2016-17 Highlights

Tuesday, September 20, 9:30–11:00 am

At the September Business Meeting, NPS Special Education Directors Rebecca Sparrell (preschool), Matt Ganas (K-8) and Trish Mullen (High School) updated the group with staffing changes and professional development. The 2016 Extended School Year and transportation issues were also discussed.

Tuesday, October 18, 9:30–11:00 am

In addition to updates from the directors, we were joined by new Director of Transportation Shane Marchand. We have formed a Back-to-School Task Force which will focus on what parents would like to have in place before our kids head back after summer, including a checklist to help prepare for transition meetings, plans for transportation supports, and communication with teachers and specialists.

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

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