October PTA Meeting

Our October meeting featured a wide-ranging and heartwarming presentation about IEP students at CSS, their special needs and their rights, how they are fitting in and can best fit into the general student population. This was given by CSS speech pathologist Alexa Magalhaes, a specialist on IEP students (alexamagalhaes@columbiasecondary.org); seventh grade special education teacher Ryan Huttick, who gave an overview of co-teaching at CSS; and parent Lori Falchi, an organizer of a group of parents at the school concerned about IEP issues. Lori has lots of good information on IEP educational rights and how to become more aware of related laws, DOE policies and practices.

UFT Manhattan representative Rob Robinson also spoke about the UFT Manhattan Borough-wide Parent Conference held October 21. Workshops were to include those on college readiness, anti-bullying, fatherhood roundtable, the power of the IEP, CPR basics, grant writing, parent leadership and more. The event included college scholarship information.

New treasurer Danny Cooper presentation the PTA's 2017-18 school year budget, passed by unanimous consent. Thanks for the hours of hard work in putting that together Danny. 

Parents also learned about the "Wheres" and "Whens" about the CSS Blood Drive on Tuesday, October 31, given by High School Government member and blood drive co-coordinator Beatrice Mhando. Parents are also invited to give blood (and it seems like the perfect date for it). Contact hsgovt@columbiasecondary.org for more information.

Join us at our next PTA meeting on Tuesday, November 14, focusing on "Helping your child succeed at CSS."