How it works at MSC

Parent-Driven Special Education

  • The role of the parent/guarding in this program is absolutely vital. Choosing MSC also means you are responsible for providing or accessing services.

  • The parent/guardian educator is responsible for providing all support that is related to academics.

  • Speech/Language services are provided by our full-time speech pathologist. The schedule is mutually agreed to and the parent provides transportation.

  • Other speciality services are provided at the neighborhood school. (i.e. OT, PT, APE, counseling, etc.)

  • MSC Special Education staff support parents/guardians throughout the year with resources and advice as a partner in student education.

Procedural Safeguards

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) publishes the Notice of Procedural Safeguards. This document conforms to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Program’s Model Procedural Safeguards Notice with specific information about Alaska’s rules as necessary. It is designed as a document to help you understand your rights, but should not be used as replacement to the actual laws and regulations.

Notice of Procedural Safeguards

Project Childfind

Early screening for families

Project Childfind is a screening program for children birth to five years old to identify any educational or physical needs that must be addressed to enable the child to fully benefit from an educational program. The screening is offered by the Mat-Su School District and is free of charge.

Call the Childfind Appointment Hotline at 907.761.4049

Childfind Locations:
Central Administration Building Palmer
501 N. Gulkana Behind Swanson Elementary School

CCS Early Learning, Meadow Lakes Center, Mile 49 Parks Highway

For more information refer to the district information page:

MSBSD Project Childfind
Becky Ross
Advisory Teacher Special Education
(907) 352-1360
Dawn Coyne
Advisory Teacher Special Education
(907) 352-7472
Janet Linnell
SPED 4-8 Advisor
(907) 352-1367
Jennifer Gardner
Advisory Teacher Special Education
(907) 352-7490
Michelle Gossman
Speech and Language Pathologist
(907) 352-1373
Sue Giblin
School Psychologist
(907) 352-1359

Supplemental Education 
Web Sites

These websites are an excellent way for students to engage and build their skills. Here are a few recommendations from teachers and parents:
The Reading Eggs program has been developed by a highly experienced team of teachers, educational writers, animators and web developers. The Reading Eggs program focuses on a core reading curriculum of skills and strategies essential for sustained reading success. It completely supports what children learn at school and will help to improve your child’s school results.
Starfall has been a free online resource since 2002, teaching millions of children to read and inspiring a love of learning through exploration. There is no advertising and the site does not collect any personal information from children. Members enjoy mathematics, additional reading activities, and songs.
PhET provides fun, free, interactive, research-based science and mathematics simulations. All simulations require Java, Flash, or HTML5, and can be run online or downloaded to your computer. All simulations are open source.
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Choose between math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content..

An additional resource for apps for students with special needs:

MSBSD Project Childfind