February 13 Meeting

Meeting Agenda: Agenda 2018-02-13
The next meeting of the Medway SEPAC will be held on:
Tuesday, February 13, 2018  
at 6:45 PM
in the Medway High School Library (2nd Floor)
and will feature a presentation by the Federation for Children with Special Needs on: 
Basic Rights in Special Education
Note: Based on feedback from parents and the presenter, we decided to switch the order of our two upcoming presentations by the Federation for Children with Special Needs so that the workshops can more effectively build on one another.  Now: 
– Basic Rights in Special Education will be on February 13
– An IEP For My Child will be on March 13
Also at the February meeting, we will be voting on proposed updates to the SEPAC Blyaws.  The current bylaws and proposed revisions are available here so that you may review them prior to the meeting, if you wish.  
According to our current bylaws, to be eligible to vote on the proposed changes, you must: 
– be the parent or guardian (or student over 18) of a student receiving special education services through MPS (IEP or 504) 
– have attended at least one MSEPAC meeting in the past 12 months.
If you do not meet both of these criteria (or are not sure) but would like to vote on proposed Bylaw changes, you can email medwayspedpac@gmail.com *at least one week prior to the meeting* to request voting status.
We hope to see you on the 13th!
Medway SEPAC Officers 2017-2018
Sarah Brady – Chair
Mendy Tarkowski – Vice Chair
Lisa Jackey   – Secretary
Jennifer Pavlov – Treasurer

Next Meeting: December 12

Please join Medway SEPAC for our next meeting on Tuesday, December 12.

Our featured speaker will be Dr. Ryan Sherman, Director of Wellness for Medway Public Schools, speaking to us about Strategies for Managing Holiday Stress.

We will also have the opportunity to meet the two new Educational Team Supervisors (ETS) hired this Fall, Christine Myers (grades 9-12) and Rebecca Kiley (grades K-4).

Please come at 6:45 to take care of some SEPAC business before hearing from these MPS professionals.

Flyer Dec 2017 Wellness

The draft agenda for the meeting is below (may be updated in the interim):

Agenda 12_12_17

In addition, all are invited to join SEPAC Officers for a review of our current bylaws and preliminary discussion of potential modifications to the bylaws:

Agenda Board 12_12_17

Connect with us on facebook to RSVP to this event (not required)or hear about upcoming events of interest.

Medway SEPAC November Update

SEPAC Members and Friends,
We hope you and your families enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  
Thank you to those who came out for our November event with Jessica Minahan.  
We hope that you enjoyed the presentation as much as we did!  We hope to continue the tradition of hosting a banner event like this one each Fall in collaboration with the Office of Student Services.  If you have ideas for speakers we might consider for future years, please let us know.
Several people asked about handouts from the presentation.  Ms. Minahan did not bring handouts to this event, but she did tell us afterward that she would be happy to provide them to parents who contact her directly.  You can reach her through her website: www.jessicaminahan.com   You can also find a list of her future speaking engagements at that site, in case you missed her presentation or would like to see her again.
We also found a piece of jewelry at the front of the auditorium following the presentation.  If you lost one that night, please contact us.
Our next meeting will be on December 12, 2017 
At 6:00, Officers will meet to discuss potential modifications to our SEPACs bylaws, based on a review of our current bylaws as well as those of other local SEPACs.  All are welcome to join us to contribute your thoughts about this process.  Our current bylaws, with revisions already proposed at the October meeting, can be found here.
Note that no bylaw changes will be finalized until any proposed amendments are voted on at two separate general membership meetings.  
At 6:45, we will conduct general SEPAC business, including approval of previous meeting minutes, and updates on the work of the MCAS subcommittee, our financial accounting procedures, and the ongoing bylaw review. The meeting agenda will be posted on our website when it is finalized.  Draft minutes from the October meetings are posted here and November’s draft meeting minutes will be posted prior to December’s meeting for your review.
At 7:00Ms. Rebecca (Becky) Kiley and Ms. Christine Myers, Medway’s two newest Education Team Supervisors, will briefly introduce themselves to SEPAC Members.  
After these introductions, Dr. Ryan Sherman, Director of Wellness for Medway Public Schools will speak to us about Managing Holiday Stress.
Following Dr. Sherman’s presentation, we may return to discussing SEPAC business and/or parent-initiated topics if there is time and interest.
We will meet in the Medway High School Library. A flyer for the meeting is attached, please feel free to distribute to other groups or individuals who may be interested.
Welcoming Becky Kiley and Christine Myers
We hope that you all received the email from the Kat Bernklow, Director of Student Services, regarding the new K-4 Education Team Supervisor (ETS) that Medway has hired.  We welcome Rebecca (Becky) Kiley to the district and we look forward to working with her.  Ms. Kiley and Ms. Christine Myers, who was hired this Fall, will attend our December SEPAC meeting to introduce themselves to our members.  Please come out and meet them!
As a reminder, the current ETS responsibilities are:
Pre-K: Vicky Fanelli
K-4: Rebecca Kiley
5-8: Vicky Fanelli
9-12: Christine Myers
Future SEPAC Events:
Please Save the Date for two upcoming SEPAC meetings featuring presentations by the Federation for Children with Special Needs
  • February 13 (7:00): An IEP for My Child  (Snow date: 2/27)
  • March 13 (7:00): Basic Rights in Special Education

We are also hoping to put together an Adult Social Event (possibly a “Paint N Sip”) and a Family Social Event (likely a playground visit) for later this Winter/Spring.  If you have ideas for these events or would be willing to help us organize them, please let us know by email or at a meeting!

We hope to see you soon!

Your Medway SEPAC Board


Upcoming Meetings: MCAS Subcommittee and SEPAC Board

The SEPAC Subcommittee on MCAS Disparities, headed by Carla Cataldo, will meet with members of MPS administration *tomorrow* 11/16 at 5:15 p.m., which is immediately before the Superintendent’s chat on this topic (at 6:00).

Agenda MCAS Subcommittee 11_16_17

In addition, the SEPAC board will meet on Tuesday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Medway Public Library.  All are welcome to attend and contribute your ideas.

Agenda Board 11_21_17