CCISD Special Services

November 2022

A Message from our Executive Director:

Dear Parents and Guardians,


The first part of the 2022-2023 year has gone by quickly, and it has been an exciting time. I am thankful for many things as I reflect on the school year thus far, please let me share just a few of them with you:

  • I am pleased with our students who come to school every day ready to learn. They provide us all a daily reminder of why we are here and what is essential.
  • I am grateful for the support of the parents for building an excellent community for our students.
  • I am also thankful that our parents have kept the trust and confidence in us. We have parents who work hard and advocate to be a partner in their children’s education, safety, and well-being. For this, I will always be so thankful.
  • I am also grateful for our volunteers who enthusiastically provide so much to our schools.
  • I am incredibly grateful for the teachers, assistants, secretaries, health aides, nurses, lunch clerks, support staff, interns, specialists, coordinators, counselors, custodians, bus staff and administrators who care about student success and have the best interests of our students.
  • I see dedicated and hard-working individuals going beyond to make sure that great things happen in our schools. They do make a difference, and our students benefit from those efforts.


I would like to wish all of you and your families a healthy, relaxing and happy Thanksgiving break!


As always, if we can be of service to you, please reach out via the link in the newsletter, by emailing sped@ccisd.net, or contacting us through our Parent Resource Center Specialist (Penny Sweeney) at 281-284-0751.


***The information provided in this newsletter is gathered from a variety of sources and is not sponsored by, nor affiliated with CCISD. The information is provided for your information and review.


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

CCISD Executive Director of Special Services

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Coffee Chat: Positive Behavior Supports In The Home

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K-2 Screener

Are you curious about the K-2 screener being completed at your child’s campus? This universal screener provides data that allows knowledgeable staff to determine if your child may be at risk for reading difficulties. This information allows for data-based decisions to inform instruction, possible intervention and a potential need for an evaluation. To learn more about the universal screener, what it entails and why it’s important, visit this link at the International Dyslexia Association’s website here.

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National School Psychology Week 2022

During the week of November 7-11, 2022, schools throughout the country will celebrate National School Psychology Week (NSPW) to highlight the important work School Psychologists do to help students thrive.


This year's theme, "Together We Shine" is derived from how we see hope after several challenging years. Many students have faced difficulties created by the pandemic, social injustice and inequity, economic stress, and challenges to mental and physical health. For some, it has been a time of real darkness, and finding light is critical to building resilience and hope.


Clear Creek ISD has 26 Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSPs), also referred to as School Psychologists, who are promoting the services they provide to students, families and staff this week.


WHAT DO SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS DO?

School Psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students; consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies.


School Psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community.


WHAT TRAINING DO SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS RECEIVE?

School Psychologists receive specialized advanced graduate preparation that includes coursework and practical experiences relevant to both psychology and education. School Psychologists typically complete either a specialist-level degree program (at least 60 graduate semester hours) or a doctoral degree (at least 90 graduate semester hours), both of which include a year-long 1,200-hour supervised internship.


HOW TO CONTACT A SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST

Each CCISD campus has an LSSP assigned to it. To reach the LSSP for your child’s campus, you may contact the campus special education team leader or email the Director of Special Education Support Services at pmoore1@ccisd.net. We are here to help!

SEPTA

Support SEPTA and save at 150 different favorite local restaurants by purchasing the 2023 Bay Area Houston Food Lovers Card. 40% of the purchase price goes straight to supporting SEPTA.

Cards can be purchased via cash, check or online https://bay-area-food-lovers-cards.cheddarup.com/


Contact Kim (kimgkimg31@gmail.com) to arrange delivery.




Please join SEPTA


https://txpta.secure.force.com/JoinPTA

Select "Clear Creek ISD" as the school district

Select "CCISD Special Education" as the PTA.

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Transition Information

  1. New Transition Resources Info Cards w/invite to join Kim Rodgers TPEG listserv and QR codes for Transition Padlet and TEA's Transition and Employment Guide.
  2. A&M IDD/Sped Pop Program Open House Flyer: Aggie Achieve, Paths, and HOPS.
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Parent Academy

Parent Academy on November 5th was a success. Parents had the opportunity to attend breakout sessions offered by district experts as well as opportunities to visit informational booths and leave with amazing materials to engage with their children at home. We will be having a Spring Parent Academy in March. More information to come!

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Secondary Special Programs

This month we would like to share the resource from Texas Health and Human Services Autism Program for individuals with Autism.

This program can help families find community resources that provide ABA services through local community agencies and organizations.

To find out more information click this link

https://www.hhs.texas.gov/services/disability/autism

Another great community resource available in our area is the University of Houston Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. They partner with Texas Workforce Solutions to help provide vocational skill trainings for students with Autism and Developmental Disabilities. You can find more information here:

https://www.uhcl.edu/autism-center/

CCISD Challengers

Our Booster Club has a gingerbread house cookie booth at the League City Holiday in the Park. WE have been doing this for about eight years now..

This link below has a little more information - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080549A8A72AA4F58-holiday

This is a FUN opportunity for our athletes and families to work together.

Also, please visit the CCISD Challengers merchandise link

https://shop.game-one.com/texas/league-city/clear-creek-isd-challengers-booster-club/ccisd-challengers

CCISD Challengers Bowling

The CCISD Challengers Special Olympics Bowling team is set to compete in the annual Special Olympics Bowling competition on December 3rd.

Parent Tips from our Student Achievement Coordinator

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Transition Night 2022 was a huge success!

Thank you to Kim Rodgers and her team for such an amazing Transition Fair

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