All parents are encouraged to attend our monthly business meetings. During the first hour we meet with administrators to discuss topics of common interest. For the last half hour, parents remain for a guided conversation on the "topic of the month," which will help us determine agenda items for future meetings.
Tuesday, April 4, 9:30–11:00 am
Tuesday, May 9, 9:30–11:00 am
Tuesday, September 20, 9:30–11:00 am
Tuesday, October 18, 9:30–11:00 am
Wednesday, November 16, 7:00–8:30 pm
NPS Administrators shared the new DESE standards on social and emotional learning an discussed the strong link between social emotional learning and academic success. The group also discussed the need for careful space planning how special education students will be the ones who feel the squeeze of increased enrollment and overcrowding.
Tuesday, December 13, 9:30–11:00 am
NPS Director of School Health Services Barbara Singer, who is also a special needs parent, encouraged parents to share as much as possible with their child's school nurse because the nurse is in a very good position to observe and report how the child is presenting at school. The parent discussion centered two topics, the importance of early literacy intervention for special education students, and when it makes sense for parents to pursue outside neuropsych testing.
Friday, January 20, 9:45-11:00 am
At the first meeting of 2017, NHS special education director Trisha Mullen updated us on the proposed budget for 2017-18. We were also joined by district BCBAs Julie Ma (high school) and Mary Ricci (High Rock/Pollard) who gave a presentation on all of the great initiatives the BCBAs are working on throughout the district. Our parent discussion led us in the direction of reading support, and next month we will be joined by the K-8 literacy coordinator to help us understand how reading is supported throughout the district.
BCBA SEPAC Presentaion
BCBA SEPAC Presentaion
Tuesday, February 7, 9:30–11:00am
NPS K-8 Literacy Coordinators Lisa Messina and Gina DaDario presented at the February Business Meeting and discussed now literacy specialists should provide reading support to special education students. NPS Administrators and SEPAC parents agreed that more reading support and intervention was needed earlier on in the child's academic career and must be made a priority in the younger grades.
Thursday, March 16, 7:00–8:30 pm