Director of Instructional Services - Letter to Community
Dear Barker Community,
In the last issue of the Banner, I shared the process for the Committee on Preschool Special Education and the Committee on Special Education. In this edition, I’d like to provide information about Early Intervention (EI). Children up to 3 years of age are eligible for services through EI, based on the child’s need, through their county of residence.
The research has shown us how important the infancy and toddler years are to a child’s growth and development. The EI program is a statewide program that provides many different types of early intervention services to identified infants and toddlers with a developmental delay or disability and to their families. If you suspect your child might need additional help with their speech, their motor skills (moving from place to place or climbing stairs), or their cognitive understanding (skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention) the first step would be to reach out to your pediatrician and consult with them. Your pediatrician can share with you the different milestones as children grow. If your child seems to be in need of EI services, please don’t hesitate to call the county. The earlier intervention can be provided, the better it is for children. Children in EI are eligible to receive services year-round.
Contact Information can be found below:
Niagara County Department of Health - Early Intervention Program
Trott Access Center 1001 11th Street
Niagara Falls, New York 14301
Referral Number: 716-278-1691 (or 716-278-8180 if unable to get through)
Orleans County Department of Health - Early Intervention Program
14016 Route 31 West
Albion, NY 14411
Main Phone: 585-589-2762
As we move closer to the end of the school year, I reflect back on everything we’ve done this past year. First, and most importantly, it was exciting to see all students back in the building for 5 days per week. Some of our students were more excited than they’ve ever been to return to school! In our Elementary School, we are seeing students make huge gains in literacy and numeracy. In the Jr.-Sr. High School students are moving forward with their academic careers and are one step closer to graduation. The June Regents exams signal another return to pre-pandemic “normal”.
Despite the pandemic, the District has moved forward with several programs and updates. A Technology Committee met to update the District Technology Plan. This was submitted to the New York State Education Department in February and we are awaiting feedback from them. The Instructional Cabinet continues to work on the Comprehensive District Education Plan, which is focused on the Board of Education’s goals. The Resource Review Committee has spent the year meeting to look at different resource options for Elementary Literacy and Math. Changes to the resources we use and instruction will move forward starting during the 2022-2023 school year. We continue to use FastBridge as a screening and benchmark assessment for K-12 students in Math and Reading. This benchmark data helps us shape instruction and guides us on curricular changes and updates. As we move into the summer, we will continue to work hard to provide your child(ren) with the best education possible.
Enjoy the rest of the school year and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions,
Dr. Mariah Fiona Kramer
Director of Instructional Services
Phone: (716) 795-3350
Fax: (716) 795-3394