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Special Education

The Staples Special Education Department offers a comprehensive program of education and support service for students who are eligible for services. Programs are designed to meet student needs based upon an individualized education plan.

Special Education should be considered only after adjustments and remedial strategies have been designed, implemented and evaluated in the regular educational program through a pre-referral process. There is a formal referral, assessment and placement process for special education that must conform to state law. Parents who believe their child may have a disability and require special education services should contact their child’s school.

Please find the link for the guidance document from CT State Dept, Building a Bridge here, which provides information on how to be proactive in ensuring that goals for self-advocacy, college, training, employment and/or independent living are included in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in preparation for the transition from high school to young adult life. 

Department Administrators

Rosemarie Ampha  Assistant Principal, Special Education rampha@westportps.org 203-341-1239
Jessica Lennon Secretary, Special Education jlennon@westportps.org 203-341-1240
Emily Barksdale Secretary, Planning & Placement Team ebarksdale@westportps.org 203-341-1223
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Valerie Babich

Titles: Coordinator of Psychological Services
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School: 203-341-1237

Kathryn Brown

Titles: Social Worker/Open Choice Coordinator
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School: 203-341-1245

Elizabeth Calabro

Titles: School Psychologist
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School: 203-341-1227

Daniel Cohen

Titles: School Psychologist
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School: 203-341-1226

Jennifer Dilillo

Titles: School Psychologist
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School: 203-341-1330

Michelle Fisher

Titles: Speech Language Pathologist
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School: 203-221-2936

Deidre Flores

Titles: Speech Language Pathologist
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School: 203-341-5135

Christine Frederick

Titles: Speech Language Pathologist
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School: 203-341-1400

Jennifer Giordano

Titles: Social Worker
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School: 203-341-1244

Abigail Judge

Titles: Psychologist
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School: 203-341-1252

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Special “B” Day Schedule for Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Following period 8 dismissal, students and staff will have the opportunity to engage in Wellness and Enrichment Activities throughout the school. Please note, period 7 will meet before lunch.

 

Special Homecoming/Pep Rally “D” Day Schedule for Friday, October 22, 2021

The SHS Pep Rally will be held on Friday, October 22nd from 1:50-2:45 outside in the football Stadium. Escort your Period 6 classes down to the stadium at the end of the period (please wait for the announcement over the PA). If you have a free period or a duty period during period 6, please report to the stadium to assist with supervision.

All Friday classes will be shortened. Please note that period 5 will meet before the lunch period - period 8 on this Friday “A” Day Schedule.

Read More about Special Schedules: Wednesday, October 20 and Friday, Oct. 22, 2021

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