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Family engagement is a family-centered and strengths-based approach to partnering with families in making decisions, setting goals, and

achieving desired outcomes. Family engagement takes many forms, including:

• Mutual trust and respect

•Two-way collaboration and support

• Equality in the relationship.

Family engagement is a shared responsibility of families, schools, and communities for student learning and achievement.

Research confirms that the involvement of parents and families in their children's education is critical to students' academic

success. As parents, teachers, and other caring adults, our job is to provide our children with:

• A safe, nurturing environment.

• An opportunity to develop to their

fullest potential.

• Knowledge and skills to succeed in

school and in life.

• Support and guidance in all stages and

their development.

In WCPS, we recognize that when families are engaged in their children's education, students achieve higher grades, attend school regularly,

have better social skills, and go on to postsecondary education. We offer programs, services, and resources that engage families,

schools and the community in support of student success.


Special Olympics Kickball

April 11th - May 16th

Wednesdays at 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Fantasy Land Park

Front Royal Kiwanis 5K

May 19th at 9 am

500 West 15th Street

(Former Warren County MS)

Contact Terry Leckie at



This quarter it is a great honor to highlight the fantastic job of Katie Priest! Ms. Priest has

supported our students for many years and has been a real asset whether at WCHS or at

LFCC working in the Elements program. Her creativity, motivation and expertise has

not only helped countless students but has also helped forge a new program at the

post-secondary level. If you get a chance to stop by LFCC (the program is located in the back

of library). Please say hi and check out all the great things that are happening. Great job

Ms. Priest and thank you for all that you do!

Family Meals. Community Based Instruction Instilling Life Skills Development and a Sense of Community

"This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a

word, more alive. 11

Alice Waters, American chef, restaurateur, activist and author.

Family meals, a part of Community-Based Instruction at Warren County High School and Skyline High School for students

with disabilities, have become eagerly anticipated events for everyone involved: students, teachers, and families. These events,

held quarterly, are an opportunity for students to develop life skills both in the classroom and in the community. They plan, budget,

and shop with support from their teachers and instructional assistants. Classroom funds, put together with donations, fund raisers,

and even profits from student-run businesses, provide the money needed to buy food, and parents may participate by contributing

items such as drinks or desserts.

Are the meals a hit? You bet they are! Students are proud of what they are learning. "I can do it, Mom!" is what Davina,

Mom of a student at Skyline High School, is hearing from her daughter, who is now helping at home! Davina loves the sense of

confidence instilled in her daughter through the skills she is learning in community based instruction, skills she says we may take

for granted. Helen, Mom of a student at Warren County High School thinks it's great to see her son putting life skills into action. She

also enjoys the sense of community that these meals develops between parents, teachers and families. Another Warren County

High School Mom likes the relationships that have developed between siblings and children of the teachers. These meals are fun

to attend! Also, our school division and the Virginia Department of Education encourage families to be involved in their child's

education. Attending functions like the family meals is a means of family involvement, which is said to help students achieve at

higher levels.

What do the teachers who support our students in hosting these events like best about them? Mrs. Kelly, who started

family meals at Warren County High School in 2012, loves seeing her students interact in a setting outside of the classroom, and

seeing them use functional skills. Mrs. Meredith and Ms. Griffith, who started fami ly meals at Skyline High School in 2015, also like

the opportunity of interacting with students in a more relaxed environment (outside of IEP meetings), the fun that is part of planning

and working on the meals with students, and the relationships that get developed with the families who attend.

Thank you Mrs. Kelly, Mrs. Meredith, and Ms. Griffith! Your students and their families appreciate all that you do for us!

 2018 Upcoming Meeting Schedule

March 19: Guest Speaker Topic: Mandt

April 16: Training for Parents

May 21: Daytime meeting, Tour Elements

June 4: Program at LFCC, more details to


Planning meeting for the 2018-2019 School Year

Approve SEAC Annual Report

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


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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


We are very sorry.  The special services section is under construction.  We are working on making information compliant to ADA requirements.  Content previously on this page needs to be reformatted to be accessible for everyone regardless of their disability.  This is important to us and we hope you understand this process takes time to regenerate the files, modules and information that was contained on these pages.  Please check back at a later time.

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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