Special Education Parent Newsletter

December 2015

Fundraising for the Stephanie Scholtz Scholarship

The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) will be gift wrapping at Southpark Mall to raise money for the Stephanie Scholtz Scholarship. This scholarship is given to graduating Strongsville High School Seniors who receive special education services.

Please stop by the gift wrapping station on the second floor outside of JC Penney to have your holiday gifts wrapped and make a donation for the Stephanie Scholtz Scholarships.

SEAC will be gift wrapping on the following dates and times:

Sat. Dec 19, 10 am-1 pm

Mon Dec 21, 4-7 pm

Tues. Dec 22, 1-4 pm

Thurs. Dec 24, 9 am-noon

Thank you to all the volunteers and we look forward to seeing you and appreciate your support!

Parent Leadership Council

The Parent Leadership Council is a great opportunity and resource provided through the Ohio Department of Education and the local State Support Team of Region 3 (Cuyahoga County-SST). The Parent Leadership Council provides an opportunity for Parent Leadership Council representatives and their district contact to collaborate, plan and discuss relative topics specific to students with disabilities with other representative from surrounding school districts. The Strongsville City Schools is represented by Parent Mentor, Teresa Karsnak and Chapman Elementary parent, Nicole Nagendram. We are grateful for their time and commitment to our district and the advocacy they provide for our students. Visit the SST 3 website for more detailed information.

Connecting For Kids

Connecting for Kids is a nonprofit with a mission of providing education and support for families with questions or concerns about their child. Connecting for Kids serves families on Cleveland's west side with children under the age of 13 by providing programs and support for families as well as through educational campaigns. Visit the website for more information.

Check out the great opportunities that are available in the winter of 2016.

ODE Offers Test Talk for Parents

The Ohio Department of Education wants to keep families informed about what their children are expected to learn in school and the state tests that show us if they are reaching their learning goals. Click here to sign up for updates and newsletters.

Career Connections - Starting the Discussion Now

Career Connections is a joint initiative among the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, Ohio Board of Regents, OhioMeansJobs and Ohio Department of Education. Career Connections began in 2012 by providing a framework by which students develop a vision and realistic plan for their futures – during K-12 and beyond. Learning strategies are embedded into Ohio’s New Learning Standards for English language arts, math, science and social studies. Career Connections aligns the many efforts around college and career readiness to support students in becoming productive and engaged citizens.

Research has shown that parents and family members have the greatest influence on a child’s career decisions. Strengthen your influence by building Career Connections at home using these examples.

Grades K-5

Begin to have short talks at home about work and jobs that include why doing well at school is important. Encourage your child to think about what he or she might want to do in the future. Share books together that show different jobs. Talk about examples in your family and community that connect to the story. Consider taking your child to work and share with them the jobs at your workplace and the types of tasks you do on a regular basis. If this isn’t an idea that works for you, consider a relative or family friend who may be able to take your child to work. Participate in a career fair or present to your child’s class by sharing what you do for work, what things you were interested in as a child and helpful tips for anyone interested in your career field.

Grades 6-8

Begin to talk with your child about strengths and interests. Consider asking “what are the things at school you enjoy most?” and “what things do you feel you do really well?” Share your own experiences and strengths. Share websites or books with your child that focus on career interests or personal strengths. Talk about things you enjoy doing and things you’re good at—either at work or in your personal life. Visit the OhioMeansJobs K-12 website with your child to discover career interests and explore various pathways. Begin discussing options for the future such as high school programs and career goals. Begin to talk about scheduling for high school. Review graduation requirements and explore what classes your child’s school offers.

Grades 9-12

Begin to talk about career pathways and explore possible elective classes that your child’s school offers. Review your high school’s graduation requirements and the classes your student is interested in. Revisit OhioMeansJobs K-12 and review the education and training requirements for careers of interest. This information will be helpful when choosing training programs and college majors. Talk with your child’s counselor and teachers about:

• Career exploration opportunities such job shadowing, volunteering, mentoring, youth-apprenticeships, co-ops and internships;

• Earning college credit in high school through dual enrollment, career tech programs and advanced placement; and

• Financial aid options such as grants, scholarships and loans and completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Consider keeping a calendar or timeline with important dates and deadlines, such as application due dates and scholarship deadlines.

This information is taken from the Ohio Department of Education. Click here for a great resource for students planning for the transition to college or a trade or technical school.

About Us

The Special Education Department in the Strongsville City Schools is a proactive group of highly qualified and driven educators that are dedicated to serve students with disabilities with passion and hard work. We provide professional development and innovative training to all levels of staff to ensure outstanding service to our students. We have high expectations at every level and work continuously to improve our instructional practices, leadership, and collaborative partnerships with parents and families.

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