Phone: 405.533.6322 Fax: 405.533.1156 314 S Lewis St, Stillwater, OK 74074
About Special Services
Special programs are designed to serve those who are handicapped in any of the following categories: autism, deaf-blindness, deafness or hearing impairment, developmental delays, emotional disturbance, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, other health impairments, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, and visual impairment.
If you have any questions about the programs offered by Stillwater Public Schools, please call Special Services Director, at 405-533-6300.
Parents of children who are currently receiving special education services through an IEP or a 504 plan should follow the communication chain below.
Questions about the IEP or 504 are directed to the “teacher of record” who manages the IEP or 504 plan for your child.
Concerns or complaints related to your child’s IEP or 504 that are not satisfactorily resolved should be directed to the building principal.
Questions about general education classes or building-related activities are directed to the school principal or assistant principal.
FERPA - Directory Information Notice
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that the district, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, the district may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the district to the contrary in accordance with district procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the district to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include:
Two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information – names, addresses, and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent. Directory information will not be released to outside organizations for commercial or non-commercial purposes.
A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production;
The annual yearbook;
Honor roll or other recognition lists;
Graduation programs; and
Sports activity sheets, such as wrestling, show the weight and height of team members.
If you do not want the district to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the superintendent in writing. The district has designated the following information as “directory information”, and it will disclose that information without prior written consent:
No parent or eligible student can opt out of the requirement that a student wears his or her ID badge which shows the student’s school ID number.
Grade level (i.e., first grade, tenth grade, etc.)
Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
Degrees, honors, and awards received
Weight and height of members of athletic teams
Child Find Notice
Child Find NoticeThis notice is to inform parents that Stillwater Public Schools is dedicated to locating, evaluating, and identifying all children ages 3 through 21 with an established or suspected disability. Child find efforts include those not enrolled in school, as well as those attending public or private schools, Head Start, and other child care or treatment facilities. Children, not school age, must reside in the boundaries of Stillwater Public Schools to be included in the Child Find efforts.
Stillwater Public Schools offers a comprehensive screening and multidisciplinary referral, evaluation and eligibility process for the identification of children with suspected disabilities. Referrals are confidential and services are provided at no cost to the parent. The parent, legal guardian, or surrogate parent retains the right to refuse services and are provided other procedural safeguards under federal and state law.
As mandated by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Stillwater Public Schools is required to fully inform parents that personally identifiable information is maintained on all children who are referred and evaluated under the provisions of Child Find.
The types of information sought may include but are not limited to: parent concerns, developmental, adaptive behavior, social-cultural, health/medical, vision, hearing, motor, perceptual/processing, behavior, psychological, vocational and information gained through observations in the classroom or other environments.
It is the responsibility of Stillwater Public Schools to inform parents/guardians of their rights under the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).Stillwater Public Schools provides a broad continuum of services available in order to ensure a free, appropriate, public education to qualified students. For more information concerning eligibility criteria and referral procedures, contact:Office of Special Services314 S. LewisStillwater, OK 74074(405)533-6300
22-23 Related Service Providers
22-23 School Year Related Service Assignments
Andrea Hutchings - [email protected] -Stillwater Christian School, Richmond, Will Rogers, Westwood, Middle School, Jr. High, High School
Gariett Lemons - [email protected] - Stillwater Christian School, Richmond, Will Rogers, Westwood, Middle School, Jr. High, High School
Sonja Mangrum- [email protected] - Early Childhood, Highland Park, Skyline
Sara Simm - s[email protected] - Sangre Ridge
Jordyn Williams - [email protected] - Virtual Academy
Angela Brand - [email protected] - Highland Park, Richmond, Will Rogers, Westwood, Middle School, Jr. High
Kari Fields- [email protected] - Skyline, Sangre Ridge, High School, Virtual Academy
Visual Impairment/ Orientation & Mobility
Charla Balfanz - [email protected] - District Wide
Tish Gossman - [email protected] - Jr. High
Austin Hula - [email protected] - District Wide
Beverly Taylor - [email protected] - Elementary sites, Horseback, Warm Water Therapy, YMCA Swim, Special Olympics
Kari Linsenmeyer - [email protected] - Secondary sites, Special Olympics, YMCA Swim
Ethan Kyle - [email protected] - HS APE
Speech Language Pathologists
Mandie Harris - [email protected] - Highland Park
Kim Lester - [email protected] - Highland Park, Will Rogers
Ashley Kelle - [email protected] - Richmond, Stillwater Christian School
Emily Theilen - [email protected] - Skyline
Courtney Mayes - [email protected] - Skyline, Junior High
Kim Leffingwell - [email protected] - Skyline EC, Head Start, Sangre
Lacy Ruby - [email protected] - Sangre, Middle School
Suzy Roderick - [email protected] - Will Rogers
Seana Ogle - [email protected] - Westwood
Leslie Muegge - [email protected] - Middle School, Virtual Academy
Rachelle Joyce - [email protected] - High School
Students that utilize an alternative educational curriculum also have access to participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities. Participation requirements in these activities vary by activity, but is ultimately a decision of the student's IEP team.
Adaptive Aquatices Programs
The Stillwater Public Schools adapted aquatics program is a learn-to-swim program held at the
Stillwater Family YMCA. Program goals are individualized for each participant and may include:
increasing comfort in the water, improving motor skills, learning swim strokes, and/or increasing
physical endurance. Intermediate and advanced level participants have an opportunity to compete on
our Special Olympics swim team.
Therapeutic Swim Program
The Therapeutic Swim program is an educational component of the OSU Academic Program Recreational Therapy, School
Kinesiology, Applied Health, & Recreation (Program). This program Is designed for Program Recreational Therapy and Pre-Health students to gain valuable
Hands-on experience-with preschool through middle school-age students diagnosed with developmental delays, autism, intellectual delays, and/or physical disabilities. This program uses the warm water pool to provide a variety of activities to promote increased stamina, balance, strength, agility, cognition, confidence, interaction, and water skills.
Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program
Students who participate in Turning Point Ranch’s therapeutic riding program will work toward a
horsemanship skill in every session. The program provides for the physical development of core strength,
balance, coordination as well as skills they can use outside the areana like, self-control, social skills, self-confidence, independence, and teamwork. Their
goal is to provide a skill progression that peels away support and encourages independence.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Some of the sports we participate in are:
Fall: Bowling, Basketball Skills, Swimming (select students who attend the Friday adapted aquatics program)
Spring: Bocce, Softball Skills, Cornhole
Summer Games hosted in Stillwater in May: In order to compete in Bocce at the summer games, students must participate in the Bocce Spring event
Students do not have to participate in every sport.
Paperwork must be fully completed by February 28th each year in order to participate in Spring Sports and the Summer State Games.
Post Secondary Transition
Life after a career in public education can be intimidating for anyone!
Every student, regardless of disability, should have an opportunity to work towards meaningful employment, community engagement, and recreational opportunities. In order to provide assistance in reaching these goals, the state of Oklahoma provides additional resources that can be utilized to achieve these goals.