Jan. 20 Meeting to Feature Presentation on Auditory Processing

Next week’s Special Education Community Meeting features a presentation on Central Auditory Processing Disorder.  Families and educators:  come learn more about this complex and increasingly common diagnosis and its impact on students’ learning.  See attached meeting announcement 1.20.15 SpEd Community Mtg Agenda for details and full agenda.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015      7:30- 9:30pm
District Meeting Room, 525 Academy St. Maplewood


1. Welcome –
Sonya Selig                   7:30pm
2. Announcements & Updates      
District Special Services Staff
Board Update – new BOE Liaison
Budget Update
School Liaison Updates
3. Understanding Central Auditory Processing Disorder  
Maureen Jones, MA, CCC-SLP
4. Communicating with the District:
who,                                8:30pm
what, and where to look for answers
Jane Bleasedale
5. General Discussion                            
6. Breakout Groups                              
7. Adjourn                                                  

District Update and Next Meeting December 3

Wednesday, December 3 is the next joint meeting of the SEPAC and Special Education PTO.  The meeting will be held at 525 Academy Street at 7:30pm in the main Board Room.

Board of Education Update:

At the November Board of Education meeting Dr. Barker, Director of Special Education Services, gave a district report  Special Education Update.  It was also noted in this meeting that Dr. Barker will be retiring at the end of this year.

Find a copy of her presentation HERE

The Village Green online news service reporting on various topics of the meeting, you can read more on Dr. Barker’s presentation from Village Green here:

To watch video recordings of Board of Ed meetings online at any time, courtesy of SOMAtv,  find links to the recorded meeting http://somatv.pegcentral.com/

Who can be involved in SEPAC?  Special Education Parent Advisory Groups are required for all school districts in New Jersey. The purpose of these groups is to provide opportunities for parents and community members to offer input to their district’s special education programs.
Anyone with student or students with learning needs or anyone with a student or students eligible for or receiving services under an IEP or 504 plan is welcome to attend, as well as district staff and administrators.

Please share this information and meeting reminder.  Send questions at any time to info@somsepac.org

Find the Special Education PTO here http://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/Page/215

NJCIE – Inclusion Support Event for Parents Oct. 15

Click HERE for alternate display of this notice from NJ Coalition for Inclusive Education and find a link to subscribe to their newsletter.

Registration is now open for:

NJCIE’s Free Brainstorming Opportunity
for Parents Experiencing Challenges with the Inclusion
of their Child in a General Education Setting.
Event Date:  Wednesday, October 15th
Chat Time:  12:00 noon – 1:00pm
RSVP:  By email only to Mary@njcie.org
          Include your full name & phone number
NJCIE Facilitators:
MaryAnn Comparetto, Parent Consultant and
Dawn Fabbro, Coordinator of Programming & Marketing
www.njcie.org   Who is NJCIE?   The New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE) supports families and schools in the quest to create neighborhood schools where children with disabilities and learning differences are welcomed as classmates, valued as learners, and empowered to succeed.

Meeting Dates for 2014-2015

The SOM SEPAC and Special Education PTO will be holding joint meetings for the 2014-2015 school year.

September 30
December 3
January 20
March 24
May 19

All meetings are held at the Board Office, 525 Academy Street, Maplewood NJ at 7:30 pm.

Superintendent Focus Groups in September

The school district will be holding focus groups on September 13th to gather input for the new superintendent search.  There will be focus groups for stakeholders organized by interests.  The special needs community is included as Parents of Students with Special Needs   Special Education Parent Advisory Committee, Special Education PTO, others in the special needs community

Location: District Office—District Meeting Room 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014   1:00pm – 1:45pm   New time 2:00-3:00pm

Find the flyer and the full list of focus groups including meeting times for September 13th here:  updated flyer


Superintendent Search: Focus Group RSVP, Input Needed

 The South Orange / Maplewood Board of Education

Invites you to attend a 

SEPAC/Special Education PTA

Focus Group Session on

Selection of the Superintendent

Thursday July 10, 2014
8:00pm – 9:00pm

District Meeting Room, 525 Academy Street, Maplewood
RSVP by Thursday July 3rd to Elizabeth Brinkerhoff
ebrinker@somsd.k12.nj.us or (973) 762-5600 x 1820


At this session, you will meet with Dr. Leroy Nunery of Hazard, Young & Attea, the search firm hired to find a new Superintendent.  Dr. Nunery is gathering stakeholder input in order to: 1) inform the Leadership profile (job description) and 2) identify prospective Superintendent candidates.

For those who are unable to attend, please provide input for the superintendent search using the online survey on the homepage of the district website http://www.somsd.k12.nj.us.  Updates on the Superintendent Search will also be posted on the district website homepage.

Please consider the following questions in preparation for this discussion:

  1. What are the strengths of the South Orange-Maplewood School District?
  2. What are the challenges and issues that the District faces now and in the future?
  3. What are the characteristics you think are necessary for the next Superintendent?


Meeting Announcement – New Date



NEW DATE Wednesday March 5th

Tuesday March 4th  7:30 – 9:00pm
District Meeting Room
525 Academy St. Maplewood
Please join us for a special town hall meeting of the South Orange/Maplewood SEPAC

 Come and meet your school liaison parent.

Share your experiences this year.  Let us know what is going well and what your concerns are.  Please remember that we are parent volunteers; we cannot answer for the District.  Rather, we will do our best to advocate with you on behalf of all students with special educational needs.

Who should attend?  Families of students…

  • in all grades, in all schools and in out-of-district placements;
  • who have Individualized Education Plans;
  • who have 504 plans; and/or
  • who are at any stage of the referral and intervention process.

Save the date: May 5th for our next meeting:    Parent Advocacy Workshop