GCISD Special Notes

April 2016 Vol. 1.1

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If it is Spring, it must be Special Olympics!

Buster, the CHHS Panther, and Laura Hill , GCISD Exec. Director of Special Education cheer on the athletes.

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

April 14 - Power Para Training - 4:00 p.m. PDEC Bronco Bowl

All sp. ed staff are encouraged to attend as we continue our book study on "The Fred Factor" by Mark Sanborn. Learn "How passion in your work and life can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."

April 28 - English Sign Language - 4:00-6:00 p.m. Bronco Bowl We will review/learn functional signs and all registered participants will receive a hard copy of a collection of our most utilized signs. (Direct link for registration for this session: http://eduphoria.gcisd.net/wshop/default.aspx?cid=3763

May 5 - Power Para Training - 4:00-5:00 p.m. PDEC Bronco Bowl

We will complete the Fred book study and hold a "year in review session" with an opportunity to review training opportunities for the summer and fall of 2016.

Registration for all trainings listed above is now open in Eduphoria,

Register Now for These Sp. Ed. In-District Offerings - Seats are Filling up Quickly!

Tailoring Instruction with the Big Picture in Mind

4/5/2016 at 4:00 PM

SPED Para Professional Training - Para Power!

4/14/2016 at 4:00 PM

Where are we going with this?

4/21/2016 at 4:00 PM

Sign Language for Special Education

4/28/2016 at 4:00 PM

SPED Para Professional Training - Para Power!

5/5/2016 at 4:00 PM

Humanities Institute (K-12) - Morning Sessions

6/6/2016 at 8:30 AM

Humanities Institute (K-12) - Afternoon Sessions

6/6/2016 at 12:45 PM

Reading/Writing Workshop Bootcamp

6/13/2016 at 8:30 AM

Humanities Virtual Conference - newly released content - Summer 2016

6/16/2016 at 8:00 AM

Reading/Writing Workshop Bootcamp

8/4/2016 at 8:30 AM

Special Education A to Z (Clarity)

This is a self-paced eCourse

2014 FERPA FIRST: Following the Law

This is a self-paced eCourse

Boardmaker Online

This is a self-paced eCourse

Focus Night Continues to Grow - A Copy of the Information Contained in the Parent Flyer for Your Information

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Department of Special Education
Game Night (High School & Middle School)

Sparkle (Elementary age)

This is a viable alternative opportunity for our kids with special needs to get together and practice social skills through game playing in a relaxed environment.

Sibshops seek to provide siblings of children with special needs opportunities for peer support. Peer support is provided within a lively, recreational context that emphasizes

a kids’-eye view & gives them the opportunity to talk about the good & not-so-good parts of having a sibling with a disability.

To register your child for Sibshops:



Parent Workshop

Aetna: STAR Kids Program

Do you or someone who you care for receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Medicaid or a Medicaid waiver? If so, you need to know about STAR Kids. STAR Kids is a new Medicaid managed care program specifically serving children and young adults getting SSI Medicaid or a Medicaid waiver. Beginning November 1, 2016, those age 20 and younger will be required to receive services through the STAR Kids program if they: Receive SSI Medicaid –Or are enrolled in one of the following Medicaid waivers:

  • Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP)
  • Home andCommunity-based Services (HCS)
  • Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS)
  • Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities (DBMD)
  • Texas Home Living (TxHmL)
  • Youth Empowerment Services (YES)

    Because this new program might change the way you find a doctor and other services, we want to be sure you know about STAR Kids and the choices you need to make about health care. Please join us for a STAR KidsInformation Session.

Region XI is taking Registration Now for Summer Workshops. Check it Out Sessions are Filling up Quickly!


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

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Miss Sweetheart Pageant to be held in April

The North Texas 2016 Miss Sweetheart Special Needs Pageant is set for April 16 at Hillside Community Church in Keller, TX. Request an entry form at rhonda.mssnpageant@yahoo.com . They are only taking the first 50 applicants.

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...

FREE Activities

 H2OPE 4/2/16

Saturday, April 2

Texas Health Harris HEB Physical Medicine and Rehab Facility

251 Westpark Way Euless, TX 76040

Texas Health Resources HEB foundation is hosting a no-cost water exercise program for children with special needs. Registration and Physicians release form must be completed. For more information and to register go to www.offthedeependaquatics.com and click on H2OPE link.

For informational purposes only. GCISD does not endorse any of these programs. March 2016 #1


Let us give your special needs child or young adult an opportunity to enjoy time

with peers during the summer. Our staff is comprised of highly qualified teachers

with over 13 years of Special Education Join us at First Presbyterian Church,

Grapevine, for a half-day program that incorporates a wide variety of fun

activities. We will play games, enjoy crafts and snacks, practice social skills and

spend some time outside playing fun summer activities.

Camp SOAR is offered from 1:00-4:00,

Monday-Friday, during the following 8 weeks of summer:

June 6, 13, and 20

July 11, 18, and 25

August 1 and 8

For more information please go to www.noackconsulting.com

Mindset Book Study Opportunity.

This book by Carol Dweck is a compilation of Dwecks experiences and research and was originally published in 2007.

World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea—the power of our mindset.

Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success—but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals—personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.
Praise for Mindset
“Everyone should read this book.”—Chip and Dan Heath, authors of Switch andMade to Stick