Kick Procrastination to the Curb

Kick Procrastination to the Curb

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SEPTA Grant Applications

1) SEPTA is accepting grant applications that are designed to promote inclusion and a unified school community (the application is attached). All New Rochelle school district general- and special-education teachers and staff members (no outside agencies) are eligible to apply. The money can be used to fund a project related to special needs issues, including:
(a) Integrated Activities that focus on collaboration of general education and special education students;
(b) After School/Recreational Activities focusing on Music, Art and Related Technologies;
(c) Vocational and pre-vocational community based activities;
(d) Reading and Math Literacy Programs; and
(e) Courses, workshops, or materials (books/DVDs etc.) that will enhance the teacher’s ability to work with children with special needs either in the general or special education classroom (behavioral, technological, emotional, or academic issues)
Deadline for Fall Applications is November 1st.

Grand Guidelines

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SEPTA Wins Award

Some good news we’d like to share!

New Rochelle SEPTA won the Best of the Best Award from the Westchester East Putnam Region PTA for having an outstanding unit this year.

Thanks to everyone for your support and participation!


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The 7th Annual Hispanic Parents Leadership Conference on Special Education

The Changing Suburbs Institute® 


The 7th Annual Hispanic Parents Leadership Conference on Special Education 

Workshops in Spanish for parents of children with special needs: 

Special Ed 101: Understanding the Special Education System 

Understanding an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Making this a Meaningful Document for Your Child 

Understanding Special Education Classifications 

Advocating for Your Child 

Workshops in English for educators, professionals and SEPTA members: 

Transitions: Middle School, High School and Beyond – Helping Parents of Linguistic Diversity Prepare for their Child’s Future 

An Overview of the NYS Blueprints on Special Ed and ELLs 

Thursday, June 9, 2016, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm 

Reid Castle, Manhattanville College

Download Flyer in English

Download Flyer in Spanish

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2016 We Are One Award Dinner – Thanks to everyone who made it great!

Thanks to everyone who made the 2016 We Are One Award Dinner a huge success!

Click to see photos.

Watch a video prepared for Award Recipient Donald Ross

2016 We Are One Award Recipients

Albert Leonard Middle School – Donald Ross
Barnard School – Vicki Rashbaum
Columbus School – Tricia Attanasio
Davis School – Krista Gedney & Joseph Triolo
Isaac E. Young Middle School – Sue Carpanzano
Jefferson School – Gary Schwartz
New Rochelle High School – Mark F. Nelson
Trinity School – Charles E. Gillum, Jr.
Ward School – Maria Tejeda
Webster School – Jessica Barnes
Administration – Joanne Goldman

2016 Bridges Award Recipient
Naomi Brickel, Director, Hudson Valley Special Education Parent Center

2016 Bridges Student Award Recipient
Olivia Darden

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Sesame Street Introduces Autistic Character, Resources


On October 21st, Sesame Street introduced “Julia,” its first character with autism, as part of the initiative, “Sesame Street and Autism – See Amazing in All Children.”  Sesame Street created lots of wonderful resources for its website.

There are ten videos, including the music video, “The Amazing Song.”  You will find a storybook, “We’re Amazing 1, 2, 3!”  and eight Daily Routine Cards that use Sesame Street characters to teach children the steps of everyday activities such as teeth-brushing and bedtime routines.

For decades, Sesame Street has shown its commitment to including all children – including those with disabilities – on its show.  We are excited that Sesame is now featuring autistic children to reinforce the message that “We all are amazing each in our own way.”

Beth and Julia
SEPTA Co-Presidents and Longtime Fans of Sesame Street

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Monday Sept 28 – general meeting 7:30 p.m.

Thursday Oct 8 –   executive meeting 7:30 p.m.

Monday Oct 26 –   general meeting 7:30 p.m.

Monday Nov 9 –   executive meeting 7:30 p.m.

Monday Nov 16 – general meeting 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday Jan 11 –   executive meeting 7:00 p.m. / general meeting 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday Feb 9 –   executive meeting 7:30 p.m.

Thurs March 3 –   executive meeting 7:30 p.m.

Mon March 21 – general meeting 7:30 p.m.

Wed May 4 –       We Are One Dinner 6:00 p.m.

Mon May 23 –     executive/general meeting 7:30 p.m

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Meet the New Executive Committee

It is our pleasure to introduce the 2015-16 New Rochelle SEPTA Executive Committee. Thank you to everyone on the nominating committee for their hard work and especially to the people who will be holding positions on the Executive Committee.

2015-2016 New Rochelle SEPTA Executive Committee:

Beth Fisch Cohen President
Julia Muggia-Ochs Co-President
Carlos Perdomo Treasurer
Alise Liquorie Recording Secretary
Deborah Whitman Corresponding Secretary
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Check Out This Amazing Video

We are also pleased to share a video – the culmination of a SEPTA grant provided to Dr. Gail Guttman and Mrs. Joyce Kinches at Ward – promoting respect, friendship, and the benefits of inclusion.

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We Are One Award Another Success!

Thanks to everyone who made this night a success!

Photos to come shortly.


Albert Leonard Middle School -Karen Johnson
Barnard School – Joanna Genovese
Columbus School – Andy Thomas
Davis School – Heather Cayanan
Isaac E. Young Middle School – Kenny Phillips and Corrine Olari
Jefferson School – Jillian Alli
New Rochelle High School – Donna Masi
Trinity School – Steve Spady
Ward School – Corey Andrews
Webster School – Andrea Bambace
Bridges Award – Mayor Noam Bramson
Bridges Student Award – Michael J. Apollo, Jr.

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