Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

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The Nashoba Regional School District’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is a parent-led group providing support to parents & guardians of children who have an IEP or 504 Accommodation Plan.

SEPAC membership is open to everyone in the Nashoba Regional School District Community. Meeting dates and locations are included in the Nashoba Regional School District Calendar.

To join the SEPAC mailing list, send a request to nashobasepac@nrsd.net

  • We send out a monthly newsletter via email.

  • Check out our SEPAC flyer, click here

  • SEPAC BYLAWS- Click here for more information 

Contact SEPAC

Co-Chairs- Kimberly Karn  and Frances Morgan, email: nashobasepac@nrsd.net
Secretary - Nicole Thomas   
Treasurer - Kaitlyn Smith

Town Representatives


Bolton 
Florence Sawyer - Karen Yesue and Erika Elzey    

Lancaster
Mary Rowlandson - Charlene Cabral Luther Burbank - Melissa Whalen

Stow

Center - Jenny Blounts
Hale- Lindsey Dyda

High School

Isabel Wells

Social Media
Facebook postings - Melissa Whalen
Find us on Facebook  (NRSD SEPAC) or follow us on Twitter (@NRSDSEPAC)

Upcoming Free Workshops

An IEP for My Child - October 30, 2018 @ 7:00PM

Nashoba Regional High School (Room 216)- 12 Green Road, Bolton, MA  7:00 PM

The Nashoba SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) invites you to join us, in partnership with the Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN), as we host An IEP for My Child. This presentation will delve into the Individual Education Program (IEP) document, its development, the breakdown of each section and understanding how the document will support a student. For more details, click here


Decoding the Neuropsychological Evaluation -November 15, 2018 @ 7:00PM

Center School (Science Room- C131)- 403 Great Road, Stow, MA  01775 
This talk will inform listeners about neuropsychological evaluations, specifically covering the following topics:
  • What makes a good neuropsychological evaluation and how does it differ from a school evaluation?
  • When should you get a neuropsychological evaluation for your child?
  • How to find a good neuropsychologist: avoiding common pitfalls in the process.
  • How to best use a neuropsychological evaluation to effectively support your child.

There will be some time for specific questions from the audience. Nancy Roosa, PsyD has been providing neuropsychological evaluations for children since 1997. She is a senior clinician at NESCA and her thorough assessments are particularly appropriate for children with complex profiles and those whose presentations do not fit neatly into any one diagnostic box. For more details click here


Past Events 

October 2, 2018 - Meet the Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Joan DeAngelis Florence Sawyer School-100 Mechanic Street, Bolton- 7:00 PM
For more details, click here

September 6, 2018  -   Basic Rights in Special Education Workshop Nashoba Regional High School-  7:00 PM
For more details, click here
September 18, 2018-  Empowering Children by Improving Reading Comprehension and Study Skills- The Kerrigan Classroom Florence Sawyer School- Media Center (2nd floor) - 7:00 PM
For more details, click here
April 10, 2018 Topic: Social Skills Curriculum and Supports: Preschool through High School Where: Florence Sawyer Media Center - 7:00 PM
Speakers: Valerie Beyranevand, Kristen Diggins and Danielle Deyorio, Speech and Language Therapists
Form more information 
Click here
March 22, 2018 Meeting and Co-Chair Election Where: Florence Sawyer Library, Bolton For more information- Click here
March 15, 2018  Topic: Transitioning to College for Students with Learning Differences Speaker: Cheryl Gallaugher, NRHS educator
Location: High School, Room 216
Time:  7:00 PM
For more information- 
Click here   Document 2  PowerPoint
Thursday, January 18, 2018:   Topic:  Basic Rights in Special Education Nashoba Regional High School-  Room 216 - 7:00 PM
Provided by the Federation for Children with Special Needs
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - Luther Burbank Middle School - 7:00 PM Topic: How Are We Teaching Your Child? Co-taught math program
Speakers: Teaching team from Luther Burbank Middle School 

Last year the district embarked on new professional development to assist students in finding success in mathematics while supporting students to appreciate and admire the beauty and power of mathematics and the tools it offers.  At the same time, we want teachers (both regular and special education) to enjoy teaching meaningful mathematics in meaningful ways to all children, without exception. We want them to demonstrate their fidelity to two key objects:

(a) Children—all of them realize their potential, and

(b) Mathematics with rigor

Welcome to the New District Leadership - Tuesday, Sept. 27th at 7:00PMJoan DeAngelis, Director of Pupil Personnel Services and Superintendent Brooke Clenchy

Making Sense of Your Child’s Neuropsychological Evaluation Wednesday -Oct. 19th at 7:00PM
Dr. Joseph Moldover, Board Certified Neuropsychologist

Understanding the Special Education Process when Your Child’s Behavior Interferes with their Ability to Access Curriculum, and/or Navigating their Social World - Tuesday, Nov. 15th at 7:00PM
Lonnie R. Ouellette, M.A./M.Ed./Cert. BIA, Parent Ed./Behavior Specialist

Understanding Basic Rights in the Special Education
Process Provided by the Federation for Children with Special Needs

Social Security Benefits & Employment for Students in Transition from School to Adult Life - Thursday, Jan. 12th at 7:00PM

Transition Planning: It’s Important to Think About All the Time -- Wednesday,March 15th at 7:00PM (Especially for parents of Middle School students) -

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How to Deal with Something You Never Planned On:A Parents’ Guide to All of the Emotions that Come with Raising a Child with Differences - Thursday, April 6th at 7:00PM

Susan Senator, author of 3 books including Making Peace with Autism, mother of an adult son w/ ASD

Do you have ideas for topics you’d like to hear about and discuss?  Please come to a meeting or email us at nashobasepac@gmail.com.  Follow us on Facebook (Nashoba SEPAC) or Twitter (@NashobaSEPAC)

Cheryl Gallaugher, Special Educator from NRHS

Click here to download lecture slides

Cheryl Gallaugher, Special Educator from NRHS

Click here to download lecture slides