Volume 8 Number 2
SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL (SPED PAC)
To support students with special needs and their families to successfully navigate the support services offered by Knox County Schools and the surrounding community.
Click on the Parent Advisory Council Logo to connect to the web page for more information dealing with Special Education Issues including videos, community calendar, and much more!
Helping Kids Who Struggle With Executive Functions
Click on the article below to learn more about a mixture of strategies designed to give children the tools to help tackle these responsibilities both at home and at school.
5 Tips for Families to Help Students Prepare for Tests
Self Regulation for Kids
Have you set up your Parent Square account? (Here's Why You Should)
- Receive messages from the school via email, text or app notification
- Choose to receive information as it comes or all at once with a daily digest at 6pm
- Communicate in your preferred language
- Comment on school postings to engage with your school community
- Direct messages from teachers, staff and other parents
- Participate in group messages
- Sign up for parent-teacher conferences
- Send sign forms & permission slips, sign up to volunteer and more, all from your desktop or mobile device
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September is Suicide Prevents Month
Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.
September is Suicide Prevention Month — a time to raise awareness and discuss this highly stigmatized topic. In addition to shifting public perception, we use this month to spread hope and vital information to people affected by suicide. Our goal is ensuring that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.
The 988 Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.
Parent Training Series Returns for the 2023 - 2024 School Year
What is the MAPS Program?
Monday, Sep. 18th, 12-1pm
This is an online event.
MAPs is a program that will set people with intellectual and developmental disabilities on a path to learn skills to help them work, live independently, learn about their neighborhoods, and find hobbies that interest them. MAPs service give people in the program the tools, technology, and support they need to meet the goal they set for themselves.
This program is available to anyone with an I/DD diagnosis who has graduated high school or will graduate within three years.
Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and SPED PAC
Transition Tuesdays - Knox County Transition Team
The Knox County Schools Transition School to Work Grant (TSW) Team is hosting Transition Tuesdays- information sessions for students with disabilities and their families. The sessions are on the 3rd Tuesday in September, October, and November from 6pm-7pm. Each session will feature a different topic and guest speaker(s). These sessions are geared toward students and parents/guardians. You must register for each session. Please call TSW at 865-594-1490 with questions.
Tennessee Rehabilitation Center-Smyrna Information Session
Tuesday, Sep. 19th, 6pm
This is an online event.
The Tennessee Rehabilitation Center (TRC) in Smyrna is a state-operated training center that provides career and technical education to prepare individuals with disabilities for greater independence and competitive integrated employment in their local communities. In addition to comprehensive vocational evaluation, TRC-Smyrna provides vocational skills training in several Areas of Study and offers additional enhancement courses as needed to support individual students’ educational goals. Students who attend TRC participate in classroom instruction, hands-on-training, and campus life activities. Length of enrollment at TRC varies depending upon individual students’ interest, abilities, and educational needs.
Please call TSW at 865-594-1490 with questions.