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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
Hardin Park Students Trick-or-Treat

SOAR is now open at Blowing Rock


Through a cooperative venture between Watauga County Schools and Daymark, the Therapeutic Class, SOAR- Success, Opportunity, Achievement, Resiliency, is now open at Blowing Rock School. This class serves students who are in need day treatment in addition to educational services. Pictured are staff members: Courtney Jones, Melissa Dick, Sarah Donovan, Jane Smyre, Sarah Coffey
Exceptional Children Progam Teacher of Excellence

Speech Language Pathologist Tammy Gragg (in center) of Parkway School was recognized as the WCS Exceptional Children Program Teacher of Excellence for 2014-15. With her in the photo are Parkway Principal Melissa Costin and Exceptional Children Program Director Dr. Michael Marcela.
Forging an International Partnership for Exceptional Children
Teachers and administrators that work with exceptional children in Taxila, Pakistan are joining with their American counterparts in WCS to share ideas and practices for teaching exceptional children (EC). The Pakistanis focusing on EC students are part of a larger group from Heavy Industries Taxila Education City (HITEC) that includes educators in a range of subjects and grade levels. The HITEC visitors will be here for several weeks and then a group of educators from WCS will travel to Pakistan early in 2015 in the second part of this year's exchange program. The program is now in its third year and is funded by a grant awarded to ASU by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. Past participants in the program have praised it for greatly increasing mutual understanding and respect between Pakistani and American cultures
EC Staff Presents at August PD

Dr. Mike welcomes staff at the Beginning of the Year EC Departmental Meeting.
Barb Linnville and Karla Lerner present on Behavior Strategies for the Classroom
Judy Gunnell-Beck presents on
Dealing with Childhood Trauma in the Classroom

Heather Martin and Holly Klein present on Addressing Working Memory in the Classroom



Members of the AU Core Team present Make and Take Activities for Students with Autism
Brianne Thurman, Jana Duke, Kate Younger, Jeff Stone, Hannah Dow
Dr. Mike presents on
EC Teacher Assistant Training:
The Why and How of EC

Welcome New EC Staff
Katy King, SLP, Blowing Rock


Cori Braxton, EC Teacher, WHS Sarah Coffey, EC Teacher, Blowing Rock


Eric DeVere, EC Teacher Assistant, WHS Melissa Dick, EC Teacher Assistant, Blowing Rock


Amber Dollyhigh, Speech/Language Pathologist, Bethel Melissa Hardenbrook, Speech/Language Pathologist, WHS


McKenzie Phillips, EC Teacher Assistant, WHS Brittany Pitts, EC Teacher, Hardin Park


Holley Quick, EC Teacher, WHS Megan Rush, EC Teacher, Hardin Park and Parkway


Erin Scott, EC Teacher, Bethel Kara Sweeney, EC Teacher Assistant, Hardin Park


Maggie Tate, EC Teacher, Hardin Park Tricia Weaver, HI Interpreter, Hardin Park


Sue Wells, EC PK Teacher Selena Hicks, EC Administrative Assistant
Back to School Festival

Children of all ages were happy to see Santa at the Back to School Festival on August 9, 2014.
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 CO 2:30 - 3:30
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 8,2014 - PLAAFP/AG Training 3:30 -5:00 - WHS Rm 3216 (This session is
for those new to EC - but anyone wanting a review may attend.)
September 10, 2014 - EC Monthly PD (Make and Take Activities for Students with Autism)
at Pky (Media Center) 3:00-4:30
September 11, 2014 - EC Monthly PD
(Make and Take Activities for Students with Autism)​
at CC (Media Center) 3:00 - 4:30
September 19, 2014 Medicaid Documentation Training for New Therapists at Parkway -
Tammy Gragg's room 8:00-10:00
September 22, 2014 - NC-SIP Steering Committee at CO 3:00 - 5:00
September 24, 2014 - EC Monthly PD
(Make and Take Activities for Students with Autism)
at CO 3:00- 4:30
September 25, 2014 - EC Monthly PD
(Make and Take Activities for Students with Autism)
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 WHS RM 2202 8:00- 3:00
October 8, 2014 - EC Monthly PD at WHS Room 2202 3:00-4:30 (Conversations about Data and Instruction)
October 9, 2014 - EC Monthly PD at CC (Media Center) 3:00 - 4:30 (Conversations about Data and Instruction)
October 20, 2014 - EC Monthly PD at CO 3:00- 4:30 (Conversations abnout Data and Instruction)
October 21, 2014 - EC Monthly PD at WHS (Rm 2410) 3:30 - 5:00 (Conversations about Data and Instruction)
October 28, 2014 - PWN Training for New Hires - 3:30 - 5:00 - WHS - room 3215


November 12, 2014 - EC Monthly PD at Pky- Overview of NC-SIP Programs (Media Center) 3:00-4:30
November 13, 2014 - EC Monthly PD at CC - Overview of NC-SIP Programs(Media Center)3:00 - 4:30
November 19, 2014 - EC Monthly PD at CO- Overview of NC-SIP Programs 3:00- 4:30
November 20, 2014 - EC Monthly PD at WHS - Overview of NC-SIP Programs(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 (Media Center) 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 19, 2015 - EC Compliance for New Hires - Re-evaluation Process 3:00-4:30 at CO
January 22, 2015 - EC
Compliance Committee at CO 3:00 - 5:00

February 11, 2015 - EC Monthly PD at Pky (Media Center) 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 (Meda Center) 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
+ Hicks, Selena
+ Marcela, Michael
+ Moore, Amy
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