SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
The Masconomet Regional School District provides a variety of programs and related services for eligible special education students. Local options for special education students are modified and adapted each year to meet the needs of the student population.
Learning Center – Students in the Middle School may receive special education services in small group classes or inclusion classes. The Special Education staff provides these services in a number of settings including: general education/inclusion classrooms, academic support lab classes, Learning Center English and Math classes, or Learning Resource Center classes and labs. Support services provide students with assistance mastering concepts presented in their academic classes and/or remediation of basic skills needed for successful participation in their academic classes. Learning Center classes taught by special education teachers offer an alternative for those students unable to meet even the modified requirements of the general education classes.
Language Based Classrooms – The LB classes provide small group instruction that is highly structured. Instruction in presented in a highly structured, organized manner, using oral and visual methods to support comprehension and to emphasize important concepts and main ideas. Lessons spiral back to previously learned material for review and to ensure continued mastery, and to relate to new information. Reading, writing, spelling, and oral language skills are taught and reinforced across the curriculum to facilitate continuity, generalization, and internalization.
Learning Resource Center – The LRC provides developmentally appropriate modified curriculum at an individual pace. Within the functionally based curriculum, students typically participate in the MCAS-Alt Assessment and create portfolios of their work. Students are exposed to multi-sensory teaching strategies enhanced with the use of assistive technology. When appropriate, the students have daily opportunities to participate and learn in general education classrooms with support.
Learning Lab – The Learning Labs provide support for students who require specialized assistance and are working towards achieving individual IEP goals and objectives. The program provides monitoring, collaboration with general education teachers, and individualized support in math, science, ELA, social students, organization, executive functioning skills, and all other content areas. It is staffed by the special education program coordinators and/or paraprofessional tutors.
Academic Support Center - Both the Lower House (grades 9-10) and the Upper House (grades 11-12) provide support for high school students through an Academic Support Center. Students are provided with tutorial support to assist them in meeting the requirements of their general education classes. In addition, instruction is provided for students with weaknesses in various areas such as reading, writing, organizational skills, study skills, and executive functioning skills. Students typically receive support on a daily basis as specified in their Individual Education Programs.
Language & Literacy Center – At both the High School and Middle School the Language & Literacy Center provides support for students who require instruction in reading skills; including decoding, encoding, fluency, and comprehension. The Language & Literacy Center also provides support and specialized instruction in writing skills.
Co-Taught Classrooms – At both the High School and Middle School co-taught classrooms provide specialized instruction with a high staff-to-student ratio for students who are able to access the general curriculum given the appropriate level of support in the general education classroom. The classes are taught by a licensed course content teacher and a highly qualified special education teacher.
Accommodation in the General Education Classes Only – Students who have demonstrated the ability to make effective progress in general education without direct support services from a resource room staff, but who require accommodations only in the general education classes, and have a diagnosed disability may qualify for a Section 504 plan - this is a general education option.
Adaptive Physical Education – The Adaptive Physical Education services focus on the use of movement to help students improve gross motor skills. Working with small groups, the Physical Education teacher provides motivational activities including sports, games, and conditioning exercises.
Direct Reading Instruction – The language & literacy specialists provide multi-sensory structured language programs that teach phonology and phonological awareness, sound-symbol association, syllable instruction, morphology, syntax, semantics. Instruction is taught in a multisensory systematic and cumulative approach.
Speech and Language Therapist – The Speech and Language Therapist provides services for students in Grades 7-12 who are experiencing significant difficulties with expressive and/or receptive language. This staff member also provides speech and language assessments for students.
Occupational Therapist – The Occupational Therapist assesses the development of fine and gross motor skills as well as visual-perceptual motor development. Problems in these areas might result in poor handwriting, lack of normal dexterity, and difficulties in eye/hand coordination. The therapist develops remedial programs when necessary and provides direct therapy or consultation and supervision as necessary.
Physical Therapist – The Physical Therapist provides support services to students with physical challenges related to functioning in the school environment. Areas addressed may include strength, muscle tone, endurance, balance and range of motion.
Vision Services – provides instruction in utilizing Braille, large print, optical and non-optical low vision devices and other skills that are necessary to attain academic, social, vocational and life adjustment skills, literacy and acquisition of information using tactile, visual, and auditory strategies.
Orientation and Mobility Services – Orientation and mobility services provide students with visual impairment, including blindness by qualified personnel to enable those students to attain systematic orientation to and safe movement within their environments in school, home, and community.
School Psychologist – The School Psychologists work with staff, parents and colleagues, and conducts assessments. They also provide referral information and consultation to parents, students, administrators and teachers.
School Nurse – The School Nurses conduct school health services, administer medication (including necessary psychotropic medications) according to the guidelines of the Department of Public Health and assist with physical examinations, immunizations and regular screening for vision, hearing, scoliosis, height and weight and district screening program. In addition, the school nurses can inform the TEAM about health-related matters and developmental history.
School Counselors – School Adjustment Counselors are available to provide school-related counseling support for identified students. They each provide individual and small group counseling as well as crisis intervention and outreach work for students with special needs.
Transition Specialist – The Transition Specialist works with students to assist them in preparing for their transition from Masconomet High School to the post-secondary world of work or higher education. She works with teachers and counselors to provide training in job skills, social skills, and other life skills needed for a successful transition to adulthood. The Transition Specialist develops jobs on campus and also builds partnerships within local businesses in the community providing students a variety of vocational opportunities to practice skills in an authentic workplace.
Consortium Programs – The Masconomet Regional School District is a member of the Northshore Education Consortium (NEC) and the Collaborative for Regional Educational Services and Training (CREST), which provide programs and services for students with low incidence educational needs. Information regarding these programs and services is available from the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services.
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