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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
The Transition Fair

For more information on participants please click the following link:
/modules/groups/homepagefiles/gwp/909661/964853/File/Presenter%20Descriptions%202015(1).pdf
Bethel's Young Professionals
Hardin Park's Coffee Talk kids work in the F.A.R.M. Cafe Garden
.
Special Olympics April 24, 2015

Congratulations Brianne Thurman

Congratulations Brianne Thurman who was chosen as Teacher of the Year by her peers at Hardin Park!
F.A.R.M. & Coffee Talk
Mrs. Barr's class recently presented F.A.R.M. Cafe with a donation from Coffee Talk!

Social Thinking

Social Thinking Workshop led by Karla Lerner on January 21, 2015.
Congratulations Anna Eyler!

Cards for Caring
Anna Eyler received a $1,500 grant from the Sunrise Rotary Club to start a note card business "Cards for Caring" which will be sold at local businesses to help sustain the Food Pantry at Valle Crucis Elementary School.

The Sunrise Rotary Club gave $100 gift cards to Tammy Gragg, Karla Lerner, Barbara Linnville and Joan Ward to use for classroom supplies.
Congratulations Amanda Huff & Erin Selle
The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards has announced that Amanda
Huff of Watauga High School and Erin Selle of Hardin Park School have achieved National
Board Certification, the highest professional credential available in the teaching profession. For more details please click here.


Amanda Huff Erin Selle
Santa Comes to Visit
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
EC Conference
Hardin Park Students Trick-or-Treat
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
Welcome New EC Staff
August PD for EC Staff
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 20, 2015 - NC- SIP Steering Committee at CO 3:00 - 4:30
January 22, 2015 - EC
Compliance Committee at CO 3:00 - 5:00

February 4. 2015 - Re-evaluation / Eligibility Process Training for New Hires at WHS Rm 3215 3:30 - 5:00
February 11, 2015 - EC Monthly PD at Pky (Media Center) 3:00-4:30
February 24, 2015 - EC Monthly PD at CC (Media Center)3:00 - 4:30
February 26, 2015 - EC Monthly PD at HP (Media Center) 3:00- 4:30

March 2, 2015 - EC February PD at WHS 3:30 - 5 ( location TBA)
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 (Media 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
April 20, 2015 - Initial Referral Process Training for New Hires at WHS (room 3215) 3:30 - 4:30

May 13, 2015 - Training on the Transition Component for New Hires at WHS (room 3215) 3:30 - 4:30

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)
Department Web Pages
Department Folders
Department Tasks
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Department Contacts
+ Hicks, Selena
+ Marcela, Michael
+ Moore, Amy
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