SPecial EDition

September 2015 (Volume 5 Number 1)

SPecial EDition is a quarterly newsletter produced by the Springtown ISD Special Education Department.

New Staff Members

A big POJO welcome to the following new (or returning in a couple of cases) staff members to special education:


  • Elizabeth Porter - Goshen Creek / Special Education Teacher
  • Christy Easterwood - Reno / Instructional Assistant
  • Dara Pyle - SES / Instructional Assistant
  • Nancy Sewell - SIS / Instructional Assistant
  • Branden Baker - SMS / Instructional Assistant
  • Christina Tidwell - SMS / Instructional Assistant
  • Dawn Briggs - SHS / Instructional Assistant
  • Justin Trahan - SHS / Special Education Teacher
  • Amanda Lambright - Bluebonnet Co-op / VI Teacher

2015 Special Education Performance on STAAR

The chart below indicates the number of students in special education who scored at Level II (passing). The results include performance on all tests - STAAR, STAAR A and STAAR Alternate. The district and campuses will be writing improvement plans to address the performance of special education students on state assessments.
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ChalkTalk: Strategies to Improve Challenging Behaviors

ChalkTalk is a professional development series of video interviews of experts on learning and behavioral challenges.


This video reviews proven strategies to foster academic and behavioral success for students presenting severe behaviors.


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Developing Goals That Are Aligned to State Standards and Student Focused

Monday, Oct. 12th, 8:30am-3:30pm

301 E 5th St

Springtown, TX

All Special Education Teachers, Speech Language Pathologists, Special Education Counselors, Diagnosticians and LSSP are required to attend. Related Service providers are invited to attend as well.


This is a follow up to the PLAAFP training conducted last October. Participants will take the information learned about developing Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance and use the PLAAFP to develop IEP goals.

PLAAFP Training for New Teachers

Cathy Sartain will be in the district to provide PLAAFP training for new SISD special education teachers. Previously trained teachers who are in need of a refresher are also invited to attend. Please email Stacy Johnson if you would like to attend.

Tuesday ,October 13, 2015 8:30 - 3:30

Central Services Boardroom

Inventory Requirements and Budget Changes

Amanda Bailey will be contacting all special education teachers to conduct an onsite physical inventory of materials purchased with federal funds. You will receive a listing of your inventory. Once all items have been located, Amanda will arrange to visit your classroom to physically verify items. At this time, any items not in use may be returned to the special education office.


Due to minimal increases (if any increase) in federal funds and increasing fixed costs (payroll, contracted services, products licenses, testing materials, etc.), special education teachers will not receive a budget from to special education department in the 2015-2016 school year. The special education department will continue to supply gloves, changing pads and other unique items to meet the everyday needs of students with disabilities. All federal special education funds are supplemental which means they can only be used to purchase materials that are unique to special education and not provided to all students.

Progress Reporting Information

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Reminder for Administrators

If a parent or legal guardian makes a written request to the District's director of special education services or to a District administrative employee for a full individual and initial evaluation of a student, the District shall, not later than the 15th school day after the date the District receives the request:

1. Provide an opportunity for the parent or legal guardian to give written consent for the evaluation; or

2. Refuse to provide the evaluation and provide the parent or legal guardian with notice of procedural safeguards under 20 U.S.C. Section 1415(b).

Brookshire’s is giving away cash to 3 schools on top of the $1,000 to be given at an upcoming football game.

Fantastic Opportunity for SISD to win some big cash..


Text “Porcupines” to 43101

Every day, once a day.

The 3 schools who Text/participate the most win $20K or $15K or $10K.