ESS-Exceptional Student Services

ESS-Exceptional Student Services

Exceptional Student Services (ESS)

Academic Resource

This course is designed to assist students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in their general education courses. An emphasis is placed on organization of course materials, preparation for tests, study techniques, and learning strategies, as well as, time to complete general course assignments and projects.

Adaptive Music

This course is designed to provide individual instruction in the area of music. Students experience both choral and instrumental music tailored to meet their individual learning needs as indicated through the student’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP). Students will be able to perform for peers and family.

Adaptive PE

This course is designed to provide individual instruction in the area of Physical Education (PE). The course is individualized to each student based on the decisions made by the IEP Team. Students are provided with activities that enhance motor development, movement, balance, agility, coordination, and adaptive sports skills.

Algebra I E

This is an alternative to the regular Algebra I course. Students take two (2) semesters to complete the concepts of Algebra I, Semester 1, as well as increase their overall basic Mathematics skills. This course is designed for the students not recommended for the regular Mathematics program. The curriculum is based upon number sense, fractions, decimals, scientific notation, percentage, graphs, area, perimeter, and integers.

Consumer Math

This course is designed for the students not recommended for the regular Mathematics program. Consumer Math reinforces general Mathematics topics (such as arithmetic using rational numbers, measurement, ratio and proportion, and basic statistics). Students learn to apply these skills to consumer problems and situations. Topics may include, but not limited to budgeting, taxation, credit, banking services, insurance, buying and selling products and services, home and/or car ownership and rental, managing personal income, and investment.

English 9 E

This course offers individualized instruction to meet a student’s need in the areas of reading comprehension, reading fluency, vocabulary development, written expression, and grammar. This class mirrors the skills and concepts taught in English 9. 

English 10 E

This course offers individualized instruction to meet a student’s need in the areas of reading comprehension, reading fluency, vocabulary development, written expression, and grammar. This course mirrors skills and concepts taught in English 10.

English 11 E

This course offers individualized instruction to meet a student’s need in the areas of reading comprehension, reading fluency, vocabulary development, written expression, and grammar. This course mirrors skills and concepts taught in English 11.

English Applications E

English Applications teaches students communication skills-reading, writing, listening, and speaking-concentrating on “real-world” applications rather than emphasizing language arts skills as applied to scholarly and literary materials.

English Fundamentals E

This course is designed for students who have difficulty in basic English. Activities and lessons are individualized to meet a student's need in the areas of reading comprehension, reading fluency, and vocabulary development. 

English R

This course offers individualized instruction to meet a student's need in the areas of reading comprehension, reading fluency, vocabulary development, written expression, and grammar. 

Functional Academics

Functional Academics is designed for students who are significantly below grade level in one or more of the following areas (reading, writing, math) and they may or may not be eligible to take the AIMS-A. The course is designed to work through The Functional Arizona Academic Standards. The instruction is focused within the functional context of home, school, work, and community environments.

Functional Life Skills

Functional Life Skills is designed for students who are significantly below grade level in one or more of the following areas (reading, writing, math) and they may or may not be eligible to take the AIMS-A. The instruction is focused within the functional context of home, school, work, and community environments focusing on independence within contexts, self-help and care skills, and basic communication and mobility.

Functional Workplace Skills

Functional Workplace Skills is designed for students who are significantly below grade level in one or more of the following areas (reading, writing, mathematics) and they may or may not be eligible to take the AIMS-A. The instruction is focused within the functional context of home, school, work, and community environments focusing on preparing the student for transitioning to Adult Day Care, Shelter Workshop, Supported Employment, or other options determined by the IEP team and family. Student preferences are considered while developing appropriate work habits and routines.

Geometry E

This course is designed for the students not recommended for the regular Mathematics program. The course mirrors skills taught in Geometry. This is the first part of a two-course cycle; credit is granted after completion of the second part. This course emphasizes an abstract, formal approach to the study of Geometry. It typically includes topics such as properties of plane and solid figures; deductive methods of reasoning and use of logic; geometry as an axiomatic system including the study of postulates, theorems, and formal proofs; concepts of congruence, similarity, parallelism, perpendicularity, and proportion; and rules of angle measurements in triangles. 

Integrated Fine Arts (Adaptive)

Integrated Fine Arts course explores self-expression across the Fine Arts: any subset or all visual arts, music, drama, theater, and literature may be included in the curriculum for this course. Students study and critique the works of others and participate in or produce art themselves. This course often includes comparative study of various art forms over time (i.e., the interrelationship of literature, music, and the performing arts of a particular time period and culture).

Math Applications E

This course is designed for the students not recommended for the regular Mathematics program. The curriculum is based on an algebraic curriculum focusing on Integers, Fractions, One and Two Step Equations, Intro to Functions, Square Roots, Basic Geometric Principles, and Irrational Numbers, etc. This course mirrors the skills taught in Algebra II.

Math Fundamentals E

This course is designed for the students not recommended for the regular math program. The curriculum is based upon assessment of math facts, computational skills, and practical real-life math.

Next Steps

This course is designed to provide individual instruction in the area of transition and work experience off campus. The course is individualized to each student based on the decisions made by the IEP Team. Students are provided with the basic skills in how to prepare for a job, complete job applications, interview for a job, and secure an off-campus job, based on the Arizona Workplace Standards.

On-The-Job Training

Students who are enrolled in the TOPS program have the opportunity to take this job training course. Students need to be working at least 15 hours per week. Students are paid for working and are evaluated on job performance by his/her supervisor. The TOPS instructor helps place students in the work force. Students can be transported during school hours but will need to find transportation home.

Department Instructional Leader

Aubrey Cuevas-Ferguson
Cuevas-Ferguson, Aubrey
English/ESS Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3306

Department Teachers

Rajie Apatan
Apatan, Rajie
ESS Mathematics Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3804
John Batina
Batina, John
PE/Health/ESS Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3008
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Carolyn Boughton
Boughton, Carolyn
ESS English/Science Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3803
Aubrey Cuevas-Ferguson
Cuevas-Ferguson, Aubrey
English/ESS Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3306
Herman Edelson
Edelson, Herman
ESS Mathematics Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3500
Kerrie Gordon
Gordon, Kerrie
ESS Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3110
Rachel Honeybone
Honeybone, Rachel
ESS Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3805
Sharon Leuthauser
Leuthauser, Sharon
ESS Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3806
Alexi Maestas
Maestas, Alexi
ESS Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3809
Sandra McIntyre
McIntyre, Sandra
ESS Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3808
Seprina Packard
Packard, Seprina
ESS English Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3304
Mark Salow
Salow, Mark
ESS Behavior Support Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3703

Department Staff

Rebecca Acuna
Acuna, Rebecca
ESS Inspiring Excellence Coach
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3110
Holly Adams
Adams, Holly
Speech Language Therapist
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3800
Rhonda Carter
Carter, Rhonda
IEP Writer
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3598
Cindy Check
Check, Cindy
Occupational Therapist
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3702
Ofelia Cook
Cook, Ofelia
ESS Inspiring Excellence Coach
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3809
Andrew Gerken
Gerken, Andrew
ESS Inspiring Excellence Coach
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3110
Nancy Hayes
Hayes, Nancy
ESS Inspiring Excellence Coach
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3803
Sonya Hendricks
Hendricks, Sonya
ESS Transition Specialist
Office: 000-000-0000
520-836-8500 x3907
520-876-9400 x4151
Darrell Jackson
Jackson, Darrell
ESS Inspiring Excellence Coach
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3808
Sarah Jamerson
Jamerson, Sarah
ESS Medicaid Specialist
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3546
Brad Kepler
Kepler, Brad
ESS Inspiring Excellence Coach
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3306
Jessica Leary
Leary, Jessica
ESS Inspiring Excellence Coach
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3325
Jim Ludlow
Ludlow, Jim
Speech Language Pathologist
Office: 000-000-0000
520-836-8500 x3702
520-876-9400 x4152
Katrina McCaul
McCaul, Katrina
ESS Inspiring Excellence Coach
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3110
Andrea Ortega
Ortega, Andrea
ESS Inspiring Excellence Coach
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3110
Claudia Ortiz
Ortiz, Claudia
ESS Inspiring Excellence Coach
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3110
Deja Oswald
Oswald, Deja
ESS Inspiring Excellence Coach
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3306
Michelle Perez
Perez, Michelle
ESS Inspiring Excellence Coach
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3110
Shannon Pulliam
Pulliam, Shannon
ESS Inspiring Excellence Coach
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3306
Jennifer Russell
Russell, Jennifer
ESS Inspiring Excellence Coach
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3110
Molly Ryan
Ryan, Molly
Student Services Coordinator
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4110
520-836-8500 x3545 (CG)
520-876-9400 x4110 (VG)
Jennifer Salcido
Salcido, Jennifer
ESS Inspiring Excellence Coach
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3601
Chezney Silguero
Silguero, Chezney
ESS Inspiring Excellence Coach
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3306
Christopher Springer
Springer, Christopher
ESS Inspiring Excellence Coach
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3809
Darci Torres
Torres, Darci
Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3502
Ellen Tsukagoshi
Tsukagoshi, Ellen
ESS Inspiring Excellence Coach
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3805
Aubrey Turner
Turner, Aubrey
ESS Inspiring Excellence Coach
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3110
Amanda Young
Young, Amanda
ESS Inspiring Excellence Coach
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3110
Our Non-Discrimination Commitment

Casa Grande Union High School District #82 prohibits discrimination in employment and educational programs based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, military status, genetic test information, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the designated compliance coordinator(s), Sean Casey, District Title IX Coordinator, 1362 N. Casa Grande Ave, Casa Grande, AZ 85122, (520) 316-3360 ext. 1111, or [email protected]

El Distrito Casa Grande Union High #82 prohibe la discriminación de empleo y programas educacionales basados en raza, color, religion, sexo, edad, descapacidad, origen nacional, estado militar, información de prueba genetica, orientación sexual o identidad de género, o expresion y provee acceso a los Boy Scouts y otros grupos juveniles designados.

Preguntas, quejas, o solicitudes para información adicional de acuerdo a estas leyes deben ser dirigidas a la coordinadora designada, Sean Casey, District Title IX Coordinator, 1362 N. Casa Grande Ave, Casa Grande, AZ 85122, (520) 316-3360 ext. 1111, o [email protected]

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