Pupil Personnel Services and Special Education
Scott Rice - Director of Pupil Personnel Services
Please contact the following Department Members for information regarding areas indicated:
Nancy Charalabakis, Department Secretary: 845-855-4625
- Middle School Grades 5-8
- High School Grades 9-12
- Out of District Students - All Grades
Laura Gioffre, Department Secretary: 845-855-4626
- Elementary School Grades K-4
- Preschool Children
The Pawling Central School District offers a variety of general education, Special Education programs, and support services to meet the needs of all students. Our teachers related service personnel, and support service personnel, (guidance, social worker, nurses and psychologists), use a collaborative and coordinated approach to support students’ strengths and needs. Various teaching methodologies and strategies accompany this approach to help our students reach academic success.
We have established a cooperative relationship with our neighboring BOCES, (Dutchess BOCES and Putnam/ Northern Westchester BOCES), and New York State Education Department approved private schools, and agencies. These agencies provide various technical, Special Education, and remedial programs and services to some of our district students.
Our district believes in early identification and the provision of interventions, programs and services to meet our students’ needs to ensure academic success, in the general education classrooms. If interventions are necessary, referrals are made to our building level teams to review student progress. These referrals go through the RTI teams, (Response to Intervention), at Pawling Elementary School and Pawling Central Middle School; and through the SST, (Student Study Team), at Pawling High School.
If additional interventions are necessary, referrals to the CSE, (Committee on Special Education), may come from the Building Principals and their RTI and SST teams; Director of Pupil Personnel; and from parents who suspect their child has an educational disability. Parents who have questions or concerns may contact their child’s respective building principal or Pupil Personnel Services office at 845-855-4625 or 845-855-4626.
For parents of our preschool children, ages 2 1/2-5, may make referrals directly to the Committee on Preschool Special Education. Parents who have questions or concerns may contact the Pupil Personnel Services office at 845-855-4626.
Partnership in Academic and Social Excellence (PASE)
Pawling CentralSchool District designed the PASE program for students with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). The PASE program is designed to serve classified middle school and high school students (grades 9-12) on the Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) spectrum, with average and above average intellectual capacities whose educational difficulties are often due to deficits in social skills. This program affords students opportunities to progress academically towards a Regents Diploma and fosters appropriate social skills and behaviors through intensified programmatic supports. In addition there are ongoing educational training opportunities and supports for the staff and parents.
Developed because there was a need for services for Autistic Spectrum Disorders (PDD, Autism, Asperger) at the middle school and high school levels, the PASE Program has served students successfully for years.
- Social skills training: This includes group counseling provided by the psychologists and guidance counselors to help students learn to initiate and maintain appropriate social interactions with their peers and adults. Social skills training is supported by the provision of speech therapy concentrating on socialization and pragmatic skills and promoted and guided daily by well trained teaching assistants in this area. Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy services are also provided.
- Integration: PASE students are integrated with their non-disabled peers; this program design eventually reduces the need for crisis intervention for most of its participants.
- Students new to the program begin an orientation process and attend classes according to their needs.
- All students are enrolled in either highly supported integrated, and/or non-integrated classes and receive on going social skills training which support academic and social development.
Capacity – 8 students at the Middle School and 8 students at the High School.
- NYS Student Support Service Center
- Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
- Social Anxiety
- NYS Special Education
- Dutchess BOCES Service Guide
- Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES - Special Education
- National Reading Panel
- Council for Exceptional Children
- Florida Center for Reading Research
- Brain Injury - TBI
- Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic
- Mind Matters
- NYS RtI - Buffallo State University
- Dyslexia Defined Yale University