Shirley Middle School establishes tra...

Shirley Middle School establishes transition classroom - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 9 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Nov 14, 2010, titled Shirley Middle School establishes transition classroom - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

The regionalization of Ayer and Shirley may not be official until July 2011, but the Shirley Middle School is taking steps to implement various support systems in the classrooms to make every student feel comfortable and get the academic help they need.

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fhsmom

Fitchburg, MA

#1 Nov 14, 2010
I can tell you why there are no kids from Shirley in the classroom.. because Ms.Bebetski doesn't know how to do her job.She is responsible for getting grant money for the school,the past couple of years ask her how much money she recieved.The teachers have had to split T.A.into half day helpers for the past couple of years. Due to the fact they had to be paid from the school budget , instead of grant money.Finally this year they each have their own T.A.'s .
Shirley Mom

Pinehurst, MA

#2 Nov 14, 2010
I think that Mrs. Bebetski knows how to do her job. The teachers do have to spilt the teacher assistants except for kindergarten, they have their own assistant.
In respect to the transition room, this isn't anything new. The wording is new. Way back there were resource rooms, where children with special needs could get the academics they needed at their level in a small classroom. Then there was full time inclusion, where everyone fits into a regular classroom, and we all not everyone fits in and the children don't get what they need. Now we are back to the resource room, only now it's called a transition room. Everything old is new again.
Are you serious

Lowell, MA

#3 Nov 15, 2010
oh that is great; more crutches for students. and more useless jobs created for aida, para's..etc. awesome.
Leominster Resident

Worcester, MA

#4 Nov 15, 2010
Could be worse, you could be dealing with Leominster's School System. Be thankful for what you have.
Parent point of view

Ayer, MA

#5 Nov 15, 2010
Are you serious wrote:
oh that is great; more crutches for students. and more useless jobs created for aida, para's..etc. awesome.
I guess you're one of the people who only believe in disabilities that can be seen with the naked eye- kids in wheel chairs, kids with Downe Syndrome, kids who have multiple seizures right in front of your face... Shame on you.
benefit to Shirley only

Hanscom Afb, MA

#6 Nov 15, 2010
And Shirley is benefiting. This program was created in Ayer, and has been in their middle school for the past 2 years.
That's why only Ayer students are in it presently ...they came as members of the class, from Ayer.
It's not TB that has created anything new...just inherited the benefit from Ayer, as with most everything at ASMS...where students from Ayer are paying the school choice fee to Shirley.
And yes, there is a huge student population in the ASMS that need support. However, the support is limited...pay attention parents!!
some thoughts

Leominster, MA

#7 Nov 15, 2010
However, the support is limited...pay attention parents!!

The support should not be limited!!! Once kids have an IEP they should be provided all the support that the IEP says they should have... this is a legal, binding contract. Enough teachers and/or paraprofessionals should be hired to make sure that all IEP's are implemented correctly.

This means that there should be enough adults assigned to each classroom for the appropriate amount of time each day to make sure that all students' IEP's are fulfilled correctly. It does not mean that the students have to "settle" for whatever time is available due to scheduling.
benefit to Shirley only

Hanscom Afb, MA

#8 Nov 15, 2010
however...it(an IEP) does not dictate how many students needing support can be in one class so they can ALL be cover as there is coverage written into their IEP...the numbers is one class are way are too many to realistically work with. And what about the classes that do not get support as they are not "mandated"... high numbers...no support...yet pass the mandated MCAS test in math(usually supported), language arts (usually supported), science ("Not" usually supported) all other classes are rarely supported in an IEP, guess they don't matter.
Each grade at ASMS "doubled" their IEP work load with the merge, but only one SPED teacher is handling double the numbers.
This is not working, no matter how fabulous all the teachers are.
In the end, the kids suffer.
thinking

Ayer, MA

#9 Nov 16, 2010
benefit to Shirley only wrote:
however...it(an IEP) does not dictate how many students needing support can be in one class so they can ALL be cover as there is coverage written into their IEP...the numbers is one class are way are too many to realistically work with. And what about the classes that do not get support as they are not "mandated"... high numbers...no support...yet pass the mandated MCAS test in math(usually supported), language arts (usually supported), science ("Not" usually supported) all other classes are rarely supported in an IEP, guess they don't matter.
Each grade at ASMS "doubled" their IEP work load with the merge, but only one SPED teacher is handling double the numbers.
This is not working, no matter how fabulous all the teachers are.
In the end, the kids suffer.
Even though they have "doubled" their caseloads, they still have lower case loads than many other school sytems!

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