August 2019
DCIU Update
August Newsletter
Upcoming Events
Coffee with the Exec
September 11 | Aston | 7:30am
September 25 | Marple | 7:30am

Annual Golf Outing
September 16 | 8:00am | Springhaven Club

Teaching and Leading with FOCUS
with Dr. Michael Schmoker
October 7 | 9:00am - 12:00pm
Spotlight: CIPL Staff Heads to Penn State
In early August, Rebecca Kelly, Training and Consultation, and Jon Regino, Teaching and Learning Specialist, spent the week at Penn State at the Science U- Exploring Virtual World's camp. They were part of a team that provided a 4-day camp for students with autism on AR/VR experiences.

A Message from the Executive Director
Welcome back to another school year! I hope you all had a relaxing summer. As usual, the 2019-2020 school year kicked off with a flurry of exciting events. We celebrated a little bit differently this year after staff expressed interest in remaining at their locations in order to spend more time in their work space and with their colleagues. To accommodate that request, we executed a virtual presentation for all locations on August 29 so that all IU staff could hear the exciting messages from Executive Council. Additionally, the Ribbon Cutting ceremony at the new Aston Campus was a wonderful and energetic start to the exciting things to come in our new Early Childhood, Career and Technical Center, and student services. I wish you much luck and success this new school year!

Maria Edelberg, Ed.D
Executive Director, DCIU
Aston Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On September 4, a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held to celebrate the official opening of the new Aston Campus! Current and former Board members, staff, legislators, and community members gathered to acknowledge the hard work and perseverance it took to complete the years-long project. Dr. Maria Edelberg and Ed Cardow, DCIU Board President, made remarks highlighting the history of the project and the collaborative effort across the organization to complete such a massive project.

The new campus houses an Early Childhood Education Center, Career and Technical School, and School Age Student Service programs.
DCIU Staff and Students Participate in Governor Wolf's Press Conference

On Wednesday, August 21 Governor Tom Wolf and the PA Schools Work campaign held a press conference at Coebourn Elementary School in the Penn-Delco School District. Speakers included Governor Wolf, DCTS student Nick Stamper, and Ms. Jasmine Poole, a Marple Education Center parent. Nick, enrolled in the DCTS Building Trades Program, had the opportunity to share the importance of career and technical education opportunities for students. He was joined by his father, Mr. Martin Stamper, DCTS Collision Repair Instructor and his brother Matt, also a student at DCTS. All in the room agreed that investing in our students' futures must be a top priority.
Marple Carnival
The students and staff of the Low Incidence Program at Marple Education Center ended their five weeks of Extended School Year (ESY) with a school carnival. This special event coincided with the theme for this year’s ESY program, which was “At the Amusement Park." To prepare for the carnival, each class created a carnival type game to share with other classes in the program. The elementary and secondary classes participated in two separate time frames, which allowed all of the students to have the opportunity to play each of the games. Some examples of the games were the Caterpillar Toss, Fish Cup Toss, and Bowling. Students were able to earn tickets for each game they played and then trade in the tickets for prizes. At the end of the day, all of our students gathered in the cafeteria to participate in parachute activities and enjoy some water ice with their classmates. A special thank you to Dawn Fox who organized the event and Brian Dunbar for leading the parachute activity.
Staff Celebrations
Congratulations to Tashia Bell (nee Crift) who was married on August 3, 2019!
Please email Theresa Marsden at with any events, highlights, or staff celebrations that you would like to feature in future newsletters