Democracy in action! Congratulations to all involved in the passing of HB19-1036 – Annual Stipends for Certified School Professionals. Here are a few words from PSD School Psychologist, Melanie Potyondy.

“This year has been a crash course in democracy for me, and a formative experience in building my confidence about constituents’ power to effect change.

“This fall, I emailed my wonderful state representative Jeni James Arndt about a state statute with which I saw an issue, just on a whim. Not only did she listen, she ran with it. She took it on as one of her bills for the year. I, along with some of my school psychologist colleagues, Brittany Hutson (PSD), Brad Reimers (PSD), and Sacha Mittelman (BVSD), had the honor of supporting her as HB19-1036 made its way through the House and the Senate. We got to see Representative Arndt and her co-sponsors argue passionately about school psychologists’ value and advocate on our behalf for parity in compensation. We got to speak at the Capitol (twice!). Today, our bill was passed by the general assembly and is one step away from being a law. (The bill was signed by Governor Polis on 2-28-19; becoming law.)

“It is a small bill. It gives certain school psychologists a yearly stipend. It still feels really special, and I am grateful.”

~Melanie Potyondy
PSD School Psychologist

Find more information on the Bill HERE.

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis signing HB19-1036 on 2/28/19.
Behind Governor Polis, from left: Representative Jeni James Arndt (Co-Sponsor); Representative Barbara McLachlan (Co-Sponsor), PSD School Psychologists Brittany Hutson, Melanie Potyondy, and Brad Reimers; Representative Cathy Kipp (former PSD Board of Education member).

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Honoring our PSD School Social Workers during the month of March!

Dear Poudre School District Staff, Parents, Students, and Community Members,

March is a month to celebrate our social workers as it is National Professional Social Work Month! Poudre School District has many social workers supporting our students! Their work is integral to our students’ success, engaging the students, families, staff and community to assure alignment of resources and interventions. On any given day, we can find our social workers conducting individual and group sessions, collaborating with staff and community members, supporting others in meetings, engaging in meetings to find good solutions for students, managing a crisis, celebrating successes, etc. Our social workers make a difference daily!

Find out more about school social work at

“School social workers are an integral link between school, home, and community in helping students achieve academic success. They work directly with school administrations as well as students and families, providing leadership in forming school discipline policies, mental health intervention, crisis management, and support services. As part of an interdisciplinary team to help students succeed, school social workers also facilitate community involvement in the schools while advocating for student success.”

Celebrate your school social worker today!


Sarah Belleau
Integrated Services
Poudre School District

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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