2018-2019 Quarter 1 PDF Version
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
at 540-622-4443 or
Michael Hirsch at
Pumkin Fun Run
October 20th at 8 a.m.
Skyline High School Track
Festival of Leaves
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Downtown Front Royal Look for the WCPS
& friends table
Celebrate Kids Day
Santmyers Youth Center For more information contact:
The Warren Coalition
10:30 at WCMS
1:00 at SMS
For more information call WCPS Special Services at 540-635-2725
THE DIRECTOR'S SPOTLIGHT
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 email@example.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.
WHERE TO FIND SEAC INFO
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.
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