Special Education Scoop
Happy 2023 and Welcome Back to School
We hope that everyone had a wonderful break and had some time to relax while spending time with family and friends!
Our community has much to be thankful for as we brought 2022 to a close. The tremendous opportunities to enhance the learning for our students continue to expand and become more effective. Thanks to each of you for all that you did in 2022 to provide exceptional education for our children.
This year we will continue our work to move from good to great in all areas while working with the students that we serve. The Special Education Department will refine the skills that we use to reach students while also embracing new research based strategies.
The Crucial Moments in the IEP Process
When holding an IEP there are many points that are crucial in developing and implementing a highly effective plan for a student. Here is a quick guide that can help us all to remember some points that will help us to help students.
Click here for a quick guide
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Providing Services During Removals
Students who are removed from school, (ie: suspension, risk assessment, or excluded from part or all of the school day) are entitled to receive services when the removal exceeds 10 cumulative or consecutive school days.
If this occurs, case managers are required to ensure disciplinary protections are in place. As such, a Manifest Determination Review meeting is to be scheduled within 10 days of the change of placement.
Please review the Disciplinary Removal Procedures:
Holiday Bazaar Thanks
On December 15, 2022, students in the Post-High/Adult Programs- Physically Other Health Impaired (POHI), Dual Diagnosis (DD), Severe Multiple Impairment (SXI), and Cross Categorial (CC)- hosted a microenterprise bazaar. This event was a first for Wayne-Westland Schools.
The evening event was a complete success, and the businesses came close to selling out all of their inventory. Many thanks and gratitude to our hardworking students and dedicated staff who made this event possible.
Parents who attended were so proud to showcase their child’s talents. It was a special night for all involved. In fact, the guests who attended this event were so elated, and are hoping to have another opportunity in the spring!
Enjoy the beautiful photos below of our staff, students, and patrons!
Co-Teaching Professional Learning
Jan 31, 2023 - High school and middle school co-teaching staff will engage in professional learning with a focus on data collection. The learning will occur during the regularly scheduled PLC time for each level.
Wayne RESA Lunch and Learn Program
Christina Kujawa and the Assistive Technology Team will be hosting lunch and learn virtual meetings for teachers and ancillary staff working with students in POHI and SXI classrooms.
The next two meetings are on:
- 2/7/23 at 11:30 a.m.
- 4/27/23 at 11:30 a.m.
ZOOM LINK: HTTPS://RESA-NET.ZOOM.US/J/3054289555
Welcome to Our New Members of the Special Education Department!
- Tye Moore - EIS Secretary
- Erika Ivey - EIS @ WMHS
- Stephanie Wiersma - EIS @ WMHS
- Trish Barnes - STEVENSON
Did You Know....
Unified Sports in WWCS!
Unified Sports is a program through Michigan Special Olympics and our athletic league, KLAA, to promote the acceptance of others through integrated activities. This year students in the high schools and post high school programs will have opportunities to participate on a basketball team and in bocce ball. On January 10th at John Glenn the Unified Team had their first game. The stands were full and the students were excited to show their talents.
Please see below for their game schedule:
- Wednesday, January 25 @ 4:00 p.m. @ Wayne Memorial HS (vs. Livonia Franklin)
- Friday, February 3 @ 4:00 p.m. @ Canton HS
- Tuesday, February 7 @ 4:00 p.m. @ Wayne Memorial HS (vs. Belleville)
- Wednesday, February 8 @ 7:00 p.m. @ Howell HS
- Monday, February 13 @ Time TBD @ Legacy Center Sports Complex in Brighton
For more information about Unified Sports please, click here.
Announcements and Upcoming Dates
MCEC Recognition and Scholarship Nominations Needed
The Michigan Council for Exceptional Children recognizes students at each of their annual conferences with "Yes I Can" awards. Wayne-Westland Community Schools has had students recognized in a variety of areas in the past. They are currently seeking nominations for special education students with strengths in Academics, Athletics, Self Advocacy, Technology, and Transition. If you know of any special education students who are exemplary in these areas, please go to the following link to complete a nomination form. We appreciate your hard work with students every day and this is a wonderful opportunity to highlight our amazing student accomplishments. Nominations must be completed by Friday, January 13th. Please reach out to Heather Martinez if you have any questions.
Yes I Can Nomination Form (Nomination deadline on the form is incorrect--it was extended to January 13, 2023)
Upcoming Community Forum Meetings
January 25th- Alternatives to Guardianship
March 22nd- Inclusive Summer Camps and Recreational Activities
April 26th- Transition Services to Adulthood
May 31st- Adaptive Equipment Provider Fair
All Meetings will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Wayne-Westland Community Schools Senior Center.
Click here to view the Community Forum flyer
Dental Information for Parents
Join us on Zoom for great dental information with Dr. David Vazquez from Motor Mouth Dentistry to help parents understand what children experience when they attend the dentist.
January 31, 2023 @ 1:30 p.m.
Click here to view flyer for more information