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Overview

4 months ago


The Special Services department oversees Federal and State Programs, Special Education and related services, and state/district assessment. 


Speech and language services, physical therapy, special needs preschool, and school psychological services are also a part of this department. All day kindergarten and school nurse are made possible through various funding sources.

Nancy Larsen, Executive Director of Support Services   

Michele Cram,  K-2 Principal / Migrant – Bilingual Director   

Jill Massa, Director of Teaching and Learning / Title I and LAP Director   

Jerry Henderson, School Psychologist   

Louise Marcus, Speech Therapist nbsp; 

Kimberly Hansen, School Nurse   

Gretal Hart, Physical Therapist   

Araceli Dominguez, Secretary   

Ana Rodriguez, Secretary   

Maria Soledad Martinez, Migrant Records Clerk / Home Visitor   


Federal Programs

4 months ago

Title I, Part C 

Title I, Part C is also a section of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is what we refer to as the Migrant Education Program (MEP).  The goal of the Migrant Program is to ensure that all migrant students complete the challenging state academic standards AND graduate with a high school diploma that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment. 

Children are eligible to receive MEP services if they meet the definition of “migratory child”, and if the basis for their eligibility is properly recorded on a certificate of eligibility (COE). The term “migratory child” is defined as: The child is younger than 22 and has not graduated from high school or does not hold a high school equivalency certificate; the child is a migrant agricultural worker or a migrant fisher, or has a parent, spouse, or guardian, who is a migrant agricultural worker or a migrant fisher; the child has moved within the preceding 36 months in order to obtain (or seek), or accompany, or join a parent, spouse, or guardian to obtain employment in qualifying agricultural or fishing work; such employment is a principal means of livelihood and the child has moved from one school district to another or from one state or country to another.  Their education has been interrupted.

School districts can provide supplemental instructional and support services such as health, etc. to enable them to participate effectively in school. Our migrant program includes  Maria Soledad Martinez, home visitor and records clerk; teachers, Ruth Lucero and Denise McCaffery and 2 instructional assistants. Michele Cram is the program facilitator. 


Title I, Part A

Title I, Part A is a section of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) which provides financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of educationally at-risk students. The goal of Title I is to provide extra instructional services and activities which support students identified as failing or most at risk of failing the state’s challenging performance standards in mathematics, reading and writing. 

In the Elementary and Middle Schools we have what are called Schoolwide Programs because so many of our students qualify for additional assistance. The educational risk factors that allow us to become Schoolwides are based on free and reduced lunch counts and census data. The Schoolwides allow us to combine funds with other programs to serve more students.  Using the funds in this way allows for smaller class sizes or special instructional spaces, additional teachers and instructional assistants, opportunities for professional development for school staff, and additional teaching materials which supplement a student’s regular instruction.

Title I pays for most of the professional development that teachers and instructional staff receive each year.  Title I allows us to have Kinder Camp and fund a parenting class called “Get Ready” for Kindergarten.  Mandatory tutoring services are paid for by the Title I program since we are in program improvement.

Title I - Parent Involvement Policy #4130 - English (Click here for pdf download)
 
Title I - Parent Involvement Policy #4130 - Spanish (Click here for pdf download)


McKinney-Vento Title X, (Homeless)

The purpose of this grant is to provide funds/services for children and youth who are experiencing homelessness.  The McKinney-Vento Act states that children and youth who lack “a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence” will be considered homeless.  Children who are living with relatives or who are “doubled up” are also considered homeless.  It is the responsibility of the school district to designate a liaison for these children, (Nancy Larsen).  The Act requires liaisons to ensure that “homeless children and youth are identified by school personnel and through coordination with other entities and agencies.”  The purpose of the identification is to offer appropriate services to the family, child, or youth.  Coordination with schools and community agencies is an essential identification strategy, as are professional development, awareness and training activities within the school buildings, school districts, and the community.

The District has received this competitive grant award to support homeless students in their efforts to succeed in school and to meet academic achievement standards.  These funds can be used to provide tutoring, transportation, and linkages to community agencies.  In addition, these funds can be used to purchase school supplies, texts, backpacks, P.E. uniforms, shoes, eyeglasses, hearing aids, etc.  Prior to receiving these funds, counselors, teachers and other staff scrambled to find funds through donations, foundation dollars, or from their own pockets.  There are approximately 7% of Warden School District students who are considered homeless.

Supplemental Educational Services

4 months ago

Supplemental Education Services (SES) Information:
 
   As a result of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, your child may be eligible to receive academic tutoring to help him or her do better in school using Supplemental Educational Services (SES). The district has a list of outside companies who will work with students, and it is also listed above.  The list of providers was also provided on the back of the letter that was mailed to you on September 28, 2015 (at the above link).  SES providers are approved by the Title I department at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Please contact the school’s main office between October 1 - 15 or Nov. 11-25 if you are interested in finding out more about the SES provider services, or fill out the SES Application 2015-16 (also at the link above).

    You, the parent decide who you want to work with your child.  After you contact the school and determine whether or not your child is eligible for services and you are interested, you can sign your child up with a provider. The district will then enter into a contract with the provider on your child’s behalf.  Services are paid for your child by Title I dollars set-aside by the district. Transportation may be required to transport your child to the SES provider; however, SES transportation will not be provided by the district. This is the parent’s responsibility, as the district is not allowed to pay for this out of the Title I SES funds.
 
  Please open the above file "Historical PSC and SES Data" for required information on Public School Choice (PSC) and SES historical information.

District SES contact: Jill Massa, (509) 349-2311 ext. 1581, jmassa@warden.wednet.edu



Citizen Complaint Procedures

4 months ago

Citizen Complaint Against a School District or Other School Service Provider

Here is an overview of the citizen complaint process described fully in Chapter 392-168 WAC, Special Service Programs—Citizen Complaint Procedure for Certain Categorical Federal Programs.

     • Find this WAC online: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=392-168.

A citizen complaint is a written statement that alleges a violation of a federal rule, law or regulation or state regulation that applies to a federal program.

     • Anyone can file a citizen complaint.
     • There is no special form.
     • There is no need to know the law that governs a federal program to file a complaint.

Download for Citizen Complaint Procedures - click here

* Copies of the Citizen Complaint Procedure are available free of charge in all school offices *

 

Denuncias contra distritos escolares y otros proveedores de servicios escolares

A continuación se ofrece un panorama general del procedimiento de denuncias que se describe en forma completa en el Capítulo 392-168 del Código Administrativo del Estado de Washington (“WAC”, por su sigla en inglés), titulado “Programas de servicios especiales - Procedimiento para las denuncias respecto de ciertos programas federales categóricos”.

     • El código está publicado en Internet en el sitio: 
       http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=392-168.

Las denuncias son declaraciones por escrito en las que se alega una supuesta violación de una ley o reglamentación federal o estatal aplicable a un programa federal.

     • Cualquier persona puede presentar una denuncia
     • Para hacerlo no se necesita un formulario especial.
     • Para presentar una denuncia no es necesario saber qué ley regula un programa federal.

 

Para documento de procedimiento de quejas - presione aqui

* Las formas para el procedimiento de quejas están disponibles gratuitas en todas las oficinas de la escuela

  • All Day Kindergarten
    The Warden School District started an all day kindergarten option in the 2001-02 school year. As educators and school board members, we recognized the need for more intense early learning. Many of our children were coming to school lacking skills necessary for academic and social success. By 2004-05 all sections of Kindergarten were full day and funded by the school district. In 2007-08, the state identified schools that would benefit from funding full-day Kindergarten and we applied for the funding assistance.
    Criteria for receiving the funding was already in place, since we had already been implementing an all day program and had experienced the importance of providing the extra time for our youngest learners.
  • All Day Kindergarten
    The following conditions must be met to receive funding: 1000 hours of instruction; curriculum that offers a rich variety of experiences for students assisting in developing initial skills in reading, math, writing and communication; experiences in science, social studies, art, health and physical education; opportunities for children to acquire large and small motor skills; opportunities for children to acquire social and emotional skills including both individual and group learning; learning through hands on experiences; experiences in a world language other than English; establish learning environments that are developmentally appropriate and promote creativity; demonstrate strong connections and communication with early learning community providers; and participate in kindergarten readiness activities with early learning providers and parents.
    The district applies for this funding yearly through an application process. Support Services must report to OSPI every three months documenting student progress.

Assessment

4 months ago

State Testing

Warden School District students participate in all state testing including the following:

  • Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)
    The MSP is given to students in grades 3-8 to measure student progress. This test is usually taken during the last month of school. In 2010, our Middle School students took the MSP online.  All students take reading and mathematics tests.  Grades 4 and 7 take a writing test.  A science test is given to 5th and 8th grade students.
  • High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE)
    This test measures the proficiency of students in high school and serves as the state’s exit exam. Students must pass this assessment or a state-approved alternative in reading and writing in order to be eligible to graduate. The HSPE is given on three dates in March and April.  Sophomores participate in the HSPE.
  • End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) 
    End-of-course assessments for high school Mathematics are to be implemented statewide by the 2010-11 school year and replacing the Mathematics portion of the HSPE. End-of-course assessments for high school Science are to be implemented statewide by spring 2012 and replacing the Science portion of the HSPE.  Algebra and Geometry EOC assessments will take place in May 2011.
  • Washington Language Proficiency Test II (WLPT-II)
    The WLPT-II annually assesses the growth of the state’s English language learners. Students in grades K-12 are tested in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • Classroom-Based Assessments (CBAs) and Classroom-Based Performance Assessments (CBPAs)
    The state supports the development of classroom-based assessments that are based on the state’s learning standards and help guide day-to-day instruction. State curriculum specialists create tasks and questions that model good assessments and provide them to local school districts.

In addition to the state mandated tests, our second through twelfth grade students participate in MAP (measurement of academic progress) testing.  We use the NWEA test for MAP testing.  NWEA adapts to the child in real-time as the test progresses for a detailed picture of student progress.  


Highly Capable Program

4 months ago

Public Notification - Highly Capable Nominations 

 
Warden School District is committed to identifying and providing for the unique educational needs of all of our students, best preparing them for college and career readiness.  In an individualized educational program, the needs of all children are provided for according to their specific abilities, aptitudes, and their levels of performance. Children who have outstanding abilities are capable of exceptional performance, and therefore, should be provided opportunities that meet their needs.  The most highly capable students require an intensified, accelerated, and/or varied curriculum, as well as an opportunity to share interests and experiences with other students with like abilities.

 

Warden School District is soliciting nominations from the community of students that are believed to have a high capacity to learn quickly, deeply, and/or broadly, so that we can better provide an individualized educational service to each of our students.  Students nominated through this process will be considered for services to meet their needs based upon screening and assessment with the permission of their parent/guardian.

Definition of highly capable students means those students who:

Perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments.

Learning characteristics include:

(1) Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations;

(2) Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers;

(3) Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts;

(4) Ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength; and

(5) Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.

(WAC 392-170-035, WAC 392-170-036)

Forms to make such nominations can be obtained here: English Form or Spanish Form, and in the school office.  Nominations should be returned to the school office.

 

Notificación Pública – Nominaciones de Alta Capacidad

 

El Distrito Escolar de Warden se compromete a identificar y proveer a las necesidades educativas únicas de todos los estudiantes, prepararlos mejor para la preparación universitaria y profesional. En un programa educativo individualizado, se proporcionan las necesidades de todos los niños de acuerdo a sus habilidades específicas, aptitudes y sus niveles de rendimiento. Los niños que tienen capacidades excepcionales son capaces de un rendimiento excepcional, y por lo tanto, se deben proporcionar oportunidades que satisfacen sus necesidades. Los más altamente capaz estudiantes requieren un intensificado, acelerado, y / o currículo variado, así como la oportunidad de compartir intereses y experiencias con otros estudiantes con habilidades similares.

El Distrito Escolar de Warden está solicitando nominaciones de la comunidad de los estudiantes que se cree que tienen una alta capacidad de aprender rápidamente, profundamente, y / o en términos generales, para que podamos ofrecer un servicio educativo individualizado para cada uno de nuestros estudiantes. Los estudiantes nominados a través de este proceso serán considerados para los servicios para satisfacer sus necesidades basándose en el examen y evaluación con el permiso de sus padres / tutores.

Definición de estudiantes de alta capacidad significan aquellos estudiantes que:

Se desempeñan o muestran el potencial para desempeñarse a niveles académicos significativamente avanzados en comparación con otros de su edad, experiencias o entornos.

Las características de aprendizaje incluyen:

(1) Capacidad de aprender con profundidad de entendimiento, para retener lo que han aprendido, y transferir el aprendizaje a las nuevas situaciones;

(2) la capacidad y voluntad de poder trabajar con el aumento de  niveles de abstracción y complejidad antes que sus compañeros cronológicos;

(3) La capacidad creativa para hacer conexiones inusuales entre ideas y conceptos;

(4) Capacidad para aprender de forma rápida en su área(s) de la fuerza intelectual; y

(5) Capacidad de concentración y / o el enfoque intenso.

(WAC 392-170-035, WAC 392-170-036)

Los formularios para hacer las nominaciones para el proceso de designación se pueden obtener en el sitio web del Distrito Escolar de Warden:  www.warden.wednet.edu, y en la oficina de la escuela. Nominaciones deben ser devueltas a la oficina de la escuela.
 

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