Who We Are

Highline Special Needs 
Parent Teacher Association

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” 
~ Dr. Seuss

 Download our General Information Flyer in English or Spanish

General Information Flyer English Fall 2014

General Information Flyer-Espanol Fall 2014

The Vision Statement of the Highline Special Needs Parent-Teacher Association is to build a community with E.A.R.S.:

     to educate

     to advocate

     to be a resource

     and to provide support

for students, educators, parents and the community.

*adopted by the board of HSNPTA on April 4, 2013

Call to Action: Blue Ribbon Commission on Special Education and Office of OEO Report

HSNPTA Board Votes to Support Bond Measure on November 4th.

HSNPTA Board Responds to Special Education Review conducted by Urban Collaborative for Highline Schools in 2014

Link to the full review here.

July 30, 2014

The Highline Special Needs Parent-Teacher Association applauds Highline Schools for conducting a Review of Curricula and Instructional Services to Students with Disabilities in the Highline Public Schools with Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative. The Highline Special Needs PTA is encouraged by the effort of Highline Schools to identify and address the challenges in our district and looks forward to seeing a plan of action for implementing the proposed recommendations from Urban Collaborative.

The Highline Special Needs PTA especially thanks Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent, and Deborah Holcomb, Executive Director for Special Services and Student Support, for having this review, and the entire Highline School Board for addressing the current needs and challenges of meeting the needs of our special education students. We look forward to working together with the district to improve education opportunities for all of our students.

The Board of the Highline Special Needs PTA:

Melissa Feroe and Mindi Welton-Mitchell, Co-Presidents
Michelle O’Dell and Maria Santiago, Co-Vice Presidents
Erin Baker, Secretary and Legislative Chair
Katie Ethridge, Membership Chair
Allison Williams, Teacher/Staff Liaison

4 thoughts on “Who We Are

  1. Hi, just needed some info on how I could join the special needs ptsa! My daughter is an ILC student at Southern Heights Elementary, and I would love to help out anyway I could! Please email me some info. Thank you

    1. Hi Moesolo!

      Please click on the Membership page, and you can download the membership form there and mail it in. Or you can come to our next meeting on October 16th, we will have membership forms there. Hope to see you soon!

  2. PTSA Special Needs -Highline
    Dear Parents:
    Please let me know if you would like conference programs and/or posters for your schools. You may also download the conference program on the conference website at http://www.rehabseminars.org. Thanks, Vicki

    Posters for the annual General & Special Education Conference- Seattle are available for your schools. If you would like a conference poster and course catalogue for your school’s staff room or office, please email me and I will send them to you.

    The 2015 conference will be held at the world-class Grand Hyatt Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Seattle on March 4-7, 2015. This three-day conference has been expanded to offer 31 in-depth courses taught by internationally renowned educators and researchers on a variety of topics. The full conference is offered for 19.5 OSPI Clock Hours or 2 graduate level college credits (and numerous national CE board approvals-listed in course catalogue).

    Course learning tracks are specifically designed for administrators, general education teachers, special education teachers, and professional support staff members working with students, Pre-K through 12th grade. Course titles and speakers are listed below.

    Thank you, in advance, for supporting professional continuing education and training for your staff members.

    Vicki Dohrmann, MA, CCC-SLP
    CE Administrator/Planning Committee Chairperson
    Rehab Seminars-sponsor of the annual Special Education Conference
    500 Goss Road
    Port Townsend, WA 98368
    website: http://www.rehabseminars.org
    (360) 379-6994 -PHONE (360) 379-5271 –FAX

    Because GREAT Teachers are Well-trained Teachers!

    Concurrent Half-Day, Full-Day, and Two-Day Courses and Distinguished Faculty:

    Day One: Wednesday March 4, 2015

    1. The Common Sense Guide to the Common Core State Standards by Katherine McKnight, PhD, National Louis University, Chicago (8:00am-4:00pm)

    2. Learning to Behave: Visual Thinking Strategies for Middle School, High School and Post High School Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Deaf and Hard of Hearing by Carole Kaulitz, MEd, CCC-SLP, Autism/DHH Consultant (8:00am-12:00pm)

    3. Pro-Social Thinking: Using Visual Thinking/Language Strategies to Help Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Avoid Bullying by Carole Kaulitz, MEd, CCC-SLP, Autism/DHH Consultant (1:00pm-4:00pm)

    4. Using Five Instructional Routines to Support Comprehension and Word Awareness by Tina L. Heafner, PhD, University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Dixie M. Massey, PhD, University of Washington (8:00am-4:00pm)

    5. Co-Teaching: Strategies for Fostering Professional Collaboration and Inclusion by Jason Naranjo, PhD, University of Washington (8:00am-12:00pm)

    6. Person Centered Career Planning: How to Facilitate Plans and Connect them to the IEP and Post School Employment Goals by Marsha Threlkeld, BA, Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (1:00pm-4:00pm)

    7. Learning Disabilities: Analyzing Strengths and Weaknesses by Vincent C. Alfonso, PhD, Gonzaga University (8:00am-12:00pm)

    8. Learning Disabilities: Tailoring Interventions by Vincent C. Alfonso, PhD, Gonzaga University (1:00pm-4:00pm)

    9. Transforming School Climate Through Caring by Dave Derpak, MA, District Principal, Vancouver, British Columbia School Board and Christopher Parker, MA, Vice-Principal, Vancouver, British Columbia School Board (8:00am-4:00pm)

    10. Problem Behaviors and Anxiety in the Classroom: Strategies to Facilitate Learning by Bek Wiltbank, MOTR/L, Mosaic Center for Therapy Services (8:00am-12:00pm)

    11. Effective Strategies to Empower Communication for AAC Users by Donna Cole Wilson, MS, CCC-SLP, PROVAIL, Marci Revelli, MS, CCC-SLP, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Brenda Chappell, MA, CCC-SLP, PROVAIL (1:00pm-4:00pm)

    Day Two: Thursday March 5, 2015

    12. Clinical Thinking in Assessment and Treatment of Pediatric Motor Speech Disorders by Edythe Strand, PhD, CCC-SLP, Mayo College of Medicine (8:00am-4:00pm)

    13. Formative Assessment & Common Core State Standards: New Expectations, New Tools by Katherine McKnight, PhD, National Louis University, Chicago (8:00am-4:00pm)

    14. Understanding Students’ with Mental Health Problems and Delivering School-Based Mental Health Services by Clayton Cook, PhD, University of Washington (8:00am-4:00pm)

    15. Using Short Texts to Engage and Support Readers in Disciplinary Content by Tina L. Heafner, PhD, University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Dixie M. Massey, PhD, University of Washington (8:00am-12:00pm)

    16. When A Student Struggles: Visual Factors That Significantly Impact Learning by Nancy Torgerson, OD, FCOVD, Alderwood Vision Therapy Center (12:00pm-4:00pm)

    17. Using iTechnology (iPads, iPods) to Meet the Learning and Behavioral Needs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Susan Stokes, MA, CCC-SLP, Educational Autism Consultant and Trainer (8:00am-12:00pm)

    18. Extreme Make-over School Edition! Practical Strategies for Modifying the Educational Environment to Increase Understanding and Decrease Challenging Behaviors for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Susan Stokes, MA, CCC-SLP, Educational Autism Consultant and Trainer (1:00pm-4:00pm)

    19. Sensory Strategies for School Success: Simulations, Accommodations & Modifications, by Jenny L. Clark, OTR/L, BCP, Jenny’s Kids, Inc. (8:00am-4:00pm) Day one of this two day course

    20. PREPaRE: Crisis Intervention and Recovery- The Roles of School Based Mental Health Professional by Annie Rueda-Brown, MEd, School Psychologist, Edmonds School District and Julie Busse, MEd, School Psychologist, Edmonds School District (8:00am-4:00pm) Day one of this two day course (seats limited to 40)

    Day Three: Friday March 6, 2015

    21. An Ounce of Prevention: Strategies to Prevent Challenging Behaviors in Children with Disabilities by Nancy Rosenberg, PhD, University of Washington (8:00am-12:00pm)

    22. “You can’t do that, but here’s what you CAN do-” Using Replacement Behaviors to Reduce Challenging Behaviors in Students with Disabilities by Nancy Rosenberg, PhD, University of Washington (1:00pm-4:00pm)

    23. Common Core, Student Inquiry and Learning for 21st Century Teachers, Grades 3-12 by Katherine McKnight, PhD, National Louis University, Chicago (8:00am-12:00pm)

    24. Bloom was Right: Aligning Technology Integrated Lessons with Bloom’s Taxonomy, Grades 3-12 by Katherine McKnight, PhD, National Louis University, Chicago (12:00pm-4:00pm)

    25. Unpacking the Common Core State Standards K–5 Number and Operations: Fractions Progression by Developing a Conceptual Understanding of Operations with Fractions by Virginia C. Stimpson, PhD, University of Washington (8:00am-12:00pm)

    26. Developing Strategies for Helping Students Identify and Resolve Common Errors and Misconceptions Related to Expressions and Equations by Virginia C. Stimpson, PhD, University of Washington (1:00am-4:00pm)

    27. Sensory Strategies for School Success: Implementing Sensorimotor Interventions for Learning, by Jenny L. Clark, OTR/L, BCP, Jenny’s Kids, Inc. (8:00am-4:00pm) Day two of this two day course

    28.Unraveling the Mystery of Social Interaction Skills for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Practical Uses of Technology for Assessment and Intervention by Susan Stokes, MA, CCC-SLP, Educational Autism Consultant and Trainer (8:00am-12:00pm)

    29. It’s All About Independent Functioning! Using Technology to Develop Critical Life Skills for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Susan Stokes, MA, CCC-SLP, Educational Autism Consultant and Trainer (1:00am-4:00pm)

    30.Equity in School Discipline: Strategies for Preventing Suspensions and Keeping Students in School by Vicki Nishioka, PhD, Education Northwest (8:00am-4:00pm)

    31. PREPaRE: Crisis Intervention and Recovery- The Roles of School Based Mental Health Professional by Annie Rueda-Brown, MEd, School Psychologist, Edmonds School District and Julie Busse, MEd, School Psychologist, Edmonds School District (8:00am-4:00pm) Day two of this two day course (seats limited to 40)

    Vicki Dohrmann, MA, CCC-SLP
    CE Administrator/Planning Committee Chairperson
    Rehab Seminars-sponsor of the annual Special Education Conference
    website: http://www.rehabseminars.org
    (360) 379-6994 -PHONE (360) 379-5271 –FAX

    Vicki Dohrmann, MA, CCC-SLP
    CE Administrator/Planning Committee Chairperson
    Rehab Seminars-sponsor of the annual Special Education Conference
    website: http://www.rehabseminars.org
    (360) 379-6994 -PHONE (360) 379-5271 –FAX

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