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Special Education Department

Children with physical, emotional, academic, or intellectual disabilities may be eligible for special services through the district’s Special Education program. Assessments are done at the school level, and parents are involved in the assessment process and in determining placement into the program. For more information, please contact an administrator at your child’s school or the Special Services Office at 604-6700.


Child Find

The Evergreen Public Schools conducts specific activities for the purposes of locating, evaluating and identifying students ages birth to twenty-one (21) with suspected disabilities and who reside within the district’s boundaries. This includes students attending private schools within the Evergreen Public School’s attendance area.

Free Developmental Screenings are available for children ages birth through five.

Children are screened in the areas of motor, concepts, speech and language by professionals. A hearing and vision screening may also be done. Developmental screening can identify children who are in need of further evaluation and/or participation in early intervention or early childhood services that address their areas of need.

For children ages birth through two years of age, please call Educational Services District 112 at 360-750-7500.

For children ages 3-5 years, please call Special Services at 360-604-6700


Special Education Services:

Special education in the Evergreen Public Schools is not a “place:” rather, it is a set of services provided for students with disabilities. The Evergreen Public Schools collaborates with families to serve the individual needs of children. The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal legislation that helps guide school teams and families in the qualification of students and the development of Individualized Education Programs (IEP).  The Evergreen Public Schools provides a Continuum of Services to meet the needs of our diverse student population.


Procedural Safeguards: Parent and Student Rights

The Evergreen Public Schools provides parents a copy of the Notice of Special Education Procedural Safeguards:

  • At least once every school year.
  • When you or others, including the district, request that your student be evaluated to determine eligibility for special education services. This process is called a referral.
  • The first time you file a citizen complaint in a school year.
  • The first time you request a due process hearing in a school year.
  • When a decision is made to remove a student for more than ten school days in a year as part of a disciplinary action, and that removal constitutes a change of placement.
  • Upon request.

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Legal Assistance List for Special Education Due Process Disputes: The Office of Administrative Hearings maintains a list of attorneys, and agencies who have requested that they be included as a resource for parents. The list includes: 1) free or low cost legal service providers; 2) public (not for profit) organizations that assist parents but are not legal service providers; and, 3) attorneys who have experience and/or interest in special education law. This is the most recent list and is available for districts to provide parents upon request. It is also maintained on OSPI's website at: http://www.k12.wa.us/ProfPractices/pubdocs/LegalAssistanceSpecEd.pdf


Special Education Parent Events:

Meetings are from 6:30-8:00 PM

The meeting location is in the Tan Complex at the Administrative Service Complex located at 13501 NE 28th St. 

October 24th  2018 -  Early Childhood Special Education 

March 27, 2019 -  Meet with representatives from various community agencies and gather information on available services and answer questions regarding support and resources available. 

 

2018-19 - Wise Family Training Series:

 

Communit Partners:


Special Education Contacts: Phone: 360-604-6700

Jey Buno
Executive Director Special Services and Federal Programs

Jerry.Buno@EvergreenPS.org
Rebecca GillisSecretary  rebecca.gillis@evergreenps.org

Barb Laurenzo
Assistant Director Special Services
barbra.laurenzo@evergreenps.org
 

Todd Karnofski
Coordinator Elementary Special Education Services
Todd.Karnofski@evergreenps.org
 

Lynn Konkol
Coordinator Secondary Special Education Services
Lynn.Konkol@evergreenps.org   

Amber Lindly
Coordinator 49th St. Academy
Amber.Lindly@evergreenps.org  Phone: 360-604-6720

Michelle Athey
Coordinator Itinerant and Transition Special Education Services
Michelle.athey@evergreenps.org  

Janet Locascio
Coordinator Early Childhood Special Education Services
Janet.Locascio@evergreenps.org

Student Records Requests:
Jean Walker, Secretary/Special Education Records
jean.walker@evergreenps.org  Fax: 360-604-6707

 

 

Cascade Middle School

13900 NE 18th St

 

Child Find

The Evergreen Public Schools conducts specific activities for the purposes of locating, evaluating and identifying students ages birth to twenty-one (21) with suspected disabilities and who reside within the district’s boundaries.  This includes students attending private schools within the Evergreen Public School’s attendance area.

 

Evergreen Special Services
360-604-6700

 

Free Developmental Screenings are available for children ages birth through five.

Children are screened in the areas of motor, concepts, speech and language by professionals. A hearing and vision screening may also be done. Developmental screening can identify children who are in need of further evaluation and/or participation in early intervention or early childhood services that address their areas of need. 

For children ages birth through two years of age, please call Educational Services District 112 at 360-750-7500.

For children ages 3-5 years, please call Special Services at 360-604-6700.

Upcoming Community Events

These activities, links and training below are provided for information only.  Evergreen Public Schools, Evergreen Special Services and the employees thereof do not endorse or sponsor any of the activities, links, tranings and groups listed.

Washington Initiative for Supported Employment Webinars (select link to view and register)

Special Education PTSA of SW Washington  (select link for more information)

Sensory Friendly Cub Scout Pack  Boys from 1st - 4th Grade, Mill Plain Elementary School, Room 108. Contact: John Krejcha - Unit Commissioner at autismandscouting@gmail.com or 360-852-8369 for more details.

Columbia River Miracle League -  Register at http://columbiarivermiracleleague.org/registration/

Autism Social  Club - Contact: Shelly Brands   autismsocialclub@live.com orwww.facebook.com/groups/93355201791

Salmon Creek TOP Soccer:  Email Julie at salmoncreektopsoccer@gmail.com if you are interested in information about TOP Soccer.   

 

BUILDING A BETTER AUTISM VILLAGE  PARENT SUPPORT GROUP We meet the first Tuesday of each month from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm at Appealable Restaurant. APPEALABLE RESTAURANT #5111 NE 112TH AVENUE VANCOUVER WA. (same parking lot as YMCA, which you can see from SR500 in Orchards)
Childcare not available but feel free to bring your children.

For more information and confirmation that we are meeting that month and to save you a seat, contact Susie Ringstaff @ susieringstaff@q.com

Grupo de Apoyo en Español Cada cuarto Martes de cada mes empezando el 26 de Marzo De 10am– 12pm   Donde: The Arc of SW Washington 6511 NE 18th St. Vancouver, WA 98661  Acompañenos a nuestro nuevo grupo de apoyo en Español. Conosca a otros padres quienes al igual que usted comparten la experiencia unica de estar criando a un niño quien experimenta necesidades especiales.

Para mas información comuníquese con Maria Rangel al teléfono 360-254-1562

 

DANA’s Dreamers - The D.R.E.A.M.E.R.S are an exceptionally spirited group who will take part in our Pom-pom, ribbon, hoop and flag corps. These teams will use sensory friendly equipment for our friends with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, ADHD, Autism, Arthrogryposis, and all other different abilities. The Dream Team will participate in fun events. Visit the website calendar for more information or  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Dionna at: (360) 693-DANA(3262) or Laura at: (360) 241-1753  Or email us at: differentlyAbled@dana2010.org

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Assistance List for Special Education Due Process Disputes

The Office of Administrative Hearings maintains a list of attorneys, and agencies who have requested that they be included as a resource for parents. The list includes: 1) free or low cost legal service providers; 2) public (not for profit) organizations that assist parents but are not legal service providers; and, 3) attorneys who have experience and/or interest in special education law. This is the most recent list and is available for districts to provide parents upon request. It is also maintained on OSPI's website at: http://www.k12.wa.us/SpecialEd/pubdocs/legal_referral_list.pdf.
 

Special Education Links

Special Education Contacts

 
Jey Buno
Director Special Services

Jerry.Buno@EvergreenPS.org 
Phone:  360-604-6700 
Fax:  360-604-6702

Aimee Taylor 
Secretary

Aimee.Taylor@EvergreenPS.org 
Phone:  360-604-6700 
Fax:  360-604-6702

 

Lisa Pitsch  
Assistant Director Special Services
lisa.pitsch@evergreenps.org 
Phone:  360-604-6700 
Fax:  360-604-6702
 Matt Hill  
Coordinator Elementry Special Education Services
Mathew.Hill@evergreenps.org 
Phone:  360-604-6700 
Fax:  360-604-6702
 Sara Paul  
Coordinator 49th St. Academy
sara.paul@evergreenps.org 
Phone:  360-604-6720 
Fax:  360-604-6702

Todd Karnofski                                                            Coordinator Secondary Special Education Services
Todd.Karnofski@evergreenps.org                       

Phone:  360-604-6700 
Fax:  360-604-6702

 Joyce Scalice 
Coordinator Itenerant and Alternative Special Education Services
Joyceann.Scalice@evergreenps.org 
Phone:  360-604-6700 
Fax:  360-604-6702
 Gaelynn Mills 
Coordinator Early Childhood Special Education Services
Gaelynn.Mills@evergreenps.org
Phone:  360-604-6700 
Fax:  360-604-6702

 

 

 

Student Records Requests:

 

Rebecca Gillis

Secretary/Special Education Records     

rebecca.gillis@evergreenps.org

Phone: 360-604-6700 ext. 4710

Fax: 360-604-6707

Cascade Middle School

13900 NE 18th St

 

Child Find

The Evergreen Public Schools conducts specific activities for the purposes of locating, evaluating and identifying students ages birth to twenty-one (21) with suspected disabilities and who reside within the district’s boundaries.  This includes students attending private schools within the Evergreen Public School’s attendance area.

 

Evergreen Special Services
360-604-6700

 

Free Developmental Screenings are available for children ages birth through five.

Children are screened in the areas of motor, concepts, speech and language by professionals. A hearing and vision screening may also be done. Developmental screening can identify children who are in need of further evaluation and/or participation in early intervention or early childhood services that address their areas of need. 

For children ages birth through two years of age, please call Educational Services District 112 at 360-750-7500.

For children ages 3-5 years, please call Special Services at 360-604-6700.

Upcoming Community Events

These activities, links and training below are provided for information only.  Evergreen Public Schools, Evergreen Special Services and the employees thereof do not endorse or sponsor any of the activities, links, tranings and groups listed.

Washington Initiative for Supported Employment Webinars (select link to view and register)

Special Education PTSA of SW Washington  (select link for more information)

Sensory Friendly Cub Scout Pack  Boys from 1st - 4th Grade, Mill Plain Elementary School, Room 108. Contact: John Krejcha - Unit Commissioner at autismandscouting@gmail.com or 360-852-8369 for more details.

Columbia River Miracle League -  Register at http://columbiarivermiracleleague.org/registration/

Autism Social  Club - Contact: Shelly Brands   autismsocialclub@live.com orwww.facebook.com/groups/93355201791

Salmon Creek TOP Soccer:  Email Julie at salmoncreektopsoccer@gmail.com if you are interested in information about TOP Soccer.   

 

BUILDING A BETTER AUTISM VILLAGE  PARENT SUPPORT GROUP We meet the first Tuesday of each month from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm at Appealable Restaurant. APPEALABLE RESTAURANT #5111 NE 112TH AVENUE VANCOUVER WA. (same parking lot as YMCA, which you can see from SR500 in Orchards)
Childcare not available but feel free to bring your children.

For more information and confirmation that we are meeting that month and to save you a seat, contact Susie Ringstaff @ susieringstaff@q.com

Grupo de Apoyo en Español Cada cuarto Martes de cada mes empezando el 26 de Marzo De 10am– 12pm   Donde: The Arc of SW Washington 6511 NE 18th St. Vancouver, WA 98661  Acompañenos a nuestro nuevo grupo de apoyo en Español. Conosca a otros padres quienes al igual que usted comparten la experiencia unica de estar criando a un niño quien experimenta necesidades especiales.

Para mas información comuníquese con Maria Rangel al teléfono 360-254-1562

 

DANA’s Dreamers - The D.R.E.A.M.E.R.S are an exceptionally spirited group who will take part in our Pom-pom, ribbon, hoop and flag corps. These teams will use sensory friendly equipment for our friends with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, ADHD, Autism, Arthrogryposis, and all other different abilities. The Dream Team will participate in fun events. Visit the website calendar for more information or  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Dionna at: (360) 693-DANA(3262) or Laura at: (360) 241-1753  Or email us at: differentlyAbled@dana2010.org

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Assistance List for Special Education Due Process Disputes

The Office of Administrative Hearings maintains a list of attorneys, and agencies who have requested that they be included as a resource for parents. The list includes: 1) free or low cost legal service providers; 2) public (not for profit) organizations that assist parents but are not legal service providers; and, 3) attorneys who have experience and/or interest in special education law. This is the most recent list and is available for districts to provide parents upon request. It is also maintained on OSPI's website at: http://www.k12.wa.us/SpecialEd/pubdocs/legal_referral_list.pdf.
 

Special Education Links

Special Education Contacts

 
Jey Buno
Director Special Services

Jerry.Buno@EvergreenPS.org 
Phone:  360-604-6700 
Fax:  360-604-6702

Aimee Taylor 
Secretary

Aimee.Taylor@EvergreenPS.org 
Phone:  360-604-6700 
Fax:  360-604-6702

 

Lisa Pitsch  
Assistant Director Special Services
lisa.pitsch@evergreenps.org 
Phone:  360-604-6700 
Fax:  360-604-6702
 Matt Hill  
Coordinator Elementry Special Education Services
Mathew.Hill@evergreenps.org 
Phone:  360-604-6700 
Fax:  360-604-6702
 Sara Paul  
Coordinator 49th St. Academy
sara.paul@evergreenps.org 
Phone:  360-604-6720 
Fax:  360-604-6702

Todd Karnofski                                                            Coordinator Secondary Special Education Services
Todd.Karnofski@evergreenps.org                       

Phone:  360-604-6700 
Fax:  360-604-6702

 Joyce Scalice 
Coordinator Itenerant and Alternative Special Education Services
Joyceann.Scalice@evergreenps.org 
Phone:  360-604-6700 
Fax:  360-604-6702
 Gaelynn Mills 
Coordinator Early Childhood Special Education Services
Gaelynn.Mills@evergreenps.org
Phone:  360-604-6700 
Fax:  360-604-6702

 

 

 

Student Records Requests:

 

Rebecca Gillis

Secretary/Special Education Records     

rebecca.gillis@evergreenps.org

Phone: 360-604-6700 ext. 4710

Fax: 360-604-6707

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