GCISD Special Notes

May 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.

Special Education Staff Members Receive Great News! Two grants have been awarded to the department!!

Check with Kathy Adams and Amy Bryan for details.
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IT'S TIME FOR A PICNIC! -----Please Note: New Location!

 GCISD Spring Social and Picnic 5/21/16

Saturday, May 21 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Pickering Park

1901 N Kimball Ave, Grapevine, TX 76051 (additional parking on Coveside Dr.)

As the school year ends we hope past and present students, families, friends and GCISD staff will take this opportunity to get together to share experiences, information and ideas. Drinks and hotdogs provided. Please bring dessert. RSVP laura.epperson@gcisd.net or 817-251- 6888

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


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.


Special Ed Literacy Trainings Sept/ Oct 2016

4:00-5:00

Get your Fall training schedule set. Register in Eduphoria

*** The intervention team will conduct these trainings. These trainings are meant for those with no knowledge to those that have utilized the different interventions. We always welcome those that have utilized the interventions to share their knowledge and experience with the group.

Monday, September 12 iStation

Students in PreK-8 utilize iStation as our district universal screener, for progress monitoring and for interactive digital learning. We will view helpful iStation reports and discuss how to use the data to guide instruction. Experience online individual lessons and printable small group lessons to meet the needs of your students.


Monday, September 19 Pre-Flight for phonological awareness/ Digital Accommodations

Developed by Scottish Rite, these lessons help build phonological awareness skills (auditory in the absence of print) that are crucial for reading success at any grade level. We will discuss and experience the many Google Apps and Chrome extensions that offer digital accommodations for students to utilize while researching and completing tasks digitally.


Monday, September 26 Leveled Literacy Intervention Kits (LLI Kits)

These guided reading kits, created by Fountas and Pinnell, can be found on each elementary classroom. We will discuss the components of an LLI lesson and view a lesson to learn how best to utilize the little books and lesson components in small group reading time.


Monday, October 2 SIPPS

Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Sight Words

SIPPS offers a systematic approach to decoding to support students from grades K–12 in gaining reading fluency and comprehension. The SIPPS assessment, given my teachers, places students in the program based on their assessment results to meet their learning needs. We will look at the SIPPS assessment, components of SIPPS, view a lesson and discuss how SIPPS would benefit your students.


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!


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

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

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

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...



Camp SOAR

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

More Family Fun and Educational Opportunities

FREE Activities


 Parents Supporting Parents Support Group 5/24/16

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 brandigilbreath@att.net or 817-896- 3378


Challenge Air 5/14/16 Saturday, May 14 9:00 am -4:00 pm

McKinney National Airport

1500 E. Industrial Blvd. McKinney, TX

Challenge Air was created to change the perception of children with special needs through the gift flight. Challenge Air provides an unforgettable growing experience that opens the door to possibilities while allowing the children to see if they can fly a plane they can do anything. This is a FREE event but you must register. To register go to www.challengair.com


 GCISD Spring Social and Picnic 5/21/16

Saturday, May 21 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Pickering Park

1901 N Kimball Ave, Grapevine, TX 76051 (additional parking on Coveside Dr.)

As the school year ends we hope past and present students, families, friends and GCISD staff will take this opportunity to get together to share experiences, information and ideas. Drinks and hotdogs provided. Please bring dessert. RSVP laura.epperson@gcisd.net or 817-251- 6888


Activities with a FEE:


 Autism Tween Social Group 5/7/16

Saturday, April 2 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

FEAT-NT Resource Center and Library

7286 Glenview Drive Richland Hills, TX 76180

Non-clinical, parent run, social group focusing on the skills necessary to have a friend over to play.Social games and dinner. $5 donation per person eating to cover cost.


 The Big Friendly Giant 5/14/16

Saturday, May 14 1:30 pm

Dallas Children’s Theatre Rosewood Center

5938 Skillman Dallas, TX 75231

Sensory Friendly performance. Optional pre-show activities including face painting, clown

performances and other activities. Tickets: $5.00 To purchase tickets, please call 214-740- 0051.


 Ratchet and Clank 5/7/16

Saturday, May 7

The Angry Birds Movie 5/28/16

Saturday, May 28

Studio Movie Grill

5655 Colleyville Blvd, 300 Colleyville, TX 76034

Family-friendly movies free for children with special needs and siblings, adult tickets $6. Movies shown with lights up and volume lowered. Children free to move around, talk or even dance.


 Autism Teen Social Group 5/25/16

Wednesday, May 25 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

FEAT-NT Resource Center and Library

7286 Glenview Drive Richland Hills, TX 76180

Teen social group for ages 13-18 with high functioning autism/Aspergers. Social games and dinner.Non-clinical, parent run, social group focuses on the skills necessary to have a friend over to play.

$5 donation per person eating to cover cost.


FREE Workshops


 Coffee Talk: Yes Your Child Can Be Potty Trained 5/5/16

Thursday, May 5 6:30- 8:30 pm

ARC Northeast Tarrant County (ARC House)

1806 Haltom Rd. Haltom City, TX 76117

Gail Wayman, M.Ed, BCBA will talk about strategies to reduce

accidents and increase communication of the need to use the bathroom. www.arcnetc.org


 Puberty, Sexuality and Moving Forward! 5/14/16

Saturday, May 14 8:30 to 2:30 pm

First United Methodist Church of Arlington

313 North Center Street Arlington, TX76011

May topics include: Financial Planning, Medicaid Waivers, Post-Secondary Education for Individuals with IDD, Project Search, Puberty and Sexuality, Social Media and Teen Mental Health, TransitionPlanning. Pre-Registration REQUIRED. Cost $10 (includes lunch). Reserve your spot at

http://www.alookaheadseries.com/registration/


 Community for Permanent and Supported Housing: Project Independence Workshop

Saturday, May 7 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

UNT Denton Campus Physical Education Building

1155 Union Circle Denton, TX 76203

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


Project Independence helps adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities or social challenges transition to independent living with the help of families. Come for all or part of the workshops:

Saturday, May 14 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

James L. West Alzheimer Center Education Room

1111 Summit Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76102


Intro. To CPSH Projects Intro. To Project Independence

Project Independence Details and Structure Guest Speaker – Resident Experience

Map and RSVP sign up: www.txcpsh.org/calendar/may7


 Medical Autism Learning Seminar 5/14/16

Saturday, May 14 1:00 – 4:30 pm

Grapevine REC Center

1175 Municipal Way Grapevine, TX 76051

Topics include: “Stay In The Game”, “Detecting and Treating Seizure Activity and Mitochondrial Issues” and “Autism Research and MAPS Review”. RSVP www.tacanow.org


Workshops with a FEE


 12 th Annual Texas Parent to Parent State Conference 6/17-18

June 17 – 18

Embassy Suites San Marcos

1001 McCarty Lane San Marcos, TX 78666

www.txp2p.org or 866-896- 6001

Important Information:

Have you heard about the changes coming to Medicaid? Here is a link to some important

information regarding those changes. This will affect all children, under 21 receiving Medicaid services (even Medicaid Waiver)

http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/medicaid/managed-


Disclaimer: The resources that can be accessed with links connecting to other sources are not maintained by Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District.


Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District is not responsible for the contents of any such resources. The existence of a link should not be assumed as an

endorsement by Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District.