Each student will ascend

Important Information

Welcome Letter to Staff and Parents

 

Morris School District

Pupil Services Department

 

August 23, 2019

Dear Colleagues and Parents,

We hope this finds you well and enjoying a restful, relaxing summer holiday. We are delighted to announce that the Pupil Services leadership team is fully staffed as of August 12, 2019. The team is comprised of the following: Danae Heywood, Supervisor, Pre-kindergarten through 5th grade, Rori Benson, Supervisor, 6th through 12th grade and transition skills, and Marc Gold, Director. As members of the Morris School District community, we are excited and eager to continue the good and necessary work that these roles entail. 

Danae Heywood has been a member of the Morris School District community since 2011, first as a Special Education Teacher at Normandy Park School, and then as a  Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant at Frelinghuysen Middle School. She is thrilled to work collaboratively with the Pre-K through 5th teachers, CST, and principals to ensure each student in the Morris School District can ascend. 

Rori Benson joined the Morris School District community in 2018 as a Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant at Morristown High School.  Prior to that she served as the Supervisor of Instruction for the Career and Technical Education Programs at Morris County School of Technology.  She brings to the team twenty years of knowledge and experience in education and passion for preparing students with special needs to be independent, productive, and confident contributors within the community and society. 

Marc Gold became a member of the MSD community in 2016, when he assumed the role of Assistant Principal, Athletic Director, and Special Education Liaison at Frelinghuysen Middle School. Before joining the FMS administrative staff he was an Assistant Principal and former Special Education Teacher at Maplewood Middle School.    

We look forward to working with each and every one of you in order to ensure that Pupil Services department continues to provide equity and inclusion for all students at all ability levels. 

Best regards,

Marc, Danae, and Rori

Child Study Team Services

CHILD STUDY TEAM SERVICES

When a student has experienced serious, persistent difficulties with some aspect of school, staff members or parents may seek assistance from the school's Child Study Team (CST). Children between the ages of three (3) and twenty-one (21), whose parents are legal residents of the Morris School District, can be evaluated by the Child Study Team (CST) to determine if there exists an educational disability.  

A basic Child Study Team is comprised of three members:

  • School Social Worker
  • Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant

  • School Psychologist

A Speech and Language Specialist is a member of the team for evaluations of preschoolers and those school age students whose presenting problems appear to be in the area of language development. Other specialists are included for some types of evaluations (e.g. an audiologist for a student with a hearing impairment or a physician when there are medical issues). 

Each school in the Morris School District has a Child Study Team assigned on a regular basis. The District contracts with a variety of agencies and professionals in private practice for some types of specialized evaluations.

The purpose of a Child Study Team evaluation is to determine if a student has a disability and is eligible for special education and related services. The criteria for making these judgments are outlined in the New Jersey Administrative Code, Title 6A, Chapter 14(N.J.A.C. 6A:14).  

Child Study Team Process


  • 1. Referral: A referral is the first step in the special education process.  It is a formal written request that a student be evaluated by the CST to determine whether an evaluation will be conducted and/or if a student is eligible for special education and related services.  A case manager is then assigned and the identification meeting is scheduled within 20 calendar days (excluding holidays).  The information is collected regarding the child’s educational process.

    2. Identification Meeting: Participants include parent/guardian, all CST members, at least one of the student’s general education teachers. A decision is made as to whether a CST evaluation is warranted.

    3. No Evaluation or Evaluation: If an evaluation is not deemed appropriate at this time, the student will return his current educational setting.  If an evaluation is deemed appropriate, an evaluation plan is written describing the required evaluations and parental consent is obtained.  The process begins and the evaluations are completed within 90 days.

    4. Eligibility: Once evaluations are completed, an eligibility meeting is scheduled to determine whether the student is eligible for special education and related services.  The case manager or evaluator will review the evaluation results and answer all questions.  The case manager will discuss the rationale for determination of eligibility or non-eligibility.

    5. IEP Meeting: Once a student has been found eligible for special education and related services or speech and language services, and IEP must be held.  This meeting is required before any special education services can commence.  The purpose of the meeting is to determine the student’s current educational status and develop a program designed to meet the student’s unique needs.  This meeting may be held immediately after the eligibility meeting with parent consent or within 15 days of the eligibility meeting.

    Parental Rights in Special Education (P.R.I.S.E.) English version (revised August, 2019) 

    Parental Rights in Special Education (P.R.I.S.E.) Spanish version (revised August, 2016)

 Preschool Programs for Children with Special Needs

Preschool Programs for Children with Special Needs

Lafayette Learning Center

31 Hazel Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
Dr. Karen Andre, Principal 
973-292-2222
karen.andre@msdk12.net

The Morris School District Lafayette Learning Center Preschool was developed to address the educational and developmental needs of students ages 3-5. It is comprised of three types of classes: inclusive classes that educate both typically and specially developing three and four-year old students; preschool classes for students with Individualized Educational Programs and the need for smaller groups sizes and more individualized programming. Although there may be a waiting list during some points in the year for general education students, there are always openings for students who are classified by our Child Study Team (CST).

The Lafayette Learning Center Preschool is a full day, 5 day a week program for all students. Our full-time staff, all of whom have met highly qualified state standards, includes certified teachers, speech therapists, behavior specialists, occupational therapists, teacher assistants, assistant behavior specialists, and a school nurse.  A school social worker is also available on a daily basis, serving as the case manager for most children with identified disabilities.

Please see the attached preschool Child Study Team timelines for evaluation and classification.

Our preschool classes employ the Tools of the Mind (TOM) curriculum, a research-based program endorsed by the NJ Department of Education.  The TOM curriculum was designed to enhance student growth in all areas of development, with a special emphasis on fostering self-regulation through the development of students’ attending, remembering, and thinking skills.  Students follow a daily schedule which includes many purposeful activities and structured environment designed to foster creativity, imagination, problem-solving, communication, meta-cognition, and the expansion of core understandings and skills. The teachers utilize the Tools of the Mind curriculum and work towards achievement of the NJ Preschool Learning & Expectations:  Standards of Quality.

If you would like to know more about our Tools of the Mind curriculum – its history, philosophy, activities, staff training, related resources, or samples of play plans, please access the TOM website at Tools of the Mind.

We also offer a Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling (CABAS©) preschool program. This program is a research based, individualized educational program that accelerates student learning. The Accelerated Independent Learner (AIL) classroom is a general education inclusion classroom. The instructional staff includes graduate level students in the Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis Program at Columbia University. The classroom teacher is a doctoral candidate and the teaching assistant(s) is a masters level student. The program is overseen on a weekly basis by University professors in the program.

If you would like to learn more about this program, please see the tab below dedicated to our CABAS program.  

Elementary Special Education Program Options

Elementary Program Options

Program in the Elementary Schools  include the following:

  • In class support (ICS) classes are available in all schools and provide support instruction from a special education teacher.  This is a class that is co-caught by a general education teacher and a special education teacher.  This additional support from a special education teacher takes place in the general education classes.  The specific type of service for each student is determined through the Individualized Education Plan.  ICS classes are offered at every grade-level in every elementary school here in the MSD. 
  • Self contained classes are located in most buildings. The preschool handicapped program offers special education and related services for children beginning at age three and continuing until they are eligible for Kindergarten. These Multiple Disability classes serve the needs of students with Autism and other significant disabilities, who cannot make appropriate progress in a general education class. 
 
  • Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling (CABAS©): The Morris School District partners with Columbia University to educate students in the special and general education settings. The CABAS© program offers a self contained program, grades preschool through 5 in two of our elementary schools and grades 6-8 in our middle school.  In addition, the Accelerated Independent Learner (AIL) model of instruction is also a CABAS© program that educates students with special needs and typically developing peers in the same general education classroom.  If you are interested in this program, please contact Danae Heywood, Supervisor of Pupil Services, Pk-5, for additional information.  If you would like to learn more about this program, please see the tab above dedicated to our CABAS program.  

 
  • Out of District placements are made when a student's needs can not be accommodated within the District. There are a range of programs available in other public school districts that accept tuition students, and in programs administered through various agencies. Private schools approved for services to children with disabilities also provide specialized programs. Occasionally, the IEP Team places a student in a school that is an accredited facility, but not approved by the New Jersey Department of Education for special education services.
 
  • Transitional Support: All case managers discuss each and every student's educational plan with their new case managers during transitions from school to school. Parents may also request the new school case manager be present at their annual IEP meeting.  Requests should be made to the current case manager at least two weeks prior to the annual review meeting.  

Transitional Support

  • Transitional Support: All case managers discuss each and every student's educational plan with their new case managers during transitions from school to school. Parents may also request the new school case manager be present at their annual IEP meeting.  Requests should be made to the current case manager at least two weeks prior to the annual review meeting.  

 

  • More information is to come regarding middle school, high school and post-secondary transitional presentations.  Please stay tuned for more information.

Middle School Special Education Program Options

  • In class support classes are available in all schools and provide support instruction from a special education teacher.  This is a class that is co-caught by a general education teacher and a special education teacher.  This additional support from a special education teacher takes place in the general education classes.  The specific type of service for each student is determined through the Individualized Education Plan. ICS classes are available for Science, Social Studies, Math, and English Language-Arts at FMS. 
 
  • Self-contained classes are available at FMS.  Classes for students with multiple disabilities serve the needs of students with Autism and other significant disabilities, who cannot make appropriate progress general education.  FMS offers two Self-Contained classes: a CABAS and a Multiple Disabilities class.  The Morris School District partners with Columbia University to educate students in the special education students at the middle school level. If you would like to learn more about this program, please see the tab above dedicated to our CABAS program.
 
  • TeenPride : TeenPride strives to help young people improve their lives by providing free individual, group and family counseling so they may build self-esteem, self-reliance and practice healthy lifestyles.  Our counseling program is centered at Morristown High School with intensive therapeutic services also offered at Frelinghuysen Middle School. TeenPride provides individual, group and family counseling. The TeenPride staff consists of licensed mental health professionals, in addition to counselors with an expertise in drug and alcohol prevention and career counseling.  Our counselors work with students struggling with academic, social, emotional, psychological and behavioral issues. Counseling takes place during the day or in the evening, on school premises, in a student’s home, or at a mutually agreed upon location. To access the Teen Pride website for additional information regarding the organization and program, please click the following link.  Teen Pride Website
 
  • Out of District placements are made when a student's needs can not be accommodated within the District. There are a range of programs available in other public school districts that accept tuition students, and in programs administered through various agencies. Private schools approved for services to children with disabilities also provide specialized programs. Occasionally, the IEP Team places a student in a school that is an accredited facility, but not approved by the New Jersey Department of Education for special education services.
 
  • Transitional Support: All case managers discuss each and every student's educational plan with their new case managers during transitions from school to school. Parents may also request the new school case manager be present at their annual IEP meeting.  Requests should be made to the current case manager at least two weeks prior to the annual review meeting.  
 

High School Special Education Program Options

  • In class support classes are available in all schools and provide support instruction from a special education teacher. This is a class that is co-caught by a general education teacher and a special education teacher.  This additional support from a special education teacher takes place in the general education classes.  The specific type of service for each student is determined through the Individualized Education Plan. ICS classes are available for a variety of Science levels, History courses, Math, and English at MHS.

 

  • Pull out resource replacement is available in the high schools and provides support and/or replacement instruction from a special education teacher. Students are usually in general education classes for a portion of the day, depending upon their needs. The specific type of service for each student is determined through the IEP.  These classes are available as replacements for the Math and English courses at MHS. Self contained classes are available at MHS for eligible students.  Classes for students with multiple disabilities serve the needs of students with Autism and other significant disabilities, who cannot make appropriate progress in general education.

 

  • Effective School Solutions (ESS) : ESS is a program located in Morristown High School that provides therapeutic supports to students on an individual basis who may be experiencing academic, behavioral and/or emotional challenges. Please see the link below for a complete description of the ESS program offerings and click here to access the ESS website.  If you are interested in this program, please contact Rori Benson , Supervisor of Special Education 6-12 for additional information. 
  • For more information regarding this program please see the tab below labeled- Effective School Solutions (ESS)

 

  • TeenPride: TeenPride strives to help young people improve their lives by providing free individual, group and family counseling so they may build self-esteem, self-reliance and practice healthy lifestyles.  Our counseling program is centered at Morristown High School with intensive therapeutic services also offered at Frelinghuysen Middle School. TeenPride provides individual, group and family counseling. The TeenPride staff consists of licensed mental health professionals, in addition to counselors with an expertise in drug and alcohol prevention and career counseling.  Our counselors work with students struggling with academic, social, emotional, psychological and behavioral issues. Counseling takes place during the day or in the evening, on school premises, in a student’s home, or at a mutually agreed upon location.
  • Click here to access the Teen Pride website for additional information regarding the organization and program.

 

  • Transition Skills Program at Morristown High School: Our Transition Skills Program is located in Morristown High School and equips learners with special needs the skills and capabilities they will need to develop a productive life outside of the classroom.  The program is based on the individual needs of each learner. A variety of instructional settings are offered for core subjects such as math, language arts, history, and science. In addition, students are offered the opportunity to enroll in our Transition Skills elective that offers weekly Community Based Instruction trips and a formal Structured Learning Experience or certification program once the students turn 16.
    • Click here to access our Transition Skills Program Facebook page.
    • For more information regarding this program please see the tab below labeled- Colonial L.I.F.E. Program

 

  • Out of District placements are made when a student's needs can not be accommodated within the District. There are a range of programs available in other public school districts that accept tuition students, and in programs administered through various agencies. Private schools approved for services to children with disabilities also provide specialized programs. Occasionally, the IEP Team places a student in a school that is an accredited facility, but not approved by the New Jersey Department of Education for special education services.

Child Find

 Project Child Find

New Jersey School Districts are required to establish "Child Find" procedures to identify children who may have disabilities. Parents, physicians, agency representatives, school staff or administrators and others may refer a child for an evaluation. For additional information on Project Child Find, please click here for a FAQ regarding the program.

The District provides direct services to students with disabilities between the ages of three and twenty-one. Children with disabilities below the age of three may be eligible for an Early Intervention Program (EIP) and services coordinated through the State Department of Health, Special Child Health Services. Information about these services within Morris County is available through:

Special Child Health Services/ Morristown 
Morris County Case Management Unit 
Morristown Memorial Hospital 
Phone: 973-971-4155 
Fax: 973-290-7358

Health Information and Resources

HEALTH INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

A child's health plays an important role in his or her intellectual, physical, and social growth and development. Recognizing this relationship, the Morris School District is committed to working alongside parents to support the health and wellness of our students.

Each Morris School District has on staff one or more Registered Nurses to provide guidance and support for parents and to answer questions regarding school-related health issues. Contact information for school nurses may be found below:

Reporting a Student's Absence or Late Arrival

If a child in grades Pre-K to 5 will be late or absent from school, parents are to call the school health office prior to the start of the school day and leave a message that include's the child's name, his/her teacher's name, and the reason for absence or lateness.

Parents of students at Frelinghuysen Middle School are to call the FMS Attendance Office at 973-292-2200, ext. 8066.  Parents of students at Morristown High School are to call the MHS Attendance Office at 973-292-2000, ext. 3. 

Informational Resources for Families

MSD Health Forms

Counseling and Crisis Intervention

Counseling and Crisis Intervention

 Elementary School Counselors

Each elementary building within the Morris School District has an elementary counselor (either a School Social Worker or a School Psychologist) who focuses on specific social and personal issues that may affect student performance in the school setting. Counseling services are usually short term with clearly defined purposes, related to:

Counseling sessions are provided to small groups or individuals. Parental permission is required for participation on a regularly scheduled basis. Teachers, administrators, and parents may ask the counselors to assist a student. Students may also seek this help themselves. 
 
In addition to these counseling sessions, the elementary counselors have a variety of other responsibilities with staff and students. They collaborate with teachers for projects or special activities involving whole classes (e.g. transitioning to a new school). The elementary counselors are available for crisis intervention when students and families are experiencing serious distress and may need immediate assistance and possible referral to community based agencies. They are familiar with a full range of resources and can facilitate the often complex process of gaining access to community social, medical and support services.  

Elementary counselors may be contacted by phone, email, or by mail through the main office at each elementary school.

Middle School and High School Counselors

Frelinghuysen Middle School and Morristown High School provide counseling and crisis intervention services through the Guidance Departments, the Student Assistance Counselors, and Child Study Team members. The Guidance Department at Morristown High School is also responsible for college and career counseling. The handbooks for both schools describe the specific services, personnel, and procedures for contacting counselors in more detail. MHS Guidance Department

Crisis Counseling

In cases of serious mental health emergencies or when there has been a tragic episode related to students or staff in the District, mental health personnel from outside agencies provide interim counseling and consultation. Counselors from Morristown Memorial Hospital and other agencies such as the Traumatic Loss Coalition have provided assistance when sudden, violent death has occurred. Follow-up assistance from other agencies also has been made available when loss or a tragic event has affected students and families.

Resources

Perform Care is the single point of entry for children and families in need ages 3-21 who may be experiencing emotional or behavioral difficulties, developmental/intellectual disabilities, substance abuse, or trauma. Perform Care provides children and their families with counseling services, mobile response to stabilize crisis situations, behavioral supports, substance abuse treatment (up to age 18), respite care, family support, and care management for complex needs. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year, 877-652-7624. Please click here for additional information. You can also access their website: http://performcarenj.org

Mobile Response and Stabilization Services are available for children and youth who are engaging in a behavioral or emotional crisis. This service is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. The purpose of these services are to deescalate a crisis, keeping the child and family safe. Please click here for additional information or to access services, call 1-877-652-7624. 

Communication Protocol

Communication Protocol

To address any of your child's educational and/or related services concerns please adhere to the following communication protocol.  

  • STEP 1: Teacher, Specialist, or Child Study Team Member (Psychologist, Counselor, Social Worker, Speech and Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist); if not resolved…
  • STEP 2: Case Manager; if not resolved…
  • STEP 3: Building Principal; if not resolved…
  • STEP 4: Supervisor of Special Education (PreK-5 or 6-12)
  • STEP 5: Director of Pupil Services; if not resolved…
  • STEP 6: Superintendent of Schools

Non-Public School Support Services 

Non-Public School Support Services 

Students ages 5-21 who are placed by their parents in nonpublic schools may be referred for Child Study Team evaluations through their schools. The district in which a private school is located, not the district in which the parent resides, is responsible for the Child Study Team evaluation. 

The Morris School District contracts with a private agency for all evaluation services to students attending the nonpublic schools located within its boundaries. In order to initiate a referral:

1.      The non-public school submits a state form (407-1) to the Pupil Services Department at 31 Hazel Street, Morristown, NJ 07960

2.      After approval by the Superintendent, the form is sent to the agency, which:

  • Contacts the parent to obtain parental permission
  • Conducts the evaluations
  • Determines eligibility for services
  • Develops an Individualized Education Program (IEP)

The District contracts with a public agency for speech and supplemental education services for classified students placed by parents in nonpublic schools.

ALL IN

Allies in Learning and Leading: Inclusive Network   (ALL IN)

ALL IN began at Morristown High in 2014. It is a student-led unified social club that provides its members with opportunities to get together during and outside of school. Members demonstrate respect, kindness, and helpfulness to those in the Morris School community with the emphasize that all students belong. Members of this ever expanding club participate in twice weekly lunchtime activities and a variety of  monthly after school events including Homecoming, Morristown sporting events, movie & game nights, Action for Distraction 5K, and an ALL IN holiday dance.  ALL IN emphasizes that all students in the Morris School District belong and that human relationships are central in personal and academic growth. The Morris School District believes that diversity should be celebrated and leveraged in order to enhance our school community.  

What has ALL IN accomplished? 

  • Team Builders provided the FMS and MHS ALL IN Boards and the larger school community with lunchtime and after school team building activities in 2018-2019. 

  • During the Spring of 2018, the ALL IN Boards at Frelinghuysen Middle School (FMS) and Morristown High School (MHS) organized a Week of Respect and partnered with the Morris Educational Foundation (MEF) to plan a visit from a youth motivational speaker, Eric LeGrand. 

  • The ALL IN Student Board at MHS was recognized by the NJ State Board for their signi cant contributions to MHS and the Morris School District community in May 2017. 

  • ALL IN partnered with the MHS Theatre program for the rst sensory friendly performance of Legally Blond in 2017 and Anything Goes in 2018. The Theatre Program was awarded the Access and Inclusion Award by the Papermill Playhouse in 2017. 

  • During the Spring of 2017 the ALL IN Boards at FMS and MHS organized a Week of Respect and partnered with the Morris Educational Foundation (MEF) to plan a visit from a youth motivational speaker, Rohan Murphy. 

  • Dr. Anjalee Nirgudkar, Dr. Barbara Miller, and Philip So presented two workshops on ability awareness and diversity to a group of student leaders at MHS. 

  • The ALL IN Boards at FMS and MHS were established in 2017 and included students with and without intellectual disabilities. One of the founding principles of this group was to ensure that all students have accessibility to all planned activities and that no volunteer hours are provided for participation, however, students may volunteer and earn hours as a group.

  • ALL IN was awarded a Special Olympics Project Unify grant in the amount of $15,000 over the course of 3 school years to provide funding for a uni ed swim and track programs at FMS and MHS.

  • The Key Club, Peer Group Connection and ALL IN Board partner in organizing an inclusive annual winter dance at MHS. 

  • Twice weekly inclusive lunch time activities are planned by the ALL IN Board and advisors at MHS.

  • Monthly after school activities to ensure all student participation are planned by the ALL IN Boards and advisors at FMS and MHS.

Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling© (CABAS®)

Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling© (CABAS®)

A Learner Driven Science of Instruction Our mission is to provide students with a research based, individualized educational program that will accelerate learning, enhance their daily lives and enable them to reach their fullest potential.

CABAS Program: The CABAS® Program is offered in two types of educational settings; a self-contained, small group setting and our CABAS® Accelerated Independent Learner (AIL©) classroom, which is a general education full inclusive classroom.   Several tactics are utilized in both settings such as learn units, choral responding, response boards, Programmed Instruction, Personalized System of Instruction, and point systems.  In the self-contained classroom, students are taught the necessary skills to be successful for inclusion in a low staff to student ratio (1:1 and small group settings).   Parents, child study team, building administration, CABAS© consultants, and classroom teachers collaborate to make decisions regarding the inclusion of students in the general education setting. In the AIL© inclusive classroom, students are taught grade level objectives to mastery.  Progress is continuously monitored so learning can be accelerated for all students. In the CABAS® setting, the classroom environment is positive where one of our major goals for students is to learn to enjoy learning and engaging in learning activities.

The CABAS© Program educates preschool through middle school age students.  Currently, the program is located in 3 different sites throughout our school district.  The instructional classroom staff includes both graduate level students from the Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis Program at Columbia University and Morris School District staff.  In the CABAS® classrooms, all teachers receive continuous in situ training through training modules leading to the achievement of CABAS® Professional Advisory Board Certified competencies for Teacher ranks.  Our classroom teachers are doctoral candidates and/or have mastered the competencies in two CABAS® Teacher ranks. Classroom teachers work with both master level graduate students in the classroom and Morris School District Assistant Behavior Specialists and Teaching Assistants .  Columbia University professors also provide training and support to the teachers, teaching assistants, and students in the classrooms on a weekly basis.  In addition, child study team, speech and language specialists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists, provide supports to students in need of such services. Staff working with students is trained in crisis management. A registered school nurse is also on site to address any medical concerns and perform daily nursing activities.

Parents are strongly encouraged to participate in the program and observe their child directly in the educational environment.  Teachers communicate on a consistent basis with parents data regarding student progress is always available to students. 

For more information about the program or registration, please contact Marc Gold Director of Pupil Services to set up an appointment at 973-292-2300 ext. 2040 or marc.gold@msdk12.net.

CABAS Curriculum: The CABAS® program is based on the principles and behavior change tactics of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  We offer a student centered, data driven and researched based program specific to the needs of each individual learner.  Our goal is to foster each student’s development across all areas of academic, behavioral, physical and social domains.  The Early Learner Curriculum & Achievement Record ® (ELCARÒ) is utilized in our program to assess student skill levels, as well as the Verbal Behavior Development Assessment.  Student programs are derived from Accelerated Independent Leaner (AIL_ objectives that align with the New Jersey State and Common Core State Standards.

FAQ's: 

How are students considered for the program?  Students who receive special education services through a CABAS  AIL or CABAS self-contained program are selected on an individual basis and have a variety of diagnoses and learning needs.  Morristown residents have priority into the program over non-Morristown residents.

My child is in CABAS AIL but doesn't have an IEP. Why is that? Students without IEPs placed in a CABAS AIL class are selected at random as this is a general education program.  These general education students provide general education peer role models for students who are placed in CABAS by design. 

What is the program fee? There is no program fee for students who reside in Morristown.  For students who do not reside in Morristown, the program fee is based on state tuition regulations.

Does the program have an extended school year (ESY) program?  Yes, the ESY program runs for 4 hours per day usually through the month of July for students who are eligible through their Individualized Education Plan.  Related services are also provided throughout the ESY program.

Does the program offer parent training?  Yes, parent training is offered during the school day either in individual setting for students in our self-contained program and in group settings for students in our AIL© Program.  In addition, parents are welcome to observe their child in the classroom environment.  Please contact the Child Study Team to set up an appointment for visitation. 

CABAS Website: If you would like to learn more about this program, please the link to access the CABAS Website.

Effective School Solutions (ESS)

Welcome to Effective School Solutions

Making the difference for your child’s success educationally, socially and emotionally.

ESS: Making the Difference

Effective School Solutions (ESS) is a state-of-the-art therapeutic program provided within your school. The program provides each participating student with high quality, individualized clinical and related services so that he/she can fully benefit from all that his/her school has to offer.

We have partnered with ESS in order to give your child the best possible opportunity to succeed on every level. The program is a proven success in public school districts in New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania that share your district’s commitment to providing an outstanding educational experience for all students.

Your child will have the opportunity to participate during the regular school day in an array of clinical activities that include group, individual and family therapy. There are also monthly parent support and education meetings that you will find useful in your efforts to help your child overcome his/her emotional and behavioral challenges. Also, be sure to look for Solutions, a parent newsletter that ESS publishes and emails to ESS parents each month.

All services are provided at no charge to your family.

Unmatched Expertise

ESS has pioneered a new approach to providing services for students with emotional and behavioral challenges within the public-school setting. With highly qualified licensed mental health professionals and innovative programming, ESS infuses the educational setting with a level of clinical expertise that a school district is unable to provide on its own. Since its founding in 2009, ESS has consistently demonstrated remarkable success in helping students thrive in their home district, on every level.

We Are Here to Help

In short, ESS is here to help your child succeed in school while providing the clinical support that can make the difference in both school and life. ESS and your school district are dedicated to providing all the help that is necessary for your child.

 

What Administrators Are Saying

“ESS is making such a difference for our students and our district. ESS students are attending classes, getting involved in school and are now able to benefit from all that our district can provide.” - Dr. Michael Weismann, Assistant Superintendent, Westfield, NJ

“ESS staff works tirelessly and collaboratively with our staff on behalf of our students to provide immediate therapeutic interventions to students. ESS provides necessary support services for students, staff, and parents to enable students to remain in a mainstream educational setting with their peers.” -  John Pascale, High School Principal, Mahwah, NJ

 

What Students Are Saying

“I never thought therapy and school would mix, but it seems to. I like knowing that I have someone to talk to during the day if I need to... and groups are pretty cool.”

“ESS helps me get through the day.”

“ESS helps me get focused for the school day ahead. I know if I’m having a tough time I can go speak to my counselor for support.”

“If I had ESS in middle school, I would not have the problems that I have now.”

“I thought I would hate this program and would want out. Now, I know that I need it and I want to stay.”

“It (ESS) helps me with my daily working goals.”

“I’m doing so much better because of this program. The counselors are great!”

What Parents Are Saying

“I don’t know what we would have done without you guys; you took so much time and provided comprehensive support and clinical expertise. We were ready to give up and take him out of school.”

“I can’t say enough about the ESS program... I knew my son had it in him but it takes special people like you to pull it out of him... you are making our son the best he can be.”

“I feel ESS is doing an excellent job in helping to address my daughter’s issues. They have personally assisted in helping to get her out of the house and off to school. They spend time with her in school, providing invaluable individual attention. Their hard work and dedication has been paying off and I see my daughter attending school regularly now, something that didn’t seem possible not so long ago. ESS has helped give my wife and I skills that enable us to understand and deal better with my daughter.”

“We are grateful our son has had the opportunity to make a successful transition back to the high school with the help and support from the ESS program... Thank you so much!”

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Colonial L.I.F.E. Program

Colonial Learning Independence For Employment (L.I.F.E.) Program:

Mission: Developing partnerships between Morristown High School and the Morristown area business community to provide our students with access to learn independence for employment.  

Curriculum: In the classroom our program assists students with special needs in developing the skills they will need for a full life outside post-secondary transition.  The program uses evidence based instruction and an individualized curriculum to prepare students for various job experiences.  Students who participate in the program are guided through the entire employment process by trained staff to acquire the work habits and skills needed to be successful in the workplace.

Developing a Partnership Within the Community:

How can you get involved?

  • Provide Learning experiences for students and job coaches for 1-2 hours a week  for 10-12 weeks
  • Develop internships for the purpose of on the job training
  • Provide an opportunity for a group site visit and tour of your place of business
  • Provide feedback on progress and performance of students involved at your business

Possible work study opportunities:

  • Office clerk: copying, filing, collating, stuffing envelopes, labeling, shredding, delivering mail
  • Custodial Services: vacuuming, dusting, sweeping, mopping, washing windows, emptying trash, paper, and recycling
  • Retail: restock and replenish, folding, ticketing and stocking merchandise
  • Culinary Services: washing trays, wrapping silverware, setting and clearing tables, filling condiment containers or beverage refrigerators, filling food containers
  • Any opportunities unique to your place of business

Benefits to your business:

  • On the job training support provided by our teaching staff
  • Supplement your workforce with dependable student interns
  • Recognition as a partnering business on our Facebook page and promotional literature
  • Personal satisfaction from making a positive  contribution to the community
  • Potential to hire pre-trained employees promoting cost-effectiveness and greater profits

 

 

Resources

Special Education Resources:

H.S.A. Information