Morenci School Districts Special Education Program

Welcome to Morenci Unified School District’s Special Education page! We firmly believe that all students can succeed and are dedicated to providing an excellent education with the modifications and/or accommodations needed in order for them to do so. The Special Education Department works with students who have a variety of needs, from basic to very complex, and offers a wide range of services. Here at Morenci, we believe the best place for students to learn is in the general education classroom and follow the Inclusion Model whenever possible. Through the development of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), parents and teachers work together to identify the exact needs of the student and design a program to meet those needs.

Rosalie Christenson

Special Education Director

(928) 865-7247

(928) 865-7294

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Child Find

The district is actively seeking information regarding any students between the ages of birth thru 21 who may require special services including private and home schooled students. The district offers various types of special services which address needs in the areas of speech, hearing, vision, developmental disabilities, specific learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, and physical handicaps. Children birth through 3 years of age who are receiving early intervention services and who qualify for services will be assured a smooth transition into a preschool program. By the child’s third birthday an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will be developed and implemented. A child, birth-3, should be referred to Jenene Maybury at Dynamite Therapy 480-419-0848. Youth 3-21 should be referred to Rosalie Christenson, Director of Special Services at 928-865-7247.

For all new students to the district (grades K-12), the classroom teacher will complete screening activities within 45 days of enrollment. The teacher will monitor the child’s ability in the areas of academics, vision, hearing, adaptive, communication, social/emotional and motor skills. If any concerns are noted the child may be referred for additional screenings.

Confidentiality

The district wishes to inform all parents that it will comply with the laws regarding confidentiality of student records and files. However, certain demographic information such as grade, sex, weight, height, and name will be published in various school programs if the student participates in our sports programs unless the parent/guardian specifies otherwise. Most items are of public record and will be provided upon written request. 

Assessments

State Mandated Achievement Testing

Students in grades 3-8 will take the AzMERIT test. High school students currently enrolled in the first three required English classes along with the first three required math classes will also have to complete the end of course AzMERIT test. Students in grades 4, 8 and 10 take the AIMS Science test.

At this time, students are required to take tests at their respective grade levels. There is no out of grade level testing allowed.

Certain students in the district qualify for the alternate assessments called the Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) and the AIMS A Science, given by a special education teacher. The determination of qualifying for these alternate assessments is completed at the IEP meeting.

More Information

Parents please be aware that special education records are held for five years after a student exits the school district or no longer receives services. Public notice is provided prior to the shredding of these documents.

Additional information about Special Education can be found at the following agencies listed below:

Arizona Dept. of Education/Exceptional Student Services
1535 W. Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-364-400 or 1-800-352-4558
www.azed.gov

Raising Special Kids/Parent Information Network
5025 E. Washington St. #204 Phoenix, AZ 85034
602-242-4366 or 1-800-237-3007
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / http://raisingspecialkids.org

AZ Center for Disability Law
Phoenix: 602-274-6287 (voice or TTY) or 1-800-927-2260
Tucson: 520-327-9547
www.acdl.com