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    The Special Education Department at Thatcher Unified Schools includes:
    Mrs. Melissa Price, Grades K-3
    ,Grade 4-6
    Mrs. Becky Woodside, Grades 7-8
    Mrs. Ashlee Griffin, Grades 9-12
    Mrs. Sandy Hatfield, Speech Therapist
    Ms. Kris Marciniak, Occupational Therapist
    Mr. Matthew D Petersen, Director

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    Special Education Services at TUSD

    Welcome to the 14-15 school year at Thatcher Unified Schools! We are committed to providing a top-quality educational experience for all students. The Special Education faculty work with students with a wide variety of needs and dedicate themselves to helping each student achieve success. Through the development of the IEP (Individualized Education Plan), a team of professionals along with the parents specify exactly what services or accommodations each student may need--whether that includes more time to complete assignments, some type of assistive technology, or simply increasing communication between the school and the home.

    We look forward to working with our wonderful students this year!

    Finding Students Who Need Special Help.....

    Ten percent of the general population has some form of disability or learning disorder. Thatcher Unified School District is looking for any children (birth to 22 years of age) who might have difficulties resulting from a disability who might need special education services in order to succeed in school. If you know of a student who has major difficulty with organizational skills, learning or understanding, speaking or writing, getting along with others, making adjustments in different situations or completing tasks, please contact Suzanne Menges at 348-7206 to have his/her progress checked. Free special education services are available to eligible children. For more information, call Child Find at (602) 364-4015 or visit the Child Find website at http://www.ade.az.gov/ess/childfind

    Child Find Policy

    Thatcher School's Child Find Policy.

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    Information For Parents......

    Special Education and State Mandated Achievement Testing

    State mandated testing will remain the same for this year. Kindergarten and first grade students will be taking part in district assessments, known as Benchmarks, in the areas of reading, writing, and math. Students in grade 2 and grade 9 will take the Stanford 10 test in the spring. Students in grades 3 through 8 will take the AIMS test. Students in grade 10 will take the AIMS test in the spring semester. Students who do not pass the AIMS test on the first testing will have two opportunities in grade 11 and two opportunities in grade 12 to take any portions of the AIMS test not passed on previous testings.

    At present the Arizona Department of Education is requiring special education students to take the yearly required test at each student's grade level. For example, a 5th grade special education students will take the 5th grade test, a 10th grade student will take the AIMS test which is only given at the 10th, 11th, and 12th grade levels. The AIMS requirement for high school graduation for Special Education students will be determined in each student's Indidividual Education Plan (IEP).

    Certain students in the district qualify for a yearly Alternative Assessment which is completed by student's Special Education teacher. Those students are identified during their IEP development and will not be affected by any decision made concerning grade level testing.

    Look For These Changes In Your Child's Development....

    3 Months
    •Lifts head regularly when on tummy
    •Makes cooing noises
    •Quiets when spoken to
    •Grasps objects placed in hand
    •Begins to bat at objects
    6 Months
    •Sits with light support
    •Babbles when alone or with someone
    •Reaches for objects
    •Holds objects with either hand
    •Turns eyes and head toward sounds or voices
    •Begins to crawl (moves around other than on hands and knees)
    9 Months
    •Sits without support
    •Begins creeping (up on hands and knees)
    •Imitates cough, bye-bye, hand clap, ma-ma
    •Drops and looks for an object
    •Can find a toy hidden under cloth
    •Likes to dump out and pick up things
    1 Year
    •Pulls up to a standing position and cruises around furniture
    •BEGINS to say ma-ma and da-da to refer to parents
    •Finger feeds self solid food
    •Follows a simple direction like “bring me the ball”
    •Points to objects she knows when asked “where is it”
    •Begins to use a spoon and hold a cup
    1.5 Years
    •Walks well and runs
    •Can push, pull, carry and lift objects
    •Names SOME objects
    •Can point to simple pictures
    •Brings you an object he/she knows when asked
    2 Years
    •Walks up and down stairs, two feet on each step
    •Can name more than three body parts
    •Stacks two to four objects
    •Uses two-word sentences
    •Enjoys doing things for self
    •Gets easily frustrated
    •Uses objects as they should be used
    3 Years
    •Uses three to five word sentences
    •Sings simple songs
    •Can jump in place
    •Begins to ask questions
    •Enjoys “pretend” play (for instance, pretending to be mom, dad, brothers and sisters)
    •Can help brush teeth, wash hands, undress, etc.
    4 Years
    •Can use the toilet (with few accidents)
    •Can balance on one foot, then the other
    •Can name up to three colors
    •Can retell parts of a familiar story
    •Begins to play with other children rather than alongside them
    5 Years
    •Likes playground challenges
    •Dresses self completely, including buttons, beginning to zip and tie
    •Can play cooperatively with a small group of children
    •Draws people in two parts—head and arms or legs
    •Can tell parents about something that happened while they were gone
    •Says number words to ten

    Southeast Regional Cooperative

    The Southeast Regional Cooperative (SER) is an organization under the umbrella of Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind. This cooperative provides support services for students with sensory impairments in Graham county school districts, in addition to Cochise, Greenlee, Pima, Santa Cruz and other school districts in Pinal county. Some of the services provided through SER are the assistance in the identification and evaluation of students with sensory impairments; specialized equipment, instruction, and related services for those students; and assistance to the staff in the local school districts. The Southeast Regional Cooperative works in partnership with district staff to provide special education and related services for all sensory impaired students so these students can reach their individual potential in their local school setting.

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    Graham County Special Services......

    The Dan Hinton School is used by TUSD students with special needs. Dan Hinton School is a recently completed SFB project. The new facilities will be a much needed addition to help our students. For further information about the Dan Hinton School contact either Mr. Matthew D Petersen (348-7206) or Mrs. Lisa James (485-2759).

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