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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The Evaluation Process

IDENTIFYING YOUR CHILD'S STRENGTHS AND NEEDS

 

The purpose of the evaluation process is to identity your child's specific learning strengths, needs and concerns. This is a problem-solving process that involves many ways of "collecting information. Information may be gathered through informal and formal observations; reviewing school work and records, talking with the teachers, standardized testing and checklists. The evaluation is done to determine if your child is eligible for special education services. This process also helps identify your child's strengths and abilities which are equally important in planning future services.

Evaluations are conducted for different reasons:

  • Screening - to identify those children who may be experiencing learning difficulties.
  • Eligibility - to determine whether a child is eligible for special education services (each child receiving special education and related services shall be re-evaluated at least once every three years to determine continued eligibility)
  • EP development and placement - to develop a plan of action and make decisions about a child's program
  • Instructional Planing - to plan instruction appropriate to the child's specific strengths and needs and to monitor its effectiveness

There are certain requirements that all schools must meet when evaluating your child's need for special education services. These requirements include:

  • The evaluation must be conducted by a multi-disciplinary team- a group of professionals with expertise in different areas including at least one teacher or other specialist with knowledge in the area of your child's suspected disability.
  • More than one evaluation instrument or procedure will be used as the basis for services. An evaluation need not always include an assessment of intellectual ability.
  • Tests must be non-discriminatory and administered in your child's native language and primary means of communication.
  • The team must collect information from a variety of sources which may include observations, parent interview, and review of pertinent medical history.

You will be invited to an IEP team meeting to discuss the evaluation plan for your child in order to:

  • fit the evaluation to the needs of your child ;
  • make you an informed partner from the beginning; and
  • make the evaluation process the least intrusive and anxiety producing.

Parents must give their consent in writing before any initial evaluation can be performed.

Once the formal evaluation of your child has been completed, the results will be shared with you. You may wish to discuss the results at an informal meeting prior to the planning meeting (IEP). Make sure you fully understand the results and conclusions drawn from the evaluation so you may work confidently with professionals in planning services for your child. If you disagree with the results, you may request an independent evaluation at the school's expense.

Timelines

  • 10 days for Parental Consent for Evaluation.
  • Evaluation at least once every three years to determine continued eligibility
  • Share information with the IEP team that will benefit your child's education
  • Outside Evaluations (Parents may choose to have their child evaluated by outside professionals at any time during the process at their expense)
  • A list of your child's strengths, needs, preferences, learning style
  • Samples of your child's work / Videos of your child

Learn more about the evaluation and the process - Ask questions!

  • What questions do we have that we hope will be answered by the evaluation?
  • Who will be conducting the evaluation and in what setting?
  • What areas will be evaluated? What specific tests or portions of tests will be used and why?
  • What is the training and experience of the persons administering the test?
  • Does the evaluation need to be adapted to compensate for your child's suspected disability?
  • Ask for any written information on the evaluation process
  • Talk with other experienced parents, school representatives, or outside professionals about the evaluation process
  • You can disagree with the school's evaluation and have a second evaluation done by a professional of your choice. In some cases, the school district may reimburse you for the second evaluation