Special Education

General Resources Academic Help Work Readiness
Parent Manual IVRS (Vocational Rehab) Tlusty-Marsh
Bullying or Harassment   Circle of Friends

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Events Coming Up:

Parent Listening Session with the new Special Services Director, Wendy Parker * Tuesday, September 27 at 6pm at the district's ELSC Cedar Rooms on Edgewood Road.  Meet Wendy and hear more here.

Missed WHS Open House? Check out course information on Canvas. Come to Parent-Teacher Conferences in October. Contact your student's teacher any time! Staff directory is on the home page.

Join Dr. Grant in conversations at 7PM on October 10 (with the Iowa College Tour), January 10 (with Superintendent Dr. Buck, Board Member John Laverty) and March 6 (on standards based grading.).

Thank you for joining us at the 2nd Annual Picnic in the Park. Photos are available, from the home page, under athletics, see 'Activities Photos.'  Many thanks to sponsors and contributors including

*First Ave.Hy-Vee *jpGasway *A-1 Rental *Capriotti’s *Theisens *Subway *Tasha’s Hair Salon *C R Toyota *Angel Lopez *Mr. & Mrs. Riley Swayze *Mr. & Mrs. Dee Swayze *Tina Gudenkauf *In honor of Trevallis Swayze *Dr. D. Fabiano of PCI *Dr. Joseph Nguyen of Mount Mercy University *Dr. Heather Nguyen of Fetters Family Eye Care *WHS Staff especially Scott Brune, Jason Davis, Zarmun Duke, Kyle Fitzgerald, Dana Hartman, Kate Hogg, Scott Iosbaker, Kayla Nelson, Nathan Price, Steve Singer, & Sarah Swayze *Cedar Rapids Police *CRCSD Cedar Rapids Community School District

Got a job outside of school? Have you completed a Work Experience form from the job coach -- Becky Briggs -- so jobs in the community (non-school sponsored off-site positions) can be counted for credit?

Partnership for Post-Secondary Success is a district wide parent-community group providing resources and support for transition-age special education students. Check back for future meeting notices or contact Karla Grant McClure, our Transition Facilitator, at kgrantmcclure@cr.k12.ia.us or 558-2575. Or check out the AEA Parent-Educator Partnership here.


General Resources

Connected & Informed How to find out what's going on at Wash and with your student

About the department

Email links to teachers

District Special Services A wide-ranging list of resources, advocates and diagnostics.

     Click the Grant Wood image to access GWAEA Special Education Services and Procedural Safeguards Manual for Parents (Parental Rights in Special Education).

AEA Parent-Educator Partnership here.

Iowa AEA Online for AccuWeather, Atomic Learning, BookFLIX, Britannica encyclopedia, iCLIPART for schools, SIRS Issues Researcher, Teen Health & Wellness, and more!


Bullying or Harassment: Report forms are available several places -- Main Office, Counseling Office, or Health Office. Students or parents may approach any staff person including administrators, counselors, health staff, security staff or Officer Paiser. WHS has no tolerance for bullying.  See Ask Resource center (link below) or Pacers National Bullying Prevention Center for  for more resources and advocacy.


Disability Resources:



Personal/Social Services:

Substance Abuse help: contact ASAC.

School Based Social Worker and Psychologist from Grant Wood AEA: Contact your teacher or WHS counselor for a referral.

 Mental Health support including local Children’s Mental Health Resources


Academic Help

Organize: Have a calendar (print off Canvas calendar with assignments already listed), a “to do” sheet for each week, a regular place and time to study. Picking one thing to change or focus on at a time might make the effort more successful. Be consistent.

Warrior Time: student asks teacher for a pass to come in during 6th period to work with teacher.

Ask teacher for a tutor, website, or regularly scheduled help before or after school.

Make use of DSG class time for getting homework done or getting help.

Study Table: After school Monday through Thursday til 4pm. Computers, teachers, course books available. Coordinated by our department’s Zarmun Duke with Kerri Ulch from the Learning Lab.

Wash library link to research sources, study resources.

Six Traits of Writing PDF

Iowa AEA Online for AccuWeather, Atomic Learning, BookFLIX, Britannica encyclopedia, iCLIPART for schools, SIRS Issues Researcher, Teen Health & Wellness, and more!

Work Readiness

Try Washington Activities for building interpersonal team-building skills and having fun. Announcements are posted on the homepage and scrolled on classroom tvs daily. Sports & arts are just the beginning! Clubs from service to board games to zombies meet regularly. Don't see one you like? Start one! Ask a teacher how or to be an advisor (required).

Work Experience form from the job coach -- Becky Briggs -- so jobs in the community (non-school sponsored off-site positions) can be counted for credit.


IVRS provides appropriate and extensive job training and experience, and support after graduation. Begin the application process as early as sophomore year.


See Washington Counseling for job postings, scholarship listings, FAFSA and other links.

Resources for college planning and free FAFSA help at Iowa College Access Network.

           877-272-4692     Free FAFSA help!


Many of our students participate in career training or exploration through Kirkwood Community College, or find a good fit there for continued education and training after high school graduation.  Kirkwood Career Academies at Linn County Regional Center offer career preparation in automotive, health care, culinary and other fields.

Workplace Learning Connection (link above) provides internships and job shadows.

Kirkwood (link above) has visit days and required COMPASS testing (for placement) that WHS staff can take students to, and WHS supports students in the application process.



Program Overview

Transition Checklist

Circle of FriendsOur students and students from the larger Wash community gather about once a month, usually during the school day, for fun and service. We also participate in the Special Olympics Project Unify. And in May we spend a day at Camp Courageous with Circle of Friends groups from Kennedy and Jefferson. Contact Cheryl Tlusty-Marsh ctlusty-m@cr.k12.ia.us to join us!

Special Olympics Welcome Letter

Group Home Contacts

Post High School Opportunities