Special Education Department

Proud to Teach Amazing Kids

May 27, 2016 Volume 3 Issue 34

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Mark your Calendar


Better Speech and Hearing Month

Mental Health Month


Better Health Month

Great Outdoors Month

5/30 Memorial Day

6/7 Progress Reports should be completed by the end of the day

6/14 Last Day of School!

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Happy News

Congratulations to Debbie Donio and Toni Richardson who have graduated this week from Fairleigh Dickinson's Orton Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist Training Program!


We are always looking for teacher, nurse and paraprofessional substitutes. If you know anyone who is interested, please have that person call the personnel office at 476-6247.

Extended School Year (ESY)

If any of your students will be attending the ESY program, please remember to collect all items that they need to work on in the summer (including math workbooks) and any materials that you would otherwise be sending home or throwing away (i.e. crayons, pencils, graphic organizers, etc.). These items should be placed in a box and labeled "ESY- send to Hess CST office". Please send the boxes to the Hess CST office prior to leaving on the last day. Thank you!

May is Mental Health Month 2016

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Mental Health First Aid Tip of the Week

How to Communicate Effectively with Young People (cont.)

10. Help them to find the language they are looking for.

Many young people find it difficult to express their emotions, which can result in their complaining of physical symptoms when the emotional symptoms are what are really bothering them. They may simply shrug their shoulders or say they do not know when asked how they are feeling. You can help them to find the emotional language they need. Offering a few terms to pick from could help, for example, "To me, you don't look very happy. Are you feeling sad, angry, or frustrated?"

-Youth Mental Health First Aid


Check out PBIS World for information on many types of behaviors and strategies to address them.

Learning Ally- Summer Reading

Strategies to Build Reading Stamina with Summer Ear Reading

"20 Minutes of Reading Per Day Could Help You Scoop Up 1,000,000 New Words"

Read the entire article at https://go.learningally.org/building-reading-stamina/

"Ready, Set, Read!"

Get your students and parents READY for summer reading by sharing this printable letter explaining how to access audiobooks at home. Find more inspiration and learn what is coming soon, including twenty prizes for top readers, at LearningAlly.org/Summer.

Straight from the Code

In an effort to provide both general and special education teachers with more knowledge of special education, there will be an excerpt from the code each week to help clarify our processes. If you would like to access the entire code, go to http://www.state.nj.us/education/code/current/title6a/chap14.pdf

14 Disabilities defined in the code:

1. Auditorily Impaired

2. Autistic

3. Intellectually Disabled

4. Communication Impaired

5. Emotionally Disturbed

6A:14-3.5(c)5 "Emotionally disturbed" means a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree that adversely affects a student's educational performance due to:

i. An inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory or health factors;

ii. An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers;

iii. Inappropriate types of behaviors or feelings under normal circumstances;

iv. A general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression; or

v. A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems.

6. Multiply Disabled

7. Deaf/blindness

8. Orthopedically Disabled

9. Other Health Impaired

10. Preschool Child with a Disability

11. Social Maladjustment

12. Specific Learning Disability

13. Traumatic Brain Injury

14. Visually Impaired

Over the next few weeks, each of these terms will be described.

From the Department of Education

Student Services Snippets

Critical Information for ALL staff is contained in these short screencasts. They run from 4.5 to 8 minutes. Please refer to them as needed.

Accessing IEPs and 504 Plans


Learning Ally

Working with Paraprofessionals

Critical Information for Paraprofessionals

Filling Out Requisition Forms

If there is other information you feel it would be helpful for us to share via screencast, please let us know.