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North Lake School District

2021-22 Theme: Change

Special Education

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Early Childhood

All children deserve a quality childhood so they become joyful, lifelong learners, active contributors to healthy communities, and productive members of society. North Lake School works in partnership with Lake Country Kindergarten and the larger early childhood community to create strong communities in which all families are supported in their roles and responsibilities. North Lake School adheres to the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards.
The standards are designed for all programs that serve children from birth to first grade. Children who meet the developmental expectations outlined in the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards will be prepared to master Wisconsin’s Core Standards.
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Content Mastery Center (CMC)

Our special education teachers and aides support the general education curriculum and help to accommodate various student needs. CMC staff provide individual learning opportunities and promote strong communication between home and school. Teacher, parent, and child are all important members in the circle. The CMC is split by level: lower (K-4th) and upper (5-8) and its staff works closely with classroom teachers, families, and administration.
Special Education also includes the following services on an as needed basis: early childhood,
speech, OT/PT, psychology, and hearing therapy.
Wisconsin’s rule for identifying students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) has changed. No later than December 1, 2013, all initial SLD evaluations of public school students will use information from interventions to make eligibility decisions. North Lake School will begin using information from a student’s response to intensive, scientific research-based or evidence-based interventions when making special education eligibility decisions.
If you have any questions or would like more information, you may refer to the following link or contact one of our CMC teachers directly.
Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative
Research based interventions and assessments at North Lake School include:

  • Orton Gillingham MultiSensory Instruction
  • Read Naturally
  • Moby Max
  • Kurzweil
  • iPad Apps
  • i-Ready Diagnostic and Instruction
  • Early Reading Empowerment
  • PALS
  • Speech and Language

    Speech services are offered for students from preschool through eighth grade. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s communication skills, please contact Carrie Begalke at 262-966-2033 x115.
    Referral Process:
    Speech-Language Referral Process for Preschool Aged Children:
    If you have a concern about your child’s speech-language skills or have been referred by your child’s pediatrician, please contact me at extension 115 or via email at If your child attends Lake Country Kindergarten you can talk to Mrs. Graziano and she will pass your concerns on to me. I will gather information from you and we can decide together if your child needs a speech-language referral.
    Speech-Language Referral Process for School Aged Children:
    If your child is already attending school and you have a concern regarding speech-language skills, please talk with his or her teacher. Your child’s teacher will contact me with your concerns or you can contact me directly. I will be more than happy to explain the process and begin working with you to meet the needs of your child. Please keep in mind that we provide services from an academic model and there must be a negative impact on your child’s academic performance and/or social functioning to qualify for speech & language services in the North Lake School District.

    Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy

    Occupational and Physical Therapy services are offered for those students with an identified need. Please contact your child’s teacher for more information.

    Hearing Therapy

    Hearing services are offered for those students with an identified need. Please contact your child’s teacher for more information.


    WI Department of Public Instruction – Search this site for “special education” and find up-to-date information in Special Education
    Starfall – Educational Games
    Literacy and Math Games for Kids
    The Balanced Mind – Resources for Bipolar Disorder
    Mental Health Fact Sheets – This site provides a variety of mental health information
    Khan Academy – This site offers a variety of help, exploration and instruction
    Special Education Resources on the Internet – This site links to a host of information on multiple topics
    Kurzweil Download – This link will allow you to download Kurzweil 3000 a text to speech program which enables your child to access school loaded material at home. A selection of Novels and short stories used in the middle school are available to listen to. Please contact Janine for password information. The school uses version 12
    Big Ideas Math – Current Curriculum
    Journeys and Math Expressions – Access to Language Arts and Math materials
    Reading Resource – A reading resource for struggling readers and students with dyslexia
    Arrowhead High School – Information regarding Special Education services and transition for students 14 years and older
    Family Village of Wisconsin – A global community of disability-related resources
    Disability Scoop – The Premier Source for Developmental Disability News
    Parent 2 Parent of Wisconsin – Connecting parents to one another for support and information
    Learning Disabilities Association of Wisconsin – Provides support to children and adults with learning disabilities
    Parents United – A consortium of school districts
    National Center for Learning Disabilities – A resource for parents, students, and teachers regarding various forms of learning disabilities including dyslexia



    Mrs. Begalke

    Sp.Ed. Dir and Speech Pathologist
    M.S., UW-Eau Claire
    Ext. 115 Google Site


    Mrs. Westcott

    Lower CMC Coordinator
    Cross-Categorical & SLD licensed
    M.Ed., WI Lutheran
    Ext. 114 Google Site


    Mrs. Grosch

    Occupational Therapist
    Ext. 113