Missed the PSI Webinar on Sandy Hook and Making Your School Safer?

No worries!

This free webinar presented by Scott Poland, Ph.D. and Michele Gay, Sandy Hook Parent is now available on the PSI site.  Michele Gay tragically lost her daughter, Josephine, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting on December 14, 2012.  Since then Michele has chosen to help school communities improve school safety.  Learn the lessons that her school community learned in the aftermath of this tragedy along with steps to make changes in your own school.  Dr. Scott Poland, Ph.D. is a nationally known school violence expert who has appeared before congress, on national television and worked with numerous schools on these tragic situations.

View now by clicking here.

Engaging Phonics & Word Recognition Instruction Webinar now online

Just in case you missed this informative seminar or you just wanted to listen to it again. 
The good news is that it is available below for you to still watch.  We hope this helps.
For any questions regarding PSI services please contact karenmckelvey@psi-solutions.org at PSI. 





A Practical Approach to Building Enrollment

A Practical Approach to Building Enrollment webinar was given yesterday by Gerald Jindra and Holly Dickinson.  If you signed up for the webinar but were unable to attend you can click on this link and view the recorded webinar:  Click Here

Ebola Information Center

Multiethnic Hands Holding Text Facts

The PSI School Health Department has created this Ebola Information site as a PSI resource to provide the schools and the school communities we serve with credible information concerning the school’s role regarding the Ebola scare.

We will keep you updated on this critical and constantly changing health situation through this web site. We are also regularly informing our PSI Health Services staff that serve your schools with the latest information available.

Also found below is an informational letter sent to all schools served by PSI concerning information for parents, basic procedures, etc.

Please feel free to contact us at any point to help serve your health care needs.


The PSI Health Service Team

1-800-841-4774 Ext 228

Expert Resources:

PSI Colleague Letter (sent on October 17, 2014)

October 17, 2014

Dear Colleague:

Thank you for choosing PSI as your trusted partner in school health. We are continuing to update our partner schools with accurate and current Ebola related information as it impacts Ohio’s schools.

We are in contact with local public health experts in addition to frequent consultation with the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is developing protocol specific to school health. We will release that information as soon as it is available.

As you know, this situation is continually changing. We will update you as we learn of information that pertains to our schools as well as when the ODH releases their recommended protocols for school health. PSI follows the guidelines and protocols from these expert agencies.

Below are Thursday’s (Oct 16) recommendations issued by the Ohio Department of Health School Nurse Consultants regarding suspected cases of Ebola in schools:

  • Ask any student/parent exhibiting symptoms of Ebola (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/symptoms/index.html) if they have traveled in the past 3 weeks. If so, ask where (country and city), and the dates.
  • If the student has traveled to Guinea, Sierra Leone, or Liberia the local health department should be contacted immediately for direction.
  • Additionally, contact the parents of the child and his/her school administrators.
  • PSI can help facilitate these calls for you, if you wish. Just call our office and we will contact the appropriate health department.
  • The student in question should be placed in a room by him or herself, with no visitors allowed.
  • If the student is to be transferred to a hospital, alert the emergency staff (including the paramedics) of the situation as well as the receiving hospital.
  • The health department will ask to begin a list of close contacts while at school.  The list should consist of anyone within a 3 foot area of the student.  (This list should include friends and any contacts in areas of the school the student has been, for example, the classroom, lunchroom, bus, etc.)

Please remember, at this time there are no known cases of EBOLA in Ohio.

Summit County Public Health has released an excellent list of important considerations that parents need to know about Ebola that includes:

  • A risk for Ebola only comes when you come into close contact with a person suffering from Ebola.
  • Being near someone who is sick with Ebola doesn’t mean you’ll get infected. The disease isn’t contagious like the flu or common cold. You have to be in contact with a patient’s body fluids or blood, and you have to have a break in your skin or have the fluids touch your eyes, mouth or nose.
  • Ebola does not live long on surfaces or outside someone’s body. Soaps, detergents and hand sanitizers are effective at killing the virus. Keeping your area clean and washing your hands will help prevent infections.
  • You and your children are really only at risk if you have traveled to West Africa, where Ebola is currently spreading.

Again, as soon as we have updated information from the expert agencies in public health, we will notify you.

We are continuing to update our PSI Health Staff on all of these important considerations and guidelines from these expert agencies.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions.

Yours in health,

The PSI School Health Administrative Team


Hope to see you at OAPCS Conference

PSI is pleased to contribute to the 8th annual OAPCS Conference. Please join us for the following Breakout Sessions:

“Educators as Partners In Suicide Prevention”
Thurs, Oct. 16th  (11:15 – 12:15)
Karen McKelvey, Ed.S.

“ELL’s & Special Needs: Is it ESL or an Educational Disability?”
Thurs, Oct. 16th (1:45 – 2:45)
Kay Almy, M.A.T. and Julie Goldyn Wood, M.Ed.

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference!

Laying the Foundation for Reading Success – Tim Rasinski, Ph.D.

If you attended the ESS Fall Meeting on Friday September 19th, 2014 and were intrigued by what Dr. Rasinski was presenting, then here are some additional resources for you:

Frog and Toad – The Kite

Frog and Toad – Spring

Songbook – Valentine’s Day

Songbook – Spring

Songbook – Summer

Songbook – Patriotic

Songbook – December Holidays

Three Billy Goat’s Gruff

MultiDimensional Fluency Scale – Kid Developed

Let’s Bring Back the Magic of Song by Iwaski and Rasinski

Reading Today April 2013 Poetry

Two Essential Ingredients: Phonics and Fluency Getting to Know Each Other

Latin-Greek Connection

Why Fluency Should be Hot

PSI Offers Free Webinar: Going Beyond Fluency

We are sorry that you may have missed our free webinar.  
The good news is that it is available online for you to still watch.  We hope this helps.
For any questions regarding PSI services please contact Karen McKelvey at karenmckelvy@psi-solutions.org.


PSI held a free webinar on September 18, 2014 from 3-4pm EST for a complimentary webinar with Tim Rasinski, PhD.  Tim is a fluency expert and PSI expert partner.

229e67c4-3f7c-4491-a498-27c1e7a14926The webinar, Going Beyond Fluency,  provided a certificate for one contact hour for all participants who complete the webinar and take an evaluation.   Our PSI Expert, has written over 1500 articles and has authored, co-authored or edit over 15 books or curriculum programs on reading education.

The latest edition of Paradigm: Health Matters is available.

Find out about PSICertify PSI’s new division, learn how PSI goes above and beyond for a student with Alopecia, understand the PSI health screening program and help students get healthier teeth!  Download now…

Students win Competition at Akron University

gongxiCongratulations to the Chinese II students at Walsh Jesuit High School for placing first in the speaking competition at the Confucius Institute at Akron University. The students performed a five minute skit that included speaking and singing. The competition was a part of the Confucius Institute 2014 China Day activities, an event that several other schools in NE Ohio took part in. They are taught by PSI’s Mandarin Teacher, Hui-ying Lee who has been with PSI since the ’08-’09 school year.

PSI lost a dear friend and colleague

Zagorski ElizabethElizabeth Zagorski was a Nurse Manager at PSI from 2005 to 2010. Previously she had worked as a PSI school based nurse in the Twinsburg Public Schools and in other schools we serve. Elizabeth was loved in all the schools she served, by the children and their parents and all school and PSI administrators with whom she was associated. She added class and sophistication in every setting she worked, always raising the bar and expectation….and she always delivered! She was part of the PSI family for many years, a dear friend and a trusted colleague. We will all miss her. She is survived by a lovely family with two beautiful daughters and a devoted husband, all of whom she treasured.