Special Services

Welcome to the Montrose PTA Special Services page. 
This page is designed to help families navigate the special services system
within our district and specifically at Montrose. 
Special Education students make up one-third of the population of the ten inclusion classrooms, learning side-by-side with their General Education peers. There is one self-contained classroom for students whose needs are greater. All children participate in school-wide activities. Related services are offered in the building and those include Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy. Services can be delivered as a push in to the classroom or as a pull-out model.          

All classroom teachers are NJ State Certified and have extensive experience with both Early Childhood and Special Education.  All staff is trained in using our curriculum “Tools of the Mind” and receives ongoing Professional Development.

The building houses a full Child Study Team which is comprised of a Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, a Speech and Language Pathologist.  Their contact information is on the "Meet the Staff" page. The School District's Behaviorist is available for services as needed and developing goals for students who need Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Therapy.

If you think that your child needs an evaluation for Special Services you can make a referral by following these directions:

            Write a letter and send via mail or email to:
            Dr. Laura Morana
            Interim Superintendent of Special Services
            525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ   07040
             lmorana@somsd.k12.nj.us
          
In the letter state the student’s name, date of birth, home address, a contact number so the Child Study Team can reach you to schedule appointments and a brief description of your concerns about your child.  

Once the team receives the referral, they need to schedule a meeting with you and your child to meet and discuss next steps and briefly screen their skills.  This must occur within 20 days of receipt of the referral.  If they are going to proceed with testing and you sign and agree to evaluations, they have 90 days to complete the testing, share the results with you and discuss what services may be needed to support your child.

Our PTA's Special Services Liaisons for the school are fellow parents Lindsey Stone and Alex Dubin.  Their contact info is lindseystone1@gmail.com and alexdubin@gmail.com for questions concerning the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) as well as Special Education at Montrose and in the District. See below for upcoming SEPAC Meetings.



Resources

Special Education Resource Packet
This practical guide was developed as an overview and is meant to serve as a companion piece to more comprehensive resources and legal information such as Parental Rights in Special Education ( PRISE ).
Special Education Resource Packet



Understood.org is an online resource for parents and caregivers for children with learning and attention issues. For more info on Understood, please contact Beth Cosentino here .


Support & Advocacy

SEPAC 
(Special Education Parent Advisory Committee)
SEPAC and the Special Ed PTO are now both under the SEPAC umbrella. The group meets monthly and is designed to provide opportunities for parents and community members to offer input to their district’s special services programs. It also helps families network with other families and share information about special services concerns, successes, resources, and to navigate special services.


The Parenting Center
The Parenting Center offers many workshops throughout the year and is a great resource to our community.


SEPAC - Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Meetings, 2019-2020

Location: 525 Academy Street - Board of Education Central Office Bldg.
Time: 7:30-9pm

* Thursday, October 10 - General Meeting/ Voting for New Executive Board
Attendance is encouraged for anybody with an interest in Special Education in the South Orange Maplewood School District. Introduction to the "advocacy for all" and the "support of the individual" that is at the core of what SEPAC does.

* Tuesday, November 19 - Preschool, Elementary School and Newcomers
Target audience: those with children in or entering Preschool, in or entering Elementary School or are newcomers to Special Education in the school district.

* Wednesday, January 22 - Middle School/High School
Target audience: those with children in or entering Middle School or in or entering High School.

* Thursday, February 20 - Get SMART! (IEP goals, that is)
Target audience: anyone who wants their children’s IEP goals to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-oriented and Time-bound.

* Wednesday, March 25 - Out of District 
Target audience: those with children in out of district placements and those who want to learn more about the subject.

* Tuesday, April 21 - In and out, here and there - Transitions at every age and at every stage
Target audience: those with children facing transitions from PreK to Kindergarten, fifth grade to Middle School, Middle School to High School, and High School to Beyond (with Marshall Jefferson transition also addressed.)
Plus an update on the Integration and Elementary Reorganization plans for 2021-2022.

* Tuesday, May 19-General Meeting
Year’s wrap up and parental preparation for the summer just ahead.