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MIU IV Director of Business Services Receives Professional Certification

  • Patricia Connelly with Dr. Killmeyer

    MIU IV Director of Business Services Receives Professional Certification

    Patricia Connolly, Director of Business Services at Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, has been approved for renewal status as a Pennsylvania Certified School Business Administrator (PCSBA) by the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) for a period of four years effective January 2019.  Connolly has been employed by Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV since October 2015.

    In order to be granted the professional certification status by PASBO, a school business official must meet high personal, ethical, and professional standards established for the certification program. These include formal education, experience, and continuing education.  Once attained, the certification must be renewed every four years through a program of professional development.

    PASBO is the state professional association of school business officials whose responsibilities include the business and service functions of public and non-public schools.  PASBO’s purposes are to promote the highest standards of ethics and practices in school business administration and to encourage professional development and improvement of individuals engaged in school business management.  PASBO is affiliated with the Association of School Business Official International (ASBO).

    Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV is one of 29 IU's in Pennsylvania serving school districts in Butler, Lawrence, and Mercer Counties. In addition to providing over 100 programs and services requested by area school districts, MIU IV implements projects mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the General Assembly, and the United States Department of Education.

MIU IV Welcomes Jason Williams as new Technology Director

  • MIU IV Welcomes New Director of Technology and Information Services

    Grove City, PA – September 11, 2018

    Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV is happy to announce Jason B. Williams as the new Director of Technology and Information Services. Williams has been selected after an intense search and a rigorous selection process. 

    Mr. Williams brings with him 14 years of experience in classroom instruction, educational leadership, and technology innovations. He joins the MIU IV after serving as Supervisor of Instructional Technology at the Penncrest School District in Crawford County since 2009. Prior to working at Penncrest, Williams served as the K-12 District Assistant Principal/Technology Supervisor, after 5 years as the Business Education Teacher at West Forest High School in the Forest Area School District.

    Mr. Williams earned his B.A. in Business Education from Indiana University. Williams earned his Masters of Education (Administrative Leadership), and his Superintendent Letter of Eligibility from the California University of PA. 

    “Technology is a growing and changing part of the educational landscape” said MIU IV Executive Director Dr. Wayde Killmeyer. “We're thrilled to have someone coming on board who will be a help and a resource, not only to our own organization, but to all of our school districts.”

    “I am happy to be here” said Mr. Williams. “I look forward to working with the MIU IV staff and all of the schools.”

    Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV is one of 29 IU's in Pennsylvania serving school districts in Butler, Lawrence, and Mercer Counties. In addition to providing over 100 programs and services requested by area school districts, MIU IV implements projects mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the General Assembly, and the United States Department of Education.

National White Cane Day

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    National White Cane Day is October 15 and is used to celebrate the independence blind people gained in being able to travel alone. MIU IV is happy to be a part of White Cane Day. 

    Jessica Sloan, Vision, Orientation, and Mobility teacher helps to spread the word.
    ♦ Student’s in Mrs. Miller’s first-grade class at McQuistion Elementary School participated in White Cane Awareness Day in October.

    Ms. Jessica Sloan, Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV’s vision, orientation, and mobility teacher, visited McQuistion to teach students about white canes and how they are used by people who are blind or have vision impairments. Ms. Sloan showed a brief video and helped students make their own white cane key chains. In addition, Ms. Lia Noel, a braille instructor, read a story to students.

    One of the students in Mrs. Miller’s class is blind. The whole class enjoyed learning about ways they can help their friend.

    ♦ "October 15th was National White Cane Day" said Jessica Sloan. "I tried to do something special for all of my kids who use canes for this day. I had my 8th grader Brandon Wingard research National White cane day and prepare a speech to give on the school announcements to educate his peers and teachers on the importance of this day."

    Below is the video he made. Please click on the picture to download and view the video.

Homeless Students Focus on Learning

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    Midwestern IU IV: Homeless students focus on learning
    Students who are homeless might be living with another family, moving among hotels and shelters, or kicked out of their homes. Amid lives of instability, help with daily needs keeps them in school and focused on learning.

    “They might have a roof over their heads, but those transient people are homeless,” said Wendy Kinnear, Region 5 coordinator for the Pennsylvania Education for Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program.

    Kinnear works from Midwestern IU IV, coordinating efforts in a state-designated, 10-county region of western and northwestern Pennsylvania. There, 2,790 students were classified as homeless in 2016-17, according to data released in 2018 by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Kinnear’s team includes site coordinators, program workers in other IUs, and homeless liaisons in every school district, assuring schools the resources to provide uninterrupted learning in each homeless child’s original school, as required by federal law.

    Homelessness can undermine education. Students lose three to six months of academic progress with every change in school district. Those who change schools frequently are likelier to become dropouts. Disruption of schooling can perpetuate the cycle of poverty by limiting students’ future earning power.

    Kinnear and her team distribute federal grants that help schools meet individual student needs, such as buying a winter coat or paying summer school fees. They train educators on awareness. Partnerships with community housing coalitions and faith organizations opens doors to emergency help, such as a bed for the night, and long-term solutions.

    Kinnear sees the difference in lives changed.
    - The high school graduate exploring community college options who would have dropped out if not for the clothing and other help he received.
    - The girl who was homeless in her junior and senior years who graduated, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and is pursuing a career in housing and homeless services.
    - The student who was living on the street but is now going to college, thanks to help from his homeless liaison and a faith-based coalition that found him a home.

    “We know that we’re reaching a lot of these kids,” said Kinnear. “It’s an ongoing process, but we’ve made an impact. We have more kids graduating and more kids staying in school and doing better academically because of the programming we’re putting in place.”

    This story originally appeared on the PAIU site paiu.org


     

  • Marcy Dadich donates proceeds from craft show to Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV’s Special Education Services to be used in special needs classrooms

    Marcy Dadich, a second-grade teacher at Mercer Elementary School, Mercer Area School District, held a craft show to benefit Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV ‘s classrooms. Dadich raised a total of $3,760.00 for MIU IV. At the May Board Meeting Dr. Wayde Killmeyer, Executive Director of the MIU IV, recognized Mrs. Dadich for her generous donation.

    Marcy Dadich and her husband Tim, have 4 children: Aidan 13 years, Jonah 11 years, Carter 9 years, and Lyla 4 years old. As a toddler, Aidan was diagnosed with a Developmental Delay and received speech, physical therapy, and occupational therapy through the IU. He also attended the IU preschool.

    When Carter turned 4 years old, he was diagnosed to be on the Autism Spectrum. He received Speech and Occupational therapies as well as attended the IU preschool. Carter still receives services through the IU today.

    “My family and I have received a great deal of help over the years to help our children be successful and reach their fullest potential. Therefore, I like to find ways to give back the help we received,” said Dadich. “Craft shows have become very popular over the years. I thought a craft show would be well received by the community. Also, a craft show was something that my children would be able to take an active part in helping with, which was very important to me.”

    “I wanted to donate all the proceeds from the craft show to a local organization that would help children the same way my family had been helped. The IU was instrumental in Carter’s current success and I wanted to give back and allow other children to have the same possibility.”

    Mrs. Dadich received a great number of donations (concession stand items, Chinese auction baskets, etc.). People also donated their time to work the concession stand and to sell tickets for the Chinese Auction. “This year’s craft show was even more successful than last year’s,” commented Dadich. “This would not have been possible without all the help from my family, friends, and the Mercer community.”

    MIU IV will be using these funds to purchase much-needed supplies for Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy (OT/PT) support in Mercer Area School District classrooms. Some of the supplies that will be purchased range from items to help a student write and draw, to specially designed equipment to assist a student in posture, stability, and fitness.

    Also on the list for help is MIU IV’s Applied Behavior Analysis Program (ABA). The funds will allow the IU to purchase Assessment Kits and Language Builder Cards, among other things.