Welcome to Special Services

The Office of Special Services offers a continuum of programs and services for pre-school and school-age students with disabilities.  School–aged students can receive services either through an Individualized Education Program or a Section 504 Accommodation Plan.  Quality educational programs and services are provided in the least restrictive environment to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of our students.  Related services such as speech & language, counseling, hearing impaired services, vision services, occupational therapy and physical therapy are also available to students.  All services are provided in compliance with the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.

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Special Services Events

  • Office of Special Service - District Office

    Psychologist Staff Meeting

    Psychologist Meeting @ District Admin. Office

    Special Services
  • Office of Special Services

    Speech & Language Pathologist Staff Meeting

    Speech & Language Pathologist Meeting for Staff @ District Admin. Office

    Special Services
  • District Admin. Bldg.

    Special Education MS & HS Staff Mtg.

    Special Education MS & HS Staff Mtg. @ District Admin Bldg.

    Special Services
  • Evans Park

    ELF Special Education Staff Meeting

    Special Education Elementary Staff Meeting @ Evans Park

    Special Services
  • District Admin. Office

    Psychologist Staff Meeting

    Psychologist Staff Meeting @ District Admin. Office

    Special Services
  • Evans Park

    Special Education Elementary Staff Meeting

    Elementary Special Education Staff Meeting @ Evans Park

    Special Services
  • District Admin. Office

    Speech & Language Pathologist Staff Meeting

    Speech & Language Pathologist Staff Meeting @ District Admin. Office

    Special Services
  • District Admin. Bldg.

    Special Education MS & HS Staff Mtg.

    Special Education MS & HS Staff Mtg. @ District Admin. Bldg.

    Special Services
  • Evans Park

    Special Education Elementary Staff Meeting

    Elementary Special Education Staff Meeting @ Evans Park

    Special Services
  • District Admin. Bldg

    Special Education MS & HS Staff Mtg.

    Special Education MS & HS Staff Mtg. @ District Admin. Bldg.

    Special Services
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Speech & Language Services

Speech/language specialists provide diagnostic testing to help determine the extent and origin of communication problems that may be interfering with academic achievement.  There is one Speech/Language specialist at each of Pearl River's five schools.  They provide services to students with moderate to severe communication disorders including voice, fluency, hearing and language deficits.  These student services are specified in an Individualized Education Program designed by the Committee in Special Education.

Speech & Language Pathologists:

Colleen Moore,  Evans Park Elementary & Pearl River High School

Stephanie Hommel,  Lincoln Avenue Elementary & Pearl River Middle School

Stephanie King,  Evans Park Elementary & Franklin Avenue Elementary

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School Psychologists

School Psychologists provide a broad range of services to all students, including the assessment of individual needs and problems, consultation with teachers, administrators and parents, direct intervention with students, and program development for students, parents and staff.  There is one psychologist for each of Pearl River's schools, with the exception of the High School, which has two.  The psychologists serve on the Instructional Support Team, coordinate the screening of new entrants, act as the case managers for students receiving special education services, and are mandated members of the Committee on Special Education.  Using classroom observations, interviews and formal testing, the psychologists identify the issues affecting academic performance and behavior, and develop strategies in cooperation with the school, family and student to address the situation.  School psychologists work with teachers, parents, and outside resources to promote academic success, reduce behavior problems, and enhance the personal well being of all students.  

Psychologists:

Ellen McCabe
District Office (845) 735-7212
Franklin Avenue (845) 920-7405

Dr. Rebecca Massa
District Office (845) 735-0268
Pearl River Middle School (845) 620-3893 

Krystina Jimenez
Evans Park (845) 620-3953

Dr. Michael Simboli
Lincoln Avenue (845) 920-7415
Pearl River High School (A-G) (845) 620-3817

James Calisi
Pearl River Middle School (845) 620-3887

Jamie Martens
Pearl River High School (845) 620-3810

Norma Canals

 

Committees on Special Education & Preschool Special Education

The Committee on Special Education (CSE) is a multi-disciplinary team that identifies children in grades K-12 with special education needs such as learning disabilities, speech and language impairments, physical disabilities, emotional disturbance, mental retardation, etc.  The CSE recommends programs and services to support the academic program.  The Committee is composed of personnel from the Pearl River schools including a chairperson, school psychologist, special education teachers, general education teachers and a parent of the student receiving special education services. (School physician, related service providers, and a parent member are involved when applicable.) Although it is natural for parents and staff members to be concerned about designating a child as having special education needs, such designation provides assurance that a specially designed program will be provided to the child by the district.  At the preschool level, the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) identifies children ages three to five that need special education and recommends appropriate state and county approved pre-k programs/services.

Individualized Education Program (IEP)

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a formal document enumerating the special services planned for a student who has been designated by the Committee on Special Education or Committee on Preschool Special Education.  The IEP contains a summary of the student's strengths and weaknesses, present levels of performance and specific educational goals.  It also indicates the nature of the disabling condition and the recommended program and placement.  The IEP is the teacher's guide for instruction and states the criteria used to determine the effectiveness of the instructional plan.