District Calendar:

January 2015
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January 01, 2015

Holiday Recess - No School (All Day Event)
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January 02, 2015

Holiday Recess - No School (All Day Event)
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January 05, 2015

7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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January 07, 2015

8:30a.m. - 11:59p.m. BOE Meeting - Budget Work Session
Westport Library, McManus Room
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7:00p.m. SBAC Testing Parent Meeting Grades 3-8 & 11
Bedford Middle School Auditorium
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January 08, 2015

10:00a.m. SBAC Testing Parent Meeting Grades 3-8 & 11
Bedford Middle School Auditorium
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7:00p.m. SHS Junior Parent Night
Staples High School Auditorium
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January 12, 2015

SHS Midterm Exam 1& 4 (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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January 13, 2015

SHS Midterm Exam 2 & 3 (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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12:00p.m. Internet Safety Workshop
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7:00p.m. Internet Safety Workshop
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7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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January 14, 2015

SHS Midterm Exam 6 & 7 (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:00p.m. SPED 8th Grade Parent Night
Staples High School Faculty Dining Room
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7:00p.m. SES 5th Grade Orchestra, 4th/5th Grade Chorus Concert
Saugatuck Elementary School
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7:00p.m. CES 5th Grade Band/Orchestra, 4th/5th Grade Chorus Concert
Coleytown Elementary School
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January 15, 2015

SHS Midterm Exam 5 & 8 (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:00p.m. SHS Junior Parent Night SNOW DATE
Staples High School Auditorium
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January 16, 2015

Western Regional High School Festival (All Day Event)
Trumbull High School
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No School Students/Staff Development Day (All Day Event)
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January 17, 2015

Western Regional High School Festival (All Day Event)
Trumbull High School
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January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King Day NO SCHOOL (All Day Event)
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January 20, 2015

SHS Midterm Exam Make-Up Day (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:00p.m. SPED 8th Grade Parent Night SNOW DATE
Staples High School Faculty Dining Room
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7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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January 21, 2015

7:00p.m. SBAC Testing Parent Meeting Grades 3-8 & 11 SNOWDATE
Bedford Middle School Auditorium
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January 22, 2015

10:00a.m. SBAC Testing Parent Meeting Grades 3-8 & 11 SNOWDATE
Bedford Middle School Auditorium
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7:00p.m. SES 4th Grade Orchestra/5th Grade Band Concert
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7:00p.m. GFS January Concert 4th Grade Orchestra/5th Grade Band
Greens Farms School
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7:00p.m. CES 4th Grade Orchestra Concert
Coleytown Elementary School
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January 23, 2015

Western Regional High School Festival SNOW DATE (All Day Event)
Trumbull High School
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January 24, 2015

Western Regional High School Festival SNOW DATE (All Day Event)
Trumbull High School
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SAT Exam - SHS is NOT a test site (All Day Event)
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January 26, 2015

7:30p.m. Benefit Concert for the Orphenians
Staples High School Auditorium
featuring Westport native and Broadway star Adam Kaplan (Newsies) and Friends
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January 27, 2015

7:00p.m. SHS/CMS Jazz Concert
Staples High School
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7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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January 29, 2015

7:00p.m. 8th Grade Parent Night
Staples High School Auditorium
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Continuum of Services and Related Services

CONTINUUM OF SERVICES

 

The IEP process results in a decision concerning a learning environment in which the identified goals and objectives can best be met by the child.

Special education law requires an education in the least restrictive environment (LRE). Every district must assure an appropriate and effective education of every child in the general education classroom to the maximum extent appropriate.

Federal regulations outline the following guidelines regarding placement decisions:

  • Special classes, separate schooling, or otherwise removing your child from general education should occur only when the nature or severity of your child's disability is such that education in general education classes cannot be achieved satisfactorily, even with the use of supplementary aids and services.
  • Schools must provide a continuum of placement options (general education classes, general education classes with minimal support, general education classes with one-to-one assistance, special education classes, etc.), and supplementary services (adaptive physical education, speech and language, etc.).
  • Schools must provide education as close to your home as possible, and allow your child to participate in extracurricular and nonacademic activities to the extent appropriate.

If your child is removed from a general education classroom, the school must work to return your child to the general education classroom as soon as possible.

Tips For Parents

  • Remember - special education is not a place - but, services and supports to assist your child in the setting most appropriate for his/her needs.
  • Make sure you understand your child's strengths and needs and what types of supports will be beneficial.
  • Share your vision and expectations for your child.
  • Be sure to consider all supports and services to help your child succeed i.e. assistive technology, adapted or modified curriculum, special equipment, special education consultation.

 

RELATED SERVICES

  • The IDEA defines 'related services' as:

    • transportation
    • and such developmental, corrective, and other supportive services as may be required t o assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education, including, but not limited to:
    • speech and language therapy
    • audiology
    • psychology
    • physical therapy
    • occupational therapy
    • assistive technology
    • recreation
    • social work services
    • medical services (for diagnostic and evaluation purposes only)
    • school health services
    • counseling services

    The need for related services is individually determined through the IEP process.

    Related services must have a relationship to the child's special education needs and must be necessary to give the child the opportunity to benefit from his or her special education program.

    The district provides related services through its own personnel and by contracting with agencies and/or individuals who provide the services.

    Related services can be delivered directly in an individual or group situation or indirectly by consultation with teasers and other school personnel so they may carry out interventions throughout the school day.

    One type of service is not necessarily better than the other, but depends on the individual needs of the child.