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The Department of Student Services is located on the second floor of the Grandview Heights High School at 1587 West Third Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. Director of Student Services Dr. Madeline Partlow and Carla Lane, Data and Student Services Coordinator, are available to answer your questions and can be reached by calling (614) 481-3634, by fax at (614) 481-4241, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Announcements and Community Engagement Opportunities
SPECIAL NEEDS PLANNING WORKSHOP - FEBRUARY 27, 2018, AT 6:30 P.M.
The transition teams from Grandview Heights Schools and Upper Arlington Schools invite caregivers of children and young adults with special needs to bring their questions and concerns to this Special Needs Planning Workshop. This workshop will offer valuable information on topics such as guardianship, powers of attorney, special needs trusts, Ohio's STABLE accounts, social security, and Medicaid waivers. Please see the attached flyer. The event is free, but advanced registration is required at
Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington have a thriving Special Olympics program under the name Upper Arlington Special Olympics. For more information about the program and the sports offered, see the attachment at the bottom of this page.
Franklin County Coffee, Tea, and Autism
Coffee, Tea and Autism is a new style of support group that is led by volunteers whose lives have been touched by autism. Sometimes the best support and information comes from others living the same journey. These support groups can:
- Connect people with similar experiences
- Provide new resources, ideas and suggestions
- Encourage you throughout your journey
- Celebrate successes no matter how small
- Let you know you are not alone
- Allow understanding with no judgement
To follow on Facebook - Click here For more information, contact: ASCO | 272 PO Box, Worthington, OH 43085 | 614-284-6323| email@example.com | or contact: Jeff Siegel MSW LISW, Aspirations Coordinator, Nisonger Center, The Ohio State University, 285A McCampbell Hall, Columbus Ohio 43210-1257, Phone 614- 685-3188 , 614.366.6373(fax), firstname.lastname@example.org - Now recruiting for Adult and Teen Aspiration Groups "Aspire to greatness!"
Metro Parks Offers Free Programming for Families with Special Needs Children
Prairie Oaks Metro Parks is offering free programming designed for families with children who have special needs including a Spring Nature Walk, fishing, archery, creeking, and an owl walk during the summer months and into the fall. Please see the attached flyers at the bottom of the page for more information and specific details.
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Grandview Heights Schools Welcomes Mental Health Specialist Amber Nickels
Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, Mental Health Specialist Amber Nickels will be joining our staff three-days a week to support students and staff. She will be working with staff and students at all grade levels across the district as well as supporting special education students who require additional mental health support.
Syntero Counseling Center School-Based Clinician Larysa Gilbert, M.S., LPC
Larysa Gilbert works for Syntero Counseling Center located in Dublin and Upper Arlington. Her primary role is to provide prevention services to students, teachers, and administration regarding coping skills for mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, behavioral modification and other topics. These issues can be addressed in the following manners: individual 20-30 minute sessions, classroom presentations, small group interventions, teacher/admin consultation, and parent workshops. Please see the link below.
K-12 Document Addresses Inclusivity and Bullying Awareness Efforts in Grandview Heights Schools
The Grandview Heights Schools has created a K-12 comprehensive document that details the district's curriculum and exta-curricular efforts to address inclusivity and bullying in our schools. This document was authored by the district's school counselors Bryan Stork, Abby Mally, and Stephanie Doran; the Director of Student Services Jennifer Haddow; and our Syntero Counseling partners. A link to the document is at the end of this page.
Search for Children with Disabilities
School districts in Ohio must locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities, ages 3 through 21, who may be in need of special education and related services. Parents, relatives, public and private agency employees, and concerned citizens can help schools find children who may need these services. The following information might be helpful in determining if a child has a disability:
- For birth to age 3 – An established condition known to result in delay, or a documented developmental delay
- For ages 3 to 5 – A documented deficit in one or more of the following developmental areas: communication, vision, hearing, motor skills, social, emotional, or behavioral functioning, self help skills, and/or cognitive skills
- For ages 5 through 21 – Identification of one or more of the following conditions: autism, deaf-blindness, hearing impairment including deafness, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, emotional disturbance specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, and/or visual impairment including blindness.
The Student Services Department is responsible for oversight of the following programs/services:
Dr. Madeline Partlow, Director of Student Services, serves as the district's Title IX Coordinator.
English Language Learning (ELL)
The ELL Program supports students whose primary language is something other than English. School districts have the flexibility to decide on the educational approach that best meets the needs of their ELL students and leads to the timely acquisition of the level of English proficiency the students need to succeed in school. Our staff works with all elementary through high school students to improve and develop their English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, as well as to help them adapt to their new environment. Our student population, though small, has grown each year suggesting a steady upward trend. We are dedicated to preparing these students to become independent and successful both in and out of the classroom.
Grandview Heights Schools understands that there are gifted students whose intellectual capacity, rate of learning, and potential for creative contributions demand experiences apart from, but connected to the regular classroom. The gifted program model used in our district is one of resource consultation and collaboration. This model pulls together the school’s resources and expertise to serve students. Recognizing that gifted education is not a “program”, but rather incorporates an array of services that identify in-school and out-of-school activities, general education staff and gifted education specialists share responsibility for designing educational opportunities for gifted learners. This model enables us to serve the wide variety of gifted children in our schools and begins with differentiated instruction. The District understands that a differentiated curriculum is the best way to meet the day-to-day needs of the students. Flexible grouping and differentiated instruction provide developmentally appropriate curriculum for gifted children that give them opportunities to learn and grow at a challenging pace.
Health Services / School Nursing
Definition of School Nursing:
School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning.
This definition was adopted at the
National Association of School Nurses Board of Directors meeting in Providence, Rhode Island in June 1999. Nursing services provided include:
• Health Screenings
• Health Education
• Daily medical treatments
• Daily medication administration
• Creation of Individual Health Plans
• Health resource for staff and students
• Review/documentation of immunizations
Related Services are support services needed to help children with disabilities benefit from special education. Eligibility for related services is determined by IEP teams as mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.). These services for our special needs students include, but are not limited to:
• Adaptive Physical Education
• Occupational Therapy
• Physical Therapy
• Speech/Language Therapy
Special Education Programs
Special Education is a broad, formalized, and highly structured educational program. Federal and state law as well as federal, state, and local policies and procedures strictly govern the structure and delivery of all special education programs. These services are designed for those students who have a documented disability that has a significant and adverse effect on their ability to learn.
Our district works to meet the individual needs of children with disabilities by offering a full continuum of placement options allowed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.) and the Ohio Department of Education. Each building is prepared to offer small group instruction, resource room classes, co-teaching, out of district placements, and home instruction.
The district special education staff, which includes intervention specialists, paraprofessionals, and related services’ providers, serves approximately 10 percent of our student population.