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WCPS Embraces Social-Emotional Supports

As the pace of the world is steadily picking up all around us, so too are the stress levels in our busy lives. Just as the adults around them may feel overwhelmed, disconnected and stressed, our children are facing some of the same experiences and emotions. The medical field has been exploring ways of incorporating mindfulness and yoga for stress reduction in patients for over 25 years.  The evidence is strong that these practices do indeed benefit the patients.  Schools are now looking toward the decades of research and are beginning to find ways to implement mindfulness and yoga into the school day, promoting better well-being for students and teachers. 

Mindfulness means staying in the present moment of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and the surrounding environment.  Yoga allows bodies to stretch and breathe while experiencing these sensations.  There is now a growing body of evidence showing how these practices relax nervous systems.  When it comes to learning, stressed brains are not learning brains.  By allowing nervous systems to relax, we are preparing the brain for enhanced opportunities to take in information in a prime state. 

WCPS is initiating a school based yoga program where students will have the opportunity to participate in small group instruction as well as within the classroom.  Mindfulness and yoga can be merged into the day with social/emotional games, stretching and mindful moments where students learn to notice their breath. These frequent, small steps can lead to benefits such as: 

  • Promoting development of the vestibular system
  • developing core strength and a strong, flexible body
  • improving digestion, circulation and elimination
  • reducing stress and anxiety
  • increaing focus
  • aiding in the ability to be less reactive
  • building confidence and self-esteem

The best part?  Students enjoy learning these skills, and with consistent support,t ceacnh emnbooldoy tghye  skills to be able to use them on their own. Turning to mindfulness and yoga help develop skills that empower students with tools to promote self-awareness, self-acceptance and confidence.


Special Olympics Basketball

Sept. 19th – Nov. 7th Wednesdays at 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Hilda J. Barbour Elem. Gym For more info contact 

Carol Olson 

at 540-622-4443 or 

Michael Hirsch at 


Pumkin Fun Run

October 20th at 8 a.m. 

Skyline High School Track 

Festival of Leaves

October 12th 

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Downtown Front Royal Look for the WCPS 

& friends table 

Celebrate Kids Day

September 30th 

Santmyers Youth Center For more information contact:

The Warren Coalition

Same Sky

 October 23rd 

10:30 at WCMS 

1:00 at SMS 

For more information call WCPS Special Services at 540-635-2725 


Carla Scott is being celebrated this issue as the 2018-2019 school year gets underway. Carla has been an educator for over 30 years and has served over half of them in Warren County. She now holds the position of Instructional Specialist: Special Education and is a key member of the Instructional Resource Team. Carla is also a part of the Special Services Leadership Team and shares her expertise throughout the county. Her high level of professional knowledge coupled with her “can do” attitude makes for an awesome combination. Ms. Scott is leading the way supporting the staff of WCPS and is a valuable part of the Special Services Team. Thank you for everything that you do Carla! Great work!  

Please welcome to the Special Services Family: 

Crissa Breeden,  Administrative Assistant

Michelle Edwards, Dean of Students  Non-Traditional Programs

JoAnna Martin,  Social-Emotional Support Coach 

Amber Dever, Speech Pathologist

Ada Cruz-Wozniak, Speech Pathologist

Stephanie Jackson, Occupational Therapist


Parents of students with disabilities

to serve on a collaborative committee of parents and school division employees. 

The Warren County Special Education Advisory Committee has openings for parents of students with disabilities.  New applications are being accepted through September 17, 2018.  What does membership involve?

  • a desire to help the delivery of Special Education Services in our school  be the best that they can be
  • gaining knowledge of services and supports available to students with disabilities in Warren County Public schools
  • attendance at our meetings (expected to be 6 or 7 meetings between August 2018 - June 2019)
  • residence in Warren County

INTERESTED?  Contact Michael Hirsch, Director of Special Services at 540-635-2725, or  Laurie Adams, Chairperson, at 540-683-1767 or ladams.seac@gmail.com  for more information. 

Upcoming Meeting Schedule 2018-2019

Sept 17th:  WCPS elementary education team presentation

October 15th:  WCPS secondary education team presentation "I'm Determined"

January 14th: Special Education Overview

March 18th:  ELEMENTS programtour and business meeting at LFCC, tour will begin at 10 am

April 15th:  Review the special education annual plan and family engagement celebration

May 20th: Final meeting of the year, student celebration

Meetings begin at 6pm with 45 minutes to an hour of

conducting SEAC business. During the second hour we

typically host guest speakers. Meeting announcements

and agendas are available to the public the week prior to

our meetings. Meetings finish at 8pm.


Look up SEAC on the WCPS Website in 2 places:

1.Under the "Parents" tab

2.Underthe "Instruction" tab


On our website:


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Warren County VA Special Education Advisory Committee.



If you have any questions or comments please contact:

Laurie Adams, SEAC Chair

(540) 683-1767

Michael Hirsch, Ed .S.

Director, Special Services, WCPS

(540) 635-2725 ext. 33223


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Should you have any questions regarding special services at Warren County Public Schools please contact Michael Hirsch at 540-635-2725 or email mhirsch@wcps.k12.va.us

Project HOPE - Virginia, the Virginia Education Program for Homeless Children and Youth, is a federally-funded grant authorized by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act. Project HOPE - Virginia ensures the enrollment, attendance, and the success of homeless children and youth in school through public awareness efforts across the commonwealth and subgrants to local school divisions. Local Education Agencies (LEA) develop customized programs to meet the needs of homeless children and youth in their area. Project HOPE - Virginia funds activities throughout the school year, including early childhood education, mentoring, tutoring, parent education, summer enrichment programs, and domestic violence prevention programs. In addition, emergency services, referrals for health services, transportation, school supplies, and costs related to obtaining school records may be provided through the local Homeless Education Program.  Click here for further information Project Hope Virginia

Contact: Michael Hirsch 540-635-2725

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     Non-traditional education in Warren County includes a variety of approaches to teaching and learning separate from that which is offered by our traditional secondary schools.  Non-traditional options include a continuum of services that support students in the least restrictive environment.  The following is a brief description of the options available for our students.


Choices is a program embedded in the high schools that provides intensive case management, as well as a pull-out site available to students to access additional academic and counseling support. This intervention is generally accessed before a referral to the non-traditional placement committee is completed.


Diversified Minds

Located at the 15th Street Special Services site, this program blends rigorous academics, online programming, and clinical support to meet the needs of this diverse population.  Please go to this link for more information.



Brighter Futures Learning Community

This program is designed to meet the needs of students exhibiting significant behavioral challenges. Located at the Special Services site at 209 West Criser Road (NWCS building), this program blends academics, counseling, high adventure activities, and a specifically designed behavior program to assist students in meeting their academic and life goals.  Please contact Jerry Cave, Administrator at Brighter Futures for more information.



Graduation Opportunities (GO)

This virtual approach to learning utilizes “APEX”, which is an online educational program that supports students’ diverse needs.  Two staff members at the 15th Street Special Services site support a computer lab for students to access the program and receive additional academic support.  The students are also expected to access the material from home and complement the limited seat time available.  This approach allows students to participate in school at non-traditional times and work at their own pace to meet their academic goals.

APEX Learning






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