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Special Graduation Ceremony Honors Nine Exceptional Students

Posted May 18, 2012
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Learning Program Provides Special Education Services to Students

Family members, friends, teachers and guests applauded as nine Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) students received their certificates of completion on May 18. The students are graduates of SCOE's program for high school students and young adults with disabilities who are making the transition to other educational or job-training programs in their local communities.

The graduation ceremony was held at the County Office's David P. Meaney Education Center in honor of the following students:

Jessie Baker Young Adult Program (Frances Montemurro, Teacher):

  • Taly Cha
  • Jorge Ortega
  • Michael Schamun
  • Miriam Syed

CSUS Young Adult Program (Shawn O'Briant, Teacher):

  • Martin Anguiano
  • Eric Moreno

Galt High School (Cathy Goodrich, Teacher):

  • Justin VanEsselt

Inderkum High School (Bernadette Kerwin, Teacher):

  • Victor Ostapenko

Monterey Trail High School (Michele Glorioso, Teacher):

  • Joshua Rodriguez

The students represent SCOE programs in Elk Grove Unified School District, Natomas Unified School District, Galt Joint Union High School District, and Sacramento State University. Many of the students have received special education and other services from SCOE since they were young children.

Serving as master of ceremonies was Special Education Principal Carmen Walker. Certificates of completion were presented by County Board of Education President Brian Cooley, Trustees Eleanor L. Brown, Ed.D., Jacquelyn Levy, and Greg Geeting. A slideshow was presented by Program Specialist Leora Bautista Hendricks.

As part of the SCOE Special Education Department, the SH (severely handicapped) Program provides special education services to students with severe disabilities and students with emotional disturbances, from ages 3-22 years, throughout Sacramento County. SCOE SH programs are located on more than 25 sites/schools located in eight school districts within the county.

The Special Education Department provides special day classes for students with severe challenges (severely handicapped) or with emotional disturbances (emotionally disturbed). Other students served include district students with visual impairments, mobility needs, or speech and language disorders. Special education services are also provided at local schools operated for youth through Sacramento County Probation. SCOE's Infant Development Program provides individualized, home-based instruction and family support for infants and toddlers having special needs.

For more information about SCOE special education services, call (916) 228-2382.



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