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Special Education - SEAC Newsletter

2019-2020 Quarter 3 PDF Version


Director's Spotlight

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize

Shannon Hugentober as this quarter’s “Spotlight”.

Shannon is our OT/PT lead and has been with us

11 years. Her commitment to our students, families

and community is unwavering and is a “pillar of

stability” within our related services team. Shannon

holds a Master of Science degree - Occupational

Therapy from Shenandoah University and has

experience both in the medical and educational

realms.

Ms. Hugentober has systematically improved our

reporting process and keeps our OT/PT

department in tune with all current changes.

Recognizing Shannon as a true leader in

education is an easy thing, but it is with great

pleasure to do it publicly with her peers. Please

join me in thanking and recognizing Shannon

Hugentober as the “Spotlight” recipient for the

winter of 2019. Great job!


Nurses

Did you know that, according to the most recent Gallup poll, Americans have rated nurses as the

#1 most ethical and honest profession in an impressive 18 year running streak? The 2019 poll

revealed that 85% of Americans rated nurses’ honesty and ethical standards as “high” or “very

high,” coming in even higher than last year’s numbers.

School nursing is a specialized nursing practice just like any other. WCPS’s nine school nurses

have over 200 combined years of experience in a rich variety of nursing areas: occupational and

home health, urgent and emergency care; labor and delivery, critical care (ICU, CCU, NICU),

elder care, nursing education and leadership.

School nurses are based in a school and are responsible for their assigned school’s entire student

body. They use clinical judgment & critical observations to discern physical or psychological

concerns that can be handled in the clinic or those that need further care. Keeping the entire

student body healthy is especially important during outbreaks of illness. Students that appear with

symptoms of contagious diseases are sent home, often with a recommendation for further care

in order to protect others in their class. Nurses work with other healthcare workers, such as

speech, physical and occupational therapists who maintain a caseload at one or more schools.

Building and maintaining those high ethical standards in honest, caring relationships with

students, parents and teachers is of utmost concern. Keeping all those involved informed of

issues that may affect students being healthy, safe and ready to learn is a primary goal--always

encouraging students back to class with little interruption in their education whenever possible.

This includes being knowledgeable and up-to-date on current mental health and emergency

issues affecting youth.

School nurses keep our students healthy and are an integral part of the WCPS family. Stop in

and say, “Hi!”


March is Reading Awareness Month

Check out WCMS's new book box where students can leave and/ or take books.


Have Questions about Special Education?

Your child’s case manager is a great place to start with questions that you have about your child’s Special Education Services. However, know that SEAC is another resource, feel free to contact us if you have any questions! Email: ladams.seac@gmail.com or call Laurie at 540-683-1767.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Special Olympics Bowling

Jan 29th – Mar 18th

Wednesdays at 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Royal Family Bowling Center

For more information, contact:

Winnie Ehlinger 540-636-1688

Michael Hirsch 540-635-2725

Special Olympics Kickball

April 8th – May 13th

Wednesdays at 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

At Free Wheeling Way

(Fantasy Land)

For more information, contact:

Winnie Ehlinger 540-636-1688

Michael Hirsch 540-635-2725

Front Royal Challenger Baseball

Registration

Moose Lodge:

Feb 19th & 26th 6-8 pm & Feb 29th 9-12

Community Center:

Feb 22nd 9-12

$30 for individuals or

$25/each for 2 or more players

For question/more information, contact

Christy Flach 540-244-5035

Jason Flach 540-742-4611

Edward Jones Race 5K
March 28th

Warren County Middle School

For more information, please contact:

The Warren Coalition

540-636-6385

Dance for All Learners

A new class for children of all abilities

Monday’s beginning February 17th

Time: 6:30-7:30 pm

At Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

For more information, please contact

Karen Eriksson-Lee 540-664-4232

karen@nvaballet.com

Kiwanis 5K

May 16th

Warren County Health & Human

Services Complex

Benefits Warren County

Special Olympics.

 


Upcoming Meeting Schedule 2019-2020

  • September 16
  • October 21st
  • February 24th
  • May 18th
    Topics to be determined

*Meetings begin at 6pm with 45 minutes to an hour of

conducting SEAC business. During the second hour we

typically host guest speakers. Meeting announcements

and agendas are available to the public the week prior to

our meetings. Meetings finish at 8pm.


What is SEAC?

Special Education Advisory Committee

Our Mission:

The Warren County, Virginia, Special Education Advisory Committee seeks:

 To advise the Superintendent and School Board of any needs regarding the

education of children with special needs and disabilities

 To collaboratively serve as a resource of support and information of all individuals

involved in educating children with special needs and disabilities.

In doing so, we aim to better serve all children within Warren County, VA.

Why come to a SEAC meeting, or serve on the committee?

 Meet other parents of children with special needs

 Be informed and have a voice about what is happening within your school division

 Contribute to your child’s education and our community

 Keep informed on the latest educational research, strategies and programs

Like us on Facebook:

Warren County VA Special Education Advisory Committee


The Harlem Globetrotters

The ARC of Warren and Special Olympics are sponsoring up to 50 students to attend a special event on March 19th at Shenandoah University to see the Harlem Globe Trotters.

For more information, please contact Winnie Ehlinger 540-636-1688.


FINAL MEETING FOR THE

2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR:

May 18th

*Meetings begin at 6pm with 45 minutes to an

hour of conducting SEAC business. During the

second hour we typically host guest speakers.

Meeting announcements and agendas are

available to the public the week prior to our

meetings. Meetings finish at 8pm.

 

 

 WHERE TO FIND SEAC INFO

Look up SEAC on the WCPS Website in 2 places:

1.Under the "Parents" tab

2.Underthe "Instruction" tab

http://www.wcps.k12.va.us/index.php/parents/seac-special-education-advisory-committee

On our website:

https://sites.google.com/site/wcvaseac/

Like us on Facebook:

Warren County VA Special Education Advisory Committee.

https://www.facebook.com/Warren-County-VA-Special-Education-Advisory-Committee-1428131017517219/


 WE WANT YOUR INPUT!

If you have any questions or comments please contact:

Gina Casella, Interim SEAC Chair

(540) 635-2725 ext. 31212

Michael Hirsch, Ed .S.

Director, Special Services, WCPS

(540) 635-2725 ext. 33223

 

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