FCHS Autism/ILS Program Wrapping Paper
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The following staff members were recognized at the Integrated Services Quarterly Meeting on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
Evan Daldegan, Special Education Teacher, Tavelli Elementary School
(Nominated by Lisa Vencill, School Psychologist, Tavelli)
Jill Frey, Special Education Teacher, Rocky Mountain High School
(Nominated by Michelle Wright, SWAP Specialist RMHS)
Erin Halter, Special Education Teacher, Lesher Middle School
(Nominated by Lesher staff, teachers, and administration)
Liz Lautenschlager, Special Education Teacher, Cache La Poudre Middle School
(Nominated by Amy Goldstein, Special Education Teacher, CLPM)
Erin Ruffner, Special Education Teacher, Rocky Mountain High School
(Nominated by Tara Gross, Special Education Teacher and Melanie Potyondy, School Psychologist, RMHS)
Sara Thompson, Special Education Teacher, Lincoln Middle School
(Nominated by Lincoln Middle School IS Team)
Thank you, Evan, Jill, Erin, Liz, Erin, and Sara for your service and dedication to ALL students in PSD!
CDE is collecting comments to determine the need for a Colorado state-defined alternate diploma for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Title 1 of the 2015 reauthorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) allows for the inclusion in graduation accountability of a diploma option for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
Three options have been drafted, and CDE is asking for feedback from stakeholders around the state. Please look over the options the State is considering and then take the quick survey to have your voice heard.
Link to provide feedback (survey will close on December 3, 2018):
Click Here for Survey
Regular Diploma Only
No State-Defined Alternate Diploma
Require a State-Defined Alternate Diploma
District Choice – Offer a Regular Diploma with the Option of a State-Defined Alternate Diploma
Integrated Services Parent Liaison
Top from left: Brad Reimers, David Wood, Patricia Heyse, Margaret Griffin, Xali Sommers, Sarah Waldron Moffitt, Stacey Souders, Makenzie Smith, Jamie Vannice, Sara Sadd, Kelly Webb, Dana Pierce, Melanie Potyondy, Amy Rhodes, Kelly Sharp, Crystal Tani Powell
Bottom from left: Sarah Belleau (Integrated Services Director), Maryann Babbs, Angie Youngberg, Carrie Wiens, Brittany Hutson (Lead Psychologist), Danielle Duncan, Karen Marshburn, Heidi Curtin, Kait Ahlbrandt (Practicum Student)
Photos from PSD Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, November 13. Board Members voted to approve a resolution in support of National School Psychology Awareness Week, November 12-18, 2018.
A note from PSD Integrated Services Director, Sarah Belleau:
This week is National School Psychology Awareness Week – a week when we not only increase our awareness of the knowledge, skill set and dedication of our School Psychologists, we also celebrate their work to support students, families and staff. In Poudre School District, each school has services from a School Psychologist to assist with many facets of school life. Some of the areas of expertise of a School Psychologist include the following:
Please take time to recognize and celebrate the School Psychologist(s) in your school!
Poudre School District
Thank you, Bethke Elementary, for finding creative ways to support students of all abilities!
A note from the principal:
This year, Mrs. Keyworth, Bethke’s PE teacher and PSD Excellence in Education teacher of the year nominee, has started a daily adaptive PE program. The goal is to get students to move as much as possible and work on targeted gross and fine motor skills while learning how to follow multi-step directions in a safe, small environment. Not only have we seen increased stamina and strength, these students now participate more actively in the regular education PE class. This small adaptive class has support from our PE teacher, IS paraprofessionals, as well as typical peers.
Bethke Elementary School
Honoring All Learners
PSD Integrated Services is hosting its second Transition Series Parent Workshop of the 2018-19 school year. These Transition Series events offer resources and information in planning for life after high school. It’s never too early to start the conversations!
Please join us for Transition Planning:
Hear about educational support options
Hear from work and job readiness organizations
Hear from community experts on planning for life after high school
RSVP your spot today! This event is intended for all middle and high school families wanting information about Transition.
Integrated Services Parent Liaison
This event is 100% organized by students in the Project Unify class. Project Unify is an elective class at Boltz that is sponsored by Special Olympics to promote social inclusion of students of all abilities. Come on out to cheer them on!
November is Homeless Youth Awareness Month. To date, Poudre School District has identified over 675 students as lacking fixed, regular and adequate housing in our district. Nearly 95 students are considered Unaccompanied Homeless Youth. This number will continue to increase. Homelessness impacts many students in our district from all walks of life. We average 1,000 students identified each year. This includes families doubled up, in shelters, living in vehicles, campgrounds, and on the street.
Each November, PSD joins the national campaign to raise awareness and resources to serve our students and their families experiencing homelessness. If you’d like to show support there are a few ways to go about doing so.
Items can be delivered to the PSD Johannsen Support Services Center at 2407 Laporte Ave. Please see the attached flyer (bottom of page) for more information on needed items.
We are selling awareness bracelets for $2.00.
We have t-shirts for sale for $12.00 (limited supply).
We are so grateful for your support as this is how we can continue to remove barriers and serve our PSD students so they can be successful in school.
As always, direct monetary donations are eagerly accepted.
Please contact Whitney Reid for more information about purchasing items or direct donation. Donations can be sent to PSD Johannsen Support Services Center, c/o Whitney Reid/McKinney-Vento, 2407 Laporte Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80521.
Whitney Reid, MSW
McKinney Program Specialist
We reached out to Rafat’s coaches and teachers for more information on the track season. Head coach, Conrad Crist and teacher, Alejandra (Ale’) McGee provided the following information:
Since competing in track and field in Spring, 2018, Rafat showed an interest in competing in cross country. The team embraced him and even has nicknamed him GOAT (Greatest of All Time). Rafat competed in the state cross country meet in the Unified race (3K) where he finished 3rd overall with a time of 13:30.4. His personal record 5K time was 24:07 at the Pat Amato Cross Country Meet; he shaved about 6 minutes off his time from the beginning of the season. In track and field, Rafat raced in the 100M and 200M. He also participated in the 100M Unified Race at the state track and field meet. He has been a participant of Unified athletics: football, basketball, and soccer.
It is exciting to celebrate the success of such a dedicated, hard-working PSD athlete and student!