Terms Used That May Be Specific To Room 5 @ Hilton School
Apps- short for “Applications”, as in the programs/games/software used on an iPad, iPod, iPhone, or iTouch
Blog- A web log or written account of activities or information
Case Manager- Your child’s “case manager” is Morgan Kolis. A case manager is the “point person” on your child’s IEP team. This person is responsible for coordinating schedules of therapies, maintaining the IEP, communicating to all members of the IEP team, etc.
Decodable Books- These small books (may be orange, blue, red, or printed in black and white depending on what grade level/reading level your child is working on) are made up almost entirely of words that can be sounded out and simple sight words. These books are used often during one to one reading instruction or guided reading groups, and are often sent home for homework.
E-Portfolio- An “Electronic Portfolio” will be your child’s own website or electronic display of your child’s work (with your signed permission and privacy settings).
Friday Folder- Every Friday, your child will bring home a folder with his/her papers from Room 5 from the previous school week. Any papers that come home in the Friday Folder are yours to keep. Please empty the folder, sign the paper to indicate you’ve received the folder, and send it back to school on Monday.
Homeroom Teacher- This is your child’s “regular education teacher.” Depending on your child’s IEP, his/her homeroom teacher may be responsible for teaching science, social studies, language arts, and/or math. Attendance, lunch count, and class parties will be handled by the homeroom teacher.
Homework- Homework is individualized to fit your child’s needs. You can ALWAYS help with homework. Homework is never “graded” or used as an “assessment” in Room 5. Feedback on homework is appreciated. For Kindergarten students, homework is optional.
IEP Team- Your child’s IEP Team consists of these people: Parents (and any advocate, grandparents, etc. that you bring), School Principal or other district representative, School Psychologist, Intervention Specialist, Regular Education Teacher (aka Homeroom Teacher), Speech and Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist (if applicable), Physical Therapist (if applicable), Audiologist (if applicable), any other service provider necessary.
Intervention Specialist– This is another term for “Special Education Teacher.” Either term can be used to describe Miss Kolis at Hilton School.
iOS- This is the Operating System used in the iPad, iPod, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
Reading A-Z– This is a reading program that we often use in Room 5. This is supplemental to the Harcourt Reading Series and other methodologies/strategies that we use to teach reading.
Red (soft cover) Reading Book- This is a soft cover book that SECOND GRADERS may be reading from this school year.
Room 5– In other buildings or school districts, our “kind” of resource room may be referred to as the “CD Unit,” “MH Unit,” or “MD Unit.” We prefer to call our classroom “Room 5.” We believe that Room 5 is just another classroom in the building where learning takes place. The state categorizes our room as “cross categorical.”
Sight Words- These are words that cannot be “sounded out.” These words are sometimes called “popcorn words” or “high frequency words” as well. You can find the complete lists of sight words on our blog page under Language Arts.
Touch Points– This is a math term used by the Touch Math Program. You will find touch points on numbers 1-5 and on the coins (penny, nickel, dime, and quarter). You will find “double touch points” on numbers 6-9.
Quick Reference Chart for Special Ed. Acronyms
||Assistive Augmentative Communication device
||Autism Spectrum Disorders
||English Language Learner
||Evaluation Team Report (paperwork put together of the MFE)
||Individualized Education Plan (reviewed every 364 days)
||Multi-Factored Evaluation (completed every 3 years at minimum)
||Other Health Impaired
||Occupational Therapy / Therapist
||Physical Therapy / Therapist
||Special Education Teacher
||Speech and Language Therapy
||Specific Learning Disabilty
||Speech and Language Pathologist
People You May Need to Know at Hilton School
Dave Martin, Hilton Principal- firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheryl Miller, administrative assistant- email@example.com
Morgan Kolis, case manager/ special ed. teacher- firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe D’Alessandro, school psychologist- email@example.com
Effie Konstas, speech and language therapist- firstname.lastname@example.org
TBA, occupational therapist- TBA
Lisa Dietsche, physical therapist- email@example.com
Dr. Brigid Whitford, audiologist- firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynn Clapper, school counselor- email@example.com
Barb Vajda, Room 5 special education aide
Dennis Svozil, special education aide
Deb Eschweiler, special education aide
Upcoming Projects and Events for the 2012-2013 School Year
- Once again this year, we will participate in the Global Read Aloud project. Last year, we read Flat Stanley, completed many projects, and made several global connections. This school year, we will participate in the reading of Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.
- We will participate in a project with Middle School students from teacher Scott Kinkoph’s class that is, as of now, still nameless. The concept, still in the planning phases, will help his technology students complete a project where they must create or evaluate software to fit the needs of our students. Before this project, you will see more explanation and permission forms come home.
- I plan to start ALL first, second, and third graders on “e-portfolios” this year. More information will follow on these along with a permission form. Here’s an example of a student’s e-portfolio from a past year- www.adamseport.weebly.com.
- Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics, and Emergencies- This project was started in the 2010-2011 school year and will continue into this next school year. The purpose of this project is to help bridge the gap between kids with special needs and our emergency service personnel. This year, we will be using crafts, books, web sites, and projects. We will likely use these web sites: VoiceThread, Wordle, and Weebly. This project is done mostly at school. The only thing I ask you to do at home for this project is continue to learn and practice your phone number and address with your child. I will keep an update posted on the Room 5 Blog page as we complete lessons, projects, and activities. Check the “Social Studies” section at http://staff.bbhcsd.org/kolism to see what we’re doing.
- There may be other projects along the way this year as we try out a new “project based learning” model.
More Acronyms and Words to Know
In addition to the Special Education Acronyms we’ve posted before, check out some new ones you might need to know…
iOS- i Operating System like that used on the iPad, iPod, iPhone or iTouch (I might say something like “For those iOS users…”)
Apps– short for “Applications”, as in the programs/games/software used on an iPad, iPod, iPhone, or iTouch
Developers- People/companies who make “Apps” for the iPad, iPhone, iPod, or iTouch.
PROMO CODES– Sometimes developers give out codes to use in the iTunes store for FREE Apps. The promo codes can be entered on the home page of iTunes by pressing “Redeem” in the upper right hand menu.
AT- Assistive Technology- This can be as simple as a calculator or picture schedule to as high-tech as an iPad or computer.
AAC- Assistive Augmentative Communication- as in an iPad used for communication, a Dynavox Xpress, a Vantage or Vantage Lite, Springboard, etc.
“Chat”- This may be listed in your child’s “collaboration time” between teachers and SLPs. We may use “Google Chat” or an instant message system in Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, etc.
Microblogging- Using a web site like “Twitter” for small burst of information.
Blog- A Web Log or written account of activities or information.
Glog- A graphic blog like those found on edu.glogster.com.
2012-2013 Room 5 Supply List
First, let me say, you are NOT required to provide any of these things… And, if you’ve already gotten them for your grade level supply list, please DO NOT feel you need to bring ANY of these items (we can share between classes).
Nothing has to be “brand-specific” as we can use generic or name brands! Anything that is not on the list, we can provide in Room 5!
Room 5 Supplies Needed:
– 1 large glue stick
– 1 pack of 3 x 5 note cards
– 4 rolls of paper towels
– 2 cans/tubes of disinfecting cleaning wipes
– 1 box of Velcro (or generic brand of “hook and loop tape”)