Special Education Family Newsletter

November 2021

Dear Families,

Happy November! Here's our latest monthly newsletter with updated information and several opportunities for learning and supporting your child. I encourage all of you to sign up for the training opportunities provided through the District and NCCSE. The links to sign up are in the newsletter. As always if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to the Special Education Department. We are here to support your child.

Nereida Gutierrez

Director, Special Education

Community Advisory Committee

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is made up of parents, educators, and community members who are involved in special education. The CAC of the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education (NCCSE) provides meetings and special events throughout the year and advises the superintendents of the 14 school districts about special education services. Each meeting includes information on a special education topic, resources for families, and opportunities to meet with other parents to exchange resources, information, and ideas.

Whether you are a student who qualifies for special education services, a parent or family member of a student, or a district teacher or staff person, the CAC can help!

Parents who have attended CAC meetings report they have found opportunities to:

  • Connect with other parents and school district teachers and administrators
  • Learn about resources for their child and family
  • Participate in shaping the activities of the committee, including conversations with school district staff and administrators, parent workshops, an awards ceremony
  • Develop and expand their leadership

CAC Meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will be November 10, 2021.

CAC November Meeting Information

CAC Agendas and Upcoming Meeting Dates

VUSD CAC Priorities

Priority # 1 Academic and Social Inclusion

Goal : Promote Districtwide sharing of resources that foster academic and social inclusion

Priority # 2 Promote Communication/ Access to Information

Goal: Continue to increase communication and collaboration among Vista families, NCCSE CAC, Community partners, and staff with the purpose of building trusting partnerships and increasing meaningful participation that support students. Diminish barriers for families and students whose primary language is other than English to enable meaningful and informed participation in their child’s education and IEP process.

Upcoming Parent Trainings

November Training: The Self & Match System: Systematic Use of Self-Monitoring as a Behavioral Intervention: Intro to Self & Match in the Home Setting: Self and Match Parent Training Registration

Click Here for More Parent Workshops

National School Psychologist Week

November 8–12, 2021 is National School Psychology Week! Please join us as we highlight the important work school psychologists do to help students thrive. Currently Vista Unified has 29 school psychologists throughout the district who work hard for our students everyday. Let’s thank our amazing school psychologists for the great work they do!
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Special Education Department Contact Information

Nereida Gutierrez, Director, Special Education, nereidagutierrez@vistausd.org

Steffanie Rupp, Coordinator, Special Education, steffanierupp@vistausd.org

Chris Altona, Principal, Vista Adult Transition, chrisaltona@vistausd.org

Rachel Schmidt, Principal, California Avenue School, rachelschmidt@vistausd.org

Katherine Abraham, Program Supervisor, katherineabraham@vistausd.org

Tracy Zachry, Program Supervisor, tracyzachry@vistausd.org

Jennifer Gruman, Program Supervisor, jennifergruman@vistausd.org

Kursten Carlson, Program Supervisor, kurstencarlson@vistausd.org

Jean Potter, Administrative Secretary, Special Education, jeanpotter@vistausd.org

Special Education Department: specialeducationdept@vistausd.org

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