Concord/Concord-Carlisle SEPAC SEPTEmber 2019


  • Co-Presidents Comments
  • Opening Day: Dr. Bill Henderson on Inclusion
  • Special Education Forum: Inclusion in our Schools
  • Back to School Night Calendar
  • The 411: Who's Who at our Schools
  • Your 2019-2020 SEPAC Board
  • Be Part of our Team

Co-President's Comments

We hope you had a wonderful and relaxing summer. Here at the SEPAC we spent the summer relaxing and enjoying our families but also getting ready for this year by updating our website, welcoming new board members and liaisons, planning great events, and getting to know our new Director of Student Services Ruth Grube. We are happy to welcome her and look forward to an exciting and event filled year. Wishing you all the best in the 2019-2020 school year.

- Carol Yelle and Shaina Brito SEPAC Co-Presidents

"We are better together." Dr. Bill Henderson

Opening Day: Dr. Bill Henderson on Inclusion

On Monday, August 26th Concord Public and Concord-Carlisle High School teachers and administration started their school year with a presentation by inclusion powerhouse Dr. Bill Henderson.

Dr. Henderson was an educator in the Boston Public Schools for 36 years. In 1989, he was appointed principal of the Patrick O'Hearn Elementary School with a mandate to include students with significant disabilities. He did this with great success and has had wide-spread recognition. Upon his retirement, the O'Hearn Elementary School was renamed The Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion School.

Dr. Henderson's opening day presentation was just the start of the school districts' initiative and strategic plan focus to be an inclusive...

Special Education Parent Forum: Inclusion in our Schools

The Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District together with the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) want to hear from parents about inclusion in our schools. We would like to learn from you directly about approaches that have been successful for your child with disabilities, where you think change is needed and gains could be made.

One of the priorities highlighted this year from the District Strategic Plan is the inclusion of students with disabilities and the valuing of all learners. The district and schools will be creating goals related to ensuring all students feel welcome and valued in our schools.

There are two ways you can help by providing this important feedback. Firstly, we are holding a parent focus group, jointly hosted by Laurie Hunter and the Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC).

When: Thursday, September 5th from 10:00 - 11:30 am

Where: Conference Room 4, Ripley Building, Meriam Road

The focus group attendees will also include Ruth Grube, Director of Student Services, members of the School Committee and also a representative from each building from Pre-K through to CCHS.

Secondly, if you are unable to attend or would prefer to share your information confidentially, you can email the SEPAC Co-Presidents at concordsepac@gmail.com.

Back to School Night Calendar

Back to School Night gives us the opportunity to learn important information about our child's classroom experience, to get know the teacher and other caregivers, and to build that all important home-school relationship. Be sure to introduce yourself! Teachers love to get to know the adults in their student's lives.

  • Alcott Elementary School - Tuesday, September 10, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
  • Willard Elementary School - Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm
  • Thoreau Elementary School - Wednesday, September 11, 6:15 pm-8:00 pm
  • Peabody Middle School - Thursday, September 19, 6:45 pm-8:00 pm
  • Sanborn Middle School - Wednesday, September 18, 6:45 pm-8:00 pm
  • Concord-Carlisle Regional High School - Thursday, September 12, Freshman Parents 6:00 pm. All Parents 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

The 411: Who's Who at Our Schools

The 2019-2020 school year brings new administrators and new SEPAC liaisons to our schools. Knowing who's who will help you get to know your student's school and also help you navigate should you have a question or issue. We've put together a list of administrators and SEPAC liaisons for each school along with their email address to help make finding this information easier for you. Click the button below to find your school.

Your 2019-2020 SEPAC Board

  • Co-President's - Carol Yelle and Shaina Brito (concordsepac@gmail.com)
  • Secretary - Sara Nichol (saranichol@gmail.com)
  • Events Chairs - Tali Ditman (tditman@gmail.com) and Andrea Smith (ansanto@aol.com)
  • Technology Chair- Becky Robichaud (beckyrobichaud@gmail.com)
  • Publicity Chair - Helen McKinlay (helenmmckinlay@gmail.com)

Be Part of Our Team

Join a community of parents working together to ensure that our students get the very best possible education. Volunteering is also a great way to get to know the administration, teachers, and staff in our districts. Want to get involved but don't have time for a big commitment? We have many small tasks like reserving meeting rooms that can be done from home at anytime of the day!

Contact us at concordsepac@gmail.com and see how you can be part of the team. Or come to our next board meeting on September 26, 2019 12:30-2:30 at the Hunt Recreation Center 90 Stow Street in Concord and meet us!

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