The Special Education Team would like to introduce ourselves and welcome you to the 2011/12 School Year! As a C.A.R.E.-ing team, we collaborate with each other, students, families and staff to empower every child, every day to be compassionate, successful, and engaged lifelong learners. To detail the intricacies of our job is certainly not warranted, but suffice it to say that the Special Services Team at the Hollys is dedicated to the success, education and emotional well-being of every student. Here is a snapshot overview of the services we provide:
Our Learning Specialists (LD), Maureen Lake and Mary Alice Reda, provide services to students with mild, moderate, and severe academic challenges in reading, writing and math. Our flexible service delivery model includes instruction in small group and/or general education classrooms. We also assist teachers in making classroom modifications and accommodations to support student achievement.
Speech-Language Pathologists, Erin Miller and Peggy Chiovitti-Moritz, provide therapy for students who need support with articulation, voice fluency, and/or receptive and expressive language development. A student may qualify for speech-language services if he/she demonstrates significant communication difficulties that are negatively impacting classroom performance.
Our Occupational Therapist, Angela Sauer, and Occupational Therapist, Melody Smith, assist students with fine motor and sensory integration difficulties. Focus of services may include upper extremity strengthening, postural support and bilateral motor coordination skills.
Physical Therapist, Krista Welch, supports students who display difficulty with gross motor skills such that it affects performance in P.E. or when negotiating the school environment, such as the playground. Skills to work on may include: balance, ball skills, and functional modality.
We are fortunate to have either a registered nurse or health technician at each building at all times; Joy Muratsuchi, BSN, RN, is our nurse and Angie Woods is our Health Technician. Our health clinic offers direct care and screenings to students as well as educational programs, access to dental programs, and assistance to families in obtaining community resources for health care.
Additionally, the Hollys is in its 2nd year of offering a program to students with developmental and cognitive challenges. Melissa Zeidman is our Integrated Learning Center (ILC) Specialist. Students are mainstreamed with support as needed for appropriate portions of their day. Jennifer Butler is substituting for Melissa while she is on maternity leave. Our ILC Teacher Assistants in both buildings are Halye Bernstein, Jacque Kornelson, Kaile Roe and Stephanie Roe.
Among many other things, our Mental Health Team, Dr. Suzette Calvillo, Scott Fearon, and Caren Rhodes, provide ongoing school-wide support for implementation of the Positive Behavioral Support Program (PBS) the Hollys has adopted. This program promotes the four pillars of C.A.R.E. in which all students and staff participate. At the Hollys we believe in a Caring community, a positive Attitude, and being Responsible Everyday.
Thank you for taking the time to read about our Special Services Team at the Hollys. We look forward to what we know will be a productive and successful school year!