Special Education Department

Educating Students Academically, Socially and Behaviorally

October 14, 2016 Volume 4 Issue 10

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Children's Health Month

AAC Awareness Month

Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

National Principals Month #ThankAPrincipal

10/17-10/21 School Violence Awareness Week

10/17 Hess Special Education and CST meetings

10/18 Shaner Special Education and CST meetings

10/19 Davies Special Education Meeting

10/20 Early Dismissal- Staff PD

10/21 Staff PD Day 7:30-1:30

10/24 BOE Meeting

10/29 PTA Trunk or Treat

10/29 Faces 4 Autism Super Hero Walk for Autism

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Happy News:)

Laura Veisz got engaged last weekend! Congratulations to Laura!



Today is Sandra Liguori's last day. Courtney Foster has been board approved as her replacement. Courtney will be starting in a few weeks. In the meantime Mary Troxel will be the substitute.

Pam Thomas will be leaving next week. Her replacement will be Brittany Loesch. She will be starting on Monday.


Ashlee Grasso will be leaving shortly. Her replacement will be Kaylie Savannah. Her start date is TBD.

Islay Flynn was approved to replace Enza Lewis. Her start date is 10/24.

Best of luck to all those leaving the district. Welcome to our new staff. We are very happy to have you on board!


We are always looking for teacher, nurse and paraprofessional substitutes. If you know anyone who is interested, please have that person call the personnel office at 476-6247.

Effective Communication

Effectively communicating is one of our district goals this year. We all communicate with many people in many settings throughout the day- students, co-workers, administrators, parents, community members, etc. All of our relationships will be enhanced by effective communication.

Tip of the Week:

Learn to Listen

"Listening is not the same as hearing; learn to listen not only to the words being spoken but how they are being spoken and the non-verbal messages sent with them. Use the techniques of clarification and reflection to confirm what the other person has said and avoid any confusion. Try not to think about what to say next whilst listening; instead clear your mind and focus on the message being received. Your friends, colleagues and other acquaintances will appreciate good listening skills."


Mental Health Initiative

Mark your calendars for the SAMI Symposium- Thursday, October 20, 2016. SAMI stands for Suicide, Addiction, and Mental Illness. The SAMI Symposium will be held at Oakcrest High School.

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AND information about upcoming Youth Mental Health First Aid classes is below. EVERYONE is encouraged to get certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid. This training could save the life of a student, family member or friend.This training is being provided free of charge thanks to the Spread the Love Foundation. An additional training will be held in our district in January. More info to follow.

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Learning Disabilities Awareness Month


We will be participating in professional development next week. On 10/20 all paraprofessionals follow their regular schedules. On 10/21 the hours of professional development are 7:30 to 1:30 for full-time staff. Part-time paraprofessionals will work from 7:30-12:30. There may be a few exceptions to this, but individual paraprofessionals who may have a change to those hours will be contacted by Dana Kozak.

Straight from the Code

In order to provide both general and special education teachers with more knowledge of special education, there will be an excerpt from the code each week to help clarify our processes. http://www.state.nj.us/education/code/current/title6a/chap14.pdf

Over the next few weeks, information will be shared relative to IEPs. Please be sure you have read and are implementing the IEPs for your students.

6A:14-3.7 Individualized education program

(i) Annually, or more often if necessary, the IEP team shall meet to review and revise the IEP and determine placement as specified in this subchapter.

1. The annual review of the IEP for a preschool student with disabilities shall be completed by June 30 of the student's last year of eligibility for a preschool program.

2. The annual review of the IEP for an elementary school student with disabilities shall be completed by June 30 of the student's last year in the elementary school program. The annual review shall include input from the staff of the secondary school.

(j) The IEP team shall review:

1. Any lack of expected progress toward the annual goals and in the general curriculum, where appropriate;

2. The results of any reevaluation conducted according to N.J.A.C. 6A:14-3.8;

3. Information about the student including information provided by the parents, current classroom-based assessments and observations, and the observations of teachers and related services providers;

4. The student's anticipated needs; or

5. Other relevant matters.

Grants, Contests and Free Stuff!

Dash Back-to-School Pinterest Contest

Create a board. Name it “Handwriting Without Tears®Dash Back to School Contest." Pin everything from helpful teaching tips, classroom activities, or downloads. Have a the chance to win $200 WORTH of back-to-school gift cards! The deadline is October 14, 2016.

Champions for Change Contest

Attend the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit, January 18-22 in D.C. The deadline is November 15, 2016.

A.C. Moore and Kids in Need Foundation Grants

A.C. Moore is funding grants with the purpose of facilitating project based activities or hands-on lessons that incorporate arts & crafts into everyday curriculum. The deadline is January 5, 2017.

Let It Grow Contest

Enter daily for more chances to win! The contest ends March 14, 2017.

Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes

Enter once a day, every day for more chances to win! The contest ends March 24, 2017.

Share Your Ed-Tech Innovation and You Could Be a Grand Prize Winner!

Innovation in Education

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FREE Professional Development

*Tip- If there is a webinar you are interested in but you are unavailable at the time listed, register anyway as the company will generally send a link to the recorded webinar after the event.

Free WebBriefs:

Writing With Your Little Ones (K-2)

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Free Webinars:

Making the Leap from Textbooks to Digital Curriculum

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Getting Your Year off to a Great Start – Tips for New Teachers

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Student-Led Game Making and Learning

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Empowering Young People to Solve Real World Challenges: Global Projects from Primary to Secondary

Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

What Every Educator Should Know About Special Education Law

Monday, November 7, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

NJ Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE) recorded webinars

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Student Services Snippets

Critical Information for ALL staff is contained in these short screencasts. They run from 4.5 to 8 minutes. Please refer to them as needed.

Accessing IEPs and 504 Plans


Learning Ally

Working with Paraprofessionals

Critical Information for Paraprofessionals

Filling Out Requisition Forms

If there is other information you feel it would be helpful for us to share via screencast, please let us know.

Links to Previous 2016-2017 Newsletters

Several people have shared that they have had some issues with the new email system and missed some newsletters. Therefore, I am including the links here.

July 8, 2016

July 21, 2016

August 5, 2016

August 19, 2016

September 9, 2016

September 16, 2016

September 23, 2016

September 30, 2016

October 7, 2016

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