology Awareness Week

We are so appreciative of ALL of our PSD School Psychologists – every week! If you have a chance, please take a moment to thank one of them for the difference they make in the lives of so many PSD students.

Brittany Hutson, School Psychologist Lead

In alphabetical order:
Lys Adler
Shannon Altenhofen
Maryann Babbs
Denise Bennett
Lydie Birai
Liz Blocksma
Tony Bonanno
Heidi Curtin
Brian Diaczun
Danielle Duncan
Meg Griffin
Patty Heyse
Courtney Hill
Jessica Loveall
Karen Marshburn
Kristine Middaugh
Emily Moulton
Dana Pierce
Melanie Potyondy
Brad Reimers
Sara Sadd
Kelly Sharp
Jacqueline Shoemaker
MaKenzie Skaggs
Xali Sommers
Stacey Souders
Jenni Thomason
Jamie Vannice
Lisa Vencill
Amy Villard
Sarah Waldron Moffitt
Kelly Webb
Carrie Wiens
Robyn Williams
Dave Wood

Photo for 2019-20 coming soon!

PSD School Psychologists Meg Griffin and Melanie Potyondy gave a presentation, “Social Media: Connection vs. Isolation”, at the Colorado Society of School Psychologists (CSSP) conference last weekend in Vail, Colorado.

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PSD School Psychologists Meg Griffin (left) and Melanie Potyondy were chosen to present at the CSSP conference in Vail, Colorado.  The conference theme was “Mental Health and Wellness in Schools”, with an emphasis on the utilization of a comprehensive service model that implements programming and interventions to support the needs of the whole student.

The presentation was titled “Social Media: Connection vs. Isolation”.  Participants were provided with current data representing youth social media usage; including information about positive and negative impacts of social media upon interpersonal effectiveness, behavioral regulation, and mental health. Practical tips were provided around social-media usage to better support students and their families.

Meg Griffin stated, “We feel honored to share our presentation with the intent that the information we provide about accessing the internet and social media in a healthy manner will be taken back to schools and classrooms across the state.”