Special Education Department

Staff Members
Alvina Danna - Team Leader
Kristen Biscoe- Special Educator
Jessie Karpus- Paraeducator
Brian Walker- Paraeducator
Lorraine Austin- AAA
Nicole Canterbury- AAA

Keys to Student Success

Switching to the Resource Room Model

  • Classroom teachers are available to provide students with accommodations as well as special educators in the classroom.
  • Accommodations will be provided per educational programs.
  • Accommodations can be provided in the Resource Room when they are unable to be provided in the general classroom setting per educational programs.

Understanding and Using Student Accommodations

  • Teachers receive information about student accommodations and have access to IEPs, 504 and ELL plans.
  • Students are sometimes reluctant to use the accommodations and tell teachers that they do not need them.
  • Using accommodations will help students score better on test, quizzes, and classwork.
  • Encourage your student to use his/her accommodations.

Students Who Decline Accommodations

  • It is the students right to decline to use their accommodations.
  • Teachers will document that students are refusing to use accommodations.
  • Documentation for refusal of accommodations during HSAs, PARCC, mid-terms and finals will be forwarded to parents and the home schools to discuss at teams.

Monitoring Grades and Attendance

  • Parents can monitor their student’s grades and attendance next year on BCPS One.
  • Students may feel overwhelmed by being thrust into the high school environment where they will be confronted with greater expectations than they saw in middle school, especially since they have the expectations of two new schools and many more teachers.
  • Parents can help their children by checking BCPS One often to identify missing assignments or instances of poor performance and to make sure that students are attending school.
  • Dealing with problems early on when they are small is a better strategy than letting them build up into more daunting ones.
  • Contact the classroom teachers for specific academic/assignment questions at 410-887-7075.Contact our Special Education Department Chair, Alvina Danna with specific questions regarding the IEP process.Special Education Office direct line is 410-887-7056; email address adanna@bcps.org.

Contacting Teachers for Support

  • Teachers send home a syllabus for each subject at the beginning of the year which contains their email address and contact information.
  • Teachers send home interim reports at the midpoint of each of the four quarters detailing your student’s progress and any missing work.
  • Teachers also contact parents whenever a student is absent more than twice without a note.
  • Parents are encouraged to contact teachers at any time, especially when they have concerns about the student’s progress or accommodations or modifications that their student is receiving.
  • When in doubt about whether or not the situation warrants contacting the teacher, it is always better to contact the teacher than to wait.
  • Research shows that increased contact between parents and teachers results in higher student performance.

Math, Science and Technology Classes in Grades 9/10

  • Algebra 1 classes require students to do 1 hour of math homework using Carnegie online mathematics program each week.
  • Students who do not complete their homework on Carnegie will be more likely to receive a lower grade on the homework portion of their overall grade in Algebra 1.
  • Students must pass exit exams to graduate from high school.We are currently using HSAs and will begin PARCC next year.
  • Monitor your student’s progress in IETC closely to ensure that they remain current on work related to long term projects which make up a large part of the overall grade.
  • Students should review vocabulary on a nightly basis as they study.
  • Students may come in before classes at 7:15 (Student must obtain a pass from the teacher) or stay after school from 2:15 to 3:15 for coach class.Check with the teacher for coach class days.

Career Technology Education

  • Labs and certification assessments cannot be modified for CTE programs.Accommodations can be used.
  • Please be aware that students are required to wear uniforms for CTE classes and must order these during the summer.
  • Please be aware that students must wear closed-toed shoes for IETC and CTE classes.
  • Please be aware that there are additional costs for CTE programs which include purchasing uniforms, certification assessments, and other costs.The CTE teachers will send home information for these additional costs.