Student Services

Newton Public Schools

Greetings from Elizabeth Fitzmaurice, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services


It has been an absolute pleasure to visit our schools and see staff and students engaged in meaningful learning opportunities this fall. Our partnership with the greater school community allowed a smooth transition to a more traditional school experience and we appreciate the support from all of you to make this fall a success.

I am surrounded by a talented and dedicated team who also worked tirelessly to support our educators in preparation for the fall opening. Maura Tynes (Director of Elementary Special Education), Lisa Langone (Director of Secondary Special Education) and Paula Black (Assistant Director for Student Services) are all available for any questions you may have.

Our Student Services team is focused on increasing our efforts to collaborate with the families we serve. Please help us learn how to serve you better by completing our Student Services Family Engagement Survey.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us. I hope you and your children have a wonderful school year.

Yours in service to education,

Elizabeth S. Fitzmaurice, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent for Student Services

Frequently Asked Question: I have a question about my child's IEP. Who do I contact?

Q: I have a question about my child's IEP. Who do I contact?

A: The first page of your child's IEP lists a Case Manager. That is your first contact for any general questions.

Q: What if I can't find my copy of the IEP?

A: Please reach out to the team specialist in the buildings for preschool and elementary school student information. At the middle and high school level please contact the building's student services administrative assistant. Contact information for these staff members is available on each school's website.


Happy Fall! It's hard to believe how fast the school year is going and that holidays will soon be upon us! At SEPAC, we are moving forward with several projects that I hope will be very helpful for the special education community. We have begun a parent discussion/support group to focus on Big T transition (the transition from school to whatever comes next); have begun a collaborative document for caregivers to begin sharing resources with one another; and have already held several presentations. The next SEPAC meeting is Tuesday, November 16th, 2021 from 7-9pm. We will be in person at the Education Center and also have zoom available as well. Those meetings are a great time to collaborate and ask any questions. Our next upcoming presentation is being held virtually on November 18th, 1-2pm titled 'Coordinating your Special Needs Financial and Estate Plan.'

We are always better as a community, and we welcome everyone interested in special education in Newton to all events. We also maintain a google group for caregivers to connect with one another. All details and links are on the SEPAC website, Please do not hesitate to email if you have any concerns, questions or comments.

Please consider taking a few moments to help us serve you better by taking this survey


Jessi Champion

SEPAC chair