Campbell County Special Education

April/May 2021 Volume 2 Issue 6

Bringing educational information to you about special education in Campbell County

Welcome to our newsletter. My name is Donna Singley. Please feel free to contact our office with any needs. (423) 566-1433

Special Education Announcements

  • After School Meet Ups are occurring in both high schools. Ms. Lasley and Ms. Ayers have more information.
  • SPDG topics for February/March are Growth Mindset and Hacking School Discipline. If you haven't read this book, I suggest you purchase a copy. April Paul and Tamra Teague will help facilitate trainings next year. The audience will be new teachers. New teachers will learn about classroom management, growth mindset, and classroom layouts.
  • Square Pandas have been delivered to the schools. Remember to give each special education teacher (that is involved in ELA) 4 devices. This will help tremendously in teaching reading skills to struggling students. Square Panda recording (30 minute training) was sent to principals and special education teachers yesterday. Anyone wanting more information on the devices is encouraged to watch the recording.
  • Transition meetings are coming to a close. We only lack Caryville and Lafollette Elementary Schools. Thank you for the hard work on these meetings. A special thanks to the many teachers that worked tirelessly on the IEP changes.
  • Extended School Year (ESY) will be at LMS. Steve Greek and Tabitha Ivey will lead the summer program. The date are: Grades K-5 June 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, and 10 and Grades 6-12 June 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, and 30: Hours for ESY are 8:00 am - 12:30 pm transportation is provided.
  • The state is offering extensive IEP training. There are several different dates. Encourage new special education teachers or teachers that want to learn more about the process to register immediately at
  • Remember to complete any student paperwork that comes due during the summer prior to the last day of school.
  • Thank you for everything that you do! Have a great summer!

Square Panda


The 26 letters of the alphabet combine to represent 44 sounds. This provides children with access to sounding 84% of the words in the English language. Research has shown that:

“Phonics instruction is helpful for all students, harmful for none, and crucial for some.”

ESY Defined - IDEA Sec. 34 CFR 300.106

The term "extended school year services" means special education and related services that -
1. Are provided to a child with a disability-
i. Beyond the normal school year of the public agency;
ii. In accordance with the child's IEP; and
iii. t no cost to the parents of the child; and

2. Meet the standards of the state educational agency.

ESY is:

  • FAPE for students with disabilities who demonstrate the need for services during school breaks
  • an IEP team decision
  • an annual determination
  • IEP goal(s) and service(s) specific ESY based on data
  • a data-informed plan to prevent loss or regression of acquired critical skill(s), behavior(s), or medical concern(s)
  • a service intended to prevent need for extended recoupment due to regression during school breaks
  • a district program delivered by special education teachers/specialists, but not necessarily the student’s current teacherdetermined based on staffing or convenience


Start transition early
o Transition begins in kindergarten. Each year of the student’s education should be preparing them for their postsecondary success.
o Conversations take place across school levels focused on sequencing and aligning efforts to ensure seamless transitions across schools and into adulthood.