April 5, 2020

First of all, we sincerely hope you and your family are doing well and trying to make the best of this difficult and uncertain time. We understand the strain that all families are feeling, especially those families who have students with special needs.  We miss our students and are working hard to ensure we provide support. The WHPS Special Services team is working in conjunction with the State Department of Education and the WHPS District Learning Plan Team to provide the best services and support to your child during this time.  Here are a few highlights of what’s to come (beginning April 6th and ending May 8th):

  • For any inquiries regarding Special Education please call the office line @ 405-261-6730 and leave a message. A member of the team will get back in touch with you as soon as possible.

  • There will be an online district resource site that will provide enrichment activities; it will be updated weekly. https://sites.google.com/westernheights.k12.ok.us/extendedlearning

  • On this resources site, there is a Special Education button; it will have additional resources for parents and caregivers.

  • Per federal guidance, IEPs and 504s are to be updated – your site Special Education teacher will be in touch to complete that at a mutually agreed upon time

  • Per SDE guidance – If you have signed permission for a Psycho-Educational Evaluation; your site SPED Coordinator will be in touch. Because of the COVID 19 safety precautions in place, we will complete the testing when school resumes for the 20-21 school year in the buildings. We will continue to provide resources to address questions and concerns that you may have.

Members of the WHPS Special Services Department are available to assist with questions or concerns you may have.  Please contact Director of Special Services, Janel Cypert. You can call 405-261-6730 and leave a message or email janel.cypert@westernheights.k12.ok.us.  We want to make sure we address any questions or concerns as well as ensure your child has the support needed during this time of enrichment activities.

Stay safe,

Janel Cypert

Special Services Team Emails
High School
Special Services Coordinator English Language Arts
History Math
Severe/Profound Ninth Grade Center
Middle School
Special Services Coordinator English Language Arts
Math Severe/Profound
Special Services Coordinator English Language Arts
Math Severe/Profound
Council Grove
Special Services Coordinator Special Education Teacher
Special Services Coordinator/Special Ed. Teacher Severe/Profound
John Glenn
Special Services Coordinator Special Education Teacher
Winds West
Special Services Coordinator Severe/Profound
Related Services

Special education provides the opportunity for students with disabilities to learn and prepare for meaningful participating in society.  Western Heights Public Schools provides special education and other related services for students with disabilities.

Professional educators with special education training and expertise provide programs and assist parents in the decision-making process regarding individualized instruction for students with disabilities.  Each student receives services in the least restrictive environment (LRE), predominantly in the regular education classroom, thus allowing the student access to a free appropriate public education (FAPE).  Materials, supports, and specialized instruction are provided to assist children with disabilities so they may benefit from the educational program.

Programs and Services

Western Heights offers many programs to support students with disabilities.  The Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) is determined by the level of support each individual student requires to receive benefit from their placement.  Support range from mild/moderate to severe/profound in each of the following programs:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment, Including Deafness
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairments
  • Other Health Impairments
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment Including Blindness

Director of Special Services
Janel Cypert

Our Team

Janel Cypert
Director of Special Services

Kendra Cope
Special Education Coordinator
Winds West Elementary

Carmen Stafford
Special Education Coordinator
Council Grove Elementary

Angela Smith
Special Education Coordinator
Bridgestone Intermediate

Barbara Rhodes
Special Education Coordinator
Greenvale Elementary

Ambi Hill-Smith
Special Education Coordinator
Middle School

Matthew Olsen
Special Education Coordinator
John Glenn Elementary

Bridget Arnett
Special Education Coordinator
9th Grade & High School

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