GCISD Special Notes
February 2016 Vol. 2 Issue 2
"A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the [yet] unsolved ones."
-“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
"The best means of forming a manly, virtuous, and happy people will be found in the right education of youth. Without this foundation, every other means, in my opinion, must fail."
In District Training Opportunities
(Date -TBD) Goal and Objective Writing for Students in Life
Skills Setting 4:00-5:00 p.m., PDEC, Celebration Room
(Date - TBD) Data Collection for the Special Educator
4:00-5:00 p.m., PDEC, Celebration Room
Feb. 24 STAAR ALT2 CTC and Teacher/Para Training 4:00-5:30 PDEC/Mustang - Amy Dill
Feb. 25 Para Training 4:00-5:00 Bronco Bowl
March 1 CPI Refresher Training 4:00-7:00 p.m., PDEC, Mustang Corral
Registration for all trainings listed above is now open in Eduphoria,
Special Reminder for Related Services
Have a great day!
Volunteers Needed for SHOOTOUT
Monday, February 22nd GHS
If you are able to help in either admissions or concession stand please Contact Gabi Kanterman. Times are available from 5:45 through approx. 9:00 p.m.
Sign Language Class Offered
SIGN LANGUAGE CLASS BIRDVILLE ISD
Thursday evenings beginning February 25 for 8 weeks
1 evening per week
6:30 to 8:00 pm
Porter Elementary School Library
2750 Prestondale Drive
COST: $25 Per Person or $40 Per Family
**Parents in Deaf Ed Free
(cash/checks to Birdville Special Education -due at first class)
$30 for optional sign language book available in class
To register: email Marysue.firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for the FOCUS!
(reprinted from a Feb 11. email)Just want to give you guys a big 'ol electronic hug! Thank you for volunteering at our FOCUS night on Tuesday. We had another great turn out and I'm hearing from parents how much their kids are enjoying themselves! (Not to mention the parents get some good info as well!) In case you are interested in the impact we are making here are the numbers:
Game Night: 13 kids
SPARKLE/Childcare: 7 kids
Sibshop: 12 kids
The numbers went down a bit but I'm convinced it's due to sickness (I had a least 3 families cancel that day b/c of sick kiddos).
Again....we absolutely could not pull this off with you all! Your heart for these kiddos is evident and your time is well spent! Thank you!
Region 11 Workshops of Note
Differentiated Instruction - Technology - 010688
Effective integration of technology is crucial for 21st Century Learning. In this session, participants will focus on planning for learning and not technology. Presenters will model how to use data to make decisions about technology integration and differentiating with technology to meet the needs of a diverse student population.
01930303/08/2016 09:00am - 04:00pmESC Region 11
NATIONAL TECHNICAL ASISTANCE CENTER ON TRANSITION Training Available
NTACT Webinar Series
NTACT’s Webinar Series in 2016 will continue to address five areas: (a) rigorous academic preparation; (b) career-related curricula; (c) quality secondary transition planning and services; (d) strategies to reduce dropout and increase graduation for students with disabilities; and (e) data-driven decision making. Each one will be hosted by NTACT on a Thursday (once each month) from 2:00 – 3:00 PM (Eastern). Additionally, an “Ask the Expert” webinar on a specific aspect of the topic presented in the monthly webinar will be presented one week later(usually), followed by two weeks of facilitated online discussion with the Ask the Expert webinar presenter. See below for a sample of scheduled topics through August, 2016:
Go to http://www.transitionta.org/ for more opportunities
Miss Sweetheart Pageant to be held in April
Augmentative and Alternative Communication and the Autism Spectrum/FA1122637
Autism 10: Top Ten Pieces to the Puzzle/FA1019638
Autism for the General Education Teacher/FA1019900
Classroom Organization: The Power of Structure for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders/FA1019640
Communication: The Power of Communication for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders/FA1019641
Futures Planning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders/FA1020214
Navigating the Social Maze: Supports & Interventions for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders/FA1019642
Solving the Behavior Puzzle: Making Connections for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders/FA1019644
Solving the Behavior Puzzle: Making Connections for Individuals with AutismSpectrum Disorders/FA917423
Region 20 Offers Many Online Training Opportunities (You will need to create an account then search online courses/Special Education)
What’s going on for special needs families... below is a copy of the calendar previously sent from Amy Bryan via email on
A Night To Shine: Special Needs Prom Night 2/12/16
Friday, February 12 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation
Alsbury Baptist Church
500 NE Alsbury Blvd, Burleson, TX 76028G
Guests will be given the true VIP treatment including a red carpet entrance complete with paparazzi, photography, hair and makeup, flowers, food, dancing, games and more. Designed foranyone ages 16 and older with developmental and/or physical impairments. Each participant will bepaired with a buddy. If a participant has severe medical and/or aggressive behavioral issues, we askthat a chaperone or caregiver remain onsite during the event.
Parents Supporting Parents Support Group 2/23/16
Fourth Tuesday of each month 7:00 -8:00 pm
Compass Church, Colleyville Compass Center Conference Room B
Meet parents in your community that share the same interest in raising children with special needs.
Questions and RSVP to Brandi Gilbreath at email@example.com or 817-896-3378
We Have A Voice 2016
1300 Gendy Street Fort Worth, TX 76107
We Have A Voice is looking for young adults with IDD to participate in speaking for themselves through theatrical performance. Previously advocates have produced original work through a series of questions speaking directly to the community about their hopes, dreams and concerns. Through music and spoken word ,non-professional actors create change in individuals and society by “holding up a mirror” to real life concerns. Weekly classes will be held.
Blake Jung 817-773-4300 firstname.lastname@example.org
Miracle League of Southlake
Opening Day March 26.
To register go to www.miracleleagueofsouthlake.com
Or if you have questions contact email@example.com
For informational purposes only. GCISD does not endorse any of these programs.
Activities with a FEE:
FEAT: Social Tween Group
Saturday, February 6 6:30 – 8:30 pm
FEAT-NT Resource Center 7286 Glenview Drive Richland Hills, TX 76180
Grades 3rd– 8
Social group for children with Asperger’s or Moderate to High functioning Autism. This group will provide an opportunity for children/tweens on the spectrum to come together for a social opportunity in a safe autism
friendly environment to practice their social skills.
Please RSVP at Featnt.org/upcoming events
A Year With Frog and Toad
Saturday, February 20 1:30 pm
5938 Skillman Dallas, TX 75231
Sensory Friendly performance where Frog and Toad as they weather the seasons and celebrate the differences that make them special. General info: 214-978-0110 Box Office: 214-740-0051
A Look Ahead Conference
Saturday, February 13, 2016 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
First United Methodist Church Arlington
Topics: Addressing Mental Health Needs of Individuals with IDD, Financial Planning, Housing, Life After 22, Person-Centered Planning, Self-Determination, Supporting Employment for Youth with Disabilities, Transition Planning.
Registration: Eventbrite.com and search “A Look Ahead”.
Texas Autism Supplement
Thursday, February 25 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Bedford Public Library
2424 Forest Ridge Dr.
Bedford, TX 76021
This workshop will introduce the eleven strategies that must be considered for educational programming for students with autism in Texas public schools. Participants will be provided with tools & tables for individualized development of these eleven strategies.
RSVP required: firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-988-7717
For informational purposes only. GCISD does not endorse any of these programs.