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Executive Director Update, 4/15/16

We have ended this Friday with an interview for a new Kitchen Manager. Beth Shockley, our current Kitchen manager has been feeding the bodies and souls of our students for about 30 years.  She is retiring this year.  We still have three more candidates to go before making a decision. This is definitely the Interview season.

I am happy to share that we have hired a New Executive Director for Region V BOCES, Dan Mayer.  He is currently the Special Education Director in Evanston.  He has great background, many skills and a lot of experience working with and serving students with special needs.  He will be on board and at the helm on July 1, 2016.  Before that he plans to be involved in transition activities with the Region V BOCES staff.  Welcome to Dan.  We have every confidence that he will be an amazing Executive Director.

Many folks have stressed over the fact that Patty Talley is retiring as the School Director at C – V. She will be greatly missed and is an incredible educator AND Bill Oliphant, her Assistant School Director for many years, is taking her place.  So everyone should rest easy.  While Bill is not Patty he has many different strengths, tons of experience and has been a key force in creating the programs and direction for C – V school.  He has an ability to quietly relate with staff and students and coaches them to be their best.  He assumes his new role July 1st as well.

I will keep you posted on the Kitchen Manager and Assistant Kitchen Manager positions as they are filled.

Thanks to Kelly Burnside for securing a grant from Rocky Mountain Power, Wattsmart Program. He saved us $800.00 by installing energy efficient fixtures and bulbs.  I appreciate his initiative.

I attended the Kemmerer Board meeting this week. As always they were most gracious and interested in our students, our progress and our successes.  Thanks to the Kemmerer Board for their ongoing support.

Graduation at C – V is set for Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM in the C – V Gym. If you are able to attend – please make your plans now.  We would love to have you participate in this serious and joyous event.  We have a reception after the ceremony.

Have a terrific weekend and please think spring not snow. : ) Doris

Executive Director Update

Happy Spring Break from Region V BOCES. While it feels like the dead of winter the calendar says it is spring  with Easter this weekend.  Our students will have to hunt eggs and baskets indoors this year unless we have a dramatic change in the weather.  Beth shockley has planned a celebration for Sunday with dyed eggs, special foods and baskets for each student.  Each year she works very hard to make the holidays special for the students that remain at C – V for the breaks.

We will have students that are remaining at C – V work on educational activities that relate to our gardening program. We will work on plant starts, repairs to the greenhouse, soil preparation, nutrition, and plant science for our educational program over the break.

I was at the Fremont 21 Board Meeting this week.  It was very nice to visit and update the Board.  I have a couple of weeks off before the next Board visit.

We are gearing up for the end of the year while starting on staffing and budgeting for 2016-2017. As in all schools this is a busy time; finishing one year and starting the next.

Have a terrific weekend. I hope the sun shines wherever you are!  : ) Doris

Executive Director Update

Winter is back with a vengeance. We were 1 degree in Wilson this morning.  Let’s hope it doesn’t last for long.

I have had a great week. I visited Carbon 2’s board meeting.  It was a delightful environment with the meeting being held in the High School library.  I appreciate their friendliness and welcoming attitude.  Next week I am presenting at Fremont 21, sharing the Region V BOCES report for the 15/16 year.  The week of March7, I was at Uinta 4, Sublette 1 and Fremont 14.  I appreciate all of the work these boards do for kids and for the students at Region V BOCES.  Our member districts are the backbone of our program.  Thanks.

The Executive Director interviews are shaping up. We have narrowed the field of 18 very good candidates to three finalists.  The interviews will take place on Monday, April 4, 2016.  We are using a process where each candidate will interview with 3 different teams.  When the selection is finalized I will introduce the new Executive Director to all of you.

Patty, Bill and I are interviewing a new teacher on Monday. The applications for the Kitchen Manager position have been coming in.  We hope to interview for this position mid-April.

Student numbers are staying steady at all three schools. Roosevelt is on spring break next week. Sunrise starts spring break on March 28 as does C – V.  We are already preparing for the hectic time after breaks are over.

C – V Graduation is set for Wednesday, May 25, 2016. We have at least three students that will be graduating.  Two of the boys are preparing a rap to share during graduation.

I will be announcing plans for a retirement party for Patty Talley, Beth Shockley and Janice Baker. All three of these ladies are long time employees at C – V.  Between the three of them they have over 100 years of education.  They will be greatly missed by all.

We have an amazing success story. A brother and sister that were at C – V have just left for their new home with adoptive parents.  These children made amazing progress at C – V and are now on the road to a much more normal environment and life.  There will still be issues but their life outcomes have just increased exponentially.  I am grateful to the C – V staff that worked so hard for this successful outcome.

Enjoy the basketball games and I hope you win your March Madness pool. : ) Doris

Executive Director’s Update 2/26/16

We have had a busy week with new students coming to all three schools, C – V, Sunrise and RLC.

We have unbelievable weather in Jackson – It is making us anxious to be outside.

We want to welcome Samantha Briggs Hannon to our Region V Family. She is our new Business Manager.  She began work the Day after President’s Day.  She is helping us get organized and efficient.  Welcome Sam!

Patty Talley is retiring this year for the School Director position. She is iconic in her presence and leadership at C – V.  We held interviews for the School Director position and I am recommending Bill Oliphant for the position.  Bill has been our Assistant School Director for about 15 years.  He knows the “ropes” and will provide program continuity for C – V.

I have completed the Report from Region V BOCES to share with our member districts. I will be visiting the Board meetings of our member districts between now and June.  While this involves a lot of travel it is worthwhile to let our member districts know that we are doing good work with troubled students.

Our DBT approach to students is yielding some very good results. Serious student behavior has decreased in all areas between January 2015 and January 2016. Seclusions, average minutes of restraints, average seclusion minutes and CIR, or Critical Incident Reports have all decreased.  The number of restraints was slightly higher in January 2016 than in January 2015.

Believe it or not we are gearing up in anticipation of Spring Break which is right around the corner. WHEW.

Have a terrific weekend! : ) Doris

Executive Director’s Weekly Update 2/5/16

Executive Director’s Weekly Update 2/5/16

While we were expecting another snowfall today we have a sparkling and sunny day. It is wonderful to see and feel the sunshine.

Our student behavior data since the implementation of our DBT therapy approach is remarkable. Serious behavior issues are continuing to decrease significantly.  Our Therapy Team has been teaching the students and training all of the staff in the approach.

We are completing the Winter Games for Special Olympics this week. We have had several students compete and they are doing well.  Don Carr does an amazing job working with our students and with helping with the overall program planning and success.

Our Valentines Talent Show is fast approaching. Instead of focusing on the hearts and flowers aspect of the day we have a talent show.  This year the students are creating a “coffee house” venue in the cafeteria.  We’ll have some snacks and beverages while the students are performing.

We have a new Business Manager, Samantha Briggs-Hannon. She begins her duties on February 16.  Nick Bedell, Annette Langley and Laurie Burnside have been picking up the slack for about 6 weeks now.  They have done an amazing job and I appreciate their work and efforts.

I have scheduled my attendance at our member district Board meetings. This is an enjoyable time to meet with all of the members of the Boards, answer questions and provide BOCES V information.

We are working on finding a contractor to assemble and install the new playground sometime this spring – as soon as we get the snow off and the ground is workable.

The C – V ski program is about half way through the season. We have about 85% of the students that are participating.

Roosevelt and Sunrise have seen an increase in student numbers. At Roosevelt the students have been most elementary with several students “stepping down” and getting ready for their regular districts.

Have a terrific weekend and may your favorite Super Bowl Team win. : ) Doris

Executive Director’s Weekly Update 12/18/15

Happy Holidays to you and your friends and family. Thanks you for all you do in the service of children. : ) Doris

 

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Their old familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet the words repeat

Of peace on earth, good will to men.

 

I thought how, as the day had come,

The belfries of all Christendom

Had rolled along the unbroken song

Of peace on earth, good will to men.

 

And in despair I bowed my head:

“There is no peace on earth,” I said,

“For hate is strong and mocks the song

Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

 

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:

“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;

The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,

With peace on earth, good will to men.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Executive Director’s Weekly Update 12/4/15

We have had a very busy week. Three new students arrived at C – V, making a total of five in the last two weeks. Roosevelt also had a new student. Our programs are never static and we need to expect the unexpected.

The Thanksgiving holiday was very successful for our schools. Sunrise school has a tradition where the student’s families attend a meal prepared by staff and students just before the break. Students at C – V cooked a Thanksgiving meal with their staff. It was a great success and the break went well for all. Roosevelt students cook their breakfast and lunch each day as part of their vocational program and they prepared a festive meal for the students and staff.

Next week is the Holiday party at C – V and the Region v BOCES Board meeting. The following week is the gift wrapping party, Cookie Exchange and Secret Santa. Wednesday, 12/16/15,. is the Santa Party for the C – V students. We honor the Elks club for spearheading the holiday spirit for the students at C – V. Many students travel to their homes on Dec. 18 and will return to school January 4, 2016.

The students that remain at C – V over the holiday break will celebrate with holiday decorations, presents and special meals, treats and activities.

This is a good time of year for reflection on why do we do what we do. Basically the staff at Region V BOCES have a broad but vitally important bottom line: We are here to make good things happen for other people.

Have a terrific weekend and enjoy the many pleasures of the holiday season. : ) Doris

Executive Director’s Weekly Update 11/24/15

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are on Break at C – V. More than half of our students are at home for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The students that are remaining are having special, theme based classes and making preparations for their Thanksgiving feast. We have designed and made decorations and will be cooking most of the day with students on Thursday. The older boys are planning to watch the football games as well as eating.

It is quiet and bit contemplative. The energy is running just below the surface. I am very pleased to say that I find our DBT approach to therapeutic services to be effective. Our students are making good progress and seem much more self-aware. The coping strategies they have learned and are practicing are making a difference. Our students seem to have a better sense that they are in control of themselves and their lives. They are doing much more than reacting to their environment. They are becoming aware that they have a choice in how they respond.

Have a terrific holiday.  Being Grateful – what a way to live your life. : ) Doris

 

 

Executive Director’s Weekly Update 11/6/15

Good Morning. We had our first big snow in Jackson. Thankfully it was mostly in the mountains. It is cold, cloudy and incredibly beautiful. We have finally agreed that fall has truly come to town and winter is not far behind.

Sunrise has a professional Development Day on Monday. The entire Team is going to Dr. Muhammed and learning more about strategies to improve student learning.

Roosevelt Learning Center has added an elementary program. This is a labor intensive program and will require the addition of staff. They have received two grants this year for support of their vocational program, one for paint and supplies and one for technology.

The window coverings at C – V are complete. They are very functional and of a unique design, washable and durable. Students are happy to have the new curtains, especially on the weekends when they want to sleep in a little.

We will be submitting the final equipment list for the new playground to our Board at the November meeting. Our plan is to order before the end of the year. We will put out a bid for construction of the playground in January. As soon as the ground thaws in the spring we will begin the installation.

C – V has several after school programs. Students have designed and made electric guitars and are learning to play them. We have a cooking/nutrition program for independent living and transition skills.

MAP testing is being completed this week at C – V.

I am sharing a DBT strategy for stress reduction. Our therapists are teaching this technique and many others to our students.

Slowly breathe in and tense your abdominal muscles. Very slowly breathe out. Repeat at least 5 times. Feel better. Notice how your body and your mind is more relaxed. Enjoy! : ) Doris

Executive Director’s Weekly Update, 10/29/15

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Happy Halloween! The schools caught a break with Halloween falling on a Saturday this year. We had a school wide Halloween party on Thursday. The older students set up games and activities for the younger kids. We try to mirror the opportunities that all children get to be kids.

This week we had our Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association Horse Show. The students that participate in riding volunteered to be in the horse show. It was a great event that included a class for equitation and one for pole bending. It is amazing to see the bonds between kids and horses. There is a real feeling of accomplishment in getting a horse to do what it is asked to do. Most of the students rode without a volunteer leading the horse.

High School students have designed a CO2 car for racing in their science class. We saw who really paid attention to the coursework. The younger students were able to race the high school student’s cars and had a fun time.

The Elks fund raiser was very successful. Over $7,750 was raised for holiday gifts and activities for the C – V residential students. The desserts were magnificent, the dinner delicious and the silent auction a lot of fun. Patty Talley and Beth Shockley tried to outbid each other. We are so grateful to the Jackson area Elks for their continued support of our students.

The annual audit has been completed. The results will be shared with the Board at the November meeting.

Two new vehicles were delivered to Roosevelt Learning Center this week. They replace two vehicles that were leased from Toyota.

We have been trying a new evening meal plan. Our cooks are preparing the food but instead of having students come to the cafeteria to eat we are taking the food to the cottages. Each cottage can plan when to eat. First blush is that this is working well for all. Eating in the cottage eliminates a transition for the students, seemingly making things less stressful for our students.

Please see attached pictures for the Halloween party and the Horseshow. Have a terrific Halloween weekend. We will be gearing up for the holidays when we come back! : ) Doris