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SMSD SPED Newsletter 2015 Winter Edition

Instructional Specialists

Photo Release

Please be sure there is a photo release on file for students in pictures before posting them to social media.

Don’t forget 512_FISH twitter account!

DLM Announcement

January 5th-March 1, 2016 Instructionally Embedded Assessments Window Continues

March 16-April 28th, 2016 Mandatory Spring Testing Window

**Check the DLM Google Classroom for updates and helpful resources**

Web-Resources to differentiate Content: multiple means of representation

Shmoop is a digital publishing company that presents academic content in humorous ways. From mathematics to literature to test preparation, Shmoop provides information in ways that students find accessible. Most of the literature included in the site has a video overview of the book on its first page. In addition, each work is summarized in student friendly vernacular.

Click here: shmoop to access the website.

Universal Design for Learning information can be found using the link below:

MIS Topics

Graduating Senior IEPs

The service end dates should reflect the last day of school for seniors rather than the graduation ceremony date. The change in service end dates should be made as annual reviews are held. IEPs already written will not need to be corrected at this time.

Provider Lists

Provider lists are for your use throughout the year, not just in August. They frequently change as students move in and out of the district and around to other attendance areas. Be sure you check your provider lists frequently and report any errors to your MIS clerk. Please check yours today!


As you know, the LEA Rep is now required for all IEP meetings. Please also have the LEA Rep sign any fields labeled for the LEA Rep signature - such as on the excusal form if a regular ed teacher can’t stay for an entire meeting, etc.

Gifted Initials

A reminder that the orange folders should be turned in to MIS staff with initial gifted evaluations.


Students in the Shawnee Mission School District have a right to expect that information about them will be kept confidential by all school personnel. As professionals it is our responsibility to protect that right. Each student with whom you work has the right to expect that nothing that happens to or about him or her will be repeated to anyone other than authorized school employees who have an “educational need to know”.

When talking to a colleague about a student or his family, apply these four tests to see if the discussion may be violating the student’s confidentiality rights:

1. Where is the discussion taking place?

2. Who is engaged in the discussion?

3. What exactly is being discussed?

4. Why is the discussion taking place?

ALWAYS ask yourself, “Am I being a professional or a gossip?” Treat all students as if they are your own. Share this reminder with your colleagues.

Early Childhood to Kindergarten Transition

It is Transition Season…Early Childhood to Kindergarten “overview sheets” will be coming soon. Please take time to review and plan accordingly with your building teams for upcoming meetings. Happy Spring!

Scheduling IEPs

Staff as you are scheduling IEP meetings this winter, please be mindful and schedule them before their due date. As we can not be predictors of the weather we encourage you to plan ahead in the event potential snow days occur.

Transition Catalog Courses- Spring 2016

Each course is held from 4:00-5:00 pm at Indian Creek Technology Center


The Transition Aged IEP- 2/10/16 Room 109

Overview of Transition Page of the IEP. Learn about writing transition pages that are not only compliant but quality.


Transition Assessment- 3/9/16 Room 114

The who, what, where, why and how of transition assessments. High quality transition planning creates better outcomes for students. Learn about transition assessment and resources for developing strong transition plans.


Developing Self-Determination Skills in Students with Disabilities-

4/13/16 Room 114

Student-directed planning and self-determination lead to better outcomes for our students. Learn about ways to develop students’ self-determination skills. We will be examining easy to use resources that can be implemented in your classroom.


Working with Families in Transition Planning- 5/11/16 Room 114

Families make a difference! Learn about working with families and developing family connections so our students experience an increased chance for success upon graduating from our services.

Differentiated Instruction Catalog Courses- Spring 2016

Differentiating Instruction

Thursday 3/24/16 4:00-6:00 PM

Indian Creek Classroom A

We will be discussing strategies for differentiating instruction for students. We will be focusing on differentiating content, process, product and the learning environment. Each attendee will receive a copy of the Differentiated Instruction book by Richard Villa.

Financial & Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs

Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 6:30-7:30pm

4401 West 103rd Street


Presented by Scott Adams, Special Needs Planning Center

RSVP: 913-993-9825

no charge to attend this Parent Resource Center presentation


On Monday, November 23rd, students in Angela Holtgraves’ class opened their West Way Shop to sell donated Tippin’s pies and host a Tippin’s Pie Day. PBIS staff worked with Chef J.J. Mirabile of Jasper’s Restaurant and Mark Boyer, Tippin’s President, to get over 230 pies donated for the sale. The West Way Shop provides students with special needs the opportunity to practice job and life skills. The shop also offers SM West students a chance to spend tokens earned through the school’s PBIS program. Through this community partnership, SM West students were able to purchase pies at the store in time for Thanksgiving. The PBIS team worked together to make this event happen and they hope to have it again next year!

Gay Drake, Holly Sprick and Karen Kessler were recognized with Appreciation Awards for the positive impact they have had on others by KAHPERD. KAHPERD is the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The award ceremony was held at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Wichita, Kansas.
Terry Foss, Assistive Technology Specialist & Integrated Resource Specialist , has partnered in a new book recently published- Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology: A Comprehensive Guide to Assistive Technology Services. This book provides an essential guide for assessing a child's needs, choosing and implementing the right technologies and services, and training education professionals in how to optimize learning with these critical tools. More information on the QIAT community- a nationwide grassroots group that provides input into the ongoing process of identifying, disseminating, and implementing a set of widely-applicable Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services in school setting- can be found here: http://www.qiat.org/. Terry is also co-author of

Every Move Counts, Clicks and Chats: Sensory Based Approach to Communication and Assistive Technology, published in 2007.

link to the QIAT book

Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology: A Comprehensive Guide to Assistive Technology Services

SMSD Special Education

Indian Creek Technology Center

Jackie Chatman, Director

Debbie Lair, Programming Coordinator

Maureen Markland, Elementary Services Coordinator

Anjanette Tolman, Elementary Services Coordinator

Sherry Dumolien, Secondary Services Coordinator

Courtney Weber, Secondary Services Associate Coordinator