Special Services Update
Parents, Grandparents and Community Members,
Welcome back to a new school year. We are very excited about getting started.
Special Services staff includes a director and a secretary, four school psychologists, four speech/language pathologists and a work-study coordinator. The special education instructional staff is comprised of twenty-four teachers, seven individual/small group instructors (tutors), and two teachers for preschool-age children with disabilities, an ESL tutor, and twenty-one special education instructional aides. Special education related services are contracted and provided by an occupational and physical therapy team. Should you need to contact them, you can reach them through me, your teacher or the building principals.
Child Find is the process of identifying, locating, and evaluating children with disabilities who may be in need of special education and related services. Both State and local educational agencies are given the responsibility by federal and state laws to conduct child find activities so that children who need special services have the opportunity to receive those services.
For age Birth to 3 – An established condition known to result in delay, or documented developmental delay.
For ages 3 through 21 – Identification of one or more of the following conditions: autism, developmental disability, deaf-blindness, hearing impairment, including deafness, metal retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, emotional disturbance, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, and/or visual impairment including blindness.
If a need is identified, the child can begin receiving the appropriate special education and related services. In addition, though a child may not be eligible for special education or related services under IDEIA he or she may qualify for Section 504 services, accommodations, and/or modifications if he or she has a physical, or mental impairment that currently substantially limits some major life activity which causes the student’s ability to access the school environment or school activities to be substantially limited. Free assessments are available to families to determine whether or not a disability exists.
NEW STAFF AND CHANGES
There are some new staff members and changes this year. Mr. Leonhardt, and Ms. Smethers will be new teachers at Schrop Intermediate School. Last year, Mr. Leonhardt was a tutor at the high school and Ms. Smethers taught art at Spring Hill Jr. High. Also, Mr. Zimmerman will be moving to Roosevelt Elementary from Schrop. Ms. Gunias will be moving from Spring Hill to Young Elementary. Miss Longworth, will be the new tutor and volleyball coach at the high school.
SPRINGFIELD SPARKLE CHEERLEADING PROGRAM
The 2013-2014 Springfield High School Cheerleaders and Sparkles Squad have been very busy over the summer. They have cheered and performed for many community events. The Autism and the Mitochondrial Walk/Run held at Lock 3 Park and the Summit for Kids event.
At the Summit for Kids event, both squads participated in the John S Knight Center. The event offered students dental and eye screenings, physicals and gave students backpacks filled with school supplies. The teams performed in front of large crowds and represented Springfield very well. They are looking forward to an exciting season. For more information about the cheerleaders, please contact the coach, Terry Kyser.
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