From the Desk of the Director:
It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the director of special education in the Rocky Point Union Free School District.
Our department, which services the community’s children in various capacities from pre-K to age 21, works collaboratively with our stakeholders and educators to provide a meaningful and rewarding education to all students. In compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) and the district’s goal of helping students meet or exceed high achievement standards in academic and non-academic skills, our schools adhere to the guidelines of providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE) for students with special needs.
It is our goal to provide a safe, secure and supportive learning environment focused on student achievement and academic success to ensure that our students reach their educational and social goals and succeed in postsecondary life. The district provides students with specific programs and services with direct impacts on learning outcomes, specifically through differentiated instruction, support and interventions.
If you would like more information about the special education identification process and special education programs and services, please contact the school psychologist of the building that your child attends or the special education office.
Recognizing the importance a strong home-to-school connection has on a child’s education, the special education department looks forward to working with parents throughout the school year. From attending the bimonthly director’s roundtable or the monthly Special Education Resource Committee meetings, I encourage all families to become involved.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful school year.
Department Contact Information
|Director of Special Education
|Special Education Coordinator
|631-744-1600, ext. 7552
|Dr. Tanesha Hunter
|631-744-1600, ext. 7580
|631-744-1600, ext. 7500
Mary Caccavale 631-744-1600, ext. 7532
Bettie Manger 631-744-1600, ext. 7105
Suzanne Arturo 631-744-1600, ext. 7536
Kari O’Connor 631-744-1600, ext. 7560
Carol Maier 631-744-1600, ext. 7508
The district is proud to welcome the following new staff members, who joined the district in the 2016-2017 school year:
Toniann Altebrando – Teaching Assistant at the MS
Yang Chen – Teaching Assistant at the MS
Elizabeth Laviola – Teaching Assistant at JAE
Jamie McCue – Special Ed Teacher at FJC
Jennifer Silverman – Behavioral Consultant for MS/HS