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Preschool : Shelter Rock : Munsey Park : Middle School : High School

Preschool

Preschool refers to students ages three through five years old. If the student received early intervention services as an infant or toddler up to age three, and may continue to need special education services, your service coordinator will assist you with transition planning and making a referral to the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE).

If the preschool-age student (3-5 years old) did not receive early intervention services, but has some delays in development such as difficulty in talking, moving around, thinking, or learning or is facing physical or behavioral challenges — you may make a referral to the chairperson of the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) who will assist you in completing the referral and evaluation process.

If you are zoned for Munsey Park Elementary School, you will contact school psychologist, Mrs. Kim Marie Jappell at (516) 267-7426.
If you are zoned for Shelter Rock Elementary School, you will contact school psychologist, Mrs. Anne Soldano at (516) 267-7459.

For more information on the CPSE referral and evaluation process, please refer to CPSE Meeting Preparation.

Once you have completed the evaluation process, the CPSE will meet and make a recommendation. If it is determined that the student has a disability that may be affecting his or her learning, the CPSE will find him or her to be an eligible "preschool student with a disability.” The CPSE sets measurable annual goals for the student and recommends the program or services to meet the student's individual needs, where they will be provided, how often and for how long in their Individual Education Program (IEP). The recommendations will be forwarded to the Manhasset Board of Education for approval.

Many preschool students with disabilities can receive the special education services they need in settings with their nondisabled peers in a local preschool environment where they are able to participate in developmentally appropriate activities. The CPSE must consider how to provide the services in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).

An eligible student may receive one or more of the following special education programs and/or services recommended by the CPSE including, but not limited to:

Related Services
Speech Therapy (ST)
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Physical Therapy (PT)
Assistive technology
Parent Training
Counseling

Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) - a special education teacher works with a child in a setting recommended by the CPSE.
Special Class in an Integrated Setting - a class with preschool students with and without disabilities.
Center-Based Special Class - a class with only children with disabilities in a therapeutic environment.

Both Special Class settings involve an eligible student requiring a more restrictive environment than a typical preschool can provide. It this is the recommendation of the CPSE, they will have a list of approved schools and providers for the parent to review. The facilities often offer tours. Parents should feel free to contact members of the PASE Board with any questions regarding this process.

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Shelter Rock

Shelter Rock Elementary School is one of the two elementary schools in the Manhasset School District. Shelter Rock includes Kindergarten through 6th grade.

A student must meet the criteria of one of the thirteen classifications defined by law in order to be classified as a special education student. The process of classification and placement are determined by the Committee on Special Education (CSE). (Note: For more information regarding this process, please refer to the IEP Information and Legislation sections of our website.)

There are a range of settings or placement options for classified students at Shelter Rock. The options range from the most restrictive setting of a self-contained class to a mainstream placement with a various levels of support. Support can include a co-teach model, direct or indirect Teacher Consultant services or special class (small group) pull-outs for Language Arts and Math. The placement and support are based on individual needs of the student as specified in their Individual Education Plan ("IEP").

For the 2017-2018 School Year:
Shelter Rock has four self-contained or small class programs. The programs have various student-to-teacher-to-teaching assistant ratios. There is a 12:1:1 class taught by Ms. Amber Manzi for K-1, a 12:1:2 class taught by Ms. Phyllis Parisi for 2nd-3rd grade, an 8:1 ungraded grade class taught by Ms. Elizabeth Theo-Moloney and a 12:1 class taught by Ms. Megan Worther for 4th-5th-6th grade.

Shelter Rock has at least one integrated co-teaching class per grade for kindergarten through 6th grade for those students who qualify based on their IEPs. Not more than one-third of each class consists of special education students. The 4.5 hours of primary instruction in these classes are taught by a general education teacher and a special education teacher.

Shelter Rock also has special class (small group) pull-outs for Language Arts and Math. For grades K-1, the LA pull-outs can use the iRead program from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and for grades 4th, 5th and 6th, the LA pull-outs use the HMH Programs, Read 180 and System 44 software, as well as small group instruction.

Related Services
Speech Therapists are on staff. Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists are hired each year as consultants for the district. Therapies are conducted as pull-outs or push-ins to the classroom during the school day. Depending upon a student’s IEP, the therapy can be individual (1:1) or group (3:1 or 5:1 ratios).

Counseling and social groups are run by either the social worker or the guidance counselor.

After School Program
The district offers an after school program called Children at Play Plus (“CAPP”) to those students who would have otherwise qualified for special education services at home after school. Children participating in the program work with staff and typical peers primarily on the social goals in their IEP. The program is held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:50 to 4:50.

Contact Information
Elementary Schools District Coordinator:
Gary LaFemina - 267-7679

Special Education Faculty: 267-7450
Erin Intrabartolo (Kindergarten)
Diana Fajardo (1st grade)
Lisa Benetti (2nd grade)
Dawn Pepe (2nd grade leave replacement)
Janice Ruben (3rd grade)
Deborah Franciotti (4th grade)
Erin McCormack (5th grade)
Mary Ann Klein (6th grade)
Michele Salmeron (6th grade)
Amber Manzi (K-1 special class)
Phyllis Parisi (2-3 special class)
Elizabeth Theo-Moloney (Ungraded special class)
Megan Worther (4-5-6 special class)

School Psychologists:
Mrs. Anne Soldano (CPSE, K-3)--267-7459
Ms. Sarah Sammis (4-6)--267-7469
Ms. Maria Stephakos (4-6 Leave Replacement)--267-

Speech Therapists: 267-7450
Lynn Prisco
Allison Savocchi
Caroline Valenski
Xochil Kruk

Guidance Counselor: 267-7484 (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
Amanda Gimondo

School Social Worker: 267-7475
Jennifer Barbieri-Smith

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Munsey Park

Munsey Park Elementary School is one of the two elementary schools in the Manhasset School District. Munsey Park includes Kindergarten through 6th grade.

A student must meet the criteria of one of the thirteen classifications defined by law in order to be classified as a special education student. The process of classification and placement are determined by the Committee on Special Education (CSE). (Note: For more information regarding this process, please refer to the IEP Information and Legislation sections of our website.)

There are a range of settings or placement options for classified students at Munsey Park. The options range from the most restrictive setting of a self-contained class to a mainstream placement with a various levels of support. Support can include a co-teach model (grades K through 6), direct or indirect Teacher Consultant services or special class (small group) pull-outs for Language Arts and Math (grades 3 through 6). The placement and support are based on individual needs of the student as specified in their Individual Education Plan ("IEP").

For the 2017-2018 School Year:
Munsey Park does not have any self-contained or small class programs this year.

Munsey Park has at least one integrated co-teaching classes per grade for kindergarten through 6th grade for those students who qualify based on their IEPs. Not more than one-third of each class consists of special education students. The 4.5 hours of primary instruction in these classes are taught by a general education teacher and a special education teacher or a teaching assistant.

Munsey Park also has special class (small group) pull-outs for Language Arts and Math. For grades K-1, the LA pull-outs can use the iRead program from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and for grades 4th, 5th and 6th, the LA pull-outs use the HMH Programs, Read 180 and System 44 software, as well as small group instruction.

Related Services
Speech Therapists are on staff. Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists are hired each year as consultants for the district. Therapies are conducted as pull-outs or push-ins to the classroom during the school day. Depending upon a student’s IEP, the therapy can be individual (1:1) or group (3:1 or 5:1 ratios).

Counseling and social groups are run by either the social worker or the guidance counselor.

After School Program
The district offers an after school program called Children at Play Plus (“CAPP”) to those students who would have otherwise qualified for special education services at home after school. Children participating in the program work with staff and typical peers primarily on the social goals in their IEP. The program is held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:50 to 4:50.

Contact Information
Elementary Schools District Coordinator:
Gary LaFemina--267-7679

Special Education Faculty: 267-7405
Jill Scionti (Kindergarten)
Ellen Lockman (1st Grade)
Valerie Cerrone (2nd Grade)
Robin Meyers (3rd Grade)
Melissa Vincent (4th Grade)
Marianne O’Donnell (5th Grade)
Elizabeth O’Shea (6th Grade)
Susan Shea (6th Grade)

School Psychologists:
Kim Marie Jappell (CPSE, K-2) --267-7426
Dr. Maria Reina (3-6)--267-7425 [Out on Leave]
Brandon Panzarella (3-6 Leave Replacement)-- 267-7400

Speech Therapists: 267-7405
Mae Meoli
Edward Rockis
Nancy Gatzoflias (2 days)

Guidance Counselor: 267-7448 (Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays)
Amanda Gimondo

School Social Worker:
Lori Pietrafesa -- 267-7448

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Middle School

Manhasset Middle School consists of 7th and 8th grades.

A student must meet the criteria of one of the thirteen classifications defined by law in order to be classified as a special education student. The process of classification and placement are determined by the Committee on Special Education (CSE). (Note: For more information regarding this process, please refer to the IEP Information and Legislation sections of our website.)

There are a range of settings or placement options for classified students at the Middle School. First, there are Special Class Programs (ID classes) where the classes are provided, on a daily basis, to students with disabilities who require a small and structured setting to meet their instructional needs in specific content areas.

Second, the Middle School has Integrated Co-Teaching Services to provide academic instruction to a group of students with and without disabilities on a daily basis for Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies (Support Classes) . In the six day cycle, a special education teacher is present every day in the daily general education class. On alternate days, the special education teacher also teaches a support class. The purpose of the support period is to pre-teach and re-teach, breakdown assignments and projects into steps appropriate for the student and to develop study guides.

In addition to the Special Class Programs and Integrated Co-Teaching Services, the Middle School also has the Consultant Teacher Model, Resource Room Programs and Learning Laboratory based on an individual student's needs.

Related Services can be administered through pull outs and push in services. The therapists try to schedule these services during a student's Lunch, Study Hall, or Support Class period. For Counseling Services, a student receives a pass in homeroom for each and every weekly session. For Speech, a student can be given a single pass to be used every week for an entire school year.

Contact Information
Secondary Level District Coordinator:
Stewart Grabelsky--267-7672

Special Education Faculty: 267-7677
Alexandra Brobmann (English)
Sally Doulton (English)
Cassandra Mercurio (English)
Daniel Bohn (Math)
Allyson Hadden (Math)
Adam Kuranishi (7th Grade Social Studies)
Michael Liberman (8th Grade Social Studies)
Karalyn Schoepfer (8th Grade Science-Living Environment)
Thomas Schoenig (7th Grade Science)

School Psychologist (Grades 7-9 CSE Students):
Dr. Holly Tricarico--267-7514

District Wide School Psychologist (Section 504 Students, Grades 7-12):
Ms. Argyro Vatakis--267-7681

School Psychologist (Educational Evaluations for Grades K-12 Students + St. Mary's & Our Lady of Grace Students):
Ms. Stephanie San Antonio--

Speech Therapist:
Nancy Domenici
Melissa Slobin
Nancy Gatzoflias (3 days)

School Social Worker:
Allison Hinke -- 267-7509

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High School

Manhasset High School consists of grades 9th through 12th.

A student must meet the criteria of one of the thirteen classifications defined by law in order to be classified as a special education student. The process of classification and placement are determined by the Committee for Special Education (CSE). (Note: For more information regarding this process, please refer to the IEP Information and Legislation sections of our website.)

There are a range of settings or placement options for classified students at the High School. First, there is the Lifeskills Program. The Lifeskills Program has three components: academics, lifeskills, and vocational skills and supports IEP diploma students. All students have individualized academic programs and are mainstreamed if appropriate. Functional lifeskills necessary for self care and independent living are taught and include: preparing, shopping and cooking, laundry, common house chores, and personal hygiene. The program also includes frequent trips into the community to practice academic and social skills in the natural environment.

The vocational skills are taught by a special education teacher with supports from an occupational therapist and speech therapist. The students learn skills necessary for different work environments and then practice those skills at different work-study venues.

Second, the High School has Special Class Programs (ID classes) where the classes are provided, on a daily basis, to students with disabilities who require a small and structured setting to meet their instructional needs in specific content areas.

Third, the High School has Integrated Co-Teaching Services to provide academic instruction to a group of students with and without disabilities on a daily basis for Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. In a six day cycle, a special education teacher is in the class to co-teach with the general education teacher every day and there is an additional support class every other day for the special education students. This model is found in 9th & 10th grade for Algebra, Geometry, Earth Science, and Living Environment and in 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade for English and Social Studies. The purpose of the support period is to pre-teach and re-teach, breakdown assignments and projects into steps appropriate for the student and to develop study guides.

Please note: there are also non Special Education Support Classes run in the High School known as X - Classes. Any general education student or a special education student can be recommended for these X - classes. They are taught by a general education teacher who provides an additional support class on alternate days.

In addition to the Special Class Programs and Integrated Co-Teaching Services, the High School also has the Consultant Teacher Model, Resource Room Programs and Learning Laboratory based on an individual student's needs.

Contact Information
Secondary Level District Coordinator:
Stewart Grabelsky--267-7672

Special Education Faculty: 267-7677
Rosalind Becker (9th Grade English)
Roseann Buckleman (10th Grade English)
Andrew Clarke (11th Grade English)
Margaret Mavros (9th & 10th Grade English)
Mark Breckles (English/Learning Lab/Resource Room)
Nicole Dolise (Math)
Christina Marra (Math)
Matthew Formichelli (Science)
Calvin Shepard (Science)
Lynn Aloia (9th Grade Social Studies)
Michele Fazzolari (10th Grade Social Studies)
Jennifer Hennessey (11th Grade Social Studies)

Heather Botelho (Health ID Class/Life Skills)
Allison Goldstein-Calderon (Teacher for Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Visually Impaired)

School Psychologist (Grades 10-12 CSE Students):
Dr. Donald Lee -- 267-7610

District Wide School Psychologist (Section 504 Students, Grades 7-12):
Ms. Argyro Vatakis--267-7681

School Psychologist (Educational Evaluations for Grades K-12 + St. Mary's & Our Lady of Grace Students):
Ms. Stephanie San Antonio--

Speech Therapist:
Nancy Domenici
Melissa Slobin
Nancy Gatzoflias (3 days)

School Social Worker:
Doris Rogers -- 267-7618

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