The Student Services Department of the Northampton Public Schools oversees Special Education, English Language Education, Family Engagement and Early Childhood departments in the Northampton Public Schools. Additionally the department ensures compliance with the 504 process in the district and supports homeless and foster students. Supports provided through the Student Services Department continue to be aligned with the established regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and policies and laws for educating students with limited English proficiency.
Student Services Administrators:
Pamela Plumer, Ph.D., Director of Student Services, email@example.com
Celeste Malvezzi, M.Ed., CAGS, Associate Director of Student Services, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marianne Lockwood, M.M., M.Ed., Associate Director of Student Services, email@example.com
Lauren Barry, M.Ed., Family & Student Engagement and English Language Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click on the links below for more information about the departments, and click HERE for a list of our current district-wide and school-based faculty/staff.
During the week of March 1, 2021 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Northampton Public Schools. The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students.
In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson(s) of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations.
Parents and other individuals may call Alaena Podmore, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (781) 338- 6706 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.
Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the (district or charter school) with a report with information about areas in which the (district or charter school) meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the (district or charter school) requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at http://www.doe.mass.edu/psm/tfm/reports/.
Durante la semana del 1 de marzo de 2021, la Oficina de Monitoreo de Escuelas Públicas (PSM) del Departamento de Educación Primaria y Secundaria realizará una Revisión de Monitoreo Enfocada Escalonada de las Escuelas Públicas de Northampton. La Oficina de Monitoreo de Escuelas Públicas visita cada distrito y escuela chárter/autónoma cada tres años para monitorear su cumplimiento de las regulaciones federales y estatales de educación especial y de derechos civiles. Las áreas de revisión relacionadas con la educación especial incluyen las evaluaciones estudiantiles, la determinación de la elegibilidad, el proceso del Equipo del Programa de Educación Individual (IEP) y el desarrollo e implementación del IEP. Las áreas de revisión relacionadas con los derechos civiles incluyen el bullying (acoso escolar), la disciplina estudiantil, la restricción física y el acceso equitativo a los programas escolares para todos los estudiantes.
Además de la visita in situ, comunicación con los padres es un aspecto importante del proceso de revisión. El presidente de revisión de la Oficina de Monitoreo de Escuelas Públicas enviará a todos los padres de estudiantes con discapacidades una encuesta en línea centrándose en áreas clave del programa de educación especial de su hijo/a. Los resultados de la encuesta contribuirán al desarrollo de un informe. Durante la revisión in situ, la Oficina de Monitoreo de Escuelas Públicas entrevistará al/a los presidente/s del Consejo Asesor de Padres de Educación Especial (SEPAC) del distrito. Otras actividades in situ pueden incluir entrevistas al personal y administradores del distrito, revisiones de los registros estudiantiles y observaciones in situ.
Los padres y otras personas pueden llamar a Alaena Podmore, directora de supervisión de escuelas públicas, al (781) 338-6706 para solicitar una entrevista telefónica. Si una persona necesita un acomodo, como interpretación, para participar en una entrevista, el Departamento hará los arreglos necesarios.
Aproximadamente 60 días hábiles después de la visita in situ, el presidente del departamento de revisión proporcionará al (distrito o escuela chárter/autónoma) un informe con información sobre las áreas en las que el distrito o escuela chárter/autónoma cumple o excede los requisitos reglamentarios y las áreas en las que el distrito o escuela chárter/ autónoma requiere ayuda para corregir o mejorar las prácticas. El público podrá acceder al informe en http://www.doe.mass.edu/psm/tfm/reports/.
September 10, 2020
August 11, 2020
All families of students with IEPs in the Northampton Public Schools, please complete this survey.
August 7, 2020 Update:
Summer Update: Students who are receiving summer programming are being contacted individually by a Special Education Teacher, OT, PT, or Speech Pathologist to arrange a schedule for the summer services. Most academic services are being provided virtually, and some in-person OT, PT is being arranged. We hope to begin on July 13, once we have the proper PPE and have completed all necessary trainings to ensure the health and safety of our faculty and students. Services will only occur in person with parent permission.
May 18, 2020
I wanted to give you two updates. First, our department is still in the planning phases of how we will be able to provide summer services to those students whose IEPs call for extended year services. Districts have been waiting for guidance from the state regarding when in-person services will be allowed. As of today’s press conference with Governor Baker, no decision has been made. Last Friday, the guidance we received from DESE is to “plan for continuation of remote learning for the summer” and to “develop readiness for in-person instruction if it becomes possible.” We have surveyed our faculty and have many teachers and related service providers who have said they will work this summer. Our priority is to ensure students receive virtual support until we are able to provide support in-person. We will also be working closely with our department of health to ensure all necessary safety precautions are taken if we are able to return in person sometime this summer. As soon as we have any more guidance, we will share more detailed plans with you.
Also, I wanted to inform you that I have renewed my contract for next year and will be continuing in Northampton. This is such a difficult time, and I am committed to continuing to support your children and our community.
April 22, 2020
April 17, 2020
Our office has been working with our faculty regarding the completion of our Remote Learning Plans for Services. We have met with almost every school, and those meetings will be completed by Tuesday. We are utilizing the plan that DESE shared last Thursday afternoon. You should receive the document in the next couple of weeks for your child. Please know that while we are trying to complete over 600 plan documents as soon as possible, I have asked our faculty to prioritize the time they are using to provide services and supports for your students. The plans will document the services that we have put in place. And, as I noted in a previous message, those plans may shift over time.
DESE also shared some documents this afternoon. We will be emailing these to families next week, but we are also posting them below.
Additionally, please see this message regarding Student Services Administrator staffing for the 2020-2021 school year.
To view our Special Education Resource Guide for families to use as a resource for this period of school closure, click here. The document also includes a link to technology support in accessing tools like google classroom, clever, etc. in both English and Spanish.
***In addition to our Resource Guide, stay tuned to this site for websites from Related Service Providers, like this one from our OT and PT Departments:***
Click here to read a message that was shared on the SEPAC Listserve on March 24, 2020, about staffing changes for Student Services Administrators.
The English Learner (EL) program (Click for a detailed website) is designed to support students whose first language is not English. Students who are screened and found eligible for EL services receive English Language Education (ELE) instruction from a certified EL educator. They also receive Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) from their core content teachers. These two components of the ELE program provide a comprehensive educational experience for English Learners.
As a school district and community, Northampton strives to recognize, embrace and welcome multilingual and non-native English speakers from all cultures. NPS educators continue to enhance the academic and social experiences of incoming students in the district and seek to enrich the relationships with their English Learner (EL) families.
El programa de Estudiantes de inglés (EL) está diseñado para apoyar a los estudiantes cuyo primer idioma no es el inglés. Los estudiantes que son evaluados y elegibles para los servicios de EL reciben instrucción de Educación del Idioma Inglés (ELE) de un educador certificado en EL. También reciben inmersión en inglés protegida (SEI) de sus maestros de contenido básico. Estos dos componentes del programa ELE brindan una experiencia educativa integral para los estudiantes de inglés.
Como distrito escolar y comunidad, Northampton se esfuerza por reconocer, acoger y dar la bienvenida a hablantes de inglés multilingües y no nativos de todas las culturas. Los educadores de NPS continúan mejorando las experiencias académicas y sociales de los estudiantes entrantes en el distrito y aspiran a enriquecer las relaciones con sus familias de Estudiantes de inglés (EL).
The Northampton School District maintains a continuum of services for eligible students with special needs. Services include modifications and accommodations provided within the general education classroom to support children with special needs in general education, specialized instruction in special education classrooms, substantially separate special education programs, and related services. Related services include speech/language, occupational, and physical therapy, psychological evaluation, assistive technology, specialized consultation, behavioral supports, and school adjustment counseling. Special education programs within the Northampton Public Schools are designed to ensure that eligible children receive a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.
District special education programming conforms to the requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a federal education program enacted in 1975 to improve educational opportunities for children with disabilities, as well as to the requirements of the Massachusetts Special Education Regulations. Programs provide special education and related services to children who qualify as a child with a disability including:
- Developmental Delay
- Intellectual Impairment
- Sensory Impairment
- Neurological Impairment
- Emotional Impairment
- Communication Impairment
- Physical Impairment
- Health Impairment
- Specific Learning Disability
If you have concerns regarding your child, you can contact the following individuals:
Preschool: Education Team Leader, Isabel Romero, email@example.com
Leeds: School Principal or School Psychologist, Kira Henninger, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridge: School Principal or School Psychologist, Andrew Koerner, email@example.com
Ryan Road: School Principal or School Psychologist, Clara McCoy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackson St: School Principal or School Psychologist, Jasmine Sicotte, email@example.com
JFK Middle School: Education Team Leader, Keddie Loughrey, firstname.lastname@example.org
NHS: Education Team Leader, Sara Ann Krause Lloyd, (413) 587-1344 x3112, email@example.com
Additional information is available from the Massachusetts Department of Education www.doe.mass.edu, your child’s school, or the Northampton Student Services Office: