OSS Newsletter: June 2019
Published on Jun 17, 2019 10:00

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  JUNE 2019
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Special Start
  • Special Start leadership team has worked with educators on identifying and delivering high quality instructional practices for students with disabilities.
  • Relocation of classroom moves that will support the cohesiveness of the program.
  • Enhanced communication with families with use of Kaymbu.
  • For the SY 2019-2020, Special Start will have new staff, including a new school psychologist and new lead teacher.
Upper School & High School
  • Many positions have been posted for the expansion of the OSS Post Graduate Program at CRLS, serving 18-22 year old students who require transition services.
  • We have schedule mapped for students with IEPs at all four upper schools and finalized the master schedule at CRLS with a robust collaboration between OSS and General Education.
  • We held 5th grade transition meetings and 8th grade transition meetings to prepare receiving 6th and 9th grade teams to be able to best meet the needs of our students with disabilities. At least 50 OSS staff participated in each of these meetings.
Language-Based Learning Disabilities
Due to an increase in enrollment, the Office of Student Services will reopen the second Language-Based Learning Disabilities (LBLD) classroom at the Graham and Parks School. The LBLD program enrolls students in grades two through eighth.

Program Location:
Graham & Parks (Grades 2-5)
Vassal Lane Upper School (Grades 6-8)

Autism Spectrum Program
Expanding the program by adding three new elementary classrooms in the King Open, Fletcher Maynard Academy and Tobin School.

The ACE Curriculum
The Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia (ACE) "provides an interactive interface containing assessment tools, lesson plans, teaching materials and student performance." As part of our Program Enhancement Plan, teachers have started using this program as part of their curriculum plan to capture student's progress for some of our students in the ASD classroom. This allows teachers access to discrete trial programs and data collection.

We would like to congratulate the following staff members on their well-deserved awards. It is a great honor to have you part of our district.

Kristen Cunha and Phuong Bui 
2019 Outstanding Educators of the Year, recognized by Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress

Christine Parks
Irene Allard Award

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It is with mixed emotions that we announce the following retirees from the Office of Student Services.

Judith DeVincent, Confidential Secretary
Gladys Sanon, Special Educator
Jill Kervick, Paraprofessional
Edith Blue, Paraprofessional
Sarah Werner, Transition Coordinator

We would like to thank them all for their outstanding and innovative work they have done over the years. Their dedication and commitment has truly made a substantial contribution in our department and for the Cambridge Public School District. As they come to the end of this chapter, we want to honor and recognize their hard work and wish them well on their new and well-deserved passage as they transition into a new beginning.

–New Lead Teacher for Special Start
–New Lead Teacher for Upper Schools
–Ashley McCarthy will be transitioning to be the full time Lead Teacher for CRLS
–FMA, Morse, and KO will have new Inclusion Instructional Specialists
–Additional School Psychologist for Special Start
–School to Work Specialist for the OSS Post-Grad program
–Hiring new Social Worker for the Structured Academics Program

SRA Reading Mastery
On-site training for CPS Sub-separate Special Educators (ASD, Basic Academics, Functional Academics, Upper Structured Academics).

Training Dates:
June 19th: 8AM-3PM
June 20th: 8AM-3PM
June 21st: 8AM-12PM

Location: Kennedy Longfellow Activity Center

–PD- Specially Designed Instruction (SDI), progress monitoring, co-teaching
–Marilyn Friend- fostering inclusive practices
–Dyslexia Think Tank
–Strengthening mental health supports
–Partnership with Math Department

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