Mitchell Junior/Senior High School


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Special Education


Sue Marsh

Para Educators

Tammy Cudaback

Peggy Welsch            Denise Yauney

     The Special Education department works with the general education teachers and the student's IEP team to help develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for each student receiving Special Education. In order to qualify for Special Education, the student must meet criteria as outlined in Nebraska's Rule 51. Once the student qualifies the IEP team sets personalized goals for each student that is tailored to that student's individual needs and abilities. At the age of 16, the program includes a transition plan outlining specific steps to prepare students for life after high school. The Special Education Department reviews the IEP with the student's parents, school administrators, and the student's general education teachers. The special education department works closely with parents to inform them of their children's progress and suggest techniques to promote learning outside of school.
     The Special Education Department uses various techniques to promote learning in the general education classroom. Depending on the student, teaching methods can include intensive individualized instruction, problem-solving assignments, small-group work, or para assistance in the classroom.

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Special Education Curriculum

Applied Studies
Students are taught, using peer reviewed course work, organizational skills, tests taking strategies, note taking skills and skills necessary to be a successful student. Students are allowed teacher and para-professional assistance to complete work assigned in core classrooms. Students are aided with studying daily lessons and studying for tests. Students are also assisted in making notes cards to use as study guides and to use when taking tests.

Vocational Education
The students in this class are responsible for a student run business. The students are taught bookkeeping skills, such as keeping a ledger, tracking bills, ordering supplies and taking inventory. The students then produce a product to be sold to their classmates and to the community.

Transitional Education
Students are taught life skills they will need once they have graduated from high school. Students are taught using a program that simulates many of the events adults face daily. Some of the lessons include finding and furnishing a home, finding a job, choosing where to live and finding appropriate transportation. The students are taught skills used when interviewing for numerous different positions. This class is a quick introduction to many events the students will face as they enter adulthood.