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Phone Number (413)587-1414 ext. 3402

Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School provides a comprehensive system of services to support student needs and ensure meaningful benefit is received from their academic and vocational experiences. All of the following services are articulated within a student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and are determined by the IEP Team. The following is
a list of the services provided:

Consultation Service:
This service provides indirect student support through consultation to teachers and/or other staff from a specialist and/or expert in the area of the disability. This service could be a meeting, phone call, or other form of communication between a specialist and a provider/teacher when a student’s disability is such that it requires more specialized support, training or ongoing monitoring by an expert in the disability area. This service can accompany a direct service.


Academic Support:
This service is usually implemented by a shared para-professional (overseen by a classroom teacher or special education teacher).  It occurs in the regular classroom setting or other setting where it is needed.  Academic support provides students with significant disabilities support through the implementation of non-standard accommodations (or accommodations that would not be reasonable for a classroom teacher to implement with a full classroom of students).

Applied Academics:
This service is implemented by a special education teacher and/or para-professional overseen by a special education teacher. This service provides students with direct instruction in the goal areas identified in the IEP.  Focus areas include but are not limited to:


•    Reading comprehension 
•    Math
•    Writing
•    Study 
•    Organization 
•    Note-taking 
•    Test-taking
•    Problem – solving
•    Compensatory strategies such as assistive technology
•    Time management


This service is a pull out service.  Students who typically qualify for this service include those whose disabilities manifest across most if not all settings and curriculum areas. 


Senior Transition Seminar:
This service is provided by a special education teacher and/or para-professional overseen by a special education teacher.  This service provides students with direct instruction in the areas identified in the IEP that are beyond the regular curriculum areas and involve greater focus on skills related to independent living and post-secondary transition.  Focus areas include but are not limited to:


•    Employability
•    Independent Living Skills
•    Decision-making
•    Resourcefulness
•    Self-advocacy
•    Goal-setting
•    Community Involvement
•    Adult Agencies and Services
•    Consumer Math
•    Transportation
•    Citizenship and Social Responsibility (legal focus)
•    Personal Finance Literacy
•    Assistive Technology
•    Health and Wellbeing


This is a pull out service.  Students who typically qualify for this service are students who fall in the 12th percentile or lower on standardized measures in the area of adaptive or independent living skills.


9th and 10th Grade Math Strategies:
This service is implemented by a special education and/or para-professional overseen by a special education teacher.  This service provides direct math instruction to students who have significant weaknesses in the area of math, especially in number sense and math calculation.  This service is a pull out service but is supplemental to the regular math class.  Students who typically qualify for this service are students who fall in the 12th percentile or lower on achievements measure in the area of math (particularly math calculation and fluency).


Developmental Language Arts:
This service is provided by a reading specialist/licensed English teacher.  This service provides students with direct instruction in the areas identified in the IEP with a primary focus being on improving reading decoding and fluency skills leading to increased comprehension and understanding of complex texts.  This is a service that takes the place of the regular English class and students do receive credit towards graduation that meets the four year English requirement.  Students who typically qualify for this service are students who fall in the 12th percentile or lower on achievement measures in the area of reading (particularly decoding or fluency).


Counseling:
School adjustment counseling is designed to offer support and direct instruction to students regarding school adjustment issues or issues that impact their ability to access and progress within the regular education program.  The direct instruction includes strategies to improve functional school skills despite barriers that may be impacting their success in school.  Issues focused on may include self-esteem, attention, anxiety, peer relations, social navigation, behavior, etc.  This service usually goes hand in hand with outside counseling.  Collaboration between outside agencies, home and school for these students is imperative to their success.  Students who typically qualify for this service are student who demonstrate characteristics of social/emotional disturbance, students who lack in social pragmatic skills, students whose behavior is impeding on their ability to participate in school and students with anxiety and/or chronic attendance issues.  


Social Skills Group:
This service includes direct instruction by either a school adjustment counselor or speech language pathologist (or both).  The premise of this service is to provide students with a small group structured opportunity to learn and apply appropriate social skills.  Students who typically qualify for this service are students who have been identified as having significant difficulties in the social arena and lack age appropriate skills needed to navigate social interactions, impacting their ability to make social progress in school.   

 

Related services such as speech, physical and occupational therapy, are available where need is indicated in the Individualized Education Plan.

 

A transitional special education team meeting takes place at the sending school for all incoming students. A Smith school representative participates in the meeting to help plan services for students entering Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School.

 

 

Ellie Wilson, Team Chair
Jess Moulton, Special Education Teacher
​Stephanie Whitley, Special Education Teacher
Kim Kretyer, Special Education Teacher
Kristen Keane, Special Education Teacher
Dr. Jane Riley, School Psychologist
Suzanne Wright, Speech and Language Pathologist

 

 

If you have concerns regarding your child’s IEP please contact the special education liaison.  If you have questions or concerns regarding the special education process, testing, or would like to discuss referral for a special education evaluation, please contact Student and Career Services at (413)587-1414 ext. 3402.

 

*All special education programs and services are determined by the IEP team; students cannot select into these courses during the course selection process.

 

Rebecca Wanczyk, Director of Student Services (413)587-1414 ext. 3402

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Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School

80 Locust Street,

Northampton, Ma 01060

Phone: 413-587-1414

Fax: 413-587-1406

Email: info@smithtec.org

Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex,gender identity, disability, religion or sexual orientation.