CCISD Special Services

March 2022

A Note from the Executive Director:

As we approach Spring Break, I would like to thank you for your support during this school year. Our feedback from our surveys and newsletters is a great tool in guiding our discussions as we plan for upcoming events.

If translation is needed for the Newsletter:
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Dr. Michele Staley

CCISD Executive Director of Special Services

2022 Adaptive PE Day

ATTENTION! The long awaited return of APE day is near. This year APE day will occur on April 13th at Walter Hall Park.

This is a fun filled day of field day type of events that are planned and executed by the PALS, Best Buddies and Adaptive PE teams from across CCISD. Campus, ESC and LSC staff from across the district volunteer for this day and it is one of the most anticipated days of the year!

If you are interested in donating items or services for APE Day 2022, please contact Mark Geiselhart by emailing We are extremely thankful for the donations that are received for this event and we look forward to the return of many familiar faces this year. We have missed you!

CCISD Challengers Special Olympics Team

The CCISD Challengers are gearing up for the Spring semester! To join the Challengers, you must have a current medical release on file with Coach Burges to participate. Please email her at or call her at 281-284-0771 if you have any questions.

Attached below is the informational letter, current athlete information form, and physical form. If you are interested in your child joining the Challengers, please complete these items and submit them to Coach Burges as soon as possible.

The CCISD Challengers TRACK season began on Thursday, February 24th!! Practices will be 5:30pm-6:30 pm at the locations below. Once you are signed as an athlete, parent emails will be sent from Coach Burges if there are changes.

Beginning March 10th- practices will occur at Clear Brook HS (regular location)

Feb. 24 – Track at Brookside

March 3 – Track at Brookside

March 10 – Track at Clear Brook

March 17 – No practice

March 24 – Track at Clear Brook

March 31 – Track at Clear Brook

April 7 – Track at Clear Brook

April 9 – TRACK MEET in Texas City

April 14 – Track at Clear Brook

April 21 – Track Clear Brook

April 28 – Track at Brook

May 5 – Track at Brook

May 12-15 – Track STATE GAMES in San Antonio

If your athlete is planning to participate in our CCISD Challengers Special Olympics TRACK season, click HERE

Special Olympics Texas is planning the Spring Games Track Meet for April 9th, in Texas City.

Special Olympics Summer Games Track Meet will be May 12th-15th, in San Antonio.

**Coach Burges will give more details as she receives them**

Coach Burges will create a separate email list for just TRACK. All CCISD Challengers Track information will only be sent to those on that email list. Including last minute changes due to weather or availability.

Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA)

SEPTA accepts memberships all year long. Are you a grandparents, parent, aunt, uncle or friend? YOU too can join SEPTA! See the above photos for information on officer nominations and the school board trustee candidate forum.

Questions? Contact Michele Klages

Please see for more information, or email President Angel Webb at if you have questions regarding SEPTA membership. A membership form is attached for review.

SEPTA Regular Association Meeting via ZOOM
Wednesday, March 30, 2022


***Election Meeting***

Program: What is Adapted PE & Peer Assistance for Students with Disabilities “Partner PE”

What is the APE eligibility process?
Who can qualify for APE services?

What types of APE service can be provided?

How does APE staff use equipment to help students improve skills for PE activities?

What is APE Day (April 13th)?
Partner PE: How students with disabilities receive their PE credit with assistance from junior & senior peer mentors who receive an elective credit?

Join the Special Education PTA to receive Zoom instructions: (select Clear Creek ISD & CCISD Special Education PTA) cost is $15.

The 2021-2022 scholarship application window is officially open! Located below are the staff applications as well as the Anne Bernay Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded to a student!

Special Services Parent Resource Center

Our Parent Resource Center is open for 1:1 assistance (via TEAMS, over the phone, via email, or in person).

We can accommodate your needs via TEAMS or Zoom chats if needed. 1:1 meetings are available weekly by calling or emailing the Parent Center.

We offer a variety of parent workshops, both virtually and in person. These are tailored to the requests of the attendees, however, specific courses are offered during certain times of the year.

Mrs. Marshall can offer support and guidance as you navigate the Special Education and 504 programs. She can also help connect you to local community resources. Mrs. Marshall will connect you to the appropriate district personnel for concerns or questions about programs, policies and procedures.

To view the Parent Resource Center page please visit:

To reach Mrs. Marshall directly, please call 281-284-0751 or email her at

Early Childhood Spotlight

When asked about school readiness skills, many teachers say children who succeed in kindergarten know when and how to control their impulses. They can follow through when a task is difficult and listen to directions for a few minutes. These skills are linked to self-control. Children can develop them at preschool and at home. Here are a few ways families can help children learn self-control.

Change the rules of a game to make it an opposite game. For example, instead of playing the familiar version of Simon Says, play Simon Doesn’t Say. Explain the new rule in words and actions: “Do the opposite of what Simon asks you to do. If Simon Says ‘Touch your head,’ you should touch your toes.” Be sure to demonstrate how this works. Keep directions simple. Take turns being Simon.

Finish what you are doing, then respond to requests for attention. For example, if you are on the phone and your child asks for something (and it’s not an emergency), let her know you need to take time to complete your conversation. This is a good way to let your child practice waiting for a short time.

Do activities together that require following directions. For example, put together a model, play follow the leader, or cook or bake: “I’m going to read the recipe aloud. Listen carefully so we will both know what to do. I’ll read them again as we do each step.”

Help children understand how long they will have to wait for something and suggest activities to do while they wait. Say to your child, “Grammy and Grampy are coming over before dinner. Would you like to draw some pictures to give them?” or “As soon as I put your sister to bed, I will read you some stories. You can choose three books for us to read together.”

Work with your child to complete a puzzle that has a few more pieces than he or she is used to. Set up the puzzle in a place where you can work on it for several days, if needed. Celebrate together when one of you puts the last piece in place.

Plant some easy-to-grow marigold seeds in a pot or in a garden. Check together every day until the plants pop up. Over time, watch the plant grow leaves and flowers.

Source: Adapted from the Message in a Backpack, Teaching Young Children 4 (2): 23

© National Association for the Education of Young Children — Promoting excellence in early childhood education

Dyslexia Spotlight- Dyslexia in the Brain

The role of the brain in developmental dyslexia has been studied in the context of brain anatomy, brain chemistry, and brain function—and in combination with interventions to improve reading and information about genetic influences. Together with results of behavioral studies, this information will help researchers to identify the causes of dyslexia, continue to explore early identification of dyslexia, and determine the best avenues for its treatment.

Dyslexia in the Brain: English

Dyslexia in the Brain: Spanish

Secondary Spotlight- Region IV Summer Transition Workshops

Join this 3-day online series to receive information and inspiration for adolescents on the autism spectrum who are nearing the transition into adulthood.

The presenters for this series, who are also on the autism spectrum, will share insights and information that will help adolescents as they navigate relationships, education, and employment after high school.

Each session will include a presentation followed with time for questions. This series is recommended for adolescents with autism as well as their family members.

Texas A&M Parent Training Opportunity

The Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University would like to offer training at no cost to Texas parents and caregivers of children up to age 22 with core features of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Parents and caregivers will learn how to improve their child's communication skills. This service is provided by a grant project entitled Coach to Communicate (C2C), sponsored by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The training includes a 1-hour self-paced webinar that teaches behavioral strategies to increase communication use in children with ASD. Once complete, parents can choose to be paired with a coach for a more intensive 12-week training specific to their child’s communication needs (again, at no cost to parents). Coaching is offered in English and Spanish.

Please see the attachments below in English and Spanish, provided by Texas A&M.

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Transition and Community Partnerships

The CCISD Special Services Transition Padlet is updated frequently for parents and guardians to research all aspects of transition. Access the Padlet here:

Community Partnerships

Lonestar UT Health


Texas Workforce Commission

Work Based Learning locations are places where our students are currently employed, or attending work based learning classes with their teachers during the school day. This list is updated each semester, as new contracts are signed. We appreciate all of the support we receive from our community business partners.

Mod Pizza (various)

Goodwill (various)

Kohls (Baybrook)

Walgreens (Kemah)

Jason's Deli (League City)

Rudy's BBQ

Gulf Coast Equine and Pet

Bed & Biscuit

Helen Hall Library

Joe Lee's Seafood

Pet Supplies Plus (various)

Mario's Pizza (Seabrook)

Randall's (League City)

Natural Living Coop and Cafe

JC Penny (Baybrook)

Friendswood Animal Shelter

Lighthouse Resale Shop (Kemah/Bacliff)

Staples (Webster)

Kilgore's (League City)

Amoco (League City)

Las Haciendas (League City)

Petco (Clear Lake)

Denny's (Baybrook)

CVS (League City)

Armand Bayou Nature Center

Dentistry for Children and Adults (Webster)

STAAR Resources

The following embedded link will take you to the state assessment page of the Texas Education Agency. Within this website, you can find out more information about each of the state assessments that are required each year in public schools, including TELPAS and TELPAS alternate. You can also access released tests, so that you can see samples of the exams your student will take.

Be sure to visit the Family Portal in order to view secure test information and records for your student. There are custom resources available to parents for use at home as well.

Galveston County CoCare

Galveston County CoCare is a listing of community members, service providers, healthcare specialists, educational partners and religious organizations that work to ensure that citizens of the county have access to resources that could be helpful in a time of need.

Galveston CoCare provides digital case management systems to help manage needs such as:

disaster services






domestic violence

youth services

religious needs

veteran specific needs

educational needs

For more information on this community network please visit:

SpedTex- Special Education Information Center

SpedTex is a state funded information center for parents, educators and service providers. It includes special education information, updates and resources for Texas families.

The link below will take you directly to their monthly newsletters, which usually has offerings for webinars, conferences and TEA published materials.

Families Can- A Parent Education Project from the University of Houston

Families Can is a family support services program that promotes inclusion in the community for families who are raising a child or young adult with special health care needs.

Free Services Provided

· Information & Referrals.

· Quarterly Newsletter

· Bilingual and translation services

· Email updates on Community wide & recreational events

· Website Access

· Family enrichment events

· Educational Trainings & Parent Conferences

· Parent support/education groups

· Medical Home Education

· Presentations & Trainings

· Financial support – registration for camps or sports & recreational activities, fees

· After school programs (YMCA, Boys Club)

· Adopt A Child Holiday Program

· Donated goods & supplies

· Transition Workshops & Resource Fair

· Education on transition from Adolescence to Adulthood services

· Outreach activities

· Promote Community Collaboration

Please visit their website by clicking the link below:

UH Families Can