Each student with a disability who is a resident of Shenandoah Valley shall be provided quality education program and services that meet the student’s needs for educational, instructional, transitional, and related services. The special education program shall be designed to comply with law; conformed to district goals; and integrate programs of special education with the regular instructional program of the schools, consistent with the interest of the student with a disability and other students.
Under Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), a child with a disability can be defined as the following: Autism, Deaf/Blindness, Deafness, Emotional Disturbance,Hearing Impaired, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Speech and Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Visual Impairment.
If you believe that your school-age child may be in need of special education screening or evaluation, services are available to you at no cost, upon written request.
Family Engagement promotes equitable partnerships among schools, families and communities to actively promote student achievement through shared commitment, decision-making and responsibility. PaTTAN is looking for your input as we update our training plans, publications and resources. Please help us by completing our Family Engagement Survey. Families and schools working together, because our students are worth it.
The survey can be accessed at the link below and will close 3/23/20.
Michelle Zinkus, Director of Special Education
(570) 462-1957 email@example.com
Kelly Savakinas, Secretary to the Director of Special Education
(570) 462-1957 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lesley Matus, School Psychologist
(570) 462-2796 email@example.com
Elementary Special Education Teachers:
Maricia Buhl firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Possessky email@example.com
Jaime Houseknecht firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Huben email@example.com
Michelle Brochyus firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Palubinsky email@example.com
Barbara Cuff firstname.lastname@example.org
High School Special Education Teachers:
Amanda Zulkowski email@example.com
Sarah Hollenbach firstname.lastname@example.org
Lori Hess email@example.com
Gloria Laudeman firstname.lastname@example.org
Coleen McGuire email@example.com
Speech and Language Pathology:
Dawn Wenrich firstname.lastname@example.org
Erica Polley email@example.com
Emotional Support Teachers
Kassandra Stewart firstname.lastname@example.org
Angel VanBlargan email@example.com
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher:
Lisa Reidler firstname.lastname@example.org
Autistic Support Teacher:
Melissa Troutman email@example.com
Valerie Dornsife firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Worker/Behavioral Interventionist
Sean Lyons email@example.com
Joan Matta (Behavioral Interventionist) firstname.lastname@example.org
There are currently four co-teaching classrooms at Shenandoah Valley Elementary School. “Co-teaching is two or more people sharing responsibility for teaching all of the students assigned to a classroom (Nevin, Thousand, & Villa, 2008).” The research indicates increased overall achievement for all students. There are many benefits of co-teaching for both students and teachers alike. For students, co- teaching develops respect for differences, opportunities for leadership and growth within the least restrictive environment, improves self- esteem, enables development of friendships, shows increased achievement test scores, etc.
All students have the right to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE). If you would like to receive more information about co-teaching, please log on to Parent Hub.
The purpose of the Child Study Team is to implement academic and behavioral interventions to meet the needs of students experiencing difficulty prior to a special education referral. When the student is showing academic or behavioral problems, the teacher will complete the Child Study Referral form. The Child Study Referral form is located in the Elementary Office. The Child Study Referral form will be turned in to the School Counselor.
What is Transition? What does this mean for my child with a disability?
If you have a child with a disability who is 13 - 21 years of age and would like to receive information about the transition process and transition section of an IEP, then please come join us for an informational training about transition. Parents, guardians, and family members from ANY DISTRICT may attend the following training listed on the attached flyer.
Opportunity for Families, Students, Teachers: May 27, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Project AACHIEVE (An Autism College High School Integration for Educational and Vocational Excellence) will be offering an opportunity for families, students, and teachers to learn more about college planning during the time of COVID-19.
Jane Thierfeld Brown of www.collegeautismspectrum.com will be providing tips and guidance to help students and families plan for college during uncertain times. Dr. Brown will focus on information for graduating seniors and rising sophomores and juniors on the autism spectrum; however, the guidance will be helpful for any student with disabilities interested in attending college. The session will also allow attendees to submit questions ahead of time for Dr. Brown to address, as well as to ask questions during the session.
Please join us on Wednesday May 27 at 3:00 pm!
To attend, please click on this link to complete a brief form to register for the session.
Register in advance for this webinar:
(Upon completing the form above, you will be sent the link for the session along with a password.)
If you would like to submit any questions to Dr. Brown, please do so by clicking here!
If you have any questions, please email Kristin Starosta, email@example.com.
Welcome to Career Day “THE VIRTUAL WAY”
https://www.pct.edu/k-12-educators/virtual-career-day While this Career Day is primarily geared toward 7-9th grade students, it is suitable for all ages. Students may choose a pathway that leads them to a host of videos and articles meant to inspire and educate. This resource can be used as an enrichment tool, based on the PA Department of Education’s Career Education and Work (CEW) standards. The list of industry-recognized career clusters, for which the pathways are based, is found here
Students can reflect/respond and, to take a step further, go to our website at pct.edu to delve further into academic programs that prepare students for applied technology careers.
If you have any difficulties, or have questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education is pleased to announce the following opportunity:
Together at Home: Resources for Youth and Families
Date/Location: May 19, 2020 - Webinar
Time: 5:30 PM – 8:45 PM
Together at Home: Resources for Youth and Families is a virtual conference designed specifically for families and students to finish the school year strong. Presenters will offer twenty-minute sessions to assist with learning in a virtual environment. Several sessions have been specially designed just for students. An opening keynote by the Director of the Bureau of Special Education, Ms. Carole Clancy, will set the stage for the importance of strong family and student commitment. Marc Elliot, author and national presenter, will close the conference with an inspirational message on finding your strength.
Presenter(s): Multiple Presenters
You may register online by clicking on the name of the event on the Training Events Calendar at: https://www.pattan.net/events/http://www.pattan.net/category/Training/Calendar/
For content related information and questions, please contact Kim Jenkins, email@example.com, PaTTAN East.
For general registration information and questions, please contact Yolanda McDermott, firstname.lastname@example.org, PaTTAN East.
Together at Home is a web-based conference which requires each participant to log in separately to each session using the links that will be provided closer to the scheduled event.
All participants who wish to earn Act 48 credits must login to ZOOM on a computer individually in order to earn credits. No credit will be awarded to those who attend by phone (audio alone). Individual registrants must stay for the duration of the conference and must complete the conference evaluation survey with proper codes within one week of the conference to be eligible to receive ACT 48 clock hours.
Participants are encouraged to test their computers/devices prior to the date of the conference using https://zoom.us/test, and to seek local assistance if you encounter difficulty.
A PA ABLE Savings Program account gives individuals with qualified disabilities (Eligible Individuals), and their families and friends, a tax-free way to save for a wide range of disability-related expenses, while maintaining government benefits. The state and federal tax-free investment options are offered to encourage Eligible Individuals and their families to save private funds to support health, independence, and quality of life.
To help you learn about the important features and benefits of PA ABLE, the Pennsylvania Treasury Department is hosting free webinars.
Some of the topics that we will discuss include: eligibility requirements for opening a PA ABLE account, the federal and state tax benefits of PA ABLE, and how PA ABLE account interacts with current benefits.
Find Your Right Way - Informational session provided by Schuylkill Intermediate 29
S.N.A.P. (Special Needs Assessment Program) is a disaster preparedness tool provided by your county government. For more information visit www.scema.org Help Your Emergency Responders Help You!
The Brain: Basic Anatomy, Brain Injuries and Return to Learn Protocol Training
www.collegeboard.com : Register for the SAT
www.bls.gov/oco : Occupational Outlook Handbook - This is a guide to career information about hundreds of occupations!
FAFSA information : Apply for Federal Student Aid (Financial Aid)
Act Student : Register for the ACT
Council for Exceptional Children
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)
Schuylkill County Intermediate Unit #29
Apply for OVR (Office of Vocational Rehabilitation) Services
Pennsylvania Secondary Transition Guide
Schuylkill Technology Center (STC) applications
Sign Up for the Selected Service 18 years and older