Together We Can
May 23, 2022
I want to thank the Special Education Advisory Council members for their dedicated work this year and for completing the end-of-year update. They presented the update at the Board of Education meeting this past Thursday. Congratulations on finishing the second year of the SEAC committee!
I will also be presenting an end-of-year update on the progress made toward the recommendations in the PCG report at the June 3 BOE meeting. I want to thank all of the GPS staff, parents, and community members for all of their hard work this school year. I am excited about what we can accomplish next year!
A reminder that tonight, May 23, The Office of Special Education and Student Supports and the Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) is hosting an in-person event with Dr. Lydia Soifer on Executive Functioning and Working Memory. Please come join us at Greenwich High School in the Media Center tonight at 7:00 PM!
Stacey Heiligenthaler, Ph.D.
Chief Officer of Special Education and Student Supports
What We Are Seeing 👀 Around the Schools
North Mianus School
Ms. Heizman at North Mianus was working in a small group with her fifth-grade students on Math IEP goals and objectives. It was nice to watch them solve math problems and collaborate together on how they came to getting their answers. Both students were such active participants and had a nice rapport with each other and Ms. Heizman!
Shrek The Musical at North Street School
North Street School put on their first in-person musical performance this school year, 'Shrek The Musical.' The students did a wonderful job!
On May 18, a group of GPS parents participated in another interactive and fun workshop led by Drs. Fabian and Alina Boie. They learned and practiced strategies to foster independence with their children, how to manage behavioral challenges and how to embed brain principles into daily parenting.
Professional Development at Old Greenwich
Classroom teachers, professional assistants and all art/music/media/PE specialists working with Jillian Moccia from @CES_Connecticut about teaching neurodiverse learners
Career Day in the Wellness Center
The GHS Education and Wellness Center sponsored Career Day on May 20. Students from the Center, ESL Program, and General Ed had the opportunity to hear presentations from:
- Greenwich Police Department
- Greenwich Fire Department
- Greenwich EMS
- Family Centers
- Quad Jobs
- Town of Greenwich/Human Resources
- US Army, US Navy, US Marines and Army National Guard
Presentations were informative and provided students with options for future career planning.
Workshops and Resources
New IEP/ CT-SEDS "Preview Session"
The CSDE has completed its' 11 brief “IEP Preview Sessions” to highlight the improvements to the IEP and special education processes, you can access the preview sessions on its website.