Wearing graduation caps and flowing black robes, 11 Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) students were recognized for their successes during a ceremony at SCOE's David P. Meaney Education Center on May 23.
Proud family members and jubilant teachers packed the Mather Room, enjoying a poignant ceremony for those who received certificates of completion through SCOE's program for high school students and young adults with severe disabilities. The students will now make the transition to other education or job-training programs.
The ceremony honored the following students:
From Jesse Baker (Frances Montemurro, Teacher)
- Mhelonnie C.
- Nathan F.
- Dallas H.
- Jessica W.
From Inderkum (Bernadette Kerwin, Teacher)
- Carlos H.
- Sabrina S.
- Ruben T.
From Galt High (Cathy Goodrich, Teacher)
- Aseena S.
- Aldo T.
From CSUS (Shawn O'Briant, Teacher)
- Amanda L.
- Troy P.
The students represent SCOE programs in the Galt Joint Union High School, Elk Grove Unified, and Natomas Unified School Districts, as well as California State University, Sacramento. 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 Beth Vieira Walker, and certificates of completion were presented by Sacramento County School Board of Education President Jacquelyn Levy and Trustees Eleanor L. Brown, Ed.D., Thomaysa Glover, 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) and ED (emotionally disturbed) programs provide services to students ranging from 3-22 years old. SCOE supports a variety of students, including those who have visual impairments, mobility needs, or speech and language impairments. SCOE's Infant Development Program provides individualized, home-based instruction and family support for infants and toddlers with special needs. Programs are located at more than 25 sites/schools from eight school districts within the county. Special education services are also provided at schools operated through Sacramento County Probation.
For more information about SCOE Special Education services, call (916) 228-2380.