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Past Events

March 25, 2021

Thanks so much to everyone who came to our virtual meeting! It was so wonderful to hear from our guest, Meryl Phipps, ED for Village at Ithaca.  Thank you, Meryl, for your tips and insights!

August 4, 2020

84 people attended the SEPTA Q&A on Zoom, and we sincerely hope it was helpful.  Thanks to SEPTA VP Aimee Bacon for organizing it, to Mary Grover and Jenn Gondack for representing ICSD.

December 9, 2019 

SEPTA met at TCPL and had a really wonderful discussion about the IEP process. Lots of questions were discussed, including: If we want full inclusion, how do we make sure necessary resources are available? Key take home messages: bring an advocate with you to meetings, document all your meetings and phone calls, ask for progress monitoring reports, communicate regularly with your child’s team. Thanks to Meryl Phipps, Erin Croyle, and Amy Jo DeKoeyer for sharing their expertise!

October 7, 2019

SEPTA members voted for new officers (co-president and secretary) and met with Mary Grover and her team of Master Educators of Inclusion, to discuss their new roles in helping parents and caregivers meet their children’s IEP/504 Plan needs.  We thank everyone who attended!

May 13, 2019

SEPTA members have elected a new slate of officers for the 2019-2020 year.  Please see the “About” page for details.  ICSD Inclusion Officer, Mary Grover, BJM Principal, Susan Eschbach, and BJM Associate Principal, Bart Auble led 3 stations of discussions with attendees on co-teaching models, CSE feedback, and a general sharing of hopes and worries about school and district issues.  We truly want to thank Mary, Susan, and Bart for taking their time to organize and facilitate these important discussions with parents.  This is our last meeting of the year, and another huge thanks goes to Vicky Flavin for supervising the childcare.  Enjoy the summer and we look forward to seeing everyone in the fall.

May 6, 2019

The SEPTA fundraiser took place with Doug’s Fish Fry ToGo at the CFCU East Hill location.  A huge thank you to all who placed orders!

March 11, 2019

We had a lively discussion with Inclusion Officer for ICSD, Mary Grover, on her presentation entitled “Beyond Integration: Inclusive Supports In and Out of the Classroom.”  She discussed the school staff’s professional development options, scheduling and planning for co-teaching time, self-directed CSE meetings, station teaching, and parallel teaching.  Attendees voiced concerns about wanting more opportunity to be involved and engaged in the district’s plans and a need for a shared language between families and the school to foster better communication.  Thank you, Mary!

January 28, 2019

At the last SEPTA meeting our guest speaker was Amy Jo DeKoeyer from the Finger Lakes Independence Center (FLIC).  She discussed the special education process and where to find help.  We had parents at the elementary and middle schools in attendance as well as many ICSD staff.  Thank you, Amy Jo!

December 11, 2018

Our guest speaker was Inclusion Officer, Mary Grover, who gave an engaging presentation and Q&A on Inclusion to a large audience filled with parents and staff from the pre-k to high school levels.  Thank you, Mary!

October 15, 2018

We had the first SEPTA meeting of the 2018-2019 academic year and the election of new officers.  Our guest, Master Educator for Inclusion, Margie Shaw, gave us a district update on Inclusion as well as discussing her role, followed by Q&A with several of the parents in attendance.  Thank you, Margie!