At Panorama, we believe our duty as educators is to meet all students where they are and empower them to grow and move forward. All of our student services are designed to do just that across a wide range of needs. We provide supports to students across several areas including At-Risk, Special Education, English Language Learners, and Talented and Gifted.
We are very fortunate at Panorama that we have two full time guidance counselors, one in each building. Our counselors work closely with teachers, administrators and families to meet student needs. Counselors help students problem-solve, work through personal issues, make friends, identify support systems, make positive choices in their relationships, personally and academically.
Panorama Schools provides services to students, regardless of their living situation, so they are prepared to come to school and learn every day. It is a priority of Panorama Schools that a homeless student's education is not interrupted. The district works with families to overcome barriers that may prevent a student from coming to school every day, ready to learn. The school district follows the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act. Homeless students, or students in transition, are given access to the same public education that is provided to other children.
For additional information on Homeless Education Services, click here.
At times, students need more support in their learning than what is typically provided in a general education classroom. Extra supports are put in place by classroom teachers, our Instructional Decision Making process, and through individual intervention plans. When the supports that a child needs to learn need are substantial and need to be sustained over time, special education services are put in place. Our special education staff is skilled at developing Individual Education Plans that include specially designed instruction to meet instructional needs and accommodations needed while that learning is taking place. Specially designed instruction is delivered when appropriate within the general education environment. Students are removed from the general education classroom when dictated by student needs and only for as long as is necessary to provide instruction. Special education teachers collaborate with general education teachers to generalize skills and ensure that proper instruction and accommodations are in place.
Section 504 Accommodations
Students with a disability are entitled to a free appropriate public education and equal access to services, programs, and activities offered by the district. Students are eligible for Section 504 accommodations if they meet the following three criteria: (1) A mental or physical impairment (2) which substantially limits (3) one ore more major life activities. All three criteria must be present for a students to be eligible for a Section 504 accommodation plan. Equally important, this disability must be why the student cannot equally access or receive benefit from the school's programs and services.
Section 504 Manual: A Parent's Guide
English Language Learners
Students who are learning to speak English need accommodations in school to facilitate their learning. English Language Learners (ELLs) are given assessments to determine where they are with their language acquisition. Classroom teachers and our ELL teacher, Lynette Keuning, design accommodations and instruction geared toward fostering language development. Many resources are available to us through Heartland AEA and we utilize those as needed. Our staff has been successful in assisting ELL children.
Panorama ELL Handbook
Guidelines for Implementing English Language Proficiency Standards
Extended Learning Program (TAG)
Deb Arganbright is our full-time Talented and Gifted teacher. She serves both the elementary building and the secondary building. Students are identified for our ELP program based on a variety of indicators. Once students are identified, Deb works with classroom teachers to differentiate instruction for our gifted students. They require work that challenges them to go deeper in their understanding, apply their knowledge and be creative in their work. Deb does this through collaborating with teachers and direct services with students.
Extended Learning Program Handbook