Student Services Newsletter

Wilson Area School District - WINTER/SPRING 2022

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How to talk to your child's teacher if you have concerns

It's vital for parents to be involved in their child's development and progress at school. It’s important to address issues like learning difficulties, misbehavior, needing extra support, and children who feel their teachers are being unfair right away.

Here are a few tips to open a conversation with teachers:

  • Practice communication skills to foster a healthy relationship and enable productive discussions.
  • Listen. To communicate effectively, it's essential to become a good listener. Don't be afraid to ask the teacher questions.
  • Take a "teamwork" approach with teachers. When parents and teachers team up, they become a united force in supporting children at school.
  • Prepare a list of questions. Having a list of questions makes better use of time and ensures you won't forget anything important that you may want to discuss.
  • Keep an open mind when talking about the problems that children encounter at school. The goal is to find solutions that work for the child, parent, and teacher. Remember, learning is a collaborative experience.

Building open communication with teachers ultimately benefits a child's development. Kids may want to express themselves more often. It's that openness and willingness that improves children's social skills and learning experiences in the classroom.

Parents can also request progress reports from teachers and ask for recommendations to support their child at home. When children learn how to communicate effectively with parents and teachers, they become the kind of person who grows into a strong adult.

Free educational resources for parents to help their children at home.

Developmental milestones, physical and mental health, nutrition, safety — the list of things parents have to worry about each day often feels like it goes on and on... and on.

If staying on top of your child’s education feels like another overwhelming addition to your to-do list, having a toolkit of online educational resources can make all the difference — below are some online resources for parents to help kids learn

Use the seven online resources below to help you navigate your child’s educational needs and help them progress to the next learning level. A+ for teamwork!

1. Prodigy Education

Prodigy’s mission is to help all students around the world LOVE learning.

It provides fun, curriculum-aligned learning opportunities for kids from 1st to 8th grade, including products like:

  • Prodigy Math Game for kids to practice and advance in math concepts through an adventure-filled video game.
  • Prodigy Math Tutoring for online 1:1 learning sessions from real teachers, with lesson plans tailored to each student’s needs.
  • Premium Membership packages that offer extra in-game features for kids plus bonus tools like personalized printable worksheets, video lessons and more.
  • NEW Prodigy English game to help kids practice reading and language skills through fun, interactive adventures.

On top of all this, your free parent account lets you track your child’s learning progress as they learn and build new skills! Get a free parent account now


This online resource is packed with learning activities, worksheets, games and lesson plans to help you support your child from pre-k through 8th grade.

It even includes fun learning songs and seasonal content to keep kids entertained and always in the spirit of learning.

4. IXL

Access tons of math and English learning tools from kindergarten all the way to 12th grade. Kids can practice essential skills, while you get lesson plans for the skills needed within their curriculum. Create a personalized learning plan for your child, then access diagnostic reports based on their progress and see how you can support them going forward.

5. Wide Open School

This resource offers fun activities from preschool to 12th grade. Get daily plans filled with unique activities for the week to make sure your child never gets bored.

6. Learning Heroes

Ready to be a learning hero for your child?

This platform was built to help parents get an accurate understanding of what their child is learning in school and how to take an active role in their growth.

You’ll learn more about:

  • The milestones your child needs to hit
  • What grade level your child is performing at
  • How to communicate with your child’s teacher
  • How to make sure your child is on the right path for their future

7. Evernote

Note-taking, task-tracking and scheduling can get messy. But with Evernote, it’s all in one place! No mess, no fuss.

Sync and organize your notes, tasks and important documents. Then connect to your Google Calendar to make sure your schedule lines up. It’s a great way to keep track of your child’s homework and make sure you don’t lose any important notes or documents.

CONCERN- School Based Outpatient Counseling Program


Our school-based program targets elementary and secondary-level students with emotional and/or behavioral needs. Students can be referred for services by either school personnel and/or parents.

Students receiving therapy within the school are much more likely to consistently participate in treatment than those who must travel to an outside facility during after-school hours.

School-based therapists capitalize on students’ existing academic and social networks by observing and treating clients within their natural environment.

For information on a referral for school based outpatient counseling with CONCERN, please contact your child's school counselor.

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Transition from Work to School- OVR

Any high school student with a disability who may need vocational guidance and assistance in preparing for, obtaining, or maintaining competitive employment should be considered for referral to the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). Students who have an Individualized Educational Program (IEP), a 504 Plan, or who are involved with a school's Student Assistance Program may be appropriate referrals to OVR.

More information on completing an application for OVR can be found here.

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Local Task Force

The Local Task Force serves as a resource for children with all disabilities and their families in 13 school districts, including Wilson Area School District. The role of the Local Task Force is to assist parents of students with special needs in understanding the laws/regulations that affect their rights and help develop an appropriate education for the student with special needs.

If you would like to learn more about the task force, feel free to contact the task force communication line via:

Phone: 610-515-6449


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Important WASD Student Services Upcoming Dates

  • 3/24/22- End of 3rd marking period
  • 4/13/22- WAIS Parent conferences
  • 4/25-5/6/22- PSSA testing

These dates are tentative and may change due to the school closure that is taking place.

** all school events can be viewed on the District Website calendar by clicking the district website button below**