Special Services

                            What is a Special Education Program?

Special Education means specifically designed instruction, at no cost to the family, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. Individual special education programs are cooperatively developed by an individual education planning (IEP) team which includes parents, teachers, administrators and, when appropriate, other specialists. The IEP team reviews an individual student's functional and academic performance to develop appropriate individual long term goals and short term objectives for the child to achieve during a one year period. 

 To Our Community of Families, Students and Educators

February 17, 2017

Dear Families,

  Happy Spring from your special education team! It is so good to be in Hoonah working with your children! Thank you! Our special services providers- SESA, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Speech and Language Pathologist and School Psychologist are all coming to Hoonah the end of March for Quarter 4 visits. We have a couple more important things to share with you:

First, Steve Berry, special education teacher, resigned January 1, 2017. I know students and staff will miss him. We wish him the best as he heads North. Sheryl Ross is managing student services at the middle school and high school. Aimee Smith will continue at the PreK-6 levels. Heather Wheeler is running our PreK program and mentoring our department for compliance. We will all assist with speech and language students at all levels as needed. Our wonderful team of instructional assistants are invaluable as they meet the daily needs of our students. We thank each for their public service.

  Second, Hoonah City Schools will be conducting a meeting with parents and guardians of students enrolled in the special education program. The purposes of the meeting are for district staff to answer your questions, and hear your comments regarding what is working, what is not working, and what suggestions you may have for improvement.

  Additionally, representatives from the State Department of Education and Early Development will be present. The EED staff will be in Hoonah to monitor our special education services and paperwork. The meeting is informal. You are welcome to drop by in any time between the hours stated below. We value your input concerning your child’s program.

  Please come by the teacher workroom by the front office on: Wednesday, April 12, 2017, anytime between 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Thankyou!

 With Warm Regards from our Special Education Team,

Sheryl Ross, Heather Wheeler, Aimee Smith, Tesh Miller, Bob Barton, Ree Dalton, Jenny Miller, Judy Bitz, Pearl Miller, Wilma Davis, Anne Sharclane

Cell 541-613-7374


“Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher,” Parker J. Palmer.

Sheryl Ross
Sheryl Ross
Director of Special Education
PreK-12 SpEd Teacher, ESL, Type B
Currently UAF Ph.D. Indigenous Studies, Curric/Instruc.
907-945-3611 ext. 280

Aimee Smith
Aimee Smith
Special Education Teacher 
PreK-12 Special Education, Gr 3-8 Gen Ed Teacher, UAS Student of the Tlingit Language, OR Certs.
907-945-3611 ext. 222

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