What is SEPAC or PAC?
Since 1986 Massachusetts state law requires all public school districts to have a Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) to help ensure FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education).
“The SEPAC duties shall include but not be limited to: advising the school committee on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities; meeting regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of the school committee’s special education programs.”
*See the Speakers tabs for the year’s schedule of meetings.
2014/15 BOARD: Elected for 2 YEAR TERMS
CO-CHAIR/PRESIDENT - DIANE HERTH (2008-) retiring 6/2015
CO-CHAIR/SECRETARY - HELANE CHILDS (2011-) term expires 6/2015
TREASURER - DR. ANN DEMICK (2011 - ) term expires 6/2015
Liaisons: Assigned by board
OSGOOD - BARBARA STEFAN 2014-
DEER HILL - DR. STEPHANIE PEABODY HUDSON 2013-
MIDDLE SCHOOL - TRICIA CIFRINO 2013- retired 5/15
MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL - FRANCHESCA ARNOLD 2013-
SCHOOL COMMITTEE - MARY MCGOLDRICK 2014-2016
DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES - MARY BUCHANAN (2014- )
What do the Cohasset SEPAC board members do?:
Every parent or legal guardian is already a member of SEPAC! All parents, guardians and grandparents of students will want to attend meetings and learn how to help their children! We are always looking for volunteers to help in many ways from being on the board to sending us interesting speakers to post, or simply to pick up the coffee for meetings. It takes a village and we are volunteers to help each other, help our children receive FAPE and get the education they deserve so that they may grow into happy and involved adult citizens. (Special Education 101)
You are NOT alone. How can Cohasset SEPAC help? How can you learn more?
2014-15 CALENDAR OF SPEAKERS
(As we near the speaking date, click the SPEAKERS tab for full description of speaker.)
SEPTEMBER 16th 10am-12pm Community Room, CMHS
“SEPAC COFFEE” Meet & Greet the new Director of Student Services, New Team Chairs, New pre-school Autism teacher, specialists, and councilors and hear what they bring to Cohasset.
OCTOBER 7th SEPAC Speaker 7-8:30pm Paul Pratt Library, Community Room
“Basic Rights” presented by Mary Buchanan, Director of Student Services
OCTOBER 15th Parent-to-Parent Support Coffee 11-1pm @ home of Helane Childs 73 Pond St..
“ORGANIZE YOURSELF” presented by the Cohasset SEPAC Board. Pre-order 2” binder (for each grade) $15 with pre-labeled tabs and helpful information
NOVEMBER 4th SEPAC Speaker 7-8:30pm Paul Pratt Library, Community Room
“ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURIES” presented by Dr. Janet Kent founding director of South Shore Impact Clinic and Marissa Frank, DPT. As a parent you are expected to take a class on Concussions when you sign up your child for sports. Come and learn in depth the cause, signs and treatments of concussions and other Acquired Brain Injuries.
DECEMBER 2nd SEPAC Speaker 7-8:30pm Paul Pratt Library, Community Room
“THE BEHAVIOR CODE: EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES for the student with ANXIETY” presented by Jessica Minahan, BCBA & Author of "The Behavior Code".
JANUARY 13th SEPAC Speaker 7-8:30pm Paul Pratt Library, Community Room
“UNDERSTANDING MY CHILD’S LEARNING STYLE” presented by Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN).
JANUARY 21st Parent-to-Parent Support Coffee 11-1pm @ home of SEPAC board. Great place for advise on anything from services to doctors and activities for siblings. Babies are welcome.
FEBRUARY 3rd CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW
To be rescheduled: “EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION” presented by Federation for Children of Special Needs (FCSN)
MARCH 3rd SEPAC Speaker 7-8:30pm Paul Pratt Library, Community Room
“CREATING A VISION” presented by Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN)
APRIL 7th SEPAC Speaker 7-8:30pm Paul Pratt Library, Community Room
"Understanding a Neuropsychological Evaluation and How to Use Test Results to Monitor Progress and in the IEP Process.” Reva S. Tankle, Ph.D., Pediatric and Adolescent Neuropsychologist
APRIL 29th Parent-to-Parent Support Coffee 11-1pm @ home of Osgood Liaison Barbara Stefan,
Great place for advise on anything from services to doctors and activities for siblings. Babies are welcome.
MAY 5th SEPAC Speaker 7-8:30pm Paul Pratt Library, Community Room- TBA
JUNE 2nd SEPAC Get Together! 7-9pm Mr. Dooleys “Celebration of Successes and Looking Ahead”. Election of officers whose term has run out occurs at this meeting. Nominations are encouraged up until this meeting!