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LISD Special Education

A word from....Dr. Kathy Talbert, Executive Director

Dear Staff,

It’s hard to believe we are more than halfway through the year and quickly approaching Spring Break! During this busy time of year, let’s be sure to keep our focus on our passion for making a difference in the lives of our students and finish strong!

We are making progress in our Targeted Improvement Plan (TIP) activities for the Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS). Our goals include training teachers and principals on alignment of specially designed instruction and providing alternatives to disciplinary assignments (DAEP, ISS, OSS) for students with disabilities. We believe these activities are opportunities to improve our services and supports for students. I have already attended several discipline meetings to share information on the TIP activities, and my goal meet with all disciplines by the end of the month.

I truly appreciate all that you do for our students. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Kathy Talbert

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LISD SPED Professional Development ................... Dr. Lisa Davison

Monday, Feb. 15th, 8am-3:30pm

136 West Purnell Street

Lewisville, TX

8:00-11:30 Finish PLC presentations with your group

11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:30-1:00 Setup at Purnell

1:00-3:30 Presentations at Purnell

We will have all the PLC groups at Purnell Support Center. Plan the presentations so that only one or two members will stay at the station and all of the others can tour the presentations. You may want to do a video or “elevator” speech that can be shared in 3-5 minutes and then take a minute or two to answer any questions. There will not be a set time schedule or set rotations to follow. You can also set times within your groups to change out so that everyone gets a chance to walk around and look at the presentations.

mileage reimbursements change

For those of you that hand in mileage, there has been a rate change effective January 1, 2016. Please be sure to use this revised form for your future mileage reimbursements.

Twitter Happenings

Don’t forget to add #PSClearns and #LISDThrive to your feeder pattern Twitter Post!!

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Thank a Special Education School Counselor today....

Christy Stone, Lori Cantwell, Sherill Davis, Mary Donaghey, Ruth Dubner, Rebecca Fitzgerald, Frarah Gilani, Pam Hancock, Meggan Havelka, Charles Johns, Laurie Lundberg, David Martin, Ederis Martinez, Colette McCarthy, Dawn Moncrief, Deborah Netz, Krista RIce, JenniferRussell, Joanne Short, Libi Smith, Jeanne WIlliams and Heather Yuzbick

THANK YOU for making a difference in schools and in the lives of our children.

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Happy Texas Music Therapy Day to all the wonderful Music Therapist, Heather Brohmer, Michelle Kennemer and Mary Lawrence! Thank you so all of your hard work and dedication across the district!
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Join these outstanding LISD educators and current TPED Members, Kathy Dayton, Dezra Edwards, Michelle Hall, Joe Hopson, Lisa Horton, Sarah Johnston, Lynda Nielsen, Linda Pack, Diana Schmittou, Wayne Trammell, and Jacie Vandenboom in striving for EXCELLENCE in the field of special education evaluation.

If you’ve been a diagnostician for at least 2 years and are ready to take your practice to the next level, request an application packet at Due date for application is March 15, 2016. The Exam will be administered at Purnell Support Center on Saturday June 11, 2016.
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American Heart Go Red Campaign has started! Stop by and order your shirt from nurse Becky before February 12th and wear red on February 5th to support the campaign.

For more information about American Heart Go Red Campaign:

Purnell is having a biggest loser contest in conjunction with this year’s American Heart Go Red Campaign. The cost for entering will be $10.00 for the contest. Mr. Bell suggested that another $10.00 be donated to American Heart. Your donations are voluntary. The number of contestants will determine the final prize awarded to the winner. The winner will be determined by the percentage of weight loss. Weekly weigh ins will performed by Nurse Becky, with names being keep confidential. The contest will begin January 25 and go until February 26.

Any questions call Nurse Becky 469-948-8614

On a Personal Note ................................

Please send any Newsletter information to Morgan McKay