• Our special education program is a key component of our instructional program.  School 39 offers an integrated special class at each grade level.  We also offer a resource room teacher's services for those students that qualify. 
    Our ESS team meets each Mondays to help determine interventions and strategies to target for each child.  Using input from a variety of staff members were are ensuring the right instructional program for our students.
    Teacher in Charge of Special Education
    Mrs. Cuckovich, School 16Teacher Coordinator of Special Education. Often parents have questions when their child is experiencing academic difficulties and would like to discuss the process with me.  Feel free to contact me and I will respond as quickly possible.   I can usually be reached at School 16 by phone 235-1272.  My email address is the most effective way to meet me.  Mary.Cuckovich@RCSDK12.ORG.
    At John Walton Spencer School #16 we are committed to addressing and meeting the needs of all children.  The faculty and staff recognize the many different ways in which children learn.  Our teachers work hard to incorporate a variety of strategies into instruction to assure all students access to the curriculum. Some children need additional support services to succeed.  Along with the Great Beginnings Program which provides early intervention support to the kindergarten, and first grade classrooms, we have a special education teacher working at each grade level and a resource teacher here every afternoon.  My role at School 16 is to support the special education program through my membership on the Educational Support Team working with Academic Intervention Team and the Behavioral Support Team.  I also work with the teachers to assist in modification of materials, scheduling and intervention applications.
    School Psychologist
    School psychologists are part of a school’s intervention team, using various resources to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school. School psychologists often use standardized tests to determine students’ strengths and weaknesses. This information assists them in helping teachers and parents with student learning needs. They also provide counseling and emotional support for students when necessary.
    School Social Worker
    Ms. Counsaul is our school social worker.