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Exceptional Students

 

Watauga County Schools
Exceptional Children's Program


 
Welcome

We hope that you will find many helpful resources here to aid in our collaborative effort to educate students with disabilities in Watauga County.

Our goal is to provide appropriate educational opportunities to all children in our district who have a disability and are in need of special education services. 

Watauga County Schools offer the full continuum of services in the least restrictive environment for all students eligible for special education. Programs and services range from Student and Teacher Consultative and Co-Taught Classrooms to Specialized Classrooms. Each of our schools provide services for students with mild disabilities.  One school, Hardin Park, houses programs for students with mild, moderate and severe disabilities. Watauga High School provides the full continuum.

Related services are provided when required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education.
Department Announcements
Transition Fair
                      Transition Fair 2014 was a success!
                        Thanks to all who participated!
                
Coffee Talk Students OCS Senior Panel

PBIS Confernece
 
Great Times in Chicago!
Karla Lerner, PBIS Coordinator, and Barbara Linnville, Behavior Specialist, present at the PBIS Conference in Chicago.
Read Across America
 
Dr. Marcela Participates in Read Across America Day
Teacher of the Year
Erin Selle: Teacher of the Year for HP
Amber Edmisten: Teacher Assistant of the Year for HP  
  

News
Welcome New Staff

Heather Martin, Teacher - Parkway

Watauga County EC Staff Shines at Conference on Exceptional Children

Watauga County was well represented at the recent NC Department of Public Instruction's Conference on Exceptional Children in Greensboro. 


Congratulations to Regina Parsons-Allen!
Ms. Parsons-Allen, a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant,  was voted Watauga County's 2013-2014 Teacher of Excellence by her peers.
Mary Williams, Cindy Barr and Jenny Horton presented "Coffee Talk Takes Students Beyond the Classroom". In this presentation, they described the cooperative service learning program at Hardin Park called Coffee Talk. Inline image 1
Laurie Riveria, Kelly Beckley and Mary Williams presented "Empathy to Action: A Therapy Dog Takes Students Beyond the Classroom". This presentation highlights a collaborative effort between general and special education showing how service animals can be used in the classroom to enhance learning.
Dr. Mike Marcela presented "Brace for Impact: How to Successfully Survive Contentious Meetings and Legal Challenges" where he reviewed dispute resolution options and how to prevent difficulties through effective meetings.

Kellie Gore, Karla Lerner and Joan Ward had a poster presentation titled " Watauga High School PBIS: We Are Held to a Higher Standard!
Judy Gunnell-Beck and Erin Selle  had a poster presentation titled " Social Junction: Creating Bonds, Building Bridges and Connecting Lives in the Inclusive Classroom."

Lowes Toolbox Grant Provides a New Teaching Kitchen at Hardin Park
Students working with Cindy Barr, Jenny Horton and Mary Williams are enjoying their beautiful new kitchen!
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Williams receives 2013 Big Kid Award

The Boone Optimist Club presented the fourth annual "Big Kid Award" to Mary Williams at its Sept. 26 meeting.The Big Kid Award is presented to a special person who has given their time to reach out to youth in their community and has helped to create an optimistic future for them. As an adapted physical education specialist in the Watauga County school system for the past 24 years, Williams has changed the lives of numerous children with special needs and their families, according to club officials.

EC Meetings/Staff Development 2014-2015
All meetings are mandatory unless otherwise noted.
Please do not schedule any other meetings at the times noted below.

August 12, 2014 - EC 101 for New Hires at WHS room TBA 3:30 - 4:30
August 15, 2014 - EC Departmental Meeting at WHS (Auditorium) 8:00 -9:30
August 21, 2014 - Easy IEP Virtual Training 3:30 - 4:30 - Central Office or home school

September 10, 2014 - EC Monthly PD at Pky 3:00-4:30
September 11, 2014 - EC Monthly PD at CC (Media Center) 3:00 - 4:30
September 22, 2014 - NC-SIP Steering Committee at CO 3:00 - 5:00
September 24, 2014 - EC Monthly PD at CO 3:00- 4:30
September 25, 2014 - EC Monthly PD at WHS (Rm 2202) 3:30 - 5:00

October 7, 2014 - EC Compliance Audits - Compliance Committee at CO 8:00 - 3:00
October 8, 2014 - EC Compliance Audits - Compliance Committee at CO 8:00- 3:00
October 8, 2014 - EC Monthly PD at Pky 3:00-4:30
October 9, 2014 - EC Monthly PD at CC (Media Center) 3:00 - 4:30
October 20, 2014- EC Compliance Committee at CO 3:00 - 5:00
October 22, 2014 - EC Monthly PD at CO 3:00- 4:30
October 23, 2014 - EC Monthly PD at WHS (Rm 2202) 3:30 - 5:00

November 12, 2014 - EC Monthly PD at Pky 3:00-4:30
November 13, 2014 - EC Monthly PD at CC (Media Center)3:00 - 4:30
November 19, 2014 - EC Monthly PD at CO 3:00- 4:30
November 20, 2014 - EC Monthly PD at WHS (Rm 2202) 3:30 - 5:00

December 11, 2014 - Winter Gathering at CO 3:00 - 5:00 (Optional)
December 15, 2014 - NC-SIP Steering Committee at CO 3:00 - 5:00

January 7, 2015 - EC Monthly PD at Pky 3:00-4:30
January 8, 2015 - EC Monthly PD at CC (Media Center) 3:00 - 4:30
January 14, 2015 - EC Monthly PD at CO 3:00- 4:30
January 15, 2015- EC Monthly PD at WHS (Rm 2202) 3:30 - 5:00
January 26, 2015 - EC
 Compliance Committee at CO 3:00 - 5:00

February 11, 2015 - EC Monthly PD at Pky 3:00-4:30
February 12, 2015 - EC Monthly PD at CC (Media Center)3:00 - 4:30
February 18, 2015 - EC Monthly PD at CO 3:00- 4:30
February 19, 2015 - EC Monthly PD at WHS (rm 2202)3:30 - 5:00

March 3, 2015 - EC Compliance Committee Audits at CO 8:00 - 3:00
March 4, 2015 - EC
 Compliance Committee Aufits at CO 8:00 - 3:00
March 17, 2015 - EC Compliance Committee Audits at CO 8:00 - 3:00 (Snow Date)
March 18, 2015 - EC Compliance Committee Audits at CO 8:00 - 3:00 (Snow Date)
March 23, 2015 - NC- SIP Steering Committee at CO  3:00 - 5:00

April 6, 2015 - EC Compliance Committee at CO 3:00 - 5:00
April 8, 2015 - EC Monthly PD at Pky 3:00-4:30
April 9, 2015- EC Monthly PD at CC (Media Center) 3:00 - 4:30
April 15, 2015 - EC Monthly PD at CO 3:00- 4:30
April 16, 2015 - EC Monthly PD at WHS(Rm 2202) 3:30 - 5:00

June 1, 2015 - NC SIP Steering Committee at CO 3:00 - 5:00
June 4, 2015 - EC Compliance Committee at CO 3:00 - 5:00
June - TBA - EC EOY Celebration CO (Optional)
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Department Web Pages
Department Folders
Department Contacts
+ Marcela, Michael
+ Moore, Amy
+ Paige, Linda
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