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SPAN Webinar

START Inclusion Webinar

 Promoting Inclusive Practices Utilizing New Jersey’s Tiered System of Supports

Join SPAN for a lunchtime Inclusion Webinar for parents, caregivers and professionals that will focus on using New Jersey’s Tiered System of Support (NJTSS) to guide meaningful and successful Inclusion. NJTSS is an evidence-based framework for implementing academic and behavioral supports and interventions to improve achievement for ALL students.

Meeting Date Change

The SEPAC January meeting date has changed.  Our meeting will be held in the CHS Library, Monday January 9th @ 7:30pm.  Details and meeting agenda to follow shortly.

Nov 3 Special Services focus group

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-9-16-45-amSOMSD Special Services Focus Group:

Thursday November 3, 6:30-8:00 pm
Columbia High School Chorus Room

17 Parker Ave, Maplewood

The South Orange Maplewood SEPAC encourages its members to attend Thursday’s focus group with the professional firm hired to lead the search for SOMSD’s next Special Services Director.  Strong and independent leadership will be critical as the Special Services Department faces the programming, administrative, legal and financial challenges ahead.


Given the importance and history of the Special Services Department, and the questions that were raised in previous hiring processes, SEPAC fully supports the Board of Education decision to use an independent firm capable of conducting a transparent and wide search.  We will need the absolute best person we can find to fill this role, and the small cost of a professional search pales in comparison to the costs of a special services department that is not well run. 


Please join us Thursday November 3rd  in providing perspectives from the parent community that will help identify successful candidates for this important role at this critical time for our District – and our students.

-South Orange, Maplewood SEPAC Executive Board Members

2016 BOE Candidate Statements

2016 Board of Education Candidate Statements on Special Education

Please remember to Vote Tuesday, November 8th.


The SEPAC Executive Board


SOMSD Budget Letter / SEPAC

SEPAC Budget Letter 2016

First SEPAC Meeting

Please join us October 5th @7:30 in the CHS Library for our first SEPAC meeting of the 2016-17 school year.  Agenda will be posted in advance of the meeting.

Special Needs Pool Party

sped pool party 2016

New resource packet

SEPAC Special Education Resource Packet

The SEPAC worked all year to get information from district officials so we could put together the Special Education Resource Packet.  This  document is a comprehensive guide to the special education process, containing district contacts, information on SEPAC and the Special Education PTO, the difference between an IEP and a 504 plan, as well as other  special education resources.

SEPAC Meeting 3-15-16


I.      Welcome Jenny Lindstrom                                                   7:30


II.     Introduction to the College Process

        for SEPAC Families                                                            7:45

            Mary Durante, College Counselor, High School Administrator

            Elizabeth Benedict, Learning Specialist

            Joe Giglio, Director of College Counseling, former College

            Admissions Director


III.    Special Services Updates                                                  8:45

             Ella Rideau, Director, Special Services


IV.    2016-17 District Budget Mike Donoghue                           9:00


V.    SEPAC Updates & Announcements                                  9:15

            Section 504 Administration

            Updated Special Ed Guide and Resource Packet

            Call for nominations: 2016-17 SEPAC Executive Committee


VI.    Adjourn                                                                                9:30

So what is going on at the Montrose School?

The new South Orange Maplewood School District’s Montrose Early Childhood Center and its Director, Renee Joyce, are hosting an informal meet and greet on Thursday, June 4 at 7 pm (raindate: Friday, June 5).

This will be an evening of questions and answers about how the building will be utilized starting September 2015 and an opportunity to get firsthand information about its exciting programming.

*Bring your own lawn chair, and the group will assemble on the front lawn of Montrose School, 358 Clark Street, South Orange.

All are welcome.  For questions about the event, please call Ms. Joyce at 973-378-7600, ext. 3040.