District Calendar:

June 2015
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June 01, 2015

5:00p.m. SHS Picnic Pops! SHS Courtyard
Staples High School Courtyard
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7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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June 02, 2015

7:00p.m. CES 4th Grade Orchestra/4th & 5th Grade Chorus Concert
Coleytown Elementary School
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7:00p.m. KHS 5th Grade Concert
Kings Highway Elementary School
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June 03, 2015

7:00p.m. GFS 4th Grade Orchestra/4th & 5th Grade Chorus Spring Concert
Greens Farms School
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7:00p.m. SES 4th Grade Orchestra/4th & 5th Grade Chorus Concert
Saugatuck Elementary School
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June 04, 2015

7:00p.m. Long Lots 5th Grade Orchestra and Band/4th & 5th Grade Chorus Concert
Long Lots Elementary School
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June 06, 2015

SAT Exam - SHS IS a test site (All Day Event)
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7:00p.m. Staples High School Senior Prom
Stamford Hilton
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June 07, 2015

5:00p.m. - 11:59p.m. Scholar Athlete Dinner
Westport Inn
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June 09, 2015

7:00p.m. SHS/BMS Jazz Concert
Staples High School
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June 11, 2015

SHS Final Exam 8 & 5 (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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June 12, 2015

SHS Final Exam 7 & 6 (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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June 13, 2015

ACT Exam - SHS is NOT a test site (All Day Event)
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June 15, 2015

SHS Final Exam 3 & 2 (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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June 16, 2015

BMS Moving Up Ceremony (All Day Event)
Bedford Middle School
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SHS Final Exam 4 & 1 (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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CMS Moving Up Ceremony (All Day Event)
Coleytown Middle School
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June 17, 2015

SHS Final Exam Make-Up Day (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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June 18, 2015

Last Day for Students - Shortened Day (All Day Event)
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The Individual Education Program (IEP) Meeting

THE TEAM PROCESS AT WORK

 

The purpose of the Individual Education Program team meeting is to: initiate and discuss evaluations

  • determine eligibility for special education services
  • develop the Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • review or revise your child's services
  • determine appropriate placement (in or out of district)

Parents must receive written notice at least five school days prior to an IEP meeting stating the time, place and purpose of the meeting, and a list of the invited participants.

An IEP team meeting must include a representative of the local education agency (administrator or designee), a special education teacher and general education teacher and a member of the Pupil Personnel Services staff (speech therapist, guidance counselor, psychologist, social worker, nurse, aide, etc.). Parents have the right to participate in their child's IEP meeting and in the decision making process as an equal partner. Students should be included whenever possible or appropriate, especially during transition planning.

Parents may bring persons of their choice to the IEP team meeting for additional support including private specialists, advocates, family members, friends. An interpreter will be supplied if needed.

At the start of the meeting, all participants are introduced. Parents will be offered a copy of the "Procedural Safeguards in Special Education." The team members should clarify the purpose for the meeting as stated on the invitation.

All decisions made at the meeting will be summarized on the "Written Prior Notice" page of the IEP (page 2). The actions recommended by the team, the actions considered but not recommended by the team and any actions refused by the district should be clearly stated on the Written Prior Notice page. Parents should check that their agreement or disagreement with the team recommendation is accurately recorded on the IEP, ("Written Prior Notice" under "Meeting Summary"). Parents may request additional time to consider the recommendations but unless they formally disagree, the IEP will be implemented 5 days after the mailing of the "Written Prior Notice."

Although issues and concerns may be addressed through informal communication, the IEP team meeting is the only legal body that may develop or change the components of a student's IEP.

Parents have the right to request an IEP team meeting to review, revise, or disagree with the IEP decisions.

An IEP team meeting must be scheduled at a time and place mutually convenient for parents and school personnel.

Parents will receive a full copy of the IEP, inducing the Written Prior Notice, within 5 school days after the IEP team meeting.

Parental signature is required under these conditions:

  • consent to conduct an evaluation of your child
  • initial consent to receive special education services
  • consent for private placement

Parents will receive written notice of an IEP team meeting at least 5 school days prior to the meeting.

Parents may request additional time to consider the recommendations but unless they formally disagree, the IEP will be implemented 5 days after the mailing of the 'Written Prior Notice.'

  • Before the meeting, write a list of concerns or issues that you feel are important to discuss.
  • Talk to other parents who have attended IEP meetings.
  • Ask to see your child's school folder and any reports concerning your child prior to the IEP meeting.
  • Think about whether your child should be included at the meeting and discuss this with school personnel.
  • If the school prepares a draft of the IEP prior to the meeting, you may request to review it before the meeting.
  • Take your own notes or tape record what was said at the meeting
  • Be a good listener. Listen to the staff's professional opinions about your child. Remember, school personnel are good advocates for your child too.
  • When differences of opinion arise, talk them out.
  • If you do not understand something, ask that it be restated. You may ask for an example or demonstration of what is meant.
  • If you feel pressured or overwhelmed, it is okay to take a break. Leave the room, take a walk and reconvene. If you don't feel you can continue without time out to think about what you have heard, you may ask that the meeting be continued at a later date.