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.
Michelle Zinkus, Director of Special Education
(570) 462-1957 EXT 4130 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
Coleen McGuire firstname.lastname@example.org
Speech and Language Pathology:
Dawn Wenrich email@example.com
Erica Polley firstname.lastname@example.org
Emotional Support Teachers
Mr. Jacob Prescott email@example.com
Mrs.Maricia Murtin firstname.lastname@example.org
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher:
Lisa Reidler email@example.com
Autistic Support Teacher:
Melissa Troutman firstname.lastname@example.org
Valerie Dornsife email@example.com
Social Worker/Behavioral Interventionist
Sean Lyons firstname.lastname@example.org
Joan Matta (Behavioral Interventionist) email@example.com
There are currently eight 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 14 - 21 years of age and would like to receive information about the transition process and transition section of an IEP.
IU29 Local Task Force is hosting an in-person evening session on December 5th Personal Wellness for Caregivers of Youth with Mental Health Needs
TaC news for November here: https://www.smore.com/thcx4 \
PA Transition Tidbits October Newsletter: https://www.smore.com/ka5n7
2021 Virtual Transition Fair - The Next Step
0:00-39:36-Welcome and Keynote Presentation with Dr. Josie Badger (Includes Q&A)
39:37-1:38-Student Panel-What is it like being in college?
1:57-2:02-Introduction to the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition-The Collaborative (NTACT-C)
2:03-2:26-Presentation by LVCIL
2:27-2:58-Presentation by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
2:58-3:27-Presentation by Lehigh Carbon Community College about the admissions process, Disability Support Services and the SEED Program.
3:27-3:30-Introduction to the Trello with community resources to explore.
S.N.A.P. (Special Needs Assessment Program) is a disaster preparedness tool provided by your county government. For more information visit https://scema.org/ Help Your Emergency Responders Help You!
Career Readiness Opportunities
Must register in advance: https://www.theconsortiumforpubliceducation.org/check-out-our-march-lineup-for-snack-learn/
Also on the site are recorded interviews from people in all 16 career clusters – students can watch to learn more about specific careers and the path needed to get into that field.
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