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February 19th to March 2nd Mike Funderburg takes charge at Donald E. Long School by Jane Elder Wulff Donald E. Long Program: At a glance Location: Multnomah County Juvenile Justice Center 1401 NE 68th Ave., Portland, OR 97213 2006-07 Budget: $766,502 Description: The Donald E. Long Program is located at the Multnomah County Juvenile Justice Complex in Portland and is funded by the Oregon Department of Education. The program serves students awaiting trials “I believe every kid deserves and hearings. Students receive educational and social skills to assist them in returning to the community an opportunity to learn” and their home schools. Classroom teachers provide individualized and group instruction in basic skills and In September 2005, after 30 years in public education, Mike Funderburg core content areas of CIM proficiencies, graduation retired. He had already retired once or twice before. This time, he thought requirements, or GED requirements. Curriculum is he was done. But Mary Ellen, his wife of 38 years, was still going off to adjusted to meet the needs of students facing longer work every day as a regional credit manager at a downtown bank, and as term incarceration. Mike puts it, “I’m a high-energy kind of guy.” Let’s say he got restless. School districts participating: The Donald E. His new job as principal of MESD’s Learning Options program at Donald Long Program serves students from several school E. Long School is not quite how he pictured retirement. Intrigued by a districts in Multnomah County and from districts newspaper ad, he signed a half-time contract last July to supervise edu- throughout the state. cational services for students in custody at Multnomah County’s Juvenile Staffing: (includes staff located at Coffee Creek Justice Center. and working in MESD’s Incarcerated Youth Program) Mike’s experience as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and football Gene Anderson, educational assistant Alice Beseau, secretary coach in small high schools and districts serves him well in this setting. Dawn Marie Cummings, special education The Center’s bare corridors and steel doors all looked the same to him at instructional consultant first, but he quickly learned his way around. Sizing up changing situa- George Farquhar, teacher tions, responding decisively, and making the most of available resources Mike Funderburg, principal to move in the right direction - all this is second nature to him. Gary Holman, teacher Sara Kinsey-Wright, educational assistant Now he’s savoring the challenge of creating a positive learning en- Judy O’Gieblyn, teacher Sandra Stanley, special education vironment within the highly restricted confines of lockdown. “I believe instructional consultant every kid deserves an opportunity to learn,” he says. “They can choose Mike Wodzewoda, educational assistant whether or not to take it, but it’s our job to motivate them and provide Naomi Reinstein, educational assistant that opportunity. We may not have them here long enough to have a huge Thomas Baker, special education instructional consul- educational impact, but what we can do is motivate them to want to tant (IY) learn, and help them to make better choices.” Ruth Burman, office assistant (IY) Carole Penner, special education instructional consultant (Coffee Creek) See Donald E. Long – continued on page 2 Donald E. Long – continued from page 1 The teachable moment Students at Donald E. Long School are young offenders ages 12 to 18 on their way to somewhere else. Many are here for parole violations. Some have been charged with more serious crimes and await sentencing and long-term detention. For the rest, being here is a significant wake-up call, a safe time-out from whatever it was that got them in trouble, a chance to get back on track. MESD provides year-round school services to these students who come from all over the state, with funding from the Oregon Department of Education during the regular school year, and from Multnomah County for summer school. Agen- cies such as Morrison Center collaborate with the county on various residential treatment programs and other services. While they are here, whether for two or three days or several months, the students live, eat, sleep, and go to school in one of several small Teacher Judy O’Gieblyn works with young women in the program units, each with its own security staff and its own teacher. The atmosphere is both highly structured and almost familial, with meals around a central table, a class- percent turnover every single day. We have 1,200 to 1,500 kids in room off to one side, housekeeping chores, adult role models - as and out of here in a year’s time.” upbeat and predictable as it can be under the circumstances. For Mike and his staff, working to connect with students in Maximum population at the facility is 183, but that’s an transition and turmoil, every moment counts. “The kids know it’s abstract figure. The current daily average actually runs around temporary,” he says. “You’re just starting to make that connection, 60. “The most we’ve had since I’ve been here is 76,” says Mike. getting them motivated, and then they’re gone.” The challenge is to “The population is always larger after a weekend, and we have 20 give them a reason to connect even when they know it can’t last. “They’re here because they made poor choices,” he adds. “You have to hope they go out willing to take a risk and make better choices next time.” “We’re all teachers” Since he arrived at Donald E. Long School last summer, Mike has concentrated on building curriculum. For example, he intro- duced PLATO Learning software and services at the school, having used it since 1996 in his other schools for augmenting teacher strengths and helping students with credit recovery. “It makes a big difference,” he says. “It’s a way to build cred- its, but these students don’t just need credits. They need survival skills.” The practical applications of their school subjects are a major focus in and out of the classroom. Each small living unit at the Justice Center, where everything happens all in one place around the clock, is an educational environment, and each adult is in some sense a teacher. “I believe the best teachers are the ones who care about kids and make a connection,” says Mike. “We’re all teachers - parents, foster parents, grandparents, or our custody service specialists in here, it doesn’t matter - and we have to look at what kind of commitment we bring to that teaching. Kids don’t need you to be Secretary Alice Beseau is an integral part of Donald E. Long School their friends. They need you to be a good model for them.” 2 “Come Walk in my Shoes” brings awareness of disability issues MESD teacher Carolyn Harrington has run a classroom for 18 years at Ventura Park Elementary School in the David Douglas District. During that span, she says, “95% of the time our students are well received.” However, after noticing a slight deterioration in student attitudes toward others with special needs, she decided it was a good time to take some positive action. With major contributions from the school’s special education program staff, Carolyn organized a two-day event called “Come Walk in my Shoes.” The goal of the event was to raise awareness and empathy for the chal- lenges that students with special needs face every day. More than five months in the planning, the aware- ness fair finally took place on February 5-6. Every one of Ventura Park’s 480 students participated. The idea of the event came from other schools in the district “Come Walk in my Shoes” is a hands-on encounter with the that had held similar experiences with success in the past. But challenges faced by students with special needs. The event this was a first for Ventura Park. centers around four stations, each of which enables students to physically experience a limitation that a student with a disability Ventura Park has three self-contained classrooms for students under goes in his or her daily life. with special needs - two of which are considered “life skills” classes and operated by district staff. Carolyn’s classroom works At the gross motor station, students used a wheelchair to with children who have slightly more severe needs. “With three negotiate an obstacle course that included all types of surfaces, classrooms, we have a big impact on the school,” commented such as barkdust. According to Carolyn, this station was the Carolyn. “We needed to do something to raise awareness.” “most popular” among the students. A second station simulated the challenges associated with fine motor skills. Students donned oversize gloves and were asked to button clothes, string beads or tie their shoes. The third station was devoted to autism with a focus on sensory overload situations. Students put on headphones that played static, had flashlights blinking into their eyes or felt vari- ous irritants to their skin. They also put on a weighted blanket or practiced using the same visual scheduling tools that students with autism employ to plan their daily activities. The last station was a communication activity. Students read stories using a voice output device or were simply not allowed to use their own voice to communicate. By putting a marshmellow in their mouth and trying to speak, “students experienced the frustration of not being able to talk and articulate,” said Carolyn. To accommodate all students, the school used their regular physical education period, plus an extra half-hour. In this way, every classroom went through the event. Although Carolyn played a big role in the planning, many others deserve credit for making the event so successful. Marcia Bennett, a physical therapist for the district, “was huge,” said Carolyn. She also pointed to the contributions of speech/lan- guage therapist Sherie Chin, occupational therapist Cheryl Reilly and teacher Erin Betker, all David Douglas employees. 3 Above and Beyond: A family gives thanks to MESD collaboration Note: In the June, 2006 issue of Interaction, we reported the story of Wryliegh Hillebrecht and her experience at Outdoor School. Recently, Wryliegh’s mom sent this note of gratitude to the MESD Board and we wanted to share it with the whole agency. A story of love, thanksgiving and Christmas blessings Our daughter Wryliegh Hillebrecht was born March 1, 1994. Suffering a stroke one week before birth left her totally paralyzed re- quiring a life supporting ventilator and 24 hour care. The doctors told us that her life span would be perhaps 2 to 3 years and we were given the option of pulling her life support. In just a few months, Wryliegh will be 13 years old! Every day has been a miracle in progress. Our family couldn’t have made it this far without the love and support of our friends and family. During this month of December, we look back at our year of accomplishments and our family has many people to be thankful for! We would like to thank the team at MESD’s Outdoor School program, which helped Wryliegh experience many outdoor activities never known to her be- fore. With the coordinated efforts of Taya Gunsul, Kitty Boryer, Monique Buval, Chuck Fike, Andrew Smith, Jane McEldowney, Kate Forster, Patrick Kessey and Beth Baynes, Wryliegh was able to participate in Outdoor School despite her many medical challenges. We had full confidence in the team and felt secure sending her off to explore new and exciting things. For almost thirteen years now Wryliegh has been a trailblazer. She has continued to defy all odds because of the efforts and support of many people. Thank you all so much for making yet another groundbreaking collaboration that enabled our daughter Wryliegh educational inclusion at Sandy River Outdoor School. We also want to thank Jane Elder Wulff for her article in MESD’s Interaction in June of 2006. It was a beautifully written account of a team of dedicated people making a difference in a little girl’s life. It touched our lives and our hearts. We send our love, thanks, and blessings to you and your families. We pray that all you put your hand to will prosper and that the seeds you have sown into our lives will come back to you in great measure. We have so much to be thankful for ! In sincere appreciation, The Hillenbrecht Family, Michael, Kari, Austin Mac and Wryliegh Photo of the Year event benefits Outdoor School Photo of the Year 2006 (POTY) has come to an end! The awards gala on January 27, 2007 was an incredible success - nearly 450 people attended and over $10,000 was raised for Friends of Outdoor School. Guests first enjoyed the World Forestry Center’s Discovery Center while viewing the Photo Finalists and voting for their favorite. Tilly Jam, a local Portland band, fired up the tunes, drinks were poured and the Western Culinary Institute served some amazing food. Once voting ended and the ballots were tallied up, the party moved to WFC’s Miller Hall for the Awards Ceremony. Dr. Doug and Skippy from Charlie FM did a great job emceeing the festivities. In the end they announced 3rd place, 2nd place and Photo of the Year. It was a close one this year - 3rd and 4th place were separated by ONE vote! But Kirsten Muskat’s photo of a lonely mangrove tree on the island of Zanzibar (left) was the clear winner, and was crowned Photo of the Year to a loud round of applause. More than 1,600 photos taken by amateur photographers were submitted online and a group of community judges working with the POTY committee chose the top 100. Online voting determined the top 13 photos and guests attending the POTY event selected the top three. The top three winners at this year’s event were: first place, Kirsten Muskat, second place, Jason Friesen, and third place, Cheryl Hill. To see a complete list of all the winning photos or to find out more information about the next POTY contest, visit www.photooftheyear.net 4 School Health Nurses provide the muscle behind “Give kids a Smile” Day The annual “Give Kids a Smile” day was held in various locations through- out Multnomah County on Feburary 2, 2007. MESD’s school nurses again played a major role in bringing critical dental care to hundreds of low-in- come, uninsured children in the schools served by MESD. Nurses provided all dental screening, contacting of families, coordination of dental and medical forms, pre-xrays and transportation. David Douglas, Gresham-Bar- low, Parkrose, Portland and Reynolds school district students received care. MESD School Health Services Supervisor Jan Sanderson was actively in- volved in the efforts, along with the following school nurses: Gail Wade Diane Anderson Opal Bendele Tammy Cardoza Marta Boylen Cheryl Fuller Debra Tran Colleen Fleming Kathryn Nance Loretta Elder Joanne Schrinsky Kelly Ferrera Mary Thrasher Keri Barnett Patricia Moro Linda Sneed Catherine Murphy School Health Ser vices: Stories from the Classroom In the January, 2007 Superintendent’s Report to the Board, the follow- ing two School Health Services stories were shared to exemplify the challenges and responses that face MESD school nurses. We are shar- ing them now in Interaction... ❣❣❣ As one of our meetings was ending, the School Health Assistant ran to me with an urgent request to come to the health room. Luckily the meeting had been with my supervisor (also a nurse), so we had a little more manpower for the crisis at hand. The sweet Hispanic second grade boy sat in a chair crying silently and looking down at the finger, just severed by the closure of a heavy classroom door, and now hanging by a thread of skin. All three of us flew into action. One of us held the child and comforted, supporting the injured part, another went for gloves and gauze, and I notified the secretary to call the child’s parent and if she could not come, to call 911. Within and offset the huge expenses of a costly accident and the a short time our patient was only gazing at his gauze-draped finger, medical follow-up. Today I got a reply from the secretary, information in the hands of the paramedics, and on his way to the who is a true advocate for the student. She called Otoniel emergency room for surgery. The school provided a taxi to transport Rosales (the MESD Child Health Insurance Program outreach mom to the hospital to join her child. By two days later, the young specialist), who has become a household name with the boy was back in class, sporting a well-wrapped fifth digit. number of referrals to the health programs she has made. ❣❣❣ Getting clarification on the CAWEM (Citizen Alien Waived Visiting the school a few days after this medical intervention, secretar- Emergency Medical) program, she called a family member ies shared that mom had not followed up by going back to the doctor. to arrange for a meeting with Otoniel, and got a positive We knew she probably had no health coverage and would just let cir- response. They connected at the school Christmas Party and cumstances fall as they would rather than go back to the doctor. I let Otoniel provided sign-up there. I was proud to be part of the the secretary know that there was a provision in place with the Oregon team, and knew that this family had been given a reprieve Health Plan in which a patient could apply for coverage after the fact from debt that could have scarred them for years. 5 Wellness Committee Update In November, in order to align goals of the Wellness Committee with those of the staff, the Wellness Com- mittee conducted an online survey. Over the course of the year, the Wellness Committee will tackle topics staff identified as being the most interested in. Here are the results of the survey: ¸ 56% prefer wellness information be given via written communication. ¸ 24% favor information given by way of a health information fair. ¸ 19% prefer short presentations such as an ergonomics workshop or a stress management class. ¸ 30% of staff are interested in MESD group-oriented activities (like a knitting circle, walking group, or weight loss group). The top three topics that interest staff the most are: u Exercise and diet v Stress management w Women's health issues MESD Wellness Challenge gives staff a chance to see healthy, balanced lifestyle If you do not have computer access, please call Debby Kelley (257- You can still sign up for the 2007 Wellness Challenge! Visit 1611) and a wellness packet can be sent to your worksite or home. the Wellness website which is accessible through the MESD How do I use my Wellness Log? intranet. Here's the link: Your wellness log is your own personal diary to write in how http://www.mesd.k12.or.us/shs/wellnessafety/index.html much or how little you want. You can either download your person- Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of the Wellness al diary to your own computer and use it on your computer or print Challenge and participate in the exciting "End of Challenge it off. If you need assistance, please contact one of the wellness Party." More details to come in the next few weeks. committee members for assistance. If you do not have computer It's that time of year again; a New Year means a healthy new access, we can send to you a wellness challenge packet. start. The Wellness Committee announces the 6th annual Wellness How do I set a goal(s)? Challenge. You can set a weekly goal for the 8 weeks of the chal- You can have one goal for each week or use one goal for the lenge, or one goal to work towards through the entire challenge. entire 8 weeks.You decide how you want to challenge yourself. A well-balanced healthy lifestyle is a combination of activities. No amount is too little as this is for your own personal benefit. This might include a healthy diet, exercise, stress reduction, Simply fill in the goal section at the beginning of each week. relaxation, meditation, and many other activities. You can plan activities to fit your goal and write in your personal All you have to do is keep track of your personal progress, reflections as you go. along with your thoughts or ideas on how you are doing. We will A note about setting goals supply the wellness diary and you will be on your way. Most people fail, not because they lack talent, motivation, mon- Watch for some big changes this year and some exciting new ey, or opportunity; they fail because they never really planned to challenges. We hope to have several wellness surprises along the way succeed. Why won't people get off the couch, go for a walk, eat including wellness messages, health information and education op- low-fat food, or choose a piece of fruit over a high-sugar/high- portunities as well as many other links to local events and activities. fat dessert? Why do people always talk about what they want When does it start? to learn, or do, but never take any steps towards actually doing The challenge this year begins January 15, 2007 and goes it? The reason is that they have never planned to make these through March 12, 2007. There will be a challenge celebration choices. Changes in lifestyle requires action. Action requires set- event at the end of the challenge to celebrate our 8 weeks of ting goals. Here are some helpful hints: participation in the challenge. The end of the Challenge celebra- tion event is scheduled this year for Thursday day March 12, ¸ Set definite goals. Write your goals out in detail. Write out your commitment to your goals. Make a contract with yourself. 2007. Information about the time and place will be announced later in the challenge. ¸ Visualize your goals. Daydream about the new you. See your- self achieving your goals. Practice the new behavior in your The challenge celebration event will be an opportunity to not head before you begin. only socialize with our challenge partners, but also meet with wellness experts from varried areas of health and prevention, and ¸ Verbalize your goals. Many people motivate themselves by telling other people their intention rather than keeping it to pick up health information. themselves. Find support from people who will applaud your How do I register? efforts and provide more motivation for you. Registration is quick and easy. Simply click on the register for ¸ Set a definite time to begin. Most people will set a definite challenge icon on the wellness website, answer and few quick beginning date -- a birthday, January 1, Labor Day, the next questions and you are on your way. Your challenge registration Monday, Etc. will be sent directly to the Wellness Committee. ¸ Reread your goals daily. Post your goals in a place you can see them. Make them your daily affirmations 6 Learn how to set Wellness stories your weight loss from real MESD employees and fitness goals I made my goal for the wellness challenge to have less stress in my life. One of those ways to reduce stress for from www.exercise.about.com me is to change my driving behaviors. My family tells me I become an irrational person in the car while driving. If you're trying to lose weight, build muscle or excel at a sport, you'll I yell at other drivers, sometimes cut people off, and need specific goals. When you don't have a specific goal, it's difficult to have a hard time with those I call "cheaters". My driving keep exercising and to track your progress to see how far you've come. habits have become offensive rather then defensive. Before you get busy, take a moment and ask yourself these questions: Over the past 3 weeks, when I get into the car, I take a u What do I want to accomplish with this exercise program? deep breath and turn on the music. I repeat to myself, I v Is my goal realistic and attainable? am driving safely today, despite what others are doing. w How do I reach my goal? I am not going to eat or drink in the car, or talk on my x When do I want to reach my goal? cell phone. People are still cutting in front of me on the highway, not using turn signals, speeding through lights y How will I reward myself when I reach my goal? even though red has just turned, and (most annoying of For example, is it reasonable to want to lose 50 pounds in 6 months? all), using the left hand lane as a regular driving lane Experts recommend that you lose no more than 1-2 pounds per week, but instead of just passing-on the highway. it isn't likely that you'll lose 2 pounds every single week. But, I must admit, I am calmer when I arrive at my Keep in mind that: destination, and I am actually feeling less stress. I bet this story fits a lot of people out there. My advice to The more weight you lose, the harder it will be to lose weight because them is to come up with a plan like I have and stick the less weight your body has to move around, the less calories it will to it. You feel better in the long run. burn doing so. The closer you get to your goal, the harder it will be to reach it--in fact, --Calm (er) Driver you may NEVER reach it (ever talk to someone who's still trying to lose I love dessert, and who doesn't! But, unlike most, I that last 5 pounds?). can take it to extremes. I always stop at Starbucks on Everyone has a weight that his or her body is comfortable at and once my way to work for coffee and of course a donut or you reach that weight, you'll find it very difficult to lose anymore. Just muffin. I have some kind of sweet during the day. I because YOU think you should be at 125 doesn't mean your body agrees. have dessert every night even if I do not eat dinner. Make sure your goal weight is reasonable for your height and frame I could eat 2 or 3 desserts instead of dinner. My hus- band gets very mad with me about my eating, and so After you set your goal, find out how to reach it. If you want to lose I took this opportunity to change. My goal was to cut weight or become better at a sport, you need to figure out how that is ac- down on sweets. I could never eliminate them totally. complished by hiring a trainer or fitness expert, or hit the Internet or a li- brary for some research. Know what you have to do before you get started. So, no more Starbucks in the morning. I am bringing Many people are surprised at the daily effort it takes to reach their goals. my own coffee. I am still eating cake, pie, cookies, and stuff in the evening. Small steps. What did Bill Once you know what you're doing and how you're doing it, the hardest Murray say in that movie about the psychiatrist? BABY part is sticking to it. Here are some strategies to help make it easier to STEPS!!! Maybe over the last half of the challenge I get up and get going: will try to only have one dessert per night. ¸ Schedule your exercise sessions each week--in INK! ¸ Set weekly goals and reward yourself each time you succeed (i.e., --Dessert lover new shoes or a massage works nicely) My goal is to lose 30 lbs by summer. Though exercis- ing, eating the right foods and lowering my stress! ¸ Work out with friends or family for added motivation loser: of weight! ¸ Recommit to your exercise goals each and every day I have vowed to learn something new every day. It might ¸ Be prepared by always having your workout bag with you, bringing be as simple as learning a new word or something as your lunch to work, etc. considerable as taking a class (I'm learning to knit at the ¸ Keep a workout journal and look through it regularly to see your community center!). Yes, I exercise 4 times a week. But progress my brain? That's not exercised nearly enough. ¸ Take your measurements in the beginning, and then retake them every six weeks to see if you're making progress --The “New “ Person 7 MESD Foundation Mid-year Report: A note of thank you to the many individuals, associations, businesses and foundations whose gifts enable MESD to make a positive differ- ence for students, families, schools and the community Did you know that the Multnomah ESD Foundation leads the nation in raising private funds for critical services for children served by a regional public education agency? Did you know that the Foundation has received over $150,000 in gifts so far this year? Over the past twelve years over $3 million has been raised and invested into MESD special projects impacting thousands of students. Your gifts enable us to support a number of activities that enrich the lives of our students and families. 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Onstad Carol Thomas Tai Phong 9 Handwashing – what your mother didn't tell you Here's some information on an easy way to cut down on illness N Wash your hands often. The average person touches eyes, and time lost from work: wash those hands! (Thanks to Susan nose and mouth -- which are the easiest ways germs get Darnell, RN, for locating this information) inside the body -- at least 200 times a day. Whether it's the start of flu season, food safety during family N The most important times to wash hands are before prepar- celebrations or close contact with family and friends who may be ing or eating food, after going to the bathroom or diapering carrying germs, public health experts in the Oregon Department a child, before and after caring for someone who is sick or of Human Services say one simple action can protect your health: bleeding, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing and handwashing. after handling an animal, animal waste or garbage. Hands carry germs. It's common knowledge, right? After all, for N Nationally, inadequate handwashing may cause up to 40 per- years, mothers everywhere have drummed the message: wash cent of diarrheal illness and 20.000 hospital-acquired deaths, your hands! But here are some important handwashing facts you and costs millions of dollars in sick leave each year, according may not know: to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. N Colds, flu, intestinal illness or staph infection -- the bug may N No matter how old you are, handwashing reminders are be, handwashing is the single most important thing you can important: A 2005 national study found that 91 percent do to keep from getting sick and to avoid spreading illness to of adults said they always washed their hands after using others. public restrooms, yet just 83 percent were observed doing so. N Adequate handwashing requires soap and clean, running Seventy-seven percent said they always washed their hands water. Warm water is preferable. Lather up and scrub for 20 before handling or eating food. Just 42 percent said they seconds, or the time it takes to sing the "Happy Birthday" washed their hands after petting a dog or cat, and only 32 song two times through. percent did so after coughing or sneezing. N Why use soap? It mixes with skin oil and loosens grease and The complete study, conducted by the American Society for dirt that may hold germs. Microbiology and the Soap and Detergent Association, is on the Web at http://www.washup.org/ N Plain soap is a better choice than antibacterial soaps. This information compiled by Susan Allan, M.D., J.D., M.P.H, administra- N Soap and water are preferable for cleaning hands, but if none tor of the Oregon Department of Human Services Public Health Division is available use an alcohol-based gel as a substitute. Medicaid Program Benefits from Technology Improvements By Barbara Neely, Director, School Health Services Communication between MESD and the Oregon Department of Human Services is now all electronic-student Medicaid eligibility is MESD’s move into an advanced electronic world began when verified electronically, claims are submitted electronically, checks national standards for electronic health transactions became effec- are paid through electronic funds transfer (EFT) directly into tive in October 2003. HIPAA-the Health Insurance Portability and MESD’s bank account, and reimbursements are posted electronically Accountability Act passed by Congress in August of 1997-required to each student’s Medicaid records. We are now seeing the posi- ANSI standards for electronic health communications. To facilitate tive impact of electronic record-keeping-less paper shuffling, fewer this major change, MESD and two other ESDs developed a web-based mistakes, less paper to file, fewer dollars spent on locked filing Medicaid Management Information System we named “Medisync” cabinets, less space required to hold all the paper. For example, our that met the unique needs of Medicaid compliance as well as the Medicaid billing staff recently identified 23 boxes of records that non-traditional health delivery environment of Special Education. can be destroyed. One day, nearly all records will be electronic, Today, over 34% of our Medicaid professionals (speech patholo- including the service and supporting documentation. gists, occupational and physical therapists etc.) directly enter MESD Medicaid Billing staff will continue to train and pro- their service documentation into our web-based Medicaid Billing vide electronic access to the Early Intervention and Department information system. As access to technology continues to improve, of Instruction programs as well as the medical professional more and more service professionals will complete their service staff within our component districts. Medicaid Billing staff can documentation directly into this system. This new technology has monitor service and payment activity instead of being buried in allowed us to eliminate over one-third of our paper-shuffling activ- paperwork and filing activities. During this school year most fi- ity. In addition to serving MESD and our component districts, 20 nancial transactions have shifted from SHS to the MESD Business other districts around the state share in the cost by remote use of Office, as was our goal. We look forward to 2007 when the state the MESD Medisync system. The result is: the Billing Department is completes implementation of its new HIPAA-compliant Medicaid current with billing activity, which means there is little or no lag Management Information System, which will bring further ef- time in reimbursement of funds to MESD. ficiencies to this otherwise labor-intensive process. 10 Eco-friendly at Alpha... The Alpha Environmental Projects Jobsite serves to implement and maintain environmental projects at Alpha High School. Students have an opportunity to create an eco-friendly and positive environment for themselves, other Success found in succession... Planning for succession of students and staff. The jobsite began just two short months MESD’s leadership has been on the Cabinet agenda for the last two ago and so far 12 students have served as employees working months. The Cabinet met for an all day retreat on January 10th to on projects including garden maintenance, planting cover crops, discuss issues, identify needs and formulate a plan for a successful collecting seeds, vermiculture, painting a garden scene in the plan in the face of a substantial change. Superintendent-designee recreation room and maintaining the green house. Plannd future Ron Hitchcock met individually with each Cabinet member to projects include the installation of a water-catchment system for collect their thoughts in advance of the retreat. This helped the the garden, a cob structure seating area for the students and group process and made for a most productive discussion. landscaping for our new playing field. All of this would not be possible if it wasn’t for the positive response of the students and Budget development underway... The Superintendent’s staff along with the MESD Foundation and a Terra Nova Grant. Proposed Budget is in development. Departments are defining their resource needs and the budget is the first since equalization Literacy efforts continue... At the recent Curriculum and to show an increase (however slight) in the state revenues for Instruction Advisory Committee meeting Penny Plavala, School MESD. The 2007-08 Service Plan pricing on Tuesday was presented Improvement Specialist for MESD, shared work that is underway to the district Business Managers in January and they will make within component districts. Penny has been asked to work with Linda their Service Plan program selections by March 1st. Hoyt, a local professional reading specialist and former literacy TOSA (teacher on special assignment) at PPS, to develop an elementary Bird feeder sale a hit... Thanks to everyone who supported and middle school “environmental checklist for strategic literacy” the Alpha Middle School student enterprise by buying student- that a principal could use when walking through classrooms. This made bird feeders. The students voted to donate a portion of the will be a great tool to assist the school principal in determining if funds earned to the American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer effective reading instruction is taking place in the classroom. Support Services. Earnings will also fund student participation in a “ropes course,” a team building activity. Around the Agency continues on next page Wraparound Oregon Early Childhood Project Update MESD is the recipient of 9-year, $6 million grant from the crisis and emergency plans with families. This is a topic which all Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admininstration system partners want to see highlighted. (SAMHSA), a federal agency. Each month, Project Coordinator Rob The Planning Committee continues the work of defining the Abrams compiles a report distributed to a large audience, including Mission, Vision and Goals and a 12 month work plan. The Mission the Wraparound Oregon Early Childhood and School Age projects and Vision statements have been adopted and the work plan will and other interested parties. The grant project has far- be finalized in the next month. Members are discuss- reaching goals which address the “system of care” ing how this work is starting to influence their for very young children with mental health thinking and planning in terms of systems disabilities. Here’s Rob’s latest report: working together in a more coordinated One of the major goals of this project is fashion. We expect this effort to continue to to identify “system” issues and work towards build momentum and combine with the many common understanding of the concern and other efforts around the state towards building common solution development. To date, we are a coordinated system of care for the children and seeing progress in many areas and will highlight their families we serve. three of those areas this month. The Governor’s Office has been working with a group of The Training Committee is combined with the other project children’s leaders for the past several months to explore how the in Wraparound Oregon and is charged with developing an overall State might go about integrating children’s mental health ser- training and, concurrently, a workforce development plan. This vices across agencies. There are active plans for the Governor to committee is made up of several system partners and family issue an Executive Order which would call for integration across members, and is actively developing trainings for the project all child serving systems. The Project Director for this project staff and community partners. Core competencies we expect has been named to be on the steering committee which will from our practitioners are being developed and training plans work with the Governor’s Office to oversee the next phase of this are being built around those competencies. The next community Executive Order. Currently, the plan is for the Governor to issue training will be on March 12 and 13 and will focus on developing the order in the fall. 11 continued from previous page Teaming with PSU... Portland State University and MECP provided training to educational assistants on an innovative Scoring projects roll on... MESD Measurement Specialist program called “Pathways” that will begin this fall. PSU will Brian Goldman administered a scoring project on January be recruiting educational assistants that are bilingual and/or 6-7, 2007 in which 29 math scorers and 27 writing scorers bicultural interested in entering the PSU program to become worked at the Multnomah ESD scoring work samples for licensed EI/ECSE Teachers. Portland Public high schools. Arata Creek club news... The after school Computer Appreciation for diversity... Multnomah County Detention Building Club starts on January 15, 2007. Mike Hohn oversees Custody Services staff has an on-going multi-cultural this club which will build computers with donated parts from diversity team which involves students in MESD’s Donald E. Free Geek in Portland. Sewing Club - in December students Long Program. Teachers work provide activities that promote made 16 blankets, 10 scarves and 10 hats for winter. Art better understandings and appreciation of other cultures Club - made thermometer penguins and will be doing sand and traditions. During December students studied holiday art projects in January. Dance Revolution is a Play Station traditions of other countries. In various levels of participation, program that promotes dancing. It is a big hit with students. the students researched, provided written summaries and Nurse Pam Pestalozzi uses the program to help students be created posters of assigned or selected countries. The more active during Friday Activity time. The idea is to promote countries selected were Japan, Norway, Russia, Brazil, and a healthy hobby that will get the heart rate going for many Europe. An assembly provided by the justice center brought of our sedentary students. The MESD Foundation Terra Nova a traveling Salvation Army Band of youth from Canada. They grants supports these activities. played a variety of traditional and contemporary selections. Hospital Program teams with Home Depot... At The students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Pediatric Acute Care Center, Students were especially respectful and appreciative. the MESD classroom hosted a volunteer from Home Depot who Celebrate PPS schools... MESD was well represented at brought tools, materials and instructions for students to build the recent “Celebrate Schools” celebration, a Portland Public replica race cars. Each participating student got a Home Depot Schools event. Multnomah Early Childhood Program, School carpenter’s apron and a baseball cap. The volunteer even had Health Services and the MESD Foundation all had booths. This a scrub and gown-up to bring the project to a student in an event showcased programs within PPS. isolation unit. MECP presentations... Raelun Casper, MECP Early Collaboration with Alpha...Principal Peter Kane and Intervention/Early Childhood Evaluation Specialist, is teacher Russ Branson from Alpha visited the Oregon State representing the MECP as part of a program offered by the Hospital to meet a student. Alpha is collaborating and Northwest Children’s Institute, called “Lunch and Learn with consulting with the Hospital School Program as a nineteen Docs.” The program is to work closely with pediatricians to year old student earns his final few credits toward high school encourage early referral and identification of children with graduation. Thanks to Alpha for their collegial support and delays or disabilities. Also, as part of the Child Trauma, encouragement of this young man. Graduation is anticipated Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration Grant, by the end of this semester, or certainly by the end of the Julie Schweigert, MECP Early Intervention/Early Childhood year. Evaluation Specialist, is representing MECP on a Trauma Ways to avoid “exclusion”... School Nursing Services is Identification Task Group being facilitated by Children’s Relief partnering with MCHD Immunization Department for School Nursery. The Task Group reviews current policies, procedures, Immunization Clinics. In-school immunization clinics will be and practices, including a review of screening tools and conducted at Lynch Wood and Harold Oliver Primary Schools. protocols used by community multidisciplinary teams. Team This is a new model of immunization service we are piloting members learn from each other through cross-training and this year to reduce the number of exclusions in February. An by examining perspectives, identifying commonalities, and in-school immunization clinic at Parkrose High School was gaps used at local and national levels. Their purpose is to held on Feb 5. Service delivery was provided by MESD since make recommendations for tools/procedures for trauma the School-Based Clinics were temporarily closed for training. identification that will fit our local system. The middle school students were included in this clinic. Interaction is produced by the Multnomah Education Service District Public Affairs Department. Articles in this edition written by: Rob Abrams, Amy Johnson, Barbara Neely, Mark Skolnick, Wellness Committee, and Jane Elder Wulff 12
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