News – Archive

May 2016

Teacher Appreciation Week 2016

January 2016

School Board Appreciation 2016 logo

DCEC #616 Board of Education members are Sherman Smith, President; Joyce Klawonn, Vice President; Barb Derrick, Lisa Parsons, Nick Popple and Bradley Holzhey.

Say thanks to our school board members!

January 2016 is School Board Recognition Month, and Doniphan County Education Cooperative #616 joins other districts across the state as they honor the countless contributions of these locally elected advocates for public education. 

Serving on a local school board is no easy task, particularly in today’s climate of rapid change and financial uncertainties. These men and women are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for our public schools. They tackle a difficult job and shoulder enormous responsibilities. Overall, they represent you and take their leadership roles seriously by attending lengthy meetings; broadening their knowledge at conferences and seminars; and talking about the schools with business leaders, parents, and neighbors. 

Too often we neglect to recognize the dedication of these local citizens who work without pay. So this year DCEC Administration encourages all teachers and para educators to show appreciation to these individuals for their unfailing commitment to the success of all students. Drop them a note, email, or phone call and tell them how much you appreciate our board members for their vision and voice to help benefit all in the county. Tell school board members ‘thanks for caring about our children and giving so much to our community.’ Let them know we support them and that their dedicated service is recognized and truly appreciated.

December 2015

Website Holiday Greetings

DCEC Staff Christmas Party


April 2015

2015 KSDE Award - Terry

Terry Collins and Deb Young were recognized on Tuesday April 14, 2015 by the Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) for their leadership and distinguished service to Kansas special education students, teachers, and administrators. Terry Collins has served as the legislative liaison for the Kansas Association of Special Education Administrators (KASEA) as well as many other roles that serve Kansas students. Deb Young is a former member of SEAC and has been a dedicated leader in the area of special education in Kansas. Dr. Joan Robbins, Blue Valley, is chair of SEAC and presented the awards along with Colleen Riley, KSDE Director of Early Childhood Special Education and Title Services.

May 2015

Dear Educators of Kansas,

Thank you.

Thank you for being shapers of dreams, creators of excellence, protectors of children and stewards of education. Thank you for igniting Kansas children’s passion to learn; for teaching them that all things are possible, but not always easy; that it’s okay to fail, because we learn from our mistakes; and that if life ever becomes more than they can handle, that you are their trusted shoulder of support.  Thank you for standing tall in the face of adversity, for finding ways to do more with less when called for, and for being relentless advocates for Kansas children.

 We know that a mere “thank you” is not nearly enough for all you do for Kansas students, but in addition to our thanks please know that you have our respect.  We are profoundly proud of Kansas educators. Thanks to your work, Kansas students are being given the foundation needed to succeed in college and careers, Kansas graduation rates have increased for the fourth consecutive year, and our students continue to outscore national averages on both ACT and SAT college entrance exams. Be proud of the work you do each and every day to prepare Kansas children for lifelong success. We are!

With our sincerest thanks,

Jim McNiece
Kansas State Board of Education

Brad Neuenswander
Interim Commissioner of Education
Kansas State Department of Education

May 2015

Teacher Appreciation 2015

 Attached are flyers announcing some upcoming TASN trainings that you or your colleagues (or parents and community members) might be interested in. These are free trainings, but you must register.

See each flyer below for registration links.

TASN - Preventing the Escalation of Problem Behaviors in School Settings

 TASN Deescalation Flyer

 TASN - Using Instructional Techniques to Improve Student's Motivation and EngagementSession 3_Using_Instructional_Techniques  -_Flyer

TASN - Positive Action - Getting Started in My School

Session 4 Positive Action – Flyer

 TASN -Low Intensity Strategies

 Session 5 Low Intensity Praise – Flyer

December 2014

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December 2014

Christmas Party Invitation 2014

November 2014Thanksgiving 2014

May 2014

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March 2014

challengerOfficial Challenger Flyer 2014

February 2014

Teachers, Please do not schedule OT, PT or Speech during these dates 

Attention OT, PT and Speech


Extremely important!

You must see each of your Medicaid students

during the time span from

February 24, 2014 – March 7, 2014

Any questions call Terry

December 2014

Christmas Open House 2013 (updated)


April 10, 2013

End of the Year Staff Meeting

Helen Announces Her Retirement

Helen Announces Her Retirement

Date:     March 7, 2013
RE:        ESY, IEP’s, Para Evaluations
From:    Terry Collins, Director

The end of the school year is fast approaching.  This memo is a reminder that all extended school year applications and paperwork must be turned in to Ticia by May 1st, 2013.  If you are interested in teaching ESY, notify this office by May 1st as well.  Please tell your para’s to contact Matt Peterson if they are interested in working during the extended school year session.  The time and dates of the extended school year session have not yet been established.

Please remember to have all IEP’s completed by the end of April.  Send all IEP paperwork and amendments to Ticia by May 15th, 2013.  I realize that unforeseen circumstances may occur.  Contact this office should you experience difficulty in meeting this deadline.

All para evaluation documents for November 2012 and February 2013 must be turned in by March 12th, 2013.

Thank you for your cooperation on these issues.

Feb 1, 2013

Doniphan County Gardening Series
March 7 : Vegetable Night
March 14: Bug Night
March 21: Flower Night
This series of Horticulture and Floriculture educational programs are FREE! 
Refreshments will be provided.
Research and Extension

December 4, 2012

Kansas State Department of Education

Emergency Safety Interventions (Seclusion and Restraint) Update
A Family Guide to the Use of Emergency Safety Interventions (Seclusion and Restraint) in Kansas
Emergency Safety Intervention Guidance – 15 Guiding Principles

November 15th, 2012

Professional Staff,
Several teachers have experienced some “glitches” in the IEP program.  One example is that, that if you check “no” in the special transportation box the page may show up anyway.  If you have experienced some inconveniences while writing IEP’s, please make a specific note and report it to me by November 30th, 2012.  We will do our best to make the program user friendly.
Thank you,
Terry Collins

Date:           October 10, 2012

RE:              Emergency Safety Interventions
From:         Terry Collins, Director
To:              All Staff

Teachers, please share this memo with all of your para educators.

The Office of Special Education Programs in Washington D.C. advised the field that restraint should not be included in an IEP.  The State Department of Education’s position is that restraint should only be used as an Emergency Safety Intervention.  Melinda Jacobs, Special Education School Attorneys Advisory Council, indicated that “under no circumstances should a student be restrained in a prone position.”

I am reminding you that it is the position of DCEC that any type of physical or mechanical restraint, including MANDT, will be used ONLY in an emergency situation.

Thank you for your cooperation on this issue.

October 8, 2012 

The Department of Education and its Safe and Supportive Technical Assistance Center, set out to create a free, state-of-the-art training for classroom teachers on bullying. The two-part training aims to help teachers know the best practices to stop bullying on the spot and how to stop it before it starts. The training tool kit consists of PowerPoints, trainer guides, handouts, and feedback forms that school districts, schools, and teachers can use free of charge.