March 2018 - PDF Version
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
• Knowledge and skills to succeed in
school and in life.
• Support and guidance in all stages and
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
THE DIRECTOR'S SPOTLIGHT
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
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.
WHERE TO FIND SEAC INFO
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.
WE WANT YOUR INPUT!
If you have any questions or comments please contact:
Laurie Adams, SEAC Chair
Michael Hirsch, Ed .S.
Director, Special Services, WCPS
(540) 635-2725 ext. 33223