3 Nationally Recognized Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Township High SchoolDistrict211Nationally Recognized Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence
4 The mission of District 211 is … to serve the educational needs of the community by developing and implementing quality programs which challenge students to achieve their potential to become contributing, informed citizens capable of meeting the demands of a changing world.Dr. Nancy RobbSuperintendent of Schools
5 District 211 Special Education Administrators Assistant Director of Special Education,Renée EricksonAssistant Director of SpecialEducation,Mary Pat KronesDirector of Special Education,Julie Nowak
15 Important Hoffman HS People Special Education Chair,Diane PfisterPrincipal,James Britton
16 High School Can Feel Like a BIG Place Facilities:District 211 consists of five high schools and two therapeutic day schools.Each state of the art facility has a swimming pool, an artificial turf athletic field and a 500-seat auditorium.Personnel:The district employs 993 certified staff and 888 support service personnel.Students:There are nearly 13,000 students enrolled in District 211’s schools.
17 High School Can Feel Like a BIG Place Supports:Freshmen orientationStudent Services departmentSpecial education case managersTutoring centersComputer labs
18 High School Helps Students to … become self-advocates.become active participants in their education.learn to take responsibility for their actions.transition to adulthood.become informed citizens.
19 To be Successful, Students Must … Complete homework independently and on time.Ask for help when needed.Respect school officials.Follow directions.Be responsible for their actions.Develop study skills - do more than just focus on doing assignments.
20 Graduation Requirements for the High School Diploma Mandated 20 Credits- 18 Academic- 2 Physical Education4 years Physical Education4 years English3 years math2 years social science2 years scienceHealthConsumer EducationDriver’s Education–or-30 hours of instruction in safety educationElectives
21 How to get 20 credits Earn AT LEAST 5 credits each year Make wise choices when selecting classesIf you fail a class enroll in summer school to stay on trackWithout 20 credits, a student WILL NOT graduate, regardless of how many years he or she has attended high school!
22 High School Activities AthleticsCompetitive GroupsPerforming ArtsCareer ClubsPublicationsStudent GovernmentHonorsSpecial Olympics
23 Participation/Eligibility for Extracurricular Activities Sports/ActivitiesCode of BehaviorIHSA CriteriaAttendanceAcademic EligibilityDriver’s Education
24 How Are Educational Placement Decisions Made? Student’s current academic performanceStudent’s educational needsEvaluation resultsincoming freshman testingcase study findings
25 Special Education Services to Meet Individual Student Needs Resource Service CenterCo-Taught classesResource/StrategiesGeneral Studies classesEDSC – Individualized instructional period(s)SCED – Self-contained for entire dayServices for low incidence disabilitiesOut-of-building programs
26 Services for Low Incidence Populations Cluster Sites providing specialized servicesELS: Educational Life Skills (HEHS)Functional academic curriculumPH: Physically Handicapped Program (PHS)Supports students with PH needsMC: Multiply Challenged (SHS)Serves students with severe medical and/or cognitive needsMN: Multiple Needs (HEHS)Functional and sensory-based academic curriculumATP: Adult Transition Program (HEHS)Functional transitional program
27 Services for Low Incidence Populations Life and Learning Strategies4 year curriculum for students with ASDs or who have related needsStrategies include:Communication, social skills development, problem-solving, emotional self-awareness, organization, time managementSensory integration as neededHard of Hearing and DeafVisually ImpairedMember of NSSEO
28 Services for High Incidence Populations Learning Strategies2 year curriculumStrategy instruction in:test-taking, note-taking, reading/writing, study skills, organizationIEP self-awarenessself-determination skill buildingpost-secondary transition developmentLife StrategiesProblem-solving, coping skill development, emotional regulation, relationship skills, communication skills
29 Services for High Incidence Populations General StudiesCore academics at a modified instructional level, while meeting graduation requirementsCross-categorical settingIEP goal development intertwined into content instructionSupport CenterCore academics at a modified/separate setting for behavioral/emotional needsInstruction in regular education curriculum moved at individualized or small group paceResponsive to student’s behavioral/emotional needs with point system & immediate feedbackSelf-Contained“School within a school”Highly supported and supervisedSocial, emotional and behavioral needs addressedIndividual and group counselingPoint and level system used each period to provide immediate feedback and redirectionInstruction in problem-solving, emotional regulation and self-awareness
30 Role of Special Education Staff Assist with the transition processProvide support – academic and emotionalGuide students in meeting IEP goalsFoster student self-advocacy and independenceTeach compensatory strategiesFacilitate IEP accommodations
31 Student Tips for Success in High School Get involved in activities!Self-advocate for needsAsk questionsApply skillsDemonstrate responsibilityTake advantage of academic opportunitiesWork towards graduation requirementsBecome familiar with IEP goals and accommodationsUse an assignment notebookSet a homework routine (time & location)
32 Student Tips for Success in High School Strategies for Parents to Ease the Transition to High SchoolStudent Tips for Success in High SchoolUtilize to communicate with teachers and case managersUtilize On-line Parent AccessDialogue with your child about schoolEncourage your child to practice responsibilityEncourage your child to self-advocate for needs and accommodationsEstablish a routine at home for reviewing grade progress and homework completion
33 Timeline of Events Fall 2010 Junior high & high school meet/share student informationDec 4, 2010Explore Placement Test8AM, bring calculator, snack for ext. time, call home when finished with extended timeJan 19, 2011Incoming Freshman Parent Open House6:30pm – 9:00pmFeb 2011Transition/IEP conferencecourse & program recommendationssummer school recommendationfreshman orientation informationSummer 2011Summer School – possible course recommendation updatesAugust 2011attend Freshman Open House activities
34 High School is a Great Place To Be! We want your student to be successful and enjoy his or her high school experience!