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Mr. Toby Dick

Phone: 447-5529 ext. 5118
Email: tdick@shcsd.org
Degrees and Certifications:
BA Secondary Social Studies
Masters Special Education Comprehensive Certification
Licensed Behavior Specialist Consult
CPI Certification

Virtual Learning Day

Hi all, I hope you are well,

Yesterday was the last student day.  Also, as many of you know, technology drop off is scheduled for today and tomorrow 8-3.  Please call the district office for further assistance or information if needed.  I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to say thank you for all that your and your children have accomplished during this virtual learning experience.  I is a pleasure and a blessing to work with both you and your children.  I hope that we are able to continue communicating with each other on a regular basis.  Your insight, encourgement and feedback are invaluable.  Be well all and have a great summer break!!

 

Mr. D

 

Hi all, I hope you are well,

Assignments have been updated for the week of 5/18-5/26.  I will be calling again on Monday to check in and provide any additional instruction needed.  The last student day is 5/26.  Please continue to hang on to assignments and log educational time/activity with the activity log provided.  You may use a notebook or your own system to track time/activity.  I will collect assignments not emailed when we return to school in the fall.  If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email me.  Thank you so much for your kindness, encouragment and diligence through the shutdown of schools!!!!

 

Be well all

 

Mr. D

posted 5/15/20

 

Hi all, I hope today finds you well,

I have updated assignments and reached out to parents via email or phone on Monday.  Please continue to journal your educational activities and maintain records of completed work.  Some have sent emails showing completed assignments.  I encourage you to keep a folder of assignments so they can be turned in upon return to school.  I will be sending progress reports for the 4th 9 weeks.  These reports will reflect our communication and report on assignment completion.  The data will be incomplete as a result of the shut down orders due to covid 19.  I plan on calling the week of the 18th and posting assignments over the weekend for the rest of the school year.  As always, if you need clarification or further instruction please do not hesitate to email me.  Thank you for all you do!  I have been blessed to speak with so many of you and to get to know you better!

 

Be well

 

Mr. D

posted 5/12/20

 

Hi all, I hope today finds you well,

Weekly updates and videos have posted to the assignments page or my district web page.  I will continue to call/email parents and students on a weekly basis to offer support for assignments, tasks or any other topic of need.  Please keep a record of all the activities you have completed with the activity log.  Also, hold all completed work.  We will collect it at a later date and time when it is safe to do so.  It has been great to speak with so many of you.  I miss you all.  Hope to see you soon! It is so good to talk with you all.  I will be reaching out to some to schedule meetings.  

 

Be well and stay safe,

 

Mr. D

Posted 5/5/20

 

Hi all, I hope today finds you well,

Weekly updates and videos have posted to the assignments page or my district web page.  I will continue to call/email parents and students on a weekly basis to offer support for assignments, tasks or any other topic of need.  Please keep a record of all the activities you have completed with the activity log.  Also, hold all completed work.  We will collect it at a later date and time when it is safe to do so.  It has been great to speak with so many of you.  I miss you all.  Hope to see you soon!  

Be well and stay safe

Mr. D

Posted 4/28/20

 

Hi all,  I hope today finds you well!!

Weekly updates continue to be made to my district web page.  Most students have received packets and have accessed learning activies over the internet.  The number of activities distributed have in most cases covered the number of sessions the students would have had with Mr. D this nine weeks.  I will continue to add activities on a weekly basis so that the kids have some choice in the activities they want to complete.  Moreover, students can access any of the learning assignments available on the district provided web page.  Please log any educational family activities that you engage in during our time away from school.  Cooking, gardening, farming, mechanical activities, nature walks and even cleaning are educational, they invovle math, ela, science or social studies.  I am so grateful for all you are doing and enjoy talking with you.  Your kids are amazing!!  Be well and stay well!

 

Mr. D.

posted 4/21/20

 

Hello all, I hope today finds you well!

First I want to say thank you for all you are doing!  When I correspond with parents and students, I am so grateful for the investment you all are making during these times.  Moreover, many have completed activities and have done outstanding work.  Some have forwarded work via e-mail while others are keeping activity logs.  I encourage all to keep their virtual learning activities in a folder with an activity log indicating time spent on these assignments.  Additionally, some parents and students asked if they can complete activities outside of those provided on my district web page or in the packets they have recieved.  I absolutely welcome the innovation to the virtual learning process!!  Please when you do these activities, keep a log of the activity and its outcomes.  Examples given by parents include, meal preparation (great for math), nature walks (wonderful for science) and yes, even house cleaning (hygiene and some parents use this to activity to discuss the current covid 19 pandemic)  For Parents, I plan on adding information and activities addressing anxiety and depression on the parent resource page.  These by no means replace the help provided by mental health professionals.  If you need additonal services or supports, please let myself, Mrs. D, or adminstration know so we can provide you with that information. 

I miss you all and look forward to seeing you soon!!  

 

Mr. D

posted 4/14/20

 

Hello All,  I hope today finds you well! 

I had some questions yesterday about which assignment folders the kids may work in and how many assignments they need to complete.  In terms of which folders to work in, You will want to first look at assignments in folders that you see Mr. D for.  So if you have enrichment, look in the enrichment folder first.  If you see Mr. D for emotional support, check the emotional support folder first.  Moreover, students are more than welcome to complete activities from other folders.  With regards to how many activities to complete, Complete what you can to the best of your ability.  Ideally, if you would see Mr. D once every 6 day cycle then one activity per 6 day cycle is completed is great.  Any student is welcome to the resources and activities on this district web page!  Again be well, be safe and be hopeful!!

 

Mr. D

4/7/20

Dear Parents,

I will be sending home packets for some of the students to complete.  The intention is to provide materials for students who do not have internet access or find on line learning process stressfull.  Continue to record your work progress in the activity logs provided on my district web page or in notebooks.  Keep your completed work.  We will turn it in when we return to school.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email.

 

If your child has an IEP or Reevaluation report due, these will still be completed.  We will be contacting those parents by phone and mailing paperwork to you.  The meetings will be done with parent participation through phone or some other non-face to face method.  As always, thank you so much for all you do and be well!  Mr. D

 

4/5/20

Hope all are well!  I have added new activities in the assignment folders.  Additionally, I will be contacting parents on Monday to check in on the kiddos and answer any questions you may have.  If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me.  Thank you so much for all you are doing.  Be well all!!

 

Mr. D.

 

4/1/20

I wanted to take the time to thank all of you for your kindness, care and commitment shown during the current circumstances.  I was able to make contact with just about everybody either through phone or e-mail.  Additionally, I received several e-mails with questions about assignments.  I was able to contact those parents and discuss those questions with them.  I will be calling everyone again soon. 

With regards to the assignments, yesterday I reallocated several past due assignments to the current assignment folder.  These folders have ELA and Math activities for the kids to complete.  I will be adding additional activities over the coming days.

 

If you have any questions, please e-mail me and I will respond as soon as possible.  Thank you and be well all!!

 

Mr. D

 

Virtual Learning Activities

3/28/20

 

Dear Students/Parents & Guardians,

              I hope all is well with you.  Because of the Governor’s shutdown, we have been asked to provide enrichment and reteach activities.  Students meeting with Mr. D. for emotional support will get their Go Zen packets, complete what you can.  Students meeting with Mr. D for Gifted services will be provided their States packets to finish.  Some students received sight word lists.  Please drill and practice your sight words.  If you have questions please e-mail Mr. D.  Furthermore, I have provided activities for all the children to complete on my school web page.  To access these activities, Go to shcsd.org, click on the our schools tab, click on faculty websites and lastly click on Mr. D’s website.  My background information will appear.  On the left, there will be a list of options to choose; click on assignments.  From there, choose the assignments based on grade level and support type.  Choose an activity to complete and fill out the activity log.  Upon our return to school, assignments and the activity log will be collected.  If you have any questions, please contact me by e-mail.  I will be available to answer questions Monday through Friday from 9-11.  Thanks much and be well all!!

 

Respectfully,

 

Mr. D

FROM MARCH 31ST THROUGH THE END OF THE SHUTDOWN, I WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND PROVIDE SUPPORT FROM 9AM TO 11AM VIA E-MAIL Monday-Friday.  I HOPE ALL ARE WELL AND SAFE!!
 
"Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change."  -Wayne Dyer-

Professional Training & Background

 

Hello all,

My name is Toby Dick and I am a 1989 graduate of Hollidaysburg Area High School.  Upon graduating, I enrolled at Juniata College where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Social Studies in 1993.  After teaching for several years at Adelphoi Village and Cove Forge, I went back to school to earn a Masters Degree in Special Education from Shippensburg University.  Since then, I have been employed as a Special Education teacher at Southern Huntingdon for 18 years.  My work experiences are quite eclectic.  In addition to my teaching certifications, I am a licensed behavioral consult and a certified Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapist

 

Position

 

At Southern Huntingdon, I serve as the Itinerant Learning and Emotional Support Teacher.  Over the past two years, I have provided pull-out lessons for enrichment in the elementary schools.  The following is a description of Itinerant Learning and Emotional support.

 

Itinerant Learning Support

 

Students remain in the general school setting and meet individually or in

small groups with an Itinerant Support teacher. The IEP Team decides

frequency, duration of services, and sets the goals to be accomplished.

The support can include:

 

* increasing capacity of regular classroom teachers to meet the variety of needs of students who have a Learning Disability (LD)

* provide instructional and educational support services to students diagnosed a learning disability

* develop plans with educational strategies to address key areas of strengths and weaknesses for individual students

* review formal assessments

* conduct observations

* consult with teachers and other team members (e.g. ASD team, SLP)

* provide direct support to students to address specific concerns (e.g. memory, organization, and specific academic skill set development)

 

Itinerant Emotional Support

 

Students remain in the general school setting and meet individually or in

small groups with an Emotional Support teacher. The IEP Team decides

frequency, duration of services, and sets the goals to be accomplished.

The support can include:

 

*   Assisting the students in the development of work and study skills

*  Enhancing student self-esteem and confidence

*  Teaching strategies for managing school and environmental stress

*  Teaching skills to cope with emotional, behavioral, and academic problems*  Age-appropriate socialization

*  Facilitating communication among the student, school personnel, parents, and others

*  Consulting with school and agency personnel on educational and behavioral strategies for the student

*  Assist the IEP Team in developing a positive behavioral support plan that addresses strategies and supports to ensure consistent and effective methods to help students demonstrate appropriate behaviors

 

 "Children must be taught how to think; not what to think"

Margaret Mead