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Pupil Services

Welcome to Pathfinder Pupil Services Department

We are so glad you have chosen our school for your high school career. This Information will give you an overview of the procedures and services available at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School. As a student whose learning is supported with an Individual Education Program (IEP), our department is here to work with you and your family to make certain that the structure of your schedule is organized to ensure your success at Pathfinder. Because the IEP process for students ages 14 and older can seem very different compared to middle school processes, we hope the information in this brochure makes your transition to Pathfinder smooth and your high school experience what you hoped it would be!

 

 

Director of Special Education: The Administrator who oversees the Special Education Department/Guidance is Mrs. Nicole Heroux.

Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Desiree Dewey

School Psychologist: Dr. Daniella LaBarre not only does testing for our school but works with many students on crisis issues

School Adjustment Counselor; Mrs. Kathleen Connelly

Special Education Technology Coordinator: Mr. Michael Forrest

Speech Pathologist: Mrs. Lisa Fuller

 

Special Education Content Area Teachers:

These special educators are licensed in both special education and academic content areas such as English, Math, Science , and History. They provide specialized instruction i n parallel academic courses.

General Education Teachers:

These teachers work with students in the general education classrooms, utilizing the accommodations and modifications specified in each student's Individual Education Program (IEP).

Liaison:

This Special Educator works with students and consults with general educators and families. The Liaison provides information for the student’s IEP Team meetings, writes Progress Reports and m eets with the student to check i n on progress and/or concerns. A student's Liaison may or may not provide direct instruction for th e student and it is the Special Educator who oversees IEP implementation within Pathfinder.

Grade 9/10

Mrs. Marina Latourelle

Grades 11/12

Mrs. Jean Masztel

 

 

As a student whose learning is supported with an Individual Education Program (IEP), the Pupil Services department is here to work with you and your family to make certain that the structure of your schedule

 

Options for Special Education Services at Pathfinder Regional:

  • General Education Classes: Students receive specifically designed instruction with supplementary aids and services in general education classrooms.
  • Small Group/Substantially Separate Classes: Direct specialized instruction provided by special educators.
  • General Shop Program: Vocational settings for 9th grade students with IEPs who may require the modified pace and curriculum of a self-contained shop program prior to being placed in a general education shop site.
  • Combination of Classroom Settings: Students with IEPs maybe placed in any combination of classroom environments based on their needs. They may follow a completely modified academic schedule and receive shop and academics every day. They may receive specialized instruction in math and/or ELA with all other classes taught in the general education setting. Services are scheduled within the the two week model (two weeks of academics followed by two weeks of shop throughout the school year.
 

Although your Liaison is a key contact for you and your parents at Pathfinder, here are some websites that might be helpful.

Pathfinder Special Education Directory http://www.Pathfindertech.org

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education http://www.doe.mass.edu

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/mrc?

 

 

Anti-Discrimination Statement at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, political belief or affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, homeless/ homelessness and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law in any aspect of the access to, admission, or treatment of students in its programs and activities, or in employment and application for employment.

Furthermore, District/School policy includes prohibitions of harassment of students and employees, i.e., racial harassment, sexual harassment, and retaliation for filing complaints of discrimination.

Your participation in your IEP Team meeting is now essential because your personal goals and plans are the key to developing your IEP and Transition Plan.

  • It may seem far away but what you hope to do after graduation is now the focus of your IEP. Your Guidance Counselor and Special Education Liason will work with you to clarify your personal Vision. As you learn more about careers your plans may change, but we will work with you and your parents to develop a clear post-secondary vision statement each year for your IEP. Once you turn 14 this vision statement becomes the focus of your IEP.
  • To ensure all assessments are current and to meet the requirements of the special education law for high school students, we may recommend updating older evaluations or providing new transition assessments. We will get permission for any evaluations from you and your parents before they are completed. Your participation in your IEP Team meetings is no longer an option but an opportunity for you to share with your family and teachers what is working for you and supports that you have found you may need. You will be invited to every IEP Team meeting and the other Team members will rely on information from you to develop your IEP. We will work with you and your family to make sure that you are comfortable and prepared for each Team meeting.
 

We look forward to servicing you child and you for the next 4 years.  Please contact us with any concerns or support you need.