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The Meridian School District works in partnership with our families and our community to educate each student in a safe and supportive learning environment to become a positive contributor to society.



Irene Reither Elementary Life Skills/ Kindergarten Resource Programs


Life Skills / Kindergarten Resource Programs

Katy Hicks –Special Education Teacher
Jenny RobinsonParaprofessional Educator
 Cynthia Schimschal – Paraprofessional Educator


The Life Skills / Kindergarten Resource Programs offer a hands-on approach that focuses on the wide range of basic skills needed to lead successful, productive, and fulfilling lives. Learning activities include social/classroom/behavioral skills, activities of daily living, large and small muscle development, safety skills, and basic academic skills in reading, math, and written expression. Each student’s program is developed by school staff and their parents, and reflects the needs of the individual student (IEP). Group activities do occur often, but are designed to meet the need of each student at his/her instructional level. All academic and non-academic instruction occurs within the Life Skills/Resource classroom. Socialization skills are provided in the general education setting, with special education support provided, based on the need of that individual student.

The Kindergarten Resource Program also provides specially designed instruction for those students who have been identified as needing a different style of instruction in addition to the general education curriculum. Instruction is provided within the general education setting and/or within the Life Skills/Resource classroom. Instruction for the Kindergarten Resource Program also focuses on the individual needs of each student in the areas of social/classroom/behavioral skills, and beginning reading, math, and written expression skills.

Consistency is one of the most important components of education for the Life Skills and Resource populations. We work closely with families, outside service providers, and school staff – Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist; Library, P.E., Computer Lab, and Music Teachers; General Education Classroom Teachers, and Community Support Staff – to provide the maximum amount of consistency for each individual student. We work toward functional independence for all, at each student’s individual functioning level.

 Classroom expectations reflect positive interaction skills and basic safety, for both the school and the community environments:


  1. We will keep our hands, body, feet, and objects to ourselves at all times.
  2. We will follow the directions the first time they are given.

  3. We will walk in the classrooms and the hallways at all times.

  4. We will use a quiet voice in the classrooms and the hallways at all times.

  5. We will raise our hands and wait to be called on before speaking or sharing our thoughts.