Board Meeting

Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC) Representing: Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools (PAARS) as well as students out of district. Date: 5/13/16, Friday 9:00 am-10:30 am Location: Pelham Community Room, Directions: Take a right at the police station before the school and then your first left. Parking is in back.

Time: 9:00am-10:30am Board Meeting

Meeting is open to all in the community! General Meeting Agenda:

  1. Public Comment
  2. Update on Middle School Math from principal
  3. Update from High School meeting regarding Math
  4. Update from Dr. Brady
  5. Update plans for SEPAC Recognition Program, June 2nd
  6. Review Poster/Lawn sign campaign complete to share with DILT
  7. Request to meet with Superintendent to review year
  8. Ask to be put on June 28th SC agenda for yearend recap and some goals next year
  9. Schedule General Meeting for SC presentation
  10. Discuss bylaws
  11. Update board on outstanding items from meeting on 5/3
  12. Review possible workshops for next year
  13. Adjourn

 

 

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John E. Robison @ Odyssey Books 5/4/16

Odyssey Books in South Hadley will be welcoming John Elder Robison, best selling author of “Look Me in the Eye” and nationally recognized advocate for people with autism for a reading and book discussion. John’s newest book “Switched On” is a follow up memoir, which chronicles his transformative experience participating in a Harvard research study on the effects of TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) and autism.

This event will take place on Wednesday, May 4th at 7pm.

Raising A Happy Child Presentation

Presented by:  Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools, Special Education Parent Advisory Council, MA Early Intervention Training Center, and Thom Western Regional Consultation Program.

Raising A Happy Child

Raising happy children is the goal of parents and educators alike. Happiness is a gift we gift ourselves and our children. Too often we hope it finds us or we pursue it in places or ways it will never be found. Together, we will be introduced to the pursuit of happiness for our children: defining it, examining attributes that lead to it and applying ways to behave that achieve it.

Come celebrate the beginning of summer with a thoughtful powerful exploration of how we influence, enhance, and support children of ALL AGES!

Jeanine Fitzgerald

As a certified Human Behavior Consultant and Specialist, and Owner of The Fitzgerald Institute of Lifelong Learning, Jeanine draws on more than 30 years of professional experience to empower teachers and parents to achieve more with children at risk.

http://www.thefitzgeraldinstitute.com

 

Open to All

FREE for staff and families in Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools

When: Tuesday April 26, 2016

Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: Amherst Middle School Auditorium

170 Chestnut Street, Amherst

Amherst-Pelham Regional families and staff can register by calling or emailing:

Phone: 413-687-4255   Email:sepac@arps.org or Karen Cassidy 413-783-5500 ext 16

Please let us know if you need free childcare by 4/20/16!

 

DEEC: 2 hours diverse learner credits guiding and interacting with children and youth

 

Executive Board Meeting 1/15/16

Date: 1/15/16, Friday Location: ARMS, Superintendent’s Conference Room

Time: 9:00am-10:30am

Meeting is open to all in the community!

Executive Board Meeting Agenda:

  1. Public Comments
  2. Approve minutes
  3. Update on workshops, feedback on childcare
  4. SEPAC Involvement with Wildwood Building Committee, HS/MS proposed changes, ETL Meeting and Voices show
  5. Update on IMP at High School
  6. Update on SEPAC and SE survey
  7. Update on Workshop Model and access to honors math at middle school
  8. Share article from 11/11/15 from Education Week- RTI Falls Short of Promise-

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/11/11/study-rti-practice-falls-short-of-promise.html

  1. Establish routines/standing agenda items that Dr. Brady could share at each board meeting
  2. How/when are substitutes made aware of special education needs of students’ accommodations?
  3. 2016 SE Budget, When is Sean able to attend meeting?
  4. Discuss Federation workshop in March
  5. Review draft of Winter SEPAC newsletter
  6. Location of next SEPAC Board Meeting
  7. Continue discussion on MCAS results, Dr. Brady to share data
  8. Book Club suggestions for staff
  9. Adjourn

Executive Board Meeting 11/23/15

Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC Representing: Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools (PAARS) as well as students out of district. Date: 11/23/15, Monday Location: ARMS, Professional Development Room

Time: 10:00am-11:30am Executive Board

Meeting is open to all in the community!

Executive Board Meeting Agenda:

  1. Public Comments
  2. Approve minutes
  3. Update on workshops, poster campaign, and childcare
  4. Update on Voices and ETL meetings
  5. Ways to strengthen building connections to reach more families
  6. Continue discussion on MCAS results
  7. Update on co-teaching, share feedback from Fort River PGO regarding co-teaching
  8. Update on SEPAC and SE survey
  9. Update on IMP at High School and Workshop Model at Middle School
  10. Understanding resources of special education for Grades K-6 vs 2-6 vs models from Dr. Brady’s point of view, pros and cons
  11. Establish routines/standing agenda items that Dr. Brady could share at each board meeting
  12. Update on responses regarding CPR review
  13. How/when are substitutes made aware of special education needs of students’ accommodations?
  14. 2016 SE Budget, Where are we thinking about reducing or increasing?
  15. Adjourn

IEP Clinic

Monday December 7,2015

ARHS  5:30-8:30pm

Speaker: Linda Surprenant, Federation for Children with Special Needs (FSCN) www.fscn.org   

An IEP for My Child: Every child with a disability who receives special education services must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This workshop takes parents and educators step-by-step through IEP development, including how to articulate a vision, using evaluations to write measurable goals, and measuring their child’s progress.

The last hour and a half will consist of a round table discussion with volunteer Educational Advocates.   Feel free to bring your child’s IEP if you would like!

Basic Rights Presented in Spanish

ARPS SEPAC and ARPS Family Center in collaboration with the Federation for Children with Special Needs present Basic Rights for Special Education presented in SPANISH!

This informative workshop will provide an overview of rights and responsibilities of parents/guardians in the Special Education process.  It is designed to help parents be effective partners with the school; to decide his/her eligibility for special education; to plan make decisions and to monitor  the educational progress of his/her child.

Speaker: Isabel Castro, Federation for Children with Special Needs (FSCN) http://www.fscn.org

Date:    12/16/15, Wednesday    

Location:  Family Center, Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut St.

Time:     9:00am      

 Contact: ARPS Family Center Yaldira Félix Brown @browny@arps.org 413 362-1871 or Nancy Stewart sepac@arps.org 413-6874255

Derechos Básicos

en educación especial

Este taller será ofrecido a las familias como una introducción sobre sus derechos y responsabilidades bajo: la ley IDEA, la ley de educación especial de Massachussets y la ley Que Ningún Niño se Quede Atrás (NCLB).  Este taller esta diseñado para ayudar a los padres a aprender como ser compañeros efectivos con la escuela, decidir la elegibilidad del niño para educación especial, como planear, tomar decisiones y supervisar el progreso educacional de su niño.

  • El Acta de Educación para Individuos con Discapacidades
  • La ley de Educación Especial de Massachusetts yCuando: miércoles, 16 de diciembre del 2015Hora: 9:00 a.m. Por Favor de registrarse por adelantado . llame a la Recepcionista de la Federación al 617-236-7210 o al 800-331-0688 ext. 0 y visite el http://www.fcsn.org/pti/workshops/home/php
  •  Ven y Acompañenos!
  • La Federación para Niños con Necesidades Especiales, apoyados en parte por la beca # H328M040001 del Departamento de Educación de EE.UU., Oficina de Programas de Educación Especial y el Departamento de Educación de Massachusetts. 
  • Una presentadora de la federación para ninós con necesidades especiales llevará a cabo este taller. Los talleres de la Federación son gratuitos para los padres y abierto para el público. Son bienvenidos para que asistan a cualquier taller, dentro o fuera de su comunidad. 
  • Auspiciado por: ARPS Family Center Yaldira Félix Brown browny@arps.org  or Nancy Stewart sepac@arps.org, 413-687-4255
  • Dónde: Centro de las Familias ARPS, 170 Chestnut Street
  • Presentado en español