Wearing graduation caps and flowing black robes, six Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) students were recognized for their successes during a ceremony on May 23.
Proud family members and jubilant teachers packed the Mather Room at SCOE's David P. Meaney Education Center to enjoy a touching ceremony for the six graduates who received certificates of completion through the program for high school students and young adults with severe disabilities. The students are making the transition to other educational or job-training programs in their local communities.
The following students were honored:
From Jessie Baker (Frances Montemurro, Teacher)
- Kevin K.
From Galt High (Cathy Goodrich, Teacher)
- Brian F.
- Guadalupe G.
- Andrew L.
From Galt High (Melanie Lee, Teacher)
- David S.
From James Rutter Junior High (Carrie Tilley, Teacher)
- Mai H.
The students represent SCOE programs in the Galt Joint Union High School District and the Elk Grove Unified School District. 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 School Board of Education President Greg Geeting. A slideshow was presented by Program Specialist Leora Bautista Hendricks.
As part of SCOE's Special Education Department, the SH (Severely Handicapped) Program provides special education services to students throughout Sacramento County with severe disabilities and emotional disturbances, from ages 3-22 years. SCOE operates SH programs at more than 25 sites/schools located in eight school districts throughout the county.
The Special Education Department provides special day classes for students with severe challenges or with emotional disturbances. 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 by Sacramento County Probation. SCOE's Infant Development Program provides individualized, home-based instruction and family support for infants and toddlers with special needs.
For more information about SCOE special education services, call (916) 228-2380.