Inclusive Schools Week

Dear ANCS Families,

We are currently in the middle of Inclusive Schools Week!  Started in 2001, Inclusive Schools Week was funded under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. It has grown to celebrate and honor the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to the diverse student populations they serve. This includes students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors. This year’s Inclusive Schools Week theme is ”Rebuilding our Inclusive Community Together”.

ANCS has a long tradition of prioritizing inclusion and celebrating Inclusive Schools Week. While we use this time to celebrate and encourage inclusivity across many differences, a special spotlight is placed on students with disabilities. As I sit in support meetings for students, the conversation often comes up about how differently we view disabilities now than when we were children. This is one of the main reasons Inclusive Schools Week is so important.  At ANCS, 19% of our students are identified as having a disability that impacts their educational access. They are served through both our IEP and 504 programs. We utilize the co-taught model to allow our students with disabilities the ability to learn alongside their non-disabled peers. Utilizing specially designed instruction (SDI) and accommodations, we work to ensure our students with disabilities are being met where their needs are to access the same educational content as their peers.   

I want to thank Emily Stapp (Middle Campus) and Lindsey Garris (Elementary Campus), our  Lead Exceptional Student Services Teachers, for working to find new and creative ways for ANCS to celebrate Inclusive Schools Week. There is a focus on both educating and celebrating the different disabilities impacting our students. Please take a moment to talk to your child(ren) about what they have been learning and doing this week. I am grateful to work for a school that continually prioritizes inclusion in our school family! 

Rhiannen Laurent

Dean of Academic Growth