SPED FAMILY NEWSLETTER
There are many events to celebrate this Spring!
April was Autism Awareness Month, when we recognize the unique abilities and contributions of individuals with autism. May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, where we celebrate the importance of communication and the professionals who help us improve our ability to hear and speak. Additionally, May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge the importance of mental health and well-being. This week is also Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8-12), a time to show our appreciation for the incredible work of our student's teachers. A simple note of thanks, or a kind word can go a long way in showing your appreciation. Then the week of May 21-27 is Classified School Employees Week. From our Instructional Assistants to the bus drivers, data technicians, community liaisons, and our district interpreters, these employees are the dedicated workers who play key roles in creating a school environment that contributes to the whole child by promoting student achievement. The Special Education Department proudly recognizes our classified staff.
Thank you for celebrating the incredible work of our educators and classified school employees.
Director, Special Education
Hannalei Elementary Student Highlight
'Letter to parents like me': How softball helped a mother bring her son with autism out of his shell
SAN DIEGO - "To the parents, guardians, grandparents, and siblings of kids with autism or disabilities," Glendale Coloma said while reading off of a letter she wrote to others. Coloma, who is the mother to an eight-year-old with high functioning autism, pulled from her own experience to offer a sage words for those also in her shoes.
National Nurses Week May 6 - May12
History of National Nurses Week | American Nurses Association
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually.
National Speech Language Pathologist Day May 18th
STARS of Excellence & Innovation is our staff recognition award program for Vista Unified School District. This recognition is for all VUSD employees. This award will be given at the end of every month and will include a gift from a local small business, a picture on the VUSD website, recognition in the community update, on social media platforms, and at the regular board meetings. Please see our current and past STARS below.
School Psychologist Recognition
Dr. Michael Goodman was a school psychologist, UC Berkeley adjunct professor,
and served as CASP President in 1997 – 1998. His diagnostic skills were legendary.
Throughout his career, he encouraged research by students, trainers, and school
psychologists alike. This $500 cash award was created in his memory upon his passing. Each year, it is given to one original study which answers a new, unique research question and focuses on a problem or question related to school psychology. The winner of this year’s Michael Goodman award is Brianna Meshke McLay.
Health and Well-Being - San Diego County Office of Education
Week 1 (May 1-7): Look Around, Look Within Week 2 (May 8-14): Safe and Stable Housing and Healthy Home Environments and CA Student Mental Health Awareness Week Week 3 (May 15-21): Neighborhoods and Towns Week 4/Final Week (May 22-31): Outdoors and Nature Welcome to May Mental Health Month 2023!
California Autism Professional Training and Information Network, (CAPTAIN )
CAPTAIN is a multiagency network developed to support the understanding and use of evidence based practices for individuals on the autism spectrum across California.
May 19, 2023
Vista Unified School District. Students are eligible to attend VATC if they meet the criteria.
VUSD IS HIRING - SPREAD THE WORD!
- Education Specialist-Mild/Moderate Teacher ($2,000 incentive) (2023/2024 school year)
- Education Specialist-Moderate/Severe Teacher ($2,000 incentive) (2023/2024 School Year)
- Learning Support: Early Childhood Education Specialist (Mild/Moderate) - Human
- School Psychologist - Special Education
- Speech Language Pathologist - Special Education
- Early Childhood Education Specialist - California Avenue School (Repost)
- Education Specialist-Moderate/Severe Teacher ($2,000 incentive) (2022/2023
- Education Specialist-Mild/Moderate Teacher ($2,000 incentive) (2022/2023 school year)
- INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT-BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION, Permanent & Substitutes (OPEN and CONTINUOUS Application) - 6 Hours Per Day! SIGN-ON BONUS OF $500
- SPECIAL EDUCATION ASSISTANT IV-SH/PH - OPEN and CONTINUOUS application SIGN-ON BONUS OF $500
- INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT II-LH/CH/RSP - Permanent - 5 to 6 hours per day! SIGN-ON BONUS OF $500
SPECIAL EDUCATION COMMUNITY LIAISON
Link to Additional Resources
- Autism Society San Diego
- CA Special Education Data Resources
- Exceptional Family Resource Center
- Inclusive Schools
- Mental Health Resources for Teens
- North County Resource Guide
- NCCSE- Mental Health Presentation from Nov. 9th
- Online Tutoring
- San Diego County Office of Education
- San Diego Regional Center
- Special Olympics
- Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego
- VUSD Calming Corner
Special Education Department Contacts
Nereida Gutierrez, Director, Special Education, email@example.com
Steffanie Rupp, Coordinator, Special Education, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Schmidt, Principal, California Avenue School, email@example.com
Katherine Abraham, Principal, Vista Adult Transition Program, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Gruman, Program Supervisor, email@example.com
William Foley, Program Supervisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kinga Nagorny, Program Supervisor, email@example.com
Dr. Charyn Socket Berg, Program Supervisor firstname.lastname@example.org
Dafnee Ramirez, Administrative Secretary, Special Education, email@example.com
Debra Harris, Data Tech, firstname.lastname@example.org
Yvonne Fortin, Data Tech, email@example.com
Doris Cruz, Community Liaison, Special Education, firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Education Department: email@example.com
Special Education Department
Location: Vista Unified School District, 1234 Arcadia Avenue, Vista, CA 92084, USA
Phone: (760) 726-2170