Evergreen Special Services
18 W. Evergreen Drive
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 751-1111
FAX (406) 751-1115
Special Services Director:
Ms. Mary Meehan
Mrs. Pam Renfro
Mrs. Melissa Fahrney
A letter from the Director of Special Services:
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,
Each of us is balancing the need to contribute to a safe community in which we live, work and play and the desire to return to our routines and enjoy the touch, facial expressions, and closeness to those we care for and interact with. The current status of Flathead County and number of individuals impacted by COVID -19 has touched each of us whether we have direct experience with the illness or not. However, although we are presented with challenges, it has not diminished Evergreen School District #50’s commitment to students by creating learning environments that reflect our mission: To enable students to become responsible citizens and lifelong learners in by ensuring quality instruction in a nurturing environment. We are now connecting with learners remotely and in person.
We work hard in Evergreen School District and with our affiliated partner schools to both meet our need to fulfill the obligation to a safe learning environment as a part of our mission as well as have meaningful relationships with the students and families we serve. We are increasing our capacity to be flexible regarding learning platforms and to engage with families in our community through technology. We are dedicated to students experiencing a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment within the context of addressing the safety of students and staff. We want to partner with all the stakeholders and members of an individual child's family or team so that each child experiences joy in learning. We know that given necessary instruction, related services, supplemental aides and services, and reasonable accommodations, all students have the opportunity to learn and grow.
Each child and family are unique. If you believe your child has exceptional needs that result in an educational disability or a condition that significantly impacts your child's ability to access education and demonstrate learning, please don't hesitate to contact this office. Your child may be entitled to services to address his or her needs through the Individuals with Disability Education Act, or accommodations consistent with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, or the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Mary Meehan, ED.S
Special Services Director
Ms. Melissa Fahrney
Who Are School Psychologists?
School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school. School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. They must complete a minimum of a post-Master’s degree program that includes a year-long internship and emphasizes preparation in mental health, child development, school organization, learning styles and processes, behavior, motivation, and effective teaching. School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. They also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB).
What School Psychologists Do . . .
School psychologists work to find the best solution for each student and situation and use different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems. School psychologists work with students individually and in groups. They also develop programs to train teachers and parents regarding effective teaching and learning strategies, effective techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom, working with students with disabilities or with special talents, abuse of drugs and other substances, and preventing and managing crises. In addition, most school psychologists provide the following services.
Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems.
Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior.
Strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents, and service providers in the community.
Evaluate eligibility for special services.
Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning.
Determine social-emotional development and mental health status.
Evaluate learning environments.
Provide psychological counseling to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that interfere with school performance.
Work directly with children and their families to help resolve problems in adjustment and learning.
Provide training in social skills and anger management.
Help families and schools manage crises, such as death, illness, or community trauma.
Design programs for children at risk of failing at school.
Promote tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity within the school community.
Develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments.
Collaborate with school staff and community agencies to provide services directed at improving psychological and physical health.
Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to promote healthy school environments.
Research and Planning
Evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior management programs.
Identify and implement programs and strategies to improve schools.
Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions.
Growing Up Is Not Easy
All children and adolescents face problems from time to time. They may:
Feel afraid to go to school
Have difficulty organizing their time efficiently
Lack effective study skills
Fall behind in their school work
Worry about family matters such as divorce and death
Feel depressed or anxious
Experiment with drugs and alcohol
Think about suicide
Face difficult situations, such as applying to college, getting a job, or quitting school
Question their aptitudes and abilities
School psychologists help children, parents, teachers, and members of the community understand and resolve these concerns.
Speech Language Pathologists:
The speech-language therapy program at Evergreen Elementary School provides services from age three through eighth grade. Services include:
Consultation with parents and staff
Extensive screening opportunities for preschool students
Guidance and recommendations for general education and family interventions
Assistance in the referral process
Evaluation of referred students
Direct speech-language therapy for students who qualify for services
Teaming with classroom and resource room teachers along with parents
Consultation with outside service providers
The program is staffed by speech-language pathologists licensed by the State of Montana. The therapists have master’s degrees in the field of communication disorders and maintain national certification from the American Speech-Hearing Association.
Speech/language programs are designed for individual students following an evaluation of their communication needs. Referrals for evaluation may be initiated by teachers or parents.