We Are One 2024!

Year 27! 

On May 2, 2024 the New Rochelle Special Education PTA (SEPTA) will host our annual We Are One Awards Ceremony at the VIP Country Club. We will honor the many dedicated people who ensure that students with special needs are included in all aspects of our schools and our community. 

We welcome all to submit a nomination for those teachers, administrators, and staff from the New Rochelle City School District who enrich the lives of children with disabilities and learning challenges by fostering inclusion and bringing out the best in their students. There is a separate award given to the student(s) that includes our children in activities and friendships. 

You are also encouraged to write a nomination for the Bridges Community Award which honors an individual or organization within the community who demonstrates commitment to helping those with special needs. 

Please take this opportunity to publicly thank and honor the wonderful people in our schools and community by nominating those who work so hard on behalf of our special needs children. 


We Are One 2024 Nomination Form

If you are not able to submit online please mail your nomination to: 

SEPTA We R 1 Nominations – 1333A North Avenue #715 – New Rochelle, NY 10804 Each nomination should touch on the following three points: 

1) INCLUSION: How did the nominee create an environment of inclusiveness and foster the development of students with special needs? 

2) ALL HEART : How has the nominee inspired and impacted you and others emotionally? 

3) ABOVE AND BEYOND: How did the nominee go above and beyond his/her required job description to assist your child or others? 

NOMINATION DEADLINE: Monday, March 4, 2024

Details on the “WE ARE ONE” AWARDS CEREMONY to follow


En Mayo 2, 2024, la Organización Educación Especial en New Rochelle PTA (SEPTA) va a llevar a cabo la ceremonia de entrega de premios “SOMOS UNO”. La velada honra a las muchas personas dedicadas que garantizan que los estudiantes con necesidades especiales sean incluidos en todos los aspectos de nuestras escuelas y nuestra comunidad. 

Todos son bienvenidos a escribir una nominación por los maestros, administradores, estudiantes, y personal del Distrito Escolar de la ciudad de New Rochelle que enriquecen la vida de los niños con discapacidades y problemas de aprendizaje mediante el fomento de la inclusión y sacar lo mejor de sus alumnos. 

También se le anima a escribir una nominación para el Premio Puentes de la Comunidad y para el Premio Puentes Estudiantiles. El Premio Puentes de la Comunidad honra a un individuo u organización dentro de la comunidad que demuestra el compromiso de ayudar a las personas con necesidades especiales. El Premio Puentes Estudiantiles honra a un estudiante de la escuela pública que incluye sus compañeros con discapacidad en la instrucción, la amistad, u otras actividades. 

Por favor aproveche esta oportunidad para agradecer públicamente y honrar a la gente maravillosa en nuestras escuelas y comunidad por medio de nominar aquellos que trabajan tan duro en nombre de nuestros niños con necesidades especiales . 

__________________________________________________________COMPLETE SU NOMINACIÓN(ES) EN LINEA EN: 

No puede nominar en línea?? Envíe su nominaciónes a: SEPTA 1333A #715 New Rochelle, NY 10804

Incluya su nombre, información de contacto, la escuela de su hijo, y el grado. Cada nominación deberá incluir:

Somos uno formulario de nominación 2024

1) INCLUSIÓN: ¿Cómo el candidato crea un ambiente de inclusión y fomenta el desarrollo de los estudiantes con necesidades especiales? 

2) TODO CORAZÓN: ¿Cómo el candidato ha inspirado e impactado ha usted y otros de una manera emocional. 

3) MÁS ALLÁ ¿Cómo el candidato fue por encima y más allá de sus responsabilidades para asistir a su hijo y a otros? 


LUNES 4 DE Marzo, 2024 

Detalles de la entrega de premios “SOMOS UNO”


Information for Families

This is not a New Rochelle SEPTA sponsored event. WIHD provides community resources for parents.


January Meet & Greet


Holiday Wishes

No December Meeting – Survey being sent to all


Thursday Night 11/16/23 Meeting Canceled

Unfortunately, our scheduled guest speaker Janine Belfast from WIHD has canceled, so we are canceling Thursday night’s meeting.  We will try to reschedule this meeting in the near future since the topic: a workshop on OPWDD services and eligibility is so incredibly important.

Join us at our next NRSEPTA meeting with guest speaker Janine Belfast from Westchester Institute for Human Development -WIHD

TOPIC: a workshop on OPWDD services and eligibility
The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities
(OPWDD) is responsible for coordinating services for New Yorkers with
developmental and intellectual disabilities. Through this workshop, you will
learn about the range of OPWDD services available to you and your loved one and about the requirements for service eligibility.


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We are New Rochelle SEPTA!

Special Education Parent Teacher Association

SEPTA is an organization that works to help all of our children reach their fullest potential.  We are here to support all children in our district that may be facing academic, physical, and/or social emotional challenges. The programs we support certainly help those children with a formal review and defined services– but our involvement extends beyond that and helps any child with any type of need.  If there’s an intervention you believe your child may need or a challenge your child is facing, a program you don’t understand – please know that you can reach out to SEPTA and we’ll offer our resources, knowledge, and energies to help you. We are a great district-wide network and resource.

We understand that it takes a village and SEPTA highlights the actions of those that work to ensure our challenged children are actively included as important, contributing members of our community through our “We Are One” awards dinner.  Every year we receive nominations of Teachers, students and community members that have worked hard to bridge the gap for our most vulnerable children. Look for invites in March – it’s one of the best nights in New Rochelle!

We encourage and welcome membership of individuals who may identify and appreciate our mission, even if they do not have a child with special educational needs. 

Please visit our website – – for information and to sign up to receive our meeting notices and other information.

To join SEPTA please visit: 

Or use our QR code to sign up:


We Are One 2023

Winners and Details

We are pleased to let you know that our SEPTA annual event – the We Are One Awards is back on track! Join us in celebrating inclusion in our community and in our schools on Thursday, May 4th at 6pm at the VIP Country Club in New Rochelle.  We are proud to share the list of honorees and nominees by school. 

The Honorees are:

ALMS– Catherine Catanzaro – 2023 Winner
Christine Minecola – Nominee

Barnard – Fabiola Molina Barragan – 2023 Winner 

Columbus – Daniela Povia – 2023 Winner

Daniel Webster – Cynthia Boateng 2023 Winner

George M Davis – Laurie Marinaro  – 2023 Winner
Anthony Bambrola, Lara Gaine, Ana Palacios, Arielle Lowe, Renee Cherry, Toni Ann Zuzulo – Nominees

IEYMS – Rhonda Boychew – 2023 Winner 
Daisy Kershaw – Nominee

Jefferson – Alex Urso, Monique Brickle, & Stacey Fudge- 2023 Winner
Holly Bruni, Laura Russo – Nominees

NRHS – Josephine Dobbins – 2023 Winner
Yvette Ayala – Nominee

Trinity – Sinead Deans- 2023 Winner
Michael Hilderbrand, Melissa Kelly – Nominees

William B. Ward – Meagan Turner-2023 Winner
Ann Briscoe- Nominee

Central Administration – Dahlia Ochoa – 2023 Winner

Community Bridges Award – AJ of AJ’s Burgers

Please spread the good word – Hope to see you all to celebrate at the “Best night in New Rochelle” !

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We Are One 2023