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Special Education

Welcome to Special Education:

Cheney High School's Special Education Team works together with parents, students, administration and all staff to ensure each student's success. Each teacher and staff member works towards helping students learn, grow, and achieve success in our school and community.
CHS's Special Ed has put together a variety of programs and resources that make success attainable through hard work, commitment and fun.
 

Meet the Team: 

 

Teacher

Course

Course Description

 Brian Baxter 

Life Skills

Students will develop functional skills in LA, math, healthy choices, Social Studies, and daily life. Emphasis will be on assisting students to transition into the world of independent living.

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 Robert Hilzendeger

 

Inclusion
Work Experience

Inclusion classes are co-taught by a general education teacher and a special education teacher. Students with IEP’s need exposure to the general curriculum as opposed to being pulled out of regular classes for instruction in basic skills.  A special education teacher in the class helps ensure that students with IEP’s are understanding instructions, turning in assignments, modifying assignments, and accessing accommodations such as additional time on tests and/or assignments. 
Students are placed in work sites on and off campus from 1 to 3 periods a day for elective course credit with emphasis on work skills and transition. Employers must agree to work with the program coordinator to evaluate student job performance. Students are required to meet with Work Experience coordinator, sign in daily, and complete all program paper work weekly.


http://www.cheneysd.org/Domain/154

 

 Wes Hobbs

 

Resource Room
Language Arts & Math Extensions
 
Adaptive PE

L.A./ Math Extension is a class designed to enhance performance in the regular education program and focus on skills for transitioning from school to work.  Students will not only work on skill development in all disciplines, but attitudinal skills for success as well.  Students will receive specially designed instruction, delivered in ways for each student to be successful. 
Students who qualify for Special Education services in the area of reading and/or written language are eligible through their Individual Education Plan (IEP) for this class.  The emphasis of this course will be to improve students’ comprehension, vocabulary, spelling and grammar.

 

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Joni Kent

Resource Room
Language Arts & Math

Emphasis will be to improve reading comprehension, vocabulary development, spelling and written language and communication. Students will explore transition to life beyond high school.
Emphasis will be to improve math skills and solve word problems. Also students will work on real life math application and transition to life beyond high school.


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Ann Marie Kimmel

 

 

 

Foundations

(9th & 10th)

 

The Foundations 9-10 class includes developing everyday skills for language arts, math, social studies and science in daily life.  The skills that will be acquired will be used at home and on the job.  Skills such as reading directions, manuals and signs will be covered while incorporating workplace vocabulary.  Writing skills such as applications, forms, resumes, and letters, will be covered. Math will include consumer math, budgeting, and banking. In addition to the content areas, social skills and life skills will also be a focus.

 

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Melissa McGourin

 

Foundations

(11th & 12th)

The Foundations 11-12 class includes developing everyday skills for reading, math, social studies and science in daily life. The skills are ones that will be used at home and on the job. Skills such as reading directions, signs, and vocational vocabulary will be covered. Writing things such as applications, forms, resumes, and letters, will also be covered. Math will include consumer math, budgeting, and banking.


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Aubra Pollack

 

 

CAPSTONE

Effective teaching is both art and science. Each student is accepted as a unique individual. This program is designed to assist students with the transition from public school into the adult world to include: vocational skills development, work experience, functional academics goals and communication/social skills.   
Prerequisite: The CAPSTONE School to Work Vocational Training Program is for students 19 – 21 years of age with a current IEP and meets eligibility requirements through the MDT process.


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Erin Teterud

Student Connections

Student Connections at CHS is designed to help support students that struggle emotionally, behaviorally and socially both within the school and community settings. The ultimate goal of student Connections is to facilitate student growth in social, emotional, behavioral and academic areas to enable them to be successful in the least restrictive environments of mainstream classrooms and the community.

 

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Sandra Matthews

 

School Psychologist

 

School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.
School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. Training includes data-based decision making, consultation and collaboration, effective instruction, child development, student diversity and development, school organization, prevention, intervention, mental health, learning styles, behavior, research, and program evaluation.  School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work.
 

 

Heather Zorrozua

Student Connections Counselor

Student Connections at CHS is designed to help support students that struggle emotionally, behaviorally and socially both within the school and community settings. The ultimate goal of student Connections is to facilitate student growth in social, emotional, behavioral and academic areas to enable them to be successful in the least restrictive environments of mainstream classrooms and the community.
Also serves all special education students needing consistent weekly check-in; social/emotional support; and connections to outside community resources. Helps maintain middle school student’s transition to high school.


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Classified Staff
CHS’s classified employees do the essential work that keeps our schools up and running. These extraordinary workers keep our campuses safe, clean and efficient. Most importantly, they strive to improve the lives of our students every day.

From the time students board a school bus to the time they head home at the end of the day, every aspect of their educational experience is impacted by a classified school employee. From the classroom to the school cafeteria to the high school and beyond planning – classified employees make a difference in the daily life of each student.

Just as classified employees are on the front lines working to ensure the safety and care of students at school, many are working to build better neighborhoods and communities as well. Whether they’re working for local charities or volunteering in youth sports programs, classified employees serve their communities with the same pride that they serve our students and schools.

May Chang - Resource Room with Ms. Kent
Brent Coffman - Student Connections with Mrs. Teterud
Pam Green - Life Skills with Mr. Baxter
Jane Miller - CAPSTONE with Ms. Pollack
Deb Ouelette - Life Skills with Mr. Baxter
Julie Raftis - Foundations with Ms. Kimmel
Lela Rodriguez - Life Skills with Mr. Baxter
Angie Seubert - CAPSTONE with Ms. Pollack
Ken Yorke - Foundations with Mrs. McGourin
Angela Pischel - Part-time Secretary

PROGRAMS

FOUNDATIONS
In developing everyday skills for reading, math, social studies and science in daily life the Foundations program likes to incorporate "reality" time. They do this in several ways. One of which is going on field tips to various sites in our community. The students experience, firsthand, by partaking in a variety of consumer skills, social skills, banking and of course fun. During a baking class the students apply budgeting, math skills, team work, planning, health awareness and delicious endeavors.
Adaptive PE
In Mr. Hobbs’ Adaptive PE classes the students get the opportunity to enjoy therapeutic riding lessons. Every fall and spring, the students go to Free Rein and experience recreation horseback riding. Through the rhythm, movement, and personality of a horse, a rider gains physical, mental, and social benefits. CHS students love this added bonus to their curriculum.
Transition Fair

CHS Special Education hosted their 1st Transition Fair. Over 100 students and their families, as well as community members, attended this event. They learned about the local programs and services that are available to students who are no longer eligible for school-based special education programs. This event brought together over 25 agencies that provide higher education, job training, employment, day programs, living options and health services to adults with disabilities. Attendees had a chance to speak with agency reps, pick up informational brochures, and get their questions answered as they considered their plans for transitioning from school to adulthood.

A free spaghetti dinner was provided as well as childcare. Many local businesses contributed generous gifts for door prizes. Some of the agencies that provided information are: DVR, ARC, F.A.C.E., CORD, Skils’kin, STA, Guardianship Program, Artisan’s, EWU Disability Support Services, DDA—Spokane County, Healthcare Training Center, Job Corps, SFCC, and many more. Links to these agencies are under Transition Resources.
CAPSTONE

This program is designed to assist students with the transition from public school into the adult world to include: vocational skills development, work experience, functional academics goals and communication/social skills. Many job sites have been built-up in the community and the students work, earn money, build up their resumes, and contribute to society. The CAPSTONE team is dedicated to each and every student. They provide oversight, one-on-one training, help students get to their job sights, personally oversee the work experience and again make each day and a new and fun experience. CAPSTONE encapsulates the true meaning of "team".