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 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
Sheena Micklo firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Huben email@example.com
Michelle Brochyus firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Barlow email@example.com
Barbara Cuff firstname.lastname@example.org
High School Special Education Teachers:
Amanda McCloskey email@example.com
Sarah Lesisko 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 Blew firstname.lastname@example.org
Angel VanBlargan 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.
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!
2019 PA Community on Transition - Conference Information and Registration AVAILABLE
Conference information and registration are now available on https://www.pattan.net/Events/Conferences/Course-2607/Events/Session-32989.
Youth and Family Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are available for family members or caregivers of a transition-aged youth or young adult with a disability and high school youth between the ages of 16-21 accompanied by an adult (family member/caregiver). Families are encouraged to apply by completing the scholarship application online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/confscholarship19on or before June 26, 2019. The scholarship will cover the cost of a double occupancy hotel room and conference registration fee. Meals and mileage are on your own. You will be informed of your acceptance by July 1, 2019. For additional information about youth/young adult family scholarships, please contact Paula Quinn, or email@example.com. The scholarship form can be found by visiting our website at:http://www.pattan.net
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
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)
EscholarshipsUSA : Senior Scholarship Opportunities and Essay Contests for ALL grades! Username: shenval Password: shenval (use all lowercase letters)
Act Student : Register for the ACT