General/Board Meeting 9/26/16

ARPS Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC)
Representing: Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools  as well as students out of district.
Date: 9/27/16, Monday
Location: Amherst Regional Middle School, Superintendents Conference Room

Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Meeting is open to all in the community!
General Meeting and Executive Board Meeting Agenda:

  1. Public Comment
  2. Approve minutes from 9/2/16
  3. Updates from Dr. Brady
  4. Share flyers for fall workshops
  5. Discuss attending School Committee Meetings in October
  6. Discuss and vote on letter to School Committee regarding administration
  7. Discuss next board meeting talking about special education budget
  8. Provide feedback about open house at Wildwood
  9. Other

 

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ARPS Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC)
Representing: Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools  as well as students out of district.
Date: 9/2/2016, Friday
Location: Crocker Farm, Community Room

Time: 9:00 am- 10:30am
Meeting is open to all in the community!
Executive Board Meeting Agenda:

  1. Public Comment
  2. Approve minutes from 8/19
  3. Share update on workshops for the school year
  4. Discuss attending School Committee Meetings in October
  5. Discuss future meeting with Dr. Greenfield regarding co-teaching
  6. Get confirmation for amount of planning time and class composition for co-teaching classrooms
  7. Update regarding staff training on dyslexia
  8. Discuss plans for pamphlet
  9. Check for update on substitute awareness of IEP/504
  10. Check for update on Preschool PBIS
  11. Discuss programming/workshops for year, kick off day, open houses
  12. Other

 

Board Meeting

Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC)
Representing: Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools  as well as students out of district.
Date: 8/18/2016, Friday
Location: Amherst Regional Middle School, Superintendent Conference Room

Time: 9:00 am- 10:30am
Meeting is open to all in the community!
Executive Board Meeting Agenda:

  1. Public Comment
  2. Establish board meeting times for the year
  3. Get update from Dr. Brady about substitute teachers understanding of IEP/504(policy/procedures)….seek understanding of training districts provides to substitutes
  4. Share discussion with Principal Bode, math, co-teaching, communication, plan next steps
  5. Get update from Dr. Brady from co-teaching survey from staff students and families
  6. Get confirmation for amount of planning time and class composition for co-teaching classrooms
  7. Update regarding staff training on dyslexia
  8. Get specifics from Dr. Brady regarding PBIS training for preschool
  9. Share new blog, business cards, banner, pamphlet
  10. Discuss programming/workshops for year, kick off day, open houses
  11. Other

 

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

 

 

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