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Special Education - SEAC Newsletter

2019-2020 Quarter 1  PDF Version

Director's Spotlight

A great start to a wonderful 2019-2020

school year features Jerry “JD” Cave in the

newsletter spotlight. Mr. Cave has been an

integral part of our Non-Traditional

Programs’ success throughout the county

for some time. He has grown the programs

to serve Kindergarten through 12th grade

and is tirelessly working with students, staff,

and families to meet our county’s diverse

needs. Jerry is housed at the Special

Services Complex on 15th Street. He has

proven himself as a valuable leader and a

crucial part of our students’ lives. Please

stop by and visit Mr. Cave and see Brighter

Futures and Diversified Minds for yourself.

Thank you Jerry for everything that you do

each and every day!

Project Courage

Project COURAGE (Creating Opportunities for Understanding and Resilience Amid

Gaining our Education) is a multipronged approach to help youth who have experienced

primary/secondary trauma so they can be successful in the classroom. Research shows

that children with adverse childhood experiences suffer negative outcomes more

frequently than those who have not experienced adversity. This free program is being

offered by Warren County Public Schools in partnership with the Warren Coalition. It is

funded through a Department of Justice grant. The program is being led by a Behavioral

Health Coach, Tonia Meyer, who is housed at the Special Services Complex on 15th


The Behavioral Health Coach will observe the classroom for trauma triggers, offer

suggestions for change and create a behavioral plan. In addition, a trained support

specialist will utilize evidence based COPE (Creating Opportunities for Personal

Empowerment) or SCARED (Student Created Aggression Replacement Education)

programs as indicated by assessments to help give the student skills to deal with difficult

emotions. Each student will be paired with a volunteer mentor trained to meet the

standards of the Virginia Mentorship Project. The company called “I’m Just Me

Movement” will be contracted to provide this support. A parenting enrichment group will

be offered for families as well. This program is offered for students at Skyline Middle

School, Warren County Middle School, and the Non-Traditional Programs.

This is another support utilized in our schools to meet out students’ diverse needs.

Questions about the program should be directed to Tonia Meyer at 635-2725 ext. 33111.

Please welcome to the Special Services Family:

Lori Crist, School Psychologist

Beth Dudek, Speech Pathologist

Stephanie Jackson, Occupational Therapist

Allison Filandino, Physical Therapist

ReShawn Feldmeyer, Special Education

Teacher/Dept. Chair

Samantha Morrison, Special Education

Teacher/Dept. Chair

Joseph Adams, Special Education Teacher

Dawn Greenwell, Special Education Teacher

Diana Loya, Special Education Teacher

Allison Rudacille, Special Education Teacher

Stephanie Wright, Special Education Teacher

Shawnacee Davis, VPI Teacher

Tonia Meyer, VOCA Behavioral Health Coach

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.


ARC of Warren/
Special Olympics Picnic

September 9th

5:00 p.m.

Bing Crosby

For more information, contact:

Michael Hirsch 540-635-2725

FRLL Challenger Chili Cook-off

September 14th

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Front Royal Community Center

For more information, contact:

Christy Flach at 540-244-5035


Special Olympics Basketball

Sept. 17th – Oct. 29

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

Hilda J. Barbour Elem. Gym

For more information, contact:

Winnie Ehlinger 540-636-1688

Michael Hirsch 540-635-272

Laurie Adams 540-683-1767


Celebrate Kids Day

September 29th

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Santmyers Youth Center

For more information, contact:

The Warren Coalition



Festival of Leaves

October 12th

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Downtown Front Royal

Look for the ARC of Warren, Special

Olympics &

Challenger table.


Understanding Poverty/ Emotional
Poverty Training

October 14th at LFCC

9:00 - 11:30 a.m. or

1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

For more information, contact:

Tara Smith (WCPS Special Services)



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.


Look up SEAC on the WCPS Website in 2 places:

1.Under the "Parents" tab

2.Underthe "Instruction" tab


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If you have any questions or comments please contact:

Laurie Adams, SEAC Chair

(540) 683-1767

Michael Hirsch, Ed .S.

Director, Special Services, WCPS

(540) 635-2725 ext. 33223


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