Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Special Education and Student Services Newsletter for May 22

Special Education and Student Services Newsletter for May 22

1. Cindy Gibson
I would like to thank Cindy Gibson for her years of service teaching
at our Alternative High School.  Thanks to her passion for our
students we have achieved 85% graduation rate of the most at-risk
student population, have competency class or HSED tracks for students
to participate in, and helped create the Medford Adult Diploma Academy
which now has 18 adults working to earn a HS diploma.

Cindy has resigned to accept a position as the HSED coordinator for
NTC in Wausau.  We wish her nothing but the best in her new position
and more time available with her family.

Cindy will continue to coordinate our MADA program and help support
our Taylor County Literacy Council initiatives in 12-13.

2. ELL Support in 12-13
Mauricio Rios will not be returning to his position in 12-13.  He has
been accepted into UW Stevens Point.  Congratulations to him and thank
you for all of his hard work.

3. Employability Skills Specialist
Thank you to Clarice Zenner for her work as our employability
specialist in 11-12 through the Weyerhauser Grant Fund.  She worked to
help 100% of our students find employment in 11-12. Clarice has
resigned her position at end of the year to find full time

4. Summative Evaluations
I have set aside the following blocks of time to meet with staff to
review their summative evaluations. There are 29 special education and
student services staff which are due for evaluations in 11-12.  Staff
who are being evaluated have been informed.

MAES staff will be on Friday May 25 from 7:30 to 11:30 in the MAES
Conference Room
MASH staff will be on Wednesday May 30 from 7:30 to 10:30 in the MASH
Conference Room
MAMS staff will be on Monday June 4 from 7:30 to 10:30 in my MAMS

5. Wilson Reading Steps 1-6 Online Training
May 23 from 3:45 to 5:30 pm - review of Wilson Reading Steps 1-6
online and questions/information shared.  Drinks and dinner afterwards
for Wilson staff who are interested.

6. Self Procedural Compliance Review
Our LEA has been selected to complete the Procedural Compliance Self-
Assessment during the 12-13 school year.  The self-assessment uses a
sample of student IEP records and other sources.  The assessment
focuses on requirements related to the IDEA State Performance Plan
indicators and other issues of statewide significance.  All Self-
Assessment report results must be made to the DPI by November 15,
2012.  Here is a link to more information: http://dpi.wi.gov/sped/spp-selfassmt.html.
Every school district in the state participates once every five

7. Spring Fling Dance
Spring Fling is our Grades 7-12 Special Education Dance.  Here is a
link to the Spring Fling video - through YouTube http://youtu.be/JfVtNvaMtyE
Thanks to Jill Chasteen for making the video.

8. Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect Training
All staff hired in 11-12 need to complete the Mandatory Reporting of
Child Abuse and Neglect Training by June 9, 2012 as required by DPI
statutes.  All other school staff need to complete this training
within 5 years.

Here is a link to the information: http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/sspw/can.html
The 16 minute video for you to watch is called: Mandatory Reporting of
Child Abuse and Neglect - Training for all School Employees. Upon
completion of the video, please contact Becky Goodrich at the D.O.
She will print off a Certificate of Completion for your records and
personnel file.

9. Special Education Advisory Council
June 4 from 4:00 to 5:30 at the D.O. Agenda has been sent out to the

10. Summer School Special Education Transportation
We have arranged a bus driver through Krugs for summer school
transportation of special education students to school who have
special transportation listed in their IEPs.  Students who receive
Extended School Year Services can also receive transportation from
school to home.

Luanne O will need to know by May 30 which students need
transportation.  Please confirm with your parents what students are
coming to summer school.

11. Transition Night for Parents/Students
Taylor County Transition Advisory Council is planning a Transition
Night for Parents/Students. The confirmed date will be November 5,
2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm with a dinner for those in attendance.  DVR,
Human Services, Mid State Independent Living, etc will all be invited
to have a table for representatives to talk with parents.  This night
is based on the Marshfield and Merrill/Tomahawk models.

12. Wilson Reading Just Words Training
This will be held on July 30 and 31 from 8:00 to 4:00 in Medford.
Contact Luanne Olson for registration.  The School District of Potosi
will be sending a staff member.  They learned about our training on

Chippewa Falls School District will be implementing the Wilson Just
Words program in 12-13.  They have offered any of our interested staff
to attend a Just Words training sometime between August 13 to 17.
They have expressed interest in consulting with and/or observing our
staff in 12-13 to help implement their model.

13. Title III English Language Learners
The Title III ELL Program Evaluation: School Improvement Planning
Checklist has been completed and sent into CESA 10.

14. Read Naturally Encore Edition
We are receiving a free 45 day trial of the Read Naturally Encore
Edition - paper version to review.  We have an increasing number of
younger elementary students in need of fluency support.  Read
Naturally is an evidence based fluency program.

15. Taylor County Transition Advisory Council in 12-13
These dates are set for 12-13 and include: September 20, October 25,
January 17, and April 18

16. Speech and Language Services in 12-13
I have been discussion with speech language staff about a potential
realignment in 12-13.

This new model would include:
- Eliza would provide therapy at MAES and MAMS
- Sheryl would provide therapy at MAES and Holy Rosary
- Ann would provide therapy at SES, MASH,and Immanual
- Eliza would be a transition for students and staff between MAES and
- Ann would perform diagnostician role for newly referred students at
- Ann would provide Early Childhood Special Education consultation
support at SES helping keep students in their home school if possible
- We would have Wilson Reading Level II Certified staff at MASH -
providing staff and students with more support
- Combination SLP and ECSE model would be reduced in hours, but will
still provide more direct therapy for EC and SL students
- Sheryl and Eliza would create flexible grouping of students based on
disability needs, not always specific grade levels.
- Sheryl and Eliza would have higher caseloads of students, but
reduction of time with testing and team teaching would allocate some
available time.
- Increased consultation support for students on the autism spectrum
- Daily scheduled paraprofessional support time to help deliver speech
language at MAES
- Additional Wilson Reading section at MASH in 12-13
- Sheryl will pilot a 5 minute speech therapy model in summer school
to possibly implement in 12-13.
- Ann will develop and pilot a RTI for Speech Language model at SES

17. 2011 Wisconsin Act 156
This allows school districts the opportunity to offer a Technical
Education Diploma.  Information on the statutes was sent to high
school guidance and administrative team members.  These statutes were
amended to include requirements for special education students if
their resident school district adopts this Diploma option.

18. Memorial Health Center
MHC has provided me with estimated costs per hour if the school
district needs to contract with them in the future for any speech
language, OT, and/or PT services. These are paid for through flow
through funds.

19. Legal Representation at IEP meetings
The school district retains the right to have their own legal
representation at IEP meetings if the parent chooses to bring legal
representation with them.  Having legal representation at IEP meetings
is not encouraged as they are not a formal IEP team member such as a
student, parent, general education teacher, special education teacher,
related service personnel, and/or LEA representative.

20. Taylor County Reality Fair
This has been scheduled for Wednesday October 24 from 8:00 to 12:00.

21. CLC Advisory Council
This has been scheduled for June 12 from 8:00 to 9:00 am at the D.O.

22. iPad Work Time
This will be scheduled for Monday June 11 from 7:45 to 3:45 with an
hour lunch. Staff will be able to work on choosing and aligning
applications with their curriculum.

23. RTI for Specific Learning Disabilities Identification
Every building in a school district must have adopted the RTI for SLD
model prior to December 2013.  I met this week with Math RTI
specialist Jayne Haenel to review and discuss the RTI for SLD model
and how it pertains to Math.  Here is a link for more overall
information on the RTI for SLD model:

24. Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
There has been questions by parents and staff on the role of DVR
services.  For more information go to: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dvr or
contact Taylor County DVR representative Gwen Steele.

25. Career Fair at MAMS
Thanks to Jackie Strick and Jan Farmer for their extra time and work
in organizing an 8th grade Career Fair at MAMS.

26. Special Education Bus Transportation
I would like to thank all of the staff who have supported our students
with disabilities on the bus.  We have had special education
paraprofessionals on the bus in the past couple of years and this has
proven to help insure the safety and medical needs for all of our
students.  Thank you to our bus/van drivers - Joanie Pfaff, Barb
Ruesch, and Clarice Zenner for getting our students safely to and from
school.  Thank you to our paraprofessionals like Brenda Kraegenbrink,
Barb Kinnison, Lori Buehler, Sam Henrichs, and Kathie Shaw who have
all helped students currently or in the past.

27. Taylor County Birth to Three Interagency Agreement
We met with Birth to Three, Head Start, CESA 10, Rib Lake Schools, and
Gilman Schools last week to finalize our Taylor County Birth to Three
Interagency Agreement for the next three years.

28. Playground Equipment at MAES
We are looking at adding some playground equipment at MAES during this
summer. Becky Acker has found some equipment and will/has talked to
some certified and support staff for their feedback. We would make
some re-allocations of our preschool entitlement funds to purchase.

29. Alternative High School Update
Alternative High School Exit Interviews for students will be held on
the morning of May 31.

Alternative High School Graduation will be held on Thursday May 24 at
7:00 pm at NTC campus in Medford.

Human Resources is posting the Alternative HS position (Cindy Gibson)
today to fill for 12-13.  It will require the person to have or be
able to obtain an Alternative HS Teacher license and be approved as an
NTC Instructor due to our HSED contract and services.

Rib Lake is part of our Taylor County Alternative High School
Partnership.  They now have a student attending our Alternative HS.
We bill Rib Lake an agreed upon cost to cover the prorated costs of
educating the student which helps increase our revenue and cover costs
of the program.

We have two Alternative HS students who are walking in the graduation
at MASH.

30. Facebook
We are up to 123 people following our Special Education and Student
Services Facebook page.  If you have news from your programs or
classrooms or photos that you would like to share, send them to me and
I will put them on our page.

31. School Based Mental Health Counseling in Summer
Northwest Directions is working on a letter to send to families about
their services during summer school.  We will only offer it during
summer school sessions.  The letter will be co-signed by them and the
school district.

32. Amy Wagner
Very good to see Amy Wagner and her daughter in school for a visit on
Monday.  Kadence is recovering nicely from her heart surgery.

Thank you to Karen Lach for filling in for Amy during the time which
she is gone.

33. Graduation
I would like to thank all of our student services and special
education staff for their extra work in helping our students with
disabilities and all students graduate from high school.  This is a
special moment in their lives and opportunities for great things.  You
have all helped them in your own way to help them get to this point.

34. Touch Math
Caroline Radlinger took time this week to help install the Touch Math
Grade 1 and 2 series on teacher computers. If you have not already
done so and have these disks, please contact Caroline.

35. Special Education Teacher Computers
It does not appear there will be enough special education funds to
purchase new computers for all special education staff in 12-13.

36. Sign Language for Educators
Earlier this year we held a Sign Language for Educators course.  You
were given a certificate of completion at the end of that course.  If
you did not do so, then you are encouraged to submit a copy of that to
the District Office to place in your personnel file.

37. Raccoon
I would like to thank Mr. Raccoon for causing $3,000 worth of damage
to my car on Sunday night.  If anyone needs a new hat or a fur coat,
he is lying on Hwy 29 near the Abbotsford exit.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Special Education and Student Services Newsletter for May 17

Special Education and Student Services Newsletter for May 17

Prayers and Sympathy
Prayers and sympathy for Elementary Guidance Counselor Sue Eloranta
and her family on the passing away of her brother and RVA Principal
and MAMS Assistant Principal Charlie Heckel and his family on the
passing away of his mother in the past week.

Prayers and Best Wishes
Prayers and best wishes for MAES Special Education Teacher Amy Wagner
and her daughter who had heart surgery this past week.

Families Being Involved Workshop: Petting Zoo
This will be held for our early education families on Friday May 18
from 1:00 to 3:00 at MAES.  Any special education students who might
be interested can also attend.

AIMS Web Spring Benchmark
May 1 to June 1 is the testing window

Special Education Advisory Council
Our end of year Special Education Advisory Council will be held on
Monday June 4 from 4:00 to 5:30 at the District Office.

Staff Training
Thank you to the staff who helped support the students and/or staff in
Ms. Wagner's program when she is gone for the next two weeks.

A2 Remediation Assistant
Reminder if you are interested in this position, a request to transfer
to this position (Julie Krieger) closes on May 25.  This position is
responsible for teaching evidence based reading instruction to
learning and at risk students. Contact Becky Goodrich or Al Leonard
for more information.

Read 180 Next Generation
Read 180 Next Generation has been recommended as an addition for our
Read 180 program at MASH in 12-13.  There are additional writing
components to add to the program.  Here is a link for more
information: http://read180.scholastic.com/reading-intervention-program

Alternative HS Graduation at NTC
This will be held on Thursday May 24 at 7:00 pm at NTC in Wausau.

Taylor County Transition Advisory Council
Thursday May 17 from 12:00 to 1:30 at the D.O. We are starting to plan
for a Transition Night for Parents during the 12-13 school year.

Taylor County Birth to Three Interagency Agreement
Thursday May 17 from 1:30 to 3:00 at the D.O.

MAMS Special Education PLC
MAMS Special Education PLC is looking at improving the writing skills
through better assessment and a research based curriculum in 12-13.

Autism Resource Team
I will plan to continue these in 12-13 and will be scheduled around
the availability of guest speakers.  We will look at 4-6 times each
year having speakers present at the training. Staff, parents, and
community members will be invited to attend.

Child Development Day in 12-13
This is confirmed for Thursday October 18 at MAES. This will allow for
identified students to receive services in the same school year they
were evaluated, more time for evaluations, and students can be counted
for January enrollment figures.

We will be exploring using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire in place
of the Child Development Inventory.

Seclusion and Restraint Funding
2011 Wis. Act 125, addressing the use of seclusion and physical
restraint in public schools, was signed by Governor Walker on March
19, 2012. The Act takes effect on September 1, 2012. The Act applies
to both regular and special education students and governs the use of
seclusion and physical restraint.

State Superintendent Tony Evers has announced he will allocate IDEA
discretionary funds to assist districts in meeting the training
requirements. A total of $500,000 will be made available to Wisconsin
school districts to supplement the cost of meeting the requirement of
having at least one staff member trained per school on Seclusion and
Restraint during fiscal year 2012-13. The funding will be made
available on a one-time only basis. District allocations will be
determined by the number of schools per district, with approximately
$200 to be allocated per school.

Summer School
Summer School registration is now open for students to enroll.
Teachers of specific special education programs should send a letter
and/or call parents about your program for enrollment and planning

Summer School Transportation
We are looking for a bus driver for summer school transportation for
students to school with special transportation listed in their IEP.
Our school district bus drivers are not available.  We have a call
into Krug Bus Transportation.

CLC Advisory Council
CLC Advisory Council is tentatively scheduled for June 12 from 8:00 to
9:00 am at the D.O.

Reading Teacher/Literacy Coach
This position (Joyce Woletz) has been posted and recommended to be
filled for the 12-13 school year.

Speech Language Pathologist
There continues to be discussion on potential realignment of speech
language pathologists in 12-13 to help with caseload numbers,
transition of students, additional supports for autism spectrum
disorder students, additional EC supports, supports for increasing
number of students staying between 18-21 years of age, and/or
availability of Wilson Reading Level II Certified staff in each

Early Education
There might be realignment of early education staff from 8 sections of
pre-kindergarten and 2 sections of early childhood special education
in 11-12 to 7 sections of pre-kindergarten and 3 sections of early
childhood special education in 12-13.  This will help support our
18-21 students in EC, additional supports for special education
students in Kindergarten, provide services for newly identified
students, and inclusion supports for at-risk students. This will be
dependent on final number of pre-kindergarten enrollment.

Wildwood Wildlife Park Trip
Some 8th grade special education students will be going to the
Wildwood Wildlife Park and Ms. Julie's cabin for end of year trip on
June 6th.  Thank you to Carol Wieman and Julie Scott for organizing
that trip for the students.

Animal Adovcates
MAMS/MASH School Psychologist Jessica Martin and her daughter Arianna
will be in district the afternoon of May 31 to see staff and students
and attend the final Animal Advocates Group meeting of the year.

RVA Special Education
School Psychologist Jessica Martin and MAMS Special Education Teacher
Jill Chasteen will be providing special education supports for
students in RVA during the 12-13 school year.

End of Year Good News Report for Special Education and Student Services in 11-12

End of Year Good News Report for Special Education and Student Services in 11-12

I have now been the Director of Student Services/Special Education for the Medford Area Public School District since 2004.  Over the past 7 years, I continue to be amazed at the quality of the people who work in our special education and student services programs and our regular education staff who teach our students with disabilities.  Our students lives are forever changed when our staff teach them to read, learn how to do math, develop functional skills, make good choices, have a smile brought to their face, and graduate from school.  I send my sincere appreciation and gratitude to each of my staff for their hard work and passionate caring nature for our students.

We had many new and exciting events in our Special Education and Student Services Programs in 11-12.  Here are just some of them that deserve mentioning:

We had an excellent freshman class of new special education teachers and support staff hired in 11-12.  I thank them for them for all their efforts.

Our Special Education Advisory Council helped sponsor for the first time Special Education Family Days including a day at the movies and snowshoeing.

We are in our second year of the Medford Adult Diploma Academy.  By end of this summer we will have 3 more adults who will graduate with a high school diploma.

We have 100% of our students at the Alternative High School currently employed in the community. 

Kris Brandner, Misty Galli, Ann Jochimsen, Kathy Schumacher, and Joyce Woletz will be finishing their Wilson Reading Level II Certification which was a three year process. 

Wilson Reading instruction is now offered for students with disabilities in every school building.

Wilson Just Words instruction was offered for adults through a collaboration with the Taylor County Literacy Council.

Wilson Reading trainings were held for staff on a monthly basis.

Spring Fling Dance for Grades 7-12 students in special education sponsored by the Medford Morning Rotary Club

Pre-Kindergarten Program held monthly Families Being Involved Workshops for children and parents.

Educational Technology and iPad trainings were held on a monthly basis for regular and special education staff.

Autism Resource Team meetings were regularly held.

We had 53 people at our first ever Round Table of Community Providers

There were 51 people at Dr. Laura Shank’s presentation on Current Research for Children with Developmental Disabilities

A Family Reading Night was held at MAES

Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports model is being implemented with fidelity at MAES and SES

We had over 30 regular and special education staff attend a Sign Language for Educators Class through NTC.

Voyager Math Live was provided to any students at the middle school level who had a need or were interested.

Taylor County Literacy Council was re-formed by school district and community members

Our EBD resource program at MAMS is now in their 5th year and continues to deliver services for at-risk and special education students.

School Based Mental Health Counseling services were offered for first time.

Home-School Resource program provided gifts to families who had cancer at Christmas time.

Our Adaptive Physical Education Classes continue to be offered for our students with significant disabilities.  Thank you to our instructors for their work with our students.

Job Placement employment opportunities at Black River Industries were offered for 5th year seniors in special education.

Week of the Young Child activities in April were planned and organized for families to participate in across the county.

Picture Exchange Communication System was taught by our speech language pathologists and special education staff for students with communication challenges.

Cross-Categorical model of service delivery was implemented at MAES. Thanks to our elementary special education teachers for their implementation of this model. 

Alternative High School Paraprofessional Kellie Keene completed her regular and special education teaching license while working full time over the past several years.
We added a School Health Assistant Program at MAMS for the first time. 

Multiple teachers are starting to use blogs and websites to increase communication and awareness of classroom activities with their parents.

We have 117 parents, students, community, and staff who are following our Special Education and Student Services Facebook page

This year our special education staff was deeply saddened by the passing away of Chase Reid during this current school year.  Chase was an incredible individual who touched and inspired many lives.  This summer a tree will be planted in his honor and memory on the MASH grounds.

We are fortunate to have band and music teachers who continue to provide opportunities for our students to participate fully whether it is at the school assembly, in class, or Very Special Arts trips to Madison at Camp Randall.  One of these performances was a middle school student on the autism spectrum performing “Another One Bites the Dust” in front of the entire MAMS student body two weeks ago.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Special Education and Student Services Newsletter for May 4

Special Education and Student Services Newsletter for May 4

Congratulations and thank you to Joyce Woletz for teaching and leading
in our school district for the past 31 years.  Our students, staff,
and reading programs are better because of her efforts and passion for
this area.  We are not only losing a Reading Specialist, Reading
Teacher, Literacy Coach, Wilson Reading Level II certified teacher,
and Certified Fundations Trainer, but most importantly a friend,
colleague, and advocate for children's reading skills.

Teacher Appreciation Week - May 7-11
I would like to take a minute and thank all of you for choosing a
career dedicated to helping our students in special education and
those at risk.  You each have tremendous gifts, skills, passion, and
experience which helps our children in life saving ways.  You can not
be thanked or appreciated enough.  http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/eis/pdf/teacherweekproc2012.pdf

School Psychologist Interviews
We held school psychologist interviews this morning.  There were two
very qualified and excellent applicants.  A reference check will be
made on Monday followed by a recommendation to Mr. Sullivan to offer
her a contract proposal for 12-13.  Our primary candidate has
experience working in elementary schools, specializes in autism and
social skills, serves on district RTI Leadership Team, and has
experience working in RTI and PBIS schools.

Kellie Keene
Congratulations to Kellie Keene who has completed the requirements
necessary for her regular and special education teaching certification
at the end of today!

Kindergarten Literacy Screener
Wisconsin Deputy Superintendent Mike Thompson announced the selection
of the statewide, universal kindergarten literacy screener required by
Wisconsin Act 166. This will be the Phonological Awareness Literacy
Screener (PALS).

Dr. Laurie Shank Presentation
Thank you to the 51 staff, students, parents, and community members
who attended the presentation by Dr. Laurie Shank on Wednesday.  A
copy of her power point presentation is available for staff and

Dr. Laura Shank presentation was on "Current Research Providing New
Ideas for Behavioral Interventions in Children with Developmental
Disorders" and was well received. The presentation included specific
information on Behavioral Interventions and Autism; Neuropsychological
Assessments (processing speed, executive functioning, and memory); and
Cerebral Palsy.

Speech and Language
Speech Language Pathologists and I met on Thursday to discuss
caseloads, duties, and alignment of SLPs to better meet needs of
students.  Items discussed: realignment of staff in buildings, school
psychologist picking up some EW-1 responsibilities for initial and re-
evaluations of speech only students, special education teachers being
the case manager for speech students who also receive academic
support, contracting with MHC speech to help with diagnostic testing,
and outside of school day medicaid billing.

School Nurse Definition Memo
Please see the memo regarding the DPI’s interpretation of recent
statutory changes regarding the definition of “school nurse” in
Wisconsin at http://dpi.wi.gov/sspw/pdf/snnewdefcstapr2012.pdf.

Our school district has been fortunate to have a Core Assistive
Technology Team in our district for around 10 years.  Staff take hours
each month to talk about assistive technology and how to meet the
needs of students. Thank you to Speech, OT, and PT for their service
on this team.

iPad/Educational Technology
There will be new iTunes accounts and passwords used for all iPads in
the district.  The existing district wide username and password will
be discontinued.  Contact Dennis for your new username and password.
Contact Caroline Radlinger or technology person in building to
download itunes on your computer to start adding paid and free
applications to your wish list. This process can start happening

Child Development Day in 12-13
We held a Taylor County EC sub-committee meeting this afternoon.
Discussion was on our annual Child Development Day being held in Fall
with October 18 as the tentative date.  Feedback will be gathered from
other screeners and community members before a final decision is
made.  We will also be looking at using the Ages and Stages screener
to replace the CDI.  Health Department would schedule a training which
staff could attend.

Taylor County Early Childhood Sub-Committee
EC Sub-Committee has asked me to remain as the Chairperson for 12-13
even if pre-kindergarten responsibilities are reassigned to someone
else in the district.  They feel it is important to have the school-
community connety cn, my experience, and leadership on this

Human Growth and Development Advisory Council
Contact School Nurse Jill Koenig for the minutes.  New Human Growth
and Development legal requirements were forward to Human Resources and
Jill for their review.

Taylor County Transition Advisory Council
Thursday May 17 from 12:00 to 1:30 at the D.O.  We will be discussing  Transition Night for Students with Disabilities in 12-13.

Birth to Three Interagency Agreement meeting
Thursday May 17 from 1:30 to 2:30 at the D.O.

Medford Morning Rotary Club Auction
Thank you to the all the school district staff who attended the
Medford Morning Rotary Club Dinner and Auction this past week.  Your
attendance and donations go towards helping many youth, community, and
international projects.

Special Education and Student Services Newsletter for May 10

Special Education and Student Services Newsletter for May 10

Prayers and best wishes to staff across the district whose family members are continuing to have health related issues and/or have upcoming surgeries.

1. Elementary School Psychologist
Sara Boettcher has accepted our school psychologist position to be placed at the elementary level for the 12-13 school year.  Sara has four years of experience as a school psychologist at elementary schools in the Wausau School District.  She has experience in social skills for students on the autism spectrum, RTI leadership, and PBIS.  We are excited to add her to our team.

2. A2 Remediation Assistant
The district has posted the A2 remediation assistant position (Julie Krieger). Contact the District Office if you are interested in transferring to that position.  Mrs. Krieger taught sections of Wilson Reading during her instructional day.

3. ELL update
Lucia Albrecht was not able to return to work this past week.  She is hoping to return on Wednesday.  Mauricio Rios has been filling in for her when absent from MAES and SES.  Lucia is still able to translate materials from home if you have some. 

4. Special Education Open Enrollment Costing
We have received the estimated area open enrollment costing for special education students in 12-13.  I am in the process of reviewing those open enrollment applications for students in special education. 

5. Summative Evaluations
I am hoping to meet with certified and support staff over the next two weeks to review their summative evaluations which need to be completed in 11-12. 

6. Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect
Wisconsin law requires all employees of Wisconsin public school districts to report suspected child abuse and neglect, Wis. Stat. sec. 48.981(2)(a)16m. In addition, school boards are to ensure all employees receive training provided by the Department of Public Instruction within six months of initial hiring and at least every five years thereafter, Wis. Stat. sec. 118.07(5). Initial training of all public school employees must occur no later than June 9, 2012, in order to comply with Wisconsin Act 81. Employees are considered to be anyone who receives an annual statement of wages for tax purposes (W-2 form) from the school district.

Here is a link the power point presentation and/or 16 minute video to watch: http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/sspw/can.html

There is a certificate of completion with the date and your name which can be printed off for records in the District Office

7. Early Childhood Special Education
Early Childhood Special Education classes last day will be May 30 so CDD evaluations and testing can be completed in preparation for 12-13.

8. Child Development Day in 12-13
Child Development Day will be held on October 18, 2012.  We are moving towards a Fall model instead of Spring to allow students who have disabilities to start receiving services earlier in the year.

9. Taylor County Transition Advisory Council
Thursday May 17 at 12:00 at the D.O.  We will be planning for a Transition Night for Parents and Students in 12-13.  This will help parents learn about community resources to help students from school to post-secondary opportunities.

10. Taylor County Birth to Three Interagency Agreement meeting
Thursday May 17 at 1:30 pm at the D.O.  

11. School Based Mental Health Counseling
These services can continue for students over the summer.  Parents would need to provide the transportation for the student to school.  If you have a student who needs services, a plan should be set up with Marjorie Marksteiner.

We are looking at continuing with this model into 12-13. 

12. Functional Behavioral Assessments
Here are some links to information on Functional Behavioral Assessments:



13. Wilson Reading Update:
I have scheduled a Wilson Reading Steps 1-6 online class on Wednesday May 23 from 3:45 to 5:30 in the MAES computer lab.  We will plan to have drinks and/or dinner at Florenas afterwards as end of year celebration for any Wilson staff interested.

Wilson Just Words training is set for July 30 and July 31 at the District Office.  Katharine Campbell is our instructor.  There is still limited room available to be trained. Contact Luanne Olson at the D.O. to register.

Wilson Works - Kathy Schumacher is teaching a Wilson Works class at MAES during summer school June 18 to July 6 for students in Grades 3-5. You can encourage your Wilson students to register and participate.

Wilson Just Words - Jill Chasteen will be teaching a Wilson Just Words class at MAMS during summer.  Contact her if you have students which might benefit.  The dates are June 11 to June 29 I believe.

Wilson Just Words - We will be offering this class at the high school for any freshman who will need it for the 1st time.  It will also be offered for returning high school students that did not finish the program completely in 11-12.

14. Summer Tutoring
I have been contacted by several parents looking for tutoring over the summer in the areas of reading and math.  If you are interested in tutoring or would like me to give your name to them, please contact me.

15. iPads
You should have received your new itunes username/password from Dennis. Wishlist for applications should start being made.  You will then reset all the information on your iPad.  Ipads can then be upgraded to the 5.1 system through the downloaded itunes on your computer if it hasn't been already.  We will then approve the applications for purchase by using the Volume Purchase Pricing program. Contact Dennis H or I for more information.  This will need to be done prior to summer school.  Work time will be set aside on June 11 to help with this project.

Here are some of the new itunes groups:
Elem Sped; Elem RTI; Elem EE; Elem Speech; MAMS Sped; MASH Sped; CDS-Aut; OT-PT; Psych; MASH Alt;

16. iPad/Educational Technology Trainings in 12-13
There has been a request to continue to hold our iPad/Educational Technology Trainings in 12-13 by regular and special education staff.  If you would be interested in leading some or all of these monthly trainings for other staff, please contact me.  You could be paid for leading these meetings.

17. School Psychologist Update
I have determined to not proceed with 2 day a week middle and high school school psychological services through CESA 10 for 12-13.  I will be exploring the possibility of using our existing two school psychologists continuing to provide some supports on an as needed basis if they have an interest and are available.  This will save the school district more budget money for 12-13. This will also utilize our two great school psychologists who are familiar with our staff, students, and programs.    

18.  Lice issues at MAES and SES
I would like to thank School Nurse Jill Koenig, School Health Assistant Barb Kloth, Becky Acker, and rest of the staff and building administration who helped with the Lice issues at our elementary schools.  Thank you for all you provided for the families, children, and staff. 
19. Social Media
We are up to 97 people who follow our Medford Area Public School District Special Education and Student Services Facebook Page.

There are 447 people who follow our special education and student services programs and educational technology updates through our twitter account at www.twitter.com/Joseph_Greget

Joseph Greget's Special Education and Student Services Blog is at: http://jgreget.blogspot.com

Special Education and Student Services website: https://sites.google.com/a/medford.k12.wi.us/specialed/