Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of ASHA members in providing life-altering treatment. For 2021, our theme is “Building Connections.” Read Full Article  

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Showing Kindness


Showing Kindness Kayla Hingson, Brownstown Pre-K special education/general education teacher, and her students, helped share kindness. Students drew pictures that were sent to residents living in a local nursing home. Since residents in nursing homes and assistive living facilities have had to take many COVID precautions, this did lift a lot of spirits! READ FULL […]

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Employee Spotlight


  These ladies do an outstanding job of meeting the needs of our 13 member districts and keeping MSSE running smoothly. Among their many duties, Tammy Burney, Shera Hunt, Liz Holcomb, Shay Jones, and Vickie Throne ensure that all required data is entered into I-Star, manage student data, maintain accounting records, complete ISBE reporting, and […]

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Sock Party for Paige


Birthday Fun for Paige Turning 22 is a big deal for St Elmo student, Paige McWhorter. To help celebrate this milestone, Joan Saatkamp, a.k.a Ms. Joans/Transition Specialist, arranged for a special lunch and sock party at the unit office. Paige was given Christmas socks to share with her entire class. She plans on continuing to […]

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Lucas Altenberger


Congratulations Lucas Altenberger Lucas Altenberger, first year school psychologist serving Litchfield School District, has recently become a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP).   Read Full Newsletter    

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Making a Difference Award

Laura Snyder, Joan Saatkamp, and Randi Riemann, Transition Specialists serving Mid-State Special Education (MSSE) member districts in Bond, Christian, Fayette, Macoupin, and Montgomery counties, were honored with the You Make the Difference award during the Mid-State Special Education Executive Committee Board meeting on October 21, 2020. The transition specialists implement a variety of transition services […]

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The Mid-State Messenger 10/2020

Physical Therapy Appreciation Month! October is Physical Therapy Appreciation Month. Please be sure to thank the dedicated and hard working physical therapists and physical therapy assistants…   LRE Designations All 13 Mid-State member districts earned a “Meets Requirements” under the new Illinois Special Education Accountability System!   Ramsey Celebration Hats off to Ramsey! During their […]

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The Mid-State Messenger 11/2020

Pirate Day at Jefferson School Teacher Keri Buscher at Jefferson school in Vandalia hosted a Pirate Day! On this day the students participated in a Pirate themed escape room where they had clues to be solved with conflict resolution activities… Virtual Agency Fair Joan Saatkamp, Transition Specialist, put together a virtual agency fair for 14 […]

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National School Psychology Week

During the week of November 9–13, 2020 schools throughout the country will celebrate National School Psychology Week to highlight the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help all students thrive.  This year’s theme is “The Power of Possibility” which conveys hope, growth, resilience and renewal.  Please help us in recognizing and thanking […]

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The Mid-State Messenger 09/2020

We Are Smiling Under These Masks! MSSE welcomes Dana Bivens, Special Education Coordinator and Assistant Principal in Vandalia, and Brenda Partick, program coordinator for Panhandle, to our team!   Return to School Thoughts Today I saw children smiling with their eyes. Today I said “Welcome to the junior high” a few dozen times. Today I […]

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National Principals Month

Building principals play an essential role in fostering student success and making schools great. They set the tone for learning and provide a vision for academic success. Please thank your principal for all of the effort they put into meeting the needs of students, families, staff, and the community each and every day.

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