Special Education Teacher Receives a Very Special Award
Alice Huelskamp, Special Education Teacher at Foothill Middle School, received a very special award from the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society. Due to her outstanding performance as a student teacher, she is the honored recipient of the Leota Batt Memorial Grant-In-Aid Award. Aside from this local distinction, she has been recommended to move forward to regional consideration for additional honors. Congratulations, Alice!
Festival of Arts
Many of our AUSD Special Education students participated in a wonderful event entitled "Festival of the Arts" at Royal Oaks Middle School in Charter Oak. This event was organized and sponsored by local school districts, including Azusa Unified, along with the SELPA and the SELPA CAC parent advisory committee. This year's theme was "This Is What I Dream About." Student artwork was posted for display, students did live performances in the theater, and many activities were available, including face painting, musical instruments, obstacle courses, chalk art, arts and crafts and carnival style games. This was the first annual event of this kind locally, and it was a smashing success.
Mountain View Students Visit the Zoo
Ms. Zuniga's class completed a scavenger hunt activity at the zoo! It was a fantastic learning opportunity. Before the trip, the students researched their upcoming experience using a zoo map and determined which animals they would encounter. Each student picked an animal that they were interested in and checked out a library book to find out more information on the animal. They are currently working on completing a report on their animal. While at the zoo, the students engaged in a scavenger hunt. They were given a clipboard and checklist with animal names and a drawing of each animal. They worked in teams to find every animal on the checklist. When they returned to school, they discussed the results of their scavenger hunt and shared the animals they did and did not see. The students also engaged in conversation about what the animals looked like and what they were doing during their observations. The students were really excited to show staff when they found an animal on their scavenger hunt!
Foothill Middle School Special Education Class
Learning About Science with Academic Rigor
Alice Huelskamp's Life Skills class uses hands-on learning and high standards to approach science instruction. In a recent lesson, students did an experiment to learn about how polar bears are able to live and thrive in a freezing environment using adaptations in their fur. Students compared the differences between a polar bear's hollow (air-filled) fur and human skin in withstanding cold.
Life Skills Students Engage in Biology Lesson
Foothill Middle School Life Skills students participated in several hands-on science experiments. They learned about owls and dissected owl pellets to determine their diet. They discovered that owls like to eat rodents. They found evidence of this from the bones they found and drew pictures on a graphic organizer. Everyone enjoyed the new discoveries!
Northrup Grumman Strikes Again!
The SPROUT and VOICE employee volunteer groups at Northrup Grumman have graciously donated their time to collect over 250 books for the Powell School Library and for middle school special education classrooms. The books include fiction as well as science text and biographies. These wonderful additions to our school and classroom libraries will inspire students to read and dream big for their future. Thank you so much, Northrup Grumman for supporting us in this way for a third year in a row!
Special Education Local Plan Area
Azusa Unified School District belongs to the East San Gabriel Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (ESGV SELPA). This SELPA is composed of 10 local education agencies (LEAs) located in Los Angeles County which include Azusa, Baldwin Park, Basset, Bonita, Charter Oak, Claremont, Covina-Valley, Glendora, Walnut Valley, West Covina and six charter schools. The function of the SELPA and participating agencies is to provide a quality educational program appropriate to the needs of each eligible child with a disability who reside within the Local Plan Area, and to those eligible individuals who are residents of other SELPAs who may be in need of services, and who, in accordance with the provisions of the annual budget plan of the cooperating Local Plan Area attend programs in the region. SELPA governance is structured with interrelationships between the SELPA Director, the Superintendent's Council, District Special Education Directors and the Community Advisory Committee (parent group).
Extended School Year
Extended School Year (ESY) services are special education and related services that are required by an individual with exceptional needs beyond the regular school year. Such individuals shall have handicaps which are likely to continue indefinitely or for prolonged periods, and interruption of the pupil's educational programming may cause regression, when coupled with limited recoupment capacity, rendering it impossible or unlikely that the pupil will attain the level of self-sufficiency and independence that would otherwise be expected in view of his or her handicapping condition. It is the issues of regression and recoupment that provide a framework upon which to base discussion on the needs of the student.
⇒ESY dates for Summer 2016 are as follows:
Preschool through 8th Grade and Adult Transition will be June 8-July 6
High School will be June 8-July 13
There will be no school on July 4