Cardinals in SESSion

Special Education and Student Supports - September Issue

Important News from Our Nest

Special Shoutout to one of our very own SPED Teachers, Nicole Kumar, for coming up with this incredibly creative name for our newsletter!

District vs. School Newsletter
  • This newsletter, "Cardinals in SESSion," serves as the main source for SESS related news within Greenwich High School and our Community Connections Program. Please follow us by clicking the orange button! For District SESS information, please click HERE and follow as well!

PPT Scheduling

  • In an effort for our teachers to serve your children to the maximum extent possible, we have switched to block scheduling for PPTs. Each house has specific letter days and times that coincide with each Case Manager's schedule. While we will always accommodate families, please keep in mind this change was made to maximize service provision and minimize disruption to your child's schedule and routine.

Monitors, now, "Managers"

  • New "lingo," same role. What we used to refer to as a "Monitor" will now be referred to as a "Case Manager." In the days to come, you will receive a Welcome Letter from your child's Case Manger. Please read this carefully, as this is your "go-to" person! Get to know them, as they are your first contact for anything related to your child's IEP.

Teacher Goals

  • This year our Special Education Teachers will be focusing on goals centered around students fostering independence through self-advocacy and transition exploration. We'd encourage you to have conversations with your child around this topic. Additionally, we would also like to see more students attending PPTs! As they approach adulthood it is important we are helping students advocate for their needs and be part of the PPT process! We're excited to have your support in reaching these goals!

Parent Nights (or maybe mornings)!

  • Please take a moment to complete the survey below indicating which times are best for you as a parent to meet to discuss particular SESS topics. CLICK ME!


  • 9th, 10th and 11th graders will take the PSAT on October 12th during the day.
  • 9th and 10th grade students are automatically signed up for the exam and 11th graders had the opportunity to sign up through September 20th, 2022. Please contact your child's counselor with questions.
  • PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide (10th and 11th grade)

    PSAT 8/9 Student Guide

Mrs. Love's Class Putting in the WORK!

Teacher Feature: Meet our New Special Education Teachers!

Kristina Remy

Kristina is beginning her 16th year of teaching. She has previously taught at Middlesex Middle School in Darien, CT, Eagle Hill in Greenwich, and other private schools in New York. She is excited to join Greenwich High School! In her spare time, she enjoys watching tennis, playing golf with her friends, baking and cooking, and spending time with her 13 year old Beagle named Tyler.

Susie Flaherty

Susie has returned to the classroom after being a stay at home parent to her two sons. With one son in college and one in 11th grade, it was time to return! Susie has experience in teaching in alternative programs and in the Academic Lab classrooms at Darien High School. Susie also taught English at the Wilton Evening School. Certified in both Special Education and English, she is happy to be starting a new chapter here in Greenwich!

Lesley Shearer

Lesley is a seasoned educator, former event planner and Mom to three. She has taught preschool and beyond and has also counseled High School seniors applying to colleges. Lesley is a Massachusetts native and still roots for the home teams! She is excited to be working with the Greenwich High School community.

Huge School...Here's a Cheat Sheet (We Needed It)!

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Mark Your Calendars!

CT-SEDS: Our New Hub for "All Things IEP/504!"

As I'm sure many of you may know, we have switched to a new system for IEP Documentation. The program is called CT-SEDS and will take the place of "Frontline." The entire state of Connecticut is switching to this new platform. In an effort to "go digital," you will receive important documentation from your child's PPT within the, "Parent Portal." Within the system you can sign or view documents with the click of a button! The new system is meant to make life easier for you as parents. Attached, you'll find information on how to access the "Portal" and an example of the old IEP, as compared to the new IEP.

As with any new program, there are glitches. Rest assured, we report these to the state and work to rectify any problems in a timely manner. We are grateful for your patience during this rollover.

Please note, you will receive an email prompting you to make an account when a document is sent to you.

Community Connections Gets Out in Greenwich!

Tech Tip!

Tune in for Tech Tips from our Assistive Technology Specialist, Meagan White!

Your high school student has access to the Google Extensions "Snap and Read" and "Co-Writer" by Don Johnson Inc. "Snap and Read" is a text-to-speech application and "Co-Writer" is a word-prediction and voice-to-text application. See the links below for quick guides!

Guide to Snap and Read

Guide to Co-Writer

Meet Your New Coordinator for School Counseling

Ms. Iannello has been a school counselor for the past 28 years, most recently at Portland (CT) High School since 2004, where she provided extensive academic and college advisement to students and families. Additionally, she provided special education leadership for teachers and staff as an administrator for 504 meetings and was the administrative representative in Planning and Placement Teams meetings. Ms. Iannello will be responsible for ensuring Greenwich Public Schools students enrolled in grades 6-12 receive the appropriate school counseling services, including developmental program, career counseling, personal counseling, academic counseling, and post-high school planning. In addition, she will serve as the District’s Section 504 coordinator.

Meet Your New Special Education Program Coordinator, Leah Zilich!

As the new Program Coordinator for Greenwich High School and Community Connections, I feel honored and humbled to serve the families of Greenwich. I join you from New York as an Assistant Principal of Special Services for Southern Westchester BOCES. Prior to this I served as a Special Education Teacher, General Education Teacher, Assistive Technology Specialist and Intervention Coordinator in Norwalk, Connecticut. I've had the pleasure of meeting many of you and I look forward to getting to know ALL of you and your children as we embark on a new year, together.

It is my belief that through open communication, full transparency and building a foundation of trust we can ensure that services are integrated and individualized, goals are meaningful and measurable, and students are at the forefront of all decision-making.

When I am not working, I love to ride my Peloton, take my one-eyed rescue dog on walks in the park, do pilates and craft for my staff! As a former Lacrosse coach, I am a sports enthusiast and can't wait to cheer on the Cardinals (hoping they win more games than the Jets)!

Please never hesitate to reach out to me via email at or by phone 203-625-8018.

P.S. Thank you to ALL the staff, students and families that have welcomed me into the GHS "nest." I felt the love from Day 1!

Join SEAC!

Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC)

The purpose of the Greenwich Special Education Advisory Council(SEAC) is to build full, equal and equitable partnerships between families, GPS and community partners, on a council that gives advisory opinions to the Board of Education on matters pertaining to the education and safety of students with disabilities.

General membership is open to any interested GPS parent or guardian of a child with a disability, previously known to have a disability, or suspected of having a disability, under the IDEA or Section 504, or who is currently eligible to receive Special Education or 504 accommodations and services, from ages 3-22, and who are both residents of the Town of Greenwich.

If you would like to be part of the Greenwich SEAC's general membership, please complete this short form to add your email to the distribution list. The first meeting of the 2022-23 school year is Tuesday September 20, 2022 at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held virtually; please see the attached link.

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