RUSD Special Ed News

Spring 2016

Director's Message

Another school year is coming to an end, and I wanted to extend my feelings of gratitude and appreciation for all of your hard work. This past school year has brought forth the beginning of some significant changes throughout the District, and many of you have been stretched to meet new expectations. I appreciate your willingness to adapt and grow with the changing times. The Department has implemented some wonderful new instructional interventions and programming, as well as added new team members that have been instrumental in providing effective supports for students. As we look to the upcoming school year, we continue to continue challenge ourselves as we adopt even more interventions, supports, and methods to improve our practice, that will further benefit student performance. I am proud to serve as your Director, and I wish all of you a very happy and safe summer break. Enjoy yourselves, and the ones closest to you, and I look forward to seeing you back in August. All the best!

Activities, Events, and Staff In the Spotlight...

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End the R-Word

The Best Buddies club at Rowland High School promoted End the R-word on March 2, 2016 to ask others to pledge to stop saying the R-word. End the R-word is shortened for the word 'retard(ed)'. We want to end the use of words like this because the R-word hurts. It is exclusive, offensive, derogatory and not respectful. This is a way to create more accepting attitudes and communities for all people with disabilities. Language affects attitudes, attitudes affect actions. RHS Best Buddies sold tee shirts, made banners and a video to be shown during lunch and around campus. The club involved Buddies, peers and teachers in the video. The video on YouTube can be found at

Deanne McCormick APE teacher honored at RHS!

Deann McCormick one of our APE

teachers was honored at RHS by the

PTSA for her dedication to the APE

students she services. James

Dulduloa, RHS SDC-SD teacher

nominated Deann and presented her

with this award. Congrats Deann!!!

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Therapy with Friends

Therapy with Friends was done this year at Jellick Elementary. Speech Language Pathologist, Teryl Broekemeier headed up this approach with students in the SDC-SD classrooms. Tony Sanchez SDC teacher put together this book to share the experience with us.

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Happy Retirement Wishes!

We'd like to thank and congratulate Rolfe Scheffel-RSP at Giano, Ruth Pope SDC at Yorbita, Jeanne Vasilakis Speech Language Pathologist at Villacorta, and Connie Withers SELPA Director for their service and dedication to our students in special education.

Congratulations to Special Education Employees!!!!

There was a number of classified employees that were 2016 Employee of the Year Award recipients.

Congratulations to Jonathan Haywood-Hollingworth SDC -SD , Nicole DeLa Croix- Sheyln SDC, Frank Huerta- Northam SDC-SD, Jocelyn Robbins- Alvarado SDC-SD, & Heidy Lopez-Killian Inclusion Assistant.

That's a wrap...

Enjoy summer vacation! We will see you August 9th!