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Academic Support & Student Accountability

20 days ago

Abby Thompson

 Director of Academic Support and Student   Accountability
 434-260-7646 Ext. 1004

As Director of Academic Support and Student Accountability, I work at the division level to support, coordinate, and improve the instructional program in Nelson County Public Schools (NCPS). The superintendent, directors, principals, School Content Coordinators, teachers, tutors, and staff all work as a collective team to assure every student has access to a quality instructional program that is effective and thriving.

Additionally, my responsibilities include oversight of the school improvement process, state accountability, and local/state assessment programs.

For more information about any of these programs, click the link below or contact me at the Nelson County School Administration Office.

 

Resource Information


Instruction

·      Graduation, Completion, Dropout & Postsecondary Data

·      Virginia Department of Education Instruction

o  English Curriculum Framework and Resources - VDOE

o  Math Curriculum Framework and Resources – VDOE

o  History/Social Studies Curriculum Framework and Resources – VDOE

o  Science Curriculum Framework and Resources - VDOE 

Accountability

·      State Accreditation and Federal Reports 

Assessment Links

·   VDOE Standard of Learning (SOL) & Testing

·    School Report Cards and State Testing Results

·   English Language Assessment 

Other Programs

·        Dr. Jo Ann Wagner - jwagner@nelson.k12.va.us

          Gifted and Talented Program, Guidance Department, & Virginia Tiered System of Supports (VTSS) 

·       Mrs. Sandra McKenzie – smckenzie@nelson.k12.va.us

         Career & Technical Education, Federal Programs, English Language Learner, and Adult Education 

·      Mrs. Sandra Irby -sirby@nelson.k12.va.us

         Special Education Services and Student Services

Student Services

6 months ago


Sandra Irby
Director of Special Education and Student Services
434-260-7646 Ext. 1005

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

Homelessness Liaison / McKinney-Vento Act
Attendance / Truancy Officer
Section 504 Coordinator



Homeless Education Services

Nelson County Public Schools (NCPS) continues to be committed to providing support to our students experiencing homelessness. The NCPShomeless liaison is responsible for ensuring the identification, enrollment and access to the academic programs offered by NCPS.

Information for Families

What families experiencing homelessness need to know:

  • Children and youth who are homeless have a right to attend school;
  • You do not need to have a permanent address to enroll in school;
  • You have the right to attend the school you last attended before becoming homeless (school of origin) if evaluated to be in your best interest;
  • Your child has the right to transportation service to and from their school of origin;
  • Homeless children and youth have the right to immediate enrollment;
  • Enrollment records, including past school records and health records are not a reason for denial to immediate school enrollment. Help securing these documents can be offered by your school personnel and the Homeless Liaison;
  • If enrollment disputes arise, schools must provide you with written explanation and your right to appeal;
  • Unaccompanied homeless youth have these same rights.

School-Based Contacts

Ashley Bryant, School Counselor – Tye River Elementary School
Cammie Hughes, School Counselor – Rockfish River Elementary School
Ricki Perry, School Counselor – Nelson Middle School
Evette Anderson, School Counselor - Nelson County High School



Sandra Irby 
Homeless Education Liaison
Mc-Kinney Vento Homeless Education Act
434-260-7646 x1005
sirby@nelson.k12.va.us



STAFF: Please visit the new WEBSITE for more forms, manuals, and information: Link to NCPS Special Ed & Student Services



Federal Programs

6 months ago

Sandra McKenzie

Director of Federal Programs
434-260-7646 Ext. 1006

Greetings ~
 
As federal programs director, I work with administrators and teachers to plan and implement many of the federal grants awarded to Nelson County Public Schools through the No Child Left BehindAct.  The programs provide services and teacher training to support Virginia's Standards of Learning and effective instruction for all students.
 
For more information about any of the programs, please click the link below or contact me at the Nelson County School Administration Office.
 
Sandra McKenzie
 

Information about federal programs may be found at the Virginia Department of Education website:  http://www.doe.virginia.gov/federal_programs/index.shtml.  The Nelson County federal programs office administers the following federally funded programs:
 
  • Title I, Part A                 Improving Basic Programs
  • Title I, Part B                 Reading First
  • Title I, Part C                 Education of Migratory Children
  • Title II, Part A                Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals
  • Title III, Part A               Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient/ Immigrant Students
  • Title IV, Part A               Safe and Drug-Free Schools
  • Title V, Part A                Innovative Programs

Home Instruction

8 months ago

If you are planning to home-school your child FOR THE FIRST TIME, please follow these instructions:

2. Complete the "Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction".  Follow the instructions that are in the letter listed in above document.
5. Be sure to visit the Virginia Department of Education's website for more information -  
6. Visit http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/22.1-254/ to learn more about the Code of Virginia as it pertains to home instruction.


 If you are established as a home-school parent and plan to continue home instruction, please follow these instructions:

2. Your Evidence of Progress or Educational Achievement is due to our office August 1, 2017.
4. Be sure to read the "Nelson County School Board Home Instruction Policy" to view our division's policy for home instruction.
6. Be sure to visit the Virginia Department of Education's website for more information -  
7. Visit http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/22.1-254/ to learn more about the Code of Virginia as it pertains to home instruction.
8. If you are not planning to home school your child/children for the upcoming year, please complete the form "Notice of Termination of Home Instruction".

Return any correspondence to:                                                                                                                                                                                                
Nelson County Public Schools
Attn: Home Instruction, Tammy Ponton
P.O. Box 276
Lovingston, VA   22949

Our office is located at 84 Courthouse Square on the 4th floor of the Courthouse in Lovingston.

You may reach us at 434-260-7646.  

On-Line Courses

8 months ago

Nelson County High School offers a variety of Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement and On-line courses. Students are able to take these courses in the Nelson Achiever’s Lab.  While all courses offered at NCHS are open to interested and motivated students, students must possess strong language and writing skills and have adequate technical skills and personal characteristics for success in a virtual course. 

 

Enrollment in any of these classes requires dedication and perseverance and should not be enrolled in lightly.  Dual Enrollment courses are offered through Piedmont Virginia Community College.   Students taking an online course must maintain communication with their college professor.  All PVCC policies apply to high school DE students.  The student handbook can be viewed online at www.pvcc.edu. 

 

Advanced Placement online courses are offered through the Virginia Department of Education’s Virtual Virginia Program.  The Virtual Virginia Program allows students across the commonwealth to enroll in flexible, online AP courses.  Students who withdraw from Virtual Virginia AP courses after the deadline will be assessed a withdrawal fee of $75.  All AP courses through Virtual Virginia can be used toward the Early College Scholars Program. 
 
The classes offered are listed below.
 

Dual Enrollment Principles of Accounting I/Lab/Online (ACC 211/213)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

Presents accounting principles and their application to various businesses, covers the accounting cycle, income determination, and financial reporting, and studies service and merchandising companies.
 

Dual Enrollment Principles of Accounting II/Lab/Online (ACC 212/214)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1                                                                                                                                    Possibility of four (4) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test, and ACC 211.

Continues Principles of Accounting 211 with emphasis on cost and managerial accounting

Dual Enrollment Introduction to Computing/Online (CSC 110)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

Introduces problem solving through computer applications and a programming language; examines development of computers, social and ethical implications of computers, and properties of programming languages; and covers input, storage, data manipulation, software, and hardware. 
Recommended: 20 wpm keyboarding skills and mouse proficiency.
 
 

Dual Enrollment Information Literacy/Online (ITE 119)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

Covers the information literacy core competencies focusing on the use of information technology skills; skills and knowledge will be developed in database searching, computer applications, information security and privacy, and intellectual property issues.

 

Dual Enrollment Principles of Information Systems/Online (ITE 120)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

Provides an overview of the fundamentals of computer information systems; focuses on the role of computers in business today including hardware, software, analysis, design, and implementation of information systems; includes an introduction to computer ethics and business and personal security; exposes students to techniques used in programming and system development; and utilizes a hands-on component for spreadsheets, databases, and web design applications.

Recommend: 20 wpm and mouse proficiency.
 
 

Dual Enrollment Medical Terminology I/Online (HLT 141)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1

                                    Possibility of two (2) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

This course provides an understanding of medical abbreviations and terms. It includes the study of prefixes, suffixes, word stems, and technical terms with emphasis on proper spelling, pronunciation, and usage. It emphasizes more complex skills and techniques in understanding medical terminology.

AP Art History/Online (Early College Scholars Program)                                        AP EXAM

Grade Level:  11-12    Credit:  1

Prerequisite:  It is highly recommended that students have prior success in other courses such as history, literature, and in any of the studio art courses.  Although this course can be completed in one semester, it is highly recommended that students take this as a yearlong course. 

 

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding and knowledge of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within diverse historical and cultural contexts.  Students examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from the past and the present from a variety of cultures.  While visual analysis is the fundamental tool of the art historian, art history also emphasizes understanding works in context, considering such issues as patronage, gender, and the functions of and effects of works of art.  Student work will be required outside of class time.   The end of course AP Exam is required to receive high school credit.  The AP Exam fee is $87.
 

AP European History/Online (Early College Scholars Program)                         AP EXAM

Grade Level:  11-12    Credit:  1

Prerequisite:  English and World History I.  Although this course can be completed in one semester, it is highly recommended that students take this as a yearlong course. 

 

The study of European history since 1450 A.D. introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live.  Without this knowledge, we would lack the context for understanding the development of contemporary institutions, the role of continuity and change in present-day society and politics, and the evolution of current forms of artistic expression and intellectual discourse.  In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, goals of the course are to develop (a) an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European history, (b) an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation, and (c) an ability to express historical understanding in writing.  Student work will be required outside of class time.   The end of course AP Exam is required to receive high school credit.  The AP Exam fee is $87.

 
 

AP Human Geography/Online (Early College Scholars Program)                    AP EXAM

Grade Level:  11-12    Credit:  1

Prerequisite:  World History I or World Geography

 

This course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of the earth’s surface.  Students will study diverse peoples and areas organized around concepts that include location and place, scale, pattern, spatial organization, and regionalization.  They will also learn about methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.  Student work will be required outside of class time.   The end of course AP Exam is required to receive high school credit.  The AP Exam fee is $87.

 
 

AP United States History/Online (Early College Scholars Program)               AP EXAM

Grade Level:  11-12    Credit:  1

Prerequisite:  "B" average or better in Social Studies

 

This course is a survey study equivalent to the demands of an introductory college course in United States History.  Historical periods studied will be given in-depth consideration by means of a chronological or topical approach, or a combination of the two and political, social, economic, and cultural treatment of the period.  It is possible that students may receive freshman college credit for this course based on their score and the policy of the student’s college choice.  The end of course AP Exam is required to receive high school credit.  The AP Exam fee is $87.

 
 

Dual Enrollment United States History I/Online (HIS 121)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC      

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

This course surveys United States history from its beginning to the present. 

 
 

Dual Enrollment United States History II/Online (HIS 122)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1      

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite: Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

This course surveys United States history from its beginning to the present. 
 
 

AP Psychology/Online (Early College Scholars Program)                            AP EXAM

Grade Level:  11-12    Credit:  1

Prerequisite:   

 

This course is intended to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of behavioral and mental processes, and students will increase their understanding of psychology, its methods, theory, and research.

 

AP Psychology is a survey course, so students will focus on bits of information from many different areas in psychology. Primarily, the course will explore the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub-fields of psychology (consciousness, learning, personality, cognition, etc.).  It is possible that students may receive freshman college credit for this course based on their AP Exam score and the policy of the student’s college choice.  The end of course AP Exam is required to receive high school credit.  The AP Exam fee is $87.

 
 

Dual Enrollment Administration of Justice/Online (ADJ 100)

This course is only offered in the fall semester.

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

This course presents an overview of the US criminal justice systems and introduces the major system components, law enforcement, judiciary, and corrections. 

 
 

Dual Enrollment Developmental Psychology/Online (PSY 230)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1      

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite: Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

Studies the development of the individual from conception to death; follows a life-span perspective on the developmental tasks of the person's physical, cognitive and psycho-social growth.
 

 

Dual Enrollment Introduction to Criminal Law/Online (ADJ 130)

This course is only offered in the spring semester.

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

This course surveys the general principles of American criminal law, the elements of major crimes, and the basic steps of prosecution procedure.
 

 

Dual Enrollment Principles of Macroeconomics/Online(ECO 201)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1      

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

This class introduces macroeconomics including the study of Keynesian, classical, and monetarist principles and theories; the study of national economic growth, inflation, recession, unemployment, financial markets, and money and banking; and the role of government spending and taxation, along with international trade and investments.
 

 

Dual Enrollment Principles of Microeconomics/Online (ECO 202)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1      

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite:  Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

This class introduces the basic concepts of microeconomics; explores the free market concepts with coverage of economic models and graphs, scarcity and choices, supply and demand, elasticity, marginal benefits and costs, profits and production and distribution.
 

 

Dual Enrollment Principles of Psychology/Online (PSY 200)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1      

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

Prerequisite: Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

Principles of Psychology survey the basic concepts of psychology.  This course covers the scientific study of behavior, behavioral research methods and analysis, and theoretical interpretations.  This course includes topics such as:  physiological mechanisms, sensation/perception, motivation, learning, personality, psychopathology, therapy, and social psychology.
 

 

Dual Enrollment Principles of Sociology/Online (SOC 200)

Grade Level:  11-12    High School Credit:  1     

                                    Possibility of three (3) credits at PVCC

 Prerequisite: Completion of PVCC Application and passing the Placement Test

 

This course introduces fundamentals of social life and presents significant research and theory in areas such as culture, social structure, socialization, deviance, social stratification, and social institutions. 

 

AP Physics/Online (Early College Scholars Program)                              AP EXAM

Grade Level:  11-12    Credit:  1

Prerequisites:    Algebra II, Math Analysis, or Trigonometry; College Board strongly recommends Physics

 

This course focuses on providing students with a survey of the major areas of physics – mechanics, fluids, waves, optics, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics (atomic and nuclear). Students learn to think like scientists: making predictions based on observations, writing hypotheses, designing and completing experiments, and developing conclusions based on the analysis of data derived from these experiments. In addition, students apply what they learn in class to their personal experiences. The course provides guided inquiry and student-centered learning activities to foster critical thinking.

Kitchen and virtual labs are used in this class.  It is possible that students may receive freshman college credit for this course based on their AP Exam score and the policy of the student’s college choice.  (Although this virtual class can be taken in one semester, it is highly recommended that students take this course yearlong).  The end of course AP Exam is required to receive high school credit.  The AP Exam fee is $87.

Professional Development

8 months ago

Professional Development Philosophy:

Professional Development in Nelson County Public Schools encompasses a range of opportunities to include:

  • Deepening educator's content knowledge

  • Providing research-based instructional strategies to assist students in meeting rigorous academic standards

  • Disaggregating student data to determine learning priorities, monitor progres for individualized student learning, and to help sustain continuous improvement; and

  • Developing collegiality and collaboration among staff members

Professional Development is continuous and is focused on enhanced student learning.


UVA Consortium

The goal of the professional development consortium is to provide effective, professional programs for teachers and administrators in order to improve instruction and enhance the achievement of students.  The Virginia School/University Partnership is comprised of the University of Virginia and twenty school divisions in central Virginia.  Participating school divisions include:  Albemarle, Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Buena Vista, Campbell, Charlottesville, Clarke, Fluvanna, Greene, Hanover, Louisa, Madison, Manassas Park City, Nelson, Orange, Rockbridge, Shenandoah, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Winchester.


Shenandoah Valley Technology Consortium

Nelson County Public Schools are a participating member of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Consortium.  This organization, in cooperation with WVPT Public Television, was awarded approximately $950,000 per year for five years to provide technology, resources and high quality professional development for teachers and administrators among twenty different school divisions.  Much of the funding contained in the grant is committed towards providing teachers the opportunity to learn about the latest technology and how it is applicable to the classroom setting.  This "state of the art" training in collaboration with technology resources such as United Streaming, gives us an upper hand as we prepare all students for the 21st century.



Related Links

8 months ago

Nelson County Public Schools offers teachers and students additional curriculum and instructional resources to meet the varying needs of our student population.  Focused on the Virginia Standards of Learning as minimum competencies, we strive to allow instructors and students the opportunity to explore the vast array of resources available to them via the internet.  Some of these teacher-friendly resources include:
 
Alta Vista                                          Ask Jeeves                    Ask Jeeves for Kids                        Google
 
Interactive Mathematics                KidsClick!                       MarcoPolo                                     MetaCrawler
 
NCS Mentor for Virginia                Northern Light             Free Technology for Teachers       
 
Yahooligans                                  Weather Channel        Virginia's First People Past and Present

Religious Exemption Requests

8 months ago

For purposes of definition regarding Religious Exemption - The statute regarding religious training for children is §22.1-254 (B)(1) and it reads:

“A school board shall excuse from attendance at school: any pupil who, together with his parents, by reason of bona fide religious training or belief is conscientiously opposed to attendance at school. For purposes of this subdivision, “bona fide religious training or belief” does not include essentially political, sociological or philosophical views or a merely personal moral code.”

 

1.     Nelson County Schools requires a letter requesting the religious exemption with some type of supporting documents.

a)    Send the letter along with the supporting documentation to our local school board to the attention of the Division Superintendent.  The letter should come from the parent(s)/guardian(s) and it should describe the family’s religious beliefs, particularly those ideas for the family and the spiritual basis for opposing attendance at a public school,

b)    The supporting documentation can be both items listed below or you may select just one item:

Ø  Scriptural or other spiritual quotations, if available, that support or affirm the family’s beliefs,

Ø  Letters from friends, relatives, or members of the family’s faith, that confirm the family’s beliefs are sincere.

2.     The School Board Office will then review the letter and the supporting documents. If there is adequate documentation, the Division Superintendent will then take the request to the next School Board Meeting as an Item for Action.  The Board Members then decide to approve or decline the request.  The decision will be based on the information that has been provided by the requesting family.      

a)     If a School Board approves the request, the School Board will issue a letter acknowledging that the family has a religious exemption to school attendance under §22.1-254 B 1 of the Code of Virginia. 

b)     If a school board rejects the request for religious exemption, the School Board will request additional information to take to the next School Board meeting and they will review the request a second time.  Keep in mind that if the School Board rejects the request, a family is not exempt from the Compulsory Attendance Code and the family must comply with one of the lawful options under that law (public school, private school, or file under the home instruction statute) or risk civil and criminal process for truancy.

  1. Once the request has been approved, a religious exemption request lasts as long as your child is of compulsory school attendance age.  Basically, once you have filed for this, you do not need to file for it again.  However, keep in mind that the School Board is excusing the one child form attendance from school.  The School Board will expect another request for any subsequent children that come of school age.
  2. According to several Attorney General opinions (Attorney General Gerald Baliles, May 29, 1984 and Attorney General Mary Sue Terry, November 18, 1988), a School Board may ask a family annually or every few years if their status has changed.  You may receive a survey requesting information regarding the status of your family (demographical information).  The school system is required annually to give the State of Virginia the number of students being instructed at home under the Religious Exempt Code and provide the corresponding ages/grade levels of each student.     

Return any correspondence to:                                                                                                                                                                                                
Nelson County Public Schools
Attn: Religious Exemption Requests, Tammy Ponton
P.O. Box 276
Lovingston, VA   22949

Our office is located at 84 Courthouse Square on the 4th floor of the Courthouse in Lovingston.

You may reach us at 434-260-7646.         

Special Education

7 months ago

NELSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

Nelson County Public Schools are committed to providing all children with opportunities to benefit from a public education. Special education programs and services are available to county residents who have children with special education needs. These programs and services are provided for children with disabilities whose second birthday falls on or before September 30 through the age of 21 years. Each student receives special education services designed to meet his or her individual needs. These programs are discussed and planned by school personnel, parents, and the student involved. Often instruction is carried out both in the regular and special education classrooms.

Each special education student's progress is reviewed at least yearly and his/her need for special services is reassessed at a minimum of every three years. Special education programs and services are provided by trained personnel in the following areas as defined by federal and state law: autism, deaf-blindness, deafness, developmental delay, hearing impairment, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, serious emotional disturbance, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury or visual impairment including blindness.


        To PARENTS of Children with Sensory Disabilities such as Visual Impairments or Hearing Impairments:

The following information from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) which describe the educational and other services available through the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, and the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired to students who are identified as hearing impaired or visually impaired. Please follow this link, and then click on the relevant disability for more information:http://www.doe.virginia.gov/special_ed/disabilities/sensory_disabilities/index.shtml


        Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

The Nelson County Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEAC) is comprised of parents of students who require special education services, other interested persons from the community, and educators in the field who have an interest in special education. This committee provides advice concerning the needs of children with disabilities receiving special education services and assists in the formulation and development of long-range plans for these children. Any parent who is interested is encouraged to attend the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee meetings. Interested in being a member of SEAC? Contact your school administrator or the Director of Special Education, Sandra Irby.



            Special Education Division-Level Staff 

 Sandra Irby Director of Special Education & Student  Services sirby@nelson.k12.va.us 434-260-7646 Ext. 1005
 Meghan Shortt Special Education & Student Services Coordinator mshortt@nelson.k12.va.us 434-260-7646 Ext. 1017

 

STAFF: Please visit this internal website for more  information: Nelson Special Ed Info



SEAC

8 months ago

The Special Education Advisory Committee

What is the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)?

     The Special Education Advisory Committee, or SEAC, is made up of a group of parents, teachers, and interested individuals.

     SEAC assists Nelson County Public schools by identifying and addressing the needs of children with disabilities in special education programs across the division.

 How can SEAC help me?

     The purpose of the committee is to bring concerns from fellow parents to the attention of the Director of Special Education and to advise the School Board through the Superintendent about Special Education issues. SEAC meets throughout the school year, consulting with the Director of Special Education.

      SEAC can help you better understand how to work with the school division to improve special education services in our schools by providing the division with advice as to how they can meet the needs of students with disabilities.

     SEAC offers a way to network with other parents and get to know central office personnel. Generally, the first part of each meeting consists of presentations by the special education administrative staff on issues requested by school representatives. The second part is usually dedicated to the review of School Board meetings, raising issues for discussion, and parent networking.

     If you have questions about why or how your child’s services are provided, your representative can help you get an answer. If needs are not being met, your representative can find out if it is a widespread problem and will work with other parent representatives to fix it. If you want to voice a concern, or just need a friendly ear, please contact your school’s SEAC member.

SEAC Responsibilities:

  • Provide advice concerning unmet needs in the education of children with disabilities in Nelson County;
  • Assist in the formulation and development of long-range plans which will provide services needed for children with disabilities;
  • Participate in the development of priorities and strategies for meeting the identified needs of children with disabilities;
  • Submit periodic reports and recommendations regarding the education of children with disabilities to the Superintendent for transmission to the School Board;
  • Assist in interpreting plans to the community for meeting the needs of children with disabilities for educational services;
  • Review the special education annual plan and the application for federal funding prior to submission by the Superintendent to the School Board.

To the parents of children with disabilities…

you are not alone!

The Nelson County Special Education Advisory Committee meets at least once quarterly. Exact meeting places and times are available on the NCPS website.

Assessment

20 days ago

Standards of Learning  (SOL) Assessment requirements


Nelson County Students will participate in the following assessments as required by the Virginia Department of Education.  

Grades 3 - 8 students participate in the following state assessments

  • Grade 3:  Reading SOL, Math SOL, and local assessment in history and science

  • Grade 4:  Reading SOL, Math SOL, and VA Studies

  • Grade 5:  Reading SOL, Math SOL, Science SOL, and local writing assessment

  • Grade 6:  Reading SOL, Math SOL, and local US History I assessment

  • Grade 7:  Reading SOL, Math SOL, and local US History II assessment.  See note below.

  • Grade 8:  Reading SOL, Math SOL, Science SOL, Civics & Economics SOL, and Writing SOL

High School students participate in state assessments that are associated with certain classed in which they are enrolled.  The classes with an associated SOL test are as follows:

  • English 11 - Reading, English 11 - Writing,

  • Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II,

  • Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry,

  • World Geography, World History I, World History II, and VA US History.

Note:  Starting with students entering the ninth grade in fall 2018, only SOL tests needed for a student to receive verified credit towards graduation will be required.  Students who entered High School before fall 2018 will continue to taking the state assessment associated with each of the classes above when they are enrolled in that course.

Alternative Assessments

Students with Disabilities will participate in either the state assessments listed above or in state approved portfolio assessments according to the student’s Individual Education Plan.  Students with disabilities are expected to participate in all assessments as their peers.

Language Acquisition Assessment for English Learners

The Virginia Department of Education also requires all English Language learners to participate in an annual language assessment, called WIDA Access assessment.