Special Education Connections
What is Special Education Connections?
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!
As always please reach out to your coordinator or myself if you have any questions or concerns.
Looking forward to Spring!!
Director of Special Education
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
OCALI Resources Presentation
Future Meeting Date:
Meeting Topic TBD
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.
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
From COLLEEN CINTRÓN-RIVELLI - PARENT MENTOR
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
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.