Special Education Connections

Winter 2022

What is Special Education Connections?

A newsletter targeted to connect families with news, resources, and important information for Special Education families within Worthington Schools.

Note from Special Education Director Kim Marani

Dear Worthington Families,

It is hard to believe that we are well into the second half of the 2021-22 school year!

We hope you have all had a great few months and we know that we are all looking forward to the end of the cold and snow!

We are continuing to plan and offer support and information as the year goes on. In this newsletter you will see some highlights on Transition Activities, Feedback Surveys, Information from our Parent Mentor, as well as an introduction of Special Education Key Communicators for each building!

We continue to update the district website as well...........please check it out!

Worthington Special Education

As always please reach out to your coordinator or myself if you have any questions or concerns.

Looking forward to Spring!!

Kim Marani

Director of Special Education

Hear from Special Education Director Kim Marani

Worthington Schools provides a continuum of services to students ages 3 through 21 identified as disabled under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. View the presentation here.

Special Education Parent Meeting Information

Click here to view the meeting from January 25, 2022.

OCALI Resources Presentation

Future Meeting Date:

Meeting Topic TBD

April 27


Worthington Education Center

Post-Secondary Transition News & Information

  • Interested in college? College of Disability Services presentations by local colleges and universities give you the 411 on how that will look for your child.
  • Mark your calendars now, as we plan to host the Annual Worthington Job Fair on Thursday, March 31, 2022. This event will be held at the Worthington Education Center in the morning and we will be providing transportation.

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Special Education Key Communicators

Worthington’s Special Education Key Communicator Committee strives to build positive, productive and collaborative relationships and partnerships amongst the educators and community of families whose children receive special education and related services. We will engage in two-way communication, with the goal being to provide a circle of influence where we can share out and learn from and with each other.

The key communicator will convey information from their building to the committee, as well as information from the committee to their building. Please reach out to them if you have questions or topics to discuss.

Building Representatives are as follows:

Slate Hill - Lakeia Allen

McCord Middle Schools - Elizabeth Beattie

Worthington Hills - Lisa Dillon

Worthington Park - Jessica Dumas

Bluffsview - Jessica Haglund

Worthington Estates & Worthingway Middle School - Rebecca Hermann

Perry Middle School - Karin Hoyt,

Kilbourne Middle School - Bridget Johnson

Phoenix - Open

Thomas Worthington High School/Linworth - Meredith Murphy

Worthington Kilbourne High School/Linworth - Sandra Hertz

Evening Street - Milouda Ouarite

Wilson Hill - Open

Brookside - Sandra Sell

Colonial Hills - Open

Perry Middle School - Karin Hoyt

Sutter Park Preschool & Granby - Shaylee Uscilowski

Bluffsview - Suzann VanNasdale

Liberty - Mairi Wilkins


Request for Feedback

February is here! It is hard to believe that we are more than half way through the school year. This newsletter includes a parent mentor information survey that I am hoping you will take the time to look over and fill out. As a Parent Mentor one of my jobs is to organize educational outreach. My intention with this survey is to gain insight into topics that matter most to you in order to plan workshops that meet the needs of our diverse and exceptional community.

Colleen has shared her Winter Newsletter as well.....check it out here!

State of the Schools - Save the date!

Join Worthington Schools Superintendent Trent Bowers for an evening featuring our district!

The night will include:

  • an update on Worthington Schools Master Facilities Plan Phase 2
  • the unveiling of new high school logo designs
  • updates on new and innovated programs in our buildings
  • video features on students & staff
  • entertainment from student acts

Starting at 6:30 p.m. at Worthington Kilbourne High School

Watch district website for more details as we get closer to the event.

Mar. 9, 2022

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For Our Youngest Learners!

Reading aloud to children and giving them access to books is the best way to ensure they are prepared to enter kindergarten. The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library mails young children one book each month until their 5th birthday. The program is available to all children in Ohio from birth to age 5 at no cost to their families. Parents and caregivers can enroll their children at OhioImaginationLibrary.org.

This service is available through a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and various local affiliates. For more information, complete this contact form.

I Have A Question!!

Please reference this document if you are in need of support for your child.

Who To Contact

Special Education Department

Worthington Schools provides a continuum of services to students ages 3 through 21 identified as disabled under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. Services are provided in accordance with Ohio’s Operating Standards for Ohio's Schools Serving Children with Disabilities.