Special Programs Department

The Special Programs Department oversees Special Education, English Learner Services, 504 Accessibility Supports, McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth, Long Term Care and Treatment Programs, and Foster Care Student Supports for the Pendleton School District.

Julie.smithatpendleton.k12.or.us (Julie Smith)
Special Programs Director
541-966-3262

melody.rosenbergatpendleton.k12.or.us (Melody Rosenberg)
Student Services
541-966-3261

Special Education Program

Pendleton School District provides a comprehensive special education program in conjunction and collaboration with General Education to ensure students develop skills and strategies for becoming independent productive citizens of the community through fluid and invisible inclusive services, supportive practices, and effective instruction.

English Learner Program

Our overarching program goal for English Learners is competency in reading, writing, speaking, listening and understanding interpersonal and academic English in order to achieve academic competency in the essential skills of reading, writing, math and science through classroom instruction in English.

504 Accessibility Supports

School Child Development Specialists or Counselors are the primary contact at the school for Section 504 referrals. Section 504 is a nondiscrimination statute that addresses discriminatory actions such as different treatment, denials of access, disability-based harassment, and requires that disabled persons be provided equal opportunities as nondisabled persons.  To ensure an equal opportunity for qualified public school children with disabilities, the Section 504 regulations require that a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) be provided.

McKinney-Vento Act: Homeless Education Program

  • The McKinney-Vento Act’s Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program, ensures that homeless children and youth are provided a free, appropriate public education, despite lack of a fixed place of residence or a supervising parent or guardian. The state public school admission statute assuring the right of homeless and other children and youth in similar circumstances to enroll in schools is ORS 339.115(7).
  • If your family lives in any of the following situations:
    • In a Shelter
    • In a motel or campground due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodation
    • In a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station
    • Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship
  • Your school age children may qualify for certain rights and protections
  • For more information call Julie Smith
  • http://www.oregon.gov/ode/schools-and-districts/grants/ESEA/McKinney-Vento/Pages/default.aspx

The ESSA provisions relating to students in foster care include:

  • Allowing students in foster care to remain in the school district /school of origin even when the foster home placements change.
  • Immediate enrollment of students in foster care after a school move.
  • Foster care point of contact in every state education agency as well as each school district.
  • Plans for school district/school of origin transportation to maintain a foster student attendance in the school district/school of origin.
  • Tracking achievement and graduation data for students in foster care

School Contacts:

Pendleton Early Learning Center
541-966-3300
Principal: lori.haleatpendleton.k12.or.us (Lori Hale)
Special Education teacher: Gretchen McKay
English Language Development Teacher: Joshua McGraw
Child Development Specialist: Anne Sokoloski

McKay Creek Elementary
541-966-3000
Principal: lorena.woodsatpendleton.k12.or.us (Lorena Woods)
Special Education Teacher: Betty Townsend, Sally Ladd
English Language Development Teacher: Laetitia Schreier
Child Development Specialists: Patti Thorne

Sherwood Heights Elementary
541-276-1165
Principal: ronda.smithatpendleton.k12.or.us (Ronda Smith)
Special Education Teachers: Karen Brown, Angela Johnston, Kat Ryder
English Language Development Teacher: Laetitia Schreier
Child Development Specialist: Lisa Roberts

Washington Elementary
541-276-2241
Principal: aimee.vanniceatpendleton.k12.or.us (Aimee VanNice)
English Language Development Teacher: Cary Varela
Special Education Teachers: Janet Vaupel-Moody, Katie Gillem, Sally Ladd, Megan Patton
Child Development Specialist: Maria Davis

Sunridge Middle School
541-276-4560
Principal: david.williamsatpendleton.k12.or.us (David Williams)
Assistant Principal: Jared Tesch
Special Education Teachers: Nicholas Leonard, Deena Nelson, Jill Pitt, Alisa Rasheed
English Language Development Teacher: Cary Varela
Counselors: Jessica Sou, Matthew Rediger

Pendleton High School
541-966-3800
Principal: melissa.sandvenatpendleton.k12.or.us (Melissa Sandven)
Assistant Principal: Curt Thompson
Special Education Teachers: Myrah Carey, Sarah Gaulke, Jackie Brown, Kathryn Hall
English Language Development Teacher: Laetitia Schreier
Counselors: Greg Whitten, Karen Demianew, Ron Murphy

Nixyaawii Community School
541-966-2680
Principal: ryan.heinrichatpendleton.k12.or.us (Ryan Heinrich)
Special Education Teacher: Sarah Gaulke

Hawthorne Alternative School
541-966-3378
Dropout Prevention Coordinator: Kelly Simpson
Special Education Teacher: Kathryn Hall