Mitchell Junior/Senior High School


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Special Education


Para Educators



          The Special Education Department works with the general education teachers and the tudent's IEP team to help develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for each student receiving Special Education Services. 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 are 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 to 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 work with Ms. Marsh and para-professional assistance to complete work assigned in core classrooms. Students are aided with work completion, studying daily lessons and test preparation. 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 and taking care of the school's concession stand. The students are taught bookkeeping skills, such as keeping a ledger, tracking bills, ordering supplies and taking inventory. The students also learn the skills required to 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.

Individualized and Small Group Instructional Classes
Academic classes to meet individualized needs are offered through the Special Education Department. Math, Reading and English classes that are geared towards life skills associated with general education academic classes are also part of the Special Education Department.
Daily living Math, Reading, and English classes are available to students that require a more individualized course of study. Students are taught according to specific IEP and transition goals that will meet the individual's specific needs. Course work is geared towards life skills that students will need when transitioning to life after high school.