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 USD 353 meets IDEA highest level of achievement in providing services to students with disabilities
 April is Autism Awareness month!!!
Facts:

• The Centers for Disease Control issued a report in 2009 which looked at a sample of 8 year olds, and concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in 110 in American children. By 2012, using a similar sample, it was announced that the incidence had climbed to 1 in 88. Last year in a phone interview with 100,000 families, CDC reported that the incidence may now be as high as 1 in 50. Different methods were used in determining each of these incidence rates. Regardless, it remains clear that ASD is on the rise. Each year brings new cases of ASD, and many who present complex challenges.
• Effective in 2013, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Fifth Edition (DSM-5) has revised the diagnosis to Autism Spectrum Disorder, and has merged the previously separate sub-categories which included Asperger Syndrome and PDD-NOS into a sole Autism Spectrum Disorder category.
• There is no single known cause for autism spectrum disorder. Instead multiple factors may lead to an individual obtaining a diagnosis. If you are concerned that your child may be on the autism spectrum, it is important to speak with your child’s physician and to be aware of their progress through the developmental milestones.
• The Autism Society notes the incredible costs associated with autism spectrum disorders and the ongoing need for services that promote early identification and programming, effective transition planning, and individualized adult options. Studies show that over the course of a lifetime, treating an individual with autism can cost upwards of $3.5 million.
• Studies show that early diagnosis and intervention can lead to greatly improved outcomes over the course of a lifetime. Ongoing support through the community, schools, and providers is essential for the individual and for the entire family, throughout the lifespan.
 Quarterly Golden Apple Award
Deanna Stambaugh and Renee Ferguson has won the Quarterly Golden Apple Award for Quarter 1 and 2. Congratulations!!!
Special Education





 

Welcome to the Wellington Public Schools Special Education Services web page. The educational programs in Wellington are concerned with all phases of individual growth. A federal law called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) says that all eligible school-aged children and youth with disabilities are entitled to receive a free appropriate public education. Students will be provided with sound academic opportunities to facilitate their physical, emotional, social, and vocational potential.Wellington Public Schools exist for the benefit of each student regardless of his or her capacity for learning. It is our task to provide demanding programs appropriate for all levels of ability. The goal of the Special Education Department is to implement this philosophy into practice for students with disabilities and to insure that children with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.

Educational Services for All Children 
It is our goal to serve every disabled, school-aged child who resides in our district. If you are aware of a student who resides in the district and meets one or more of the following disabling conditions, please contact our district office or your local school: Autism, Deaf-Blind, Deaf, Emotional Disturbance, Hearing Impairment, Mental Retardation, Multiple Disability, Multiple Disability with Severe Sensory Impairment, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Speech and Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injured, Visual Impairment.

USD 353 Special Education Common Core Framework



Contact Us: 
Raj Sharma, Special Education Director - Wellington Public Schools - 221 S. Washington - Wellington, KS 67152 - Office (620) 326-4300 x 125  Fax (620) 326-4304
Announcements
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USD 353 meets IDEA highest level of achievement in providing services to students with disabilities
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April is Autism Awareness month!!!
Facts:

• The Centers for Disease Control issued a report in 2009 which looked at a sample of 8 year olds, and concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in 110 in American children. By 2012, using a similar sample, it was announced that the incidence had climbed to 1 in 88. Last year in a phone interview with 100,000 families, CDC reported that the incidence may now be as high as 1 in 50. Different methods were used in determining each of these incidence rates. Regardless, it remains clear that ASD is on the rise. Each year brings new cases of ASD, and many who present complex challenges.
• Effective in 2013, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Fifth Edition (DSM-5) has revised the diagnosis to Autism Spectrum Disorder, and has merged the previously separate sub-categories which included Asperger Syndrome and PDD-NOS into a sole Autism Spectrum Disorder category.
• There is no single known cause for autism spectrum disorder. Instead multiple factors may lead to an individual obtaining a diagnosis. If you are concerned that your child may be on the autism spectrum, it is important to speak with your child’s physician and to be aware of their progress through the developmental milestones.
• The Autism Society notes the incredible costs associated with autism spectrum disorders and the ongoing need for services that promote early identification and programming, effective transition planning, and individualized adult options. Studies show that over the course of a lifetime, treating an individual with autism can cost upwards of $3.5 million.
• Studies show that early diagnosis and intervention can lead to greatly improved outcomes over the course of a lifetime. Ongoing support through the community, schools, and providers is essential for the individual and for the entire family, throughout the lifespan.
KAA Science Portfolio deadline to enter indicators is now January 31, 2014
KAA Science Portfolio deadline to enter indicators is now January 31, 2014 all other dates still apply.
DLM Field Test #1 postponed
Update on DLM Field Test #1

The DLM field test originally scheduled for January 15-31, 2014 is being postponed to February 10-21. This adjustment will give districts and teachers more time to prepare for the assessment after the holiday break. It will also allow DLM to deliver more features in the KITE computer system than originally planned and streamline some processes.

In order to avoid confusion between old and new materials about the field test, DLM recommends that everyone delete or set aside old communications, including handbooks, timelines, and letters with instructions. Updated field test #1 information will be distributed to state partners and posted on the DLM website by December 20. Please check the DLM website (www.dynamiclearningmaps.org) for updates on December 20.
DLM & KAA Science
 Dynamic Learning Maps step by step

*      Bookmark the Field Test #1 educator resource page. Use the resources on the page to become familiar with DLM, the content being assessed in ELA and mathematics, and the procedures to prepare for the assessment.

http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/unc/pilot/ft1.html

*      When you receive an email from CETE about setting up your account and creating a password, follow those instructions. (If you already have an Educator Portal account, skip this step.) According to our technology department, You might have to wait till December 6 to create a new account.

*      Log in to Educator Portal. Review the students on your roster to make sure the list is complete and accurate. Contact your Data Steward if it is not accurate.

*      Between December 21 and January 13, complete the required training module, using the DLM Assessment System. This module includes a required security agreement.

*      Between December 21 and January 13, update/complete the First Contact and Personal Needs and Preferences (PNP) Profile information about each student on your roster.

*      Use the practice activities to familiarize yourself and your students with the assessment system.

*      Between January 15 and January 31, administer the assessment to each student.

*      When finished assessing each student (and no later than January 31), complete the teacher survey included in each student’s list of available tests


KAA Science Important Deadlines

12/31/2013

  • Student participation in the Alternate Assessment is determined by the student’s IEP team based on new participation guidelines before December 31, 2013.

                http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=2384

  • All indicators must be picked by December 31, 2013.
  • Students new to a school after December 31, 2013 will not be assessed.

Note: The Alternate Assessment for Science is administered in grades 4, 7, and Juniors only.

05/02/2014: 

Rating/Scoring must be completed.

05/09/2014: 

All scores must be entered.


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Quarterly Golden Apple Award
Deanna Stambaugh and Renee Ferguson has won the Quarterly Golden Apple Award for Quarter 1 and 2. Congratulations!!!
Web Pages
Information about Gifted Education, Assistive Technology, Autism, Occupational and Physical Therapy, School Psychologists, Sensory Impairments, Speech or Language Impairment and Transition Services
Files
 Behavior Management
FBA BIP presentation, FBA sample form and Behavior Intervention template
 Math Pacing Guides
Math Pacing Calendars for K-12
 ParaEducator Resources
Handbook, Evaluation form, Para request form and In-service resources.
 Reading Pacing Guides
Pacing calendars for K-12
 Counseling.DOC
Counseling Form: Used for written warnings.
 Mileage Template.xls
Blank Form to use to track mileage for employees who travel between buildings and have been authorized to claim mileage for reimbursement.
 Milege chart.xls
Standard district chart with exact mileage from each building.
 Parent Rights[2].pdf
Parent Rights in Special Education
Revised 08/2010
 PreparingforIEP2011-PPT Slides Handout.pdf
Prepare for an IEP Meeting
 SPED Library.xls
A collection of Special Education Resouces available to staff. Contact Mandi Harris at ext. 111 if you would like to check something out. You can also come to Central Office at anytime to check out resources.
Videos and Podcasts
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Contacts
+ Robinson, Jennifer
+ Sharma, Raj
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