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      What is Transition? What does this mean for my child with a disability?
                If you have a child with a disability who is 13 - 21 years of age and would like to receive information about the transition  process and transition section of an IEP, then please come join us for an informational training about transition. Parents, guardians, and  family members from ANY DISTRICT may attend the following training listed on the attached flyer.  
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 Child Study Team:
    The purpose of the Child Study Team is to implement academic and behavioral interventions to meet the needs of students  experiencing difficulty prior to a special education referral. When the student is showing academic or behavioral problems, the  teacher will complete the Child Study Referral form. The Child Study Referral form is located in the Elementary Office. The Child  Study Referral form will be turned in to the School Counselor.

   Inclusion Classroom:
        There are currently four co-teaching classrooms at Shenandoah Valley Elementary School. “Co-teaching is two or more people sharing  responsibility for teaching all of the students assigned to a classroom (Nevin, Thousand, & Villa, 2008).” The research indicates increased  overall achievement for all students. There are many benefits of co-teaching for both students and teachers alike. For students, co-  teaching develops respect for differences, opportunities for leadership and growth within the least restrictive environment, improves self- esteem, enables development of friendships, shows increased achievement test scores, etc. 

      All students have the right to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE). If you would like to receive more information about  co-teaching, please log on to Parent Hub.



 Special Education:
     Each student with a disability who is a resident of Shenandoah Valley shall be provided quality education program and services that  meet the student’s needs for educational, instructional, transitional, and related services. The special education program shall be  designed to comply with law; conformed to district goals; and integrate programs of special education with the regular instructional  program of the schools, consistent with the interest of the student with a disability and other students. 
 Under Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), a child with a disability can be defined as the following: Autism, Deaf/Blindness,  Deafness, Emotional Disturbance, Hearing Impaired, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health  Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Speech and Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Visual Impairment.
 If you believe that your school-age child may be in need of special education screening or evaluation, services are available to you at  no cost, upon written request.

 Special Education Contact Information:

​​     Michelle Zinkus, Director of Special Education

         (570) 462-1957​​

    Kelly Savakinas, Secretary to the Director of Special Education

         (570) 462-1957

     Lesley Matus, School Psychologist
        (570) 462-2796

 Elementary Special Education Teachers:

      Kassandra Blew
        Maricia Buhl

        Karen Possessky
        Sheena Micklo
        Angela Huben
        Michelle Brochyus
        Jamie Barlow
        Barbara Cuff

        Angel VanBlargan

 High School Speical Education Teachers: 

        Stacy Krupiewski
       Amanda McCloskey
       Sarah Lesisko     
       Lori Hess            
       Gloria Laudeman
       Coleen McGuire 

 Speech and Language Pathology:       
          Ms. Dawn Wenrich

          Ms. Erica Polley

Occupational Therapy 

        Valerie Dornsife

Social Worker/Behavioral Interventionist

       Sean Lyons 

       Mrs. Joan Matta (Behavioral Interventionist)


805 West Centre Street, Shenandoah PA 17976

District: (570) 462-1936

High School: (570) 462-1957

Elementary: (570) 462-2796 

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