Special Education Staff Newsletter

November 2021

National School Psychology Week November 8 - 12, 2021

During the week of November 8–12, 2021 schools throughout the country will celebrate National School Psychology Week to highlight the important work school psychologists do to help students thrive (NASP). Currently Vista Unified has 29 school psychologists throughout the district who work hard for our students everyday. Let’s celebrate and thank our amazing school psychologists for the great work they do! More information to come next month!
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Congratulations to Vi Nguyen, VUSD Star for October! Thank you Vi, for all of your handwork and dedication to our students.

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New Related Service Providers

Please welcome to Christopher Smith, our new APE teacher for various elementary sites, Lori Bigelow, our new school psychologist for Vista Virtual and Karen Davis, our new ERMHS Social Worker. We are thrilled to have them join our VUSD Special Education team.

2021-22 APE Assignments

Professional Development Opportunities


Tues., Nov. 16, 2021 (K - 5 minimum day)

Reinforcement and De-escalation Strategies (1:30pm - 2:30pm)

Nov. 16 Zoom Link (Reinforcement)

Wed., Nov. 17, 2021 (K - 8 minimum day) - Social Narratives

(1:30pm - 2:30pm)

Nov. 17 Zoom Link (Social Narratives)

Thurs., Nov. 18, 2021 (K -8 minimum day) - Independent Work Stations and Visual Supports

(1:30pm - 2:30pm)

Nov. 18 Zoom Link (Independent Work Stations and Visual Supports)

Fri., Nov. 19, 2021 (K - 5 minimum day) - Antecedent Based Interventions

(1:30pm - 2:30pm)

Nov. 19 Zoom Link (Antecedent Based Interventions)

Ed Specialists: please note that these PD sessions will be held daily during the week of parent conferences (K-5, 6-8) for our classified staff members - Nov. 16 - 19 from 1:30 - 2:30 via zoom.


November 18, 2021 (3:30 - 5pm) @ VATC, MPR - Secondary Transition Planning

Developing strong ITP's, Potential Post-Secondary Outcomes- Work and School, Adult Transition Programs, Indicators 1, 2, 13, 14 and what they mean.

Presented by: Chris Altona, Principal, Vista Adult Transition Center (VATC).

Certificated Office Hours (Virtual):

December 9, 2021 (3:30pm - 4:30pm)

Certificated Office Hours 12.9.21 Zoom Link

Additional Resources