December Newsletter 2015

Student Support Office


Parent Survey----Plea

Please get your parent surveys out to families. Paper copies are not as effective as an e-mail with the link. Once you have a meeting with your family, please send them an e-mail with the link, this method had the highest success rate for a return from our families.

We currently have 28 surveys in and are shooting for 300.

Thanks for your efforts!

Safety Net IEP

Safety Net is fast approaching. Last year we were able to submit for nearly $800,000 and received about $650,000 in reimbursement. This is definitely a team effort but is contingent on a compliant IEP and Evaluation.

The deadline for our office to submit to Safety Net this year is March 18. So the dates that you need to know:

  1. All Safety Net IEPs (your SSC has the list) are due to our office by February 5th.
  2. If you have a situation where you are not able to make the February 5th deadline, please contact your director to alert them. Our absolute last day is February 15th.
  3. Skylar, Cissy, and I are currently reviewing all safety net IEPs that have already been submitted. If you receive an e-mail or contact from us for corrections, please do the amendment quickly and get that updated paperwork down to our office.

Note: Double check the dates of your Safety Net students and plan ahead, especially if your student has a new 1:1 with them.


Our SPecial Education Leadership Team met in November. Please see minutes for more information about what we discussed and may be focusing on.


We are still in need of general education staff, we could use a preschool teacher, another elementary teacher and a high school teacher to give us some additional perspectives with how special education and general education can work together.

Upcoming Opportunities for Input on Transition and bump-up procedures

Please be looking for a survey from me coming out during the week of the 14th. This survey will give you an opportunity to share about a transition process between buildings and programs that you think would be helpful in ensuring that our students, families, and staff have the smoothest transition at the start of the year possible.

Even if you did not engage in transition activities last year, you can provide valuable feedback as to how informed you were at the start of this year about your newly transitioning students and what would have been helpful for you to know at the beginning of the year.

Any suggestions for how to improve the process or to do it differently (we've all be to different districts at some point, so may be able to bring an effective process here!).

I look forward to getting your feedback.

There will be an opportunity for a committee to meet and plan out the process and timelines in January (more info about that will be forthcoming).

Celebrations and Kudos

Teams pulling it together

  • Great team work to the McKenny DLC staff and our Program Specialists for pulling together to keep the classroom organized and instruction happening. We are grateful for all of your hard work.
  • Thanks to Karen K. and Jesse D. for all of their hard work to develop the transition program this year. The program doubled in size and they have really done a fabulous job creating opportunities for students moving into adulthood.


Special Education Staff PD opportunity> 54399

Thursday, Dec. 10th, 3-5pm

1113 Legion Way Southeast

Olympia, WA

Hi Everyone!

This message is primarily for Resource and EBD staff, but anyone is welcome to come if the topic is of interest to you. I have gotten it set up so that our quarterly after school meetings have PD hours and clock hours attached to them.

I was not able to back date this for September, but moving forward there is an opportunity for 3 clock hours.

Remember, I will be doing 2 sessions back to back. Please come to the one that best fits your schedule. I will get the topics out to you all so you have an idea of what we are focusing on, but wanted to get the dates and information out ASAP.

There are a couple errors on the posting for the workshop so I cut and pasted the corrected version here.

Special Services Staff Development Day

Topics in special education: Common Core and brain research, data analysis, Assistive Technology and Universal Design

• review procedures for State and Federal Reporting requirements, • refresh skills in the Tools of the Mind (TOM) curriculum, including alignment with Common Core State Standards, • begin to address and identify personal growth, and student achievement goals for the 14-15 school year.

Important Session Information:

Registration ends at 12:00 AM on Friday, April 29, 2016

Session ID:

Credits Available:
(4) 3 Clock Hours

12/10/2015> Brain research, student learning, and data

3:00 PM - 4:00

or 4:00-5:00 PM

Knox, Board Room

2/22/2016> Accommodations and Modifications/ Universal Design

3:00 PM - 4:00

or 4:00-5:00 PM

Knox, Board Room

4/18/2016> Common Core and the IEP

3:00 PM - 4:00

or 4:00-5:00 PM

Knox, Board Room

Communication, Educational, and Related Considerations for Students With Severe Disabilities

We have the opportunity to have nationally recognized speaker come to Olympia and spend about 2 hours with us on the following topic:

This workshop will highlight assessment and intervention strategies that have proven useful in fostering communication, educational, and related skills in individuals with severe disabilities, particularly those with accompanying intellectual challenges. While greatest emphasis will be placed on the role of Augmentative and Alternative Communication, content will be readily applicable to other related services as well as overall instruction. Authentic assessment and intervention will be discussed with multiple practical examples of how these principles can be applied to foster functional and meaningful abilities. Overarching themes of the workshop will be PARTICIPATION, MEMBERSHIP, and INCLUSION.

The workshop will be on January 11 from 5:30-7:30 location TBD. There will be a registration number in MyOSD. We will be extending this invitation out to staff and families free of charge.

Speaker bio:

Dr. Stephen Calculator is a Professor and Chair in the Department of

Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of New Hampshire. Since

earning his doctorate in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-

Madison in 1980, Stephen has published and lectured extensively in the areas of

augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and inclusive services for

individuals with severe disabilities, drawing upon his ongoing experiences as a consultant

to numerous schools and other agencies in the USA and beyond. His greatest

contributions have been devoted to enhancing our understanding of the role

communication and assistive technology can play in fostering the participation of

individuals with severe disabilities in their communities.