Manhasset High School

Manhasset High School consists of grades 9th through 12th.

A student must meet the criteria of one of the thirteen classifications defined by law in order to be classified as a special education student. The process of classification and placement are determined by the Committee for Special Education (CSE). (Note: For more information regarding this process, please refer to the IEP Information and Legislation sections of our website.)

There are a range of settings or placement options for classified students at the High School. First, there is the Lifeskills Program. The Lifeskills Program has three components: academics, lifeskills, and vocational skills and supports IEP diploma students. All students have individualized academic programs and are mainstreamed if appropriate. Functional lifeskills necessary for self care and independent living are taught and include: preparing, shopping and cooking, laundry, common house chores, and personal hygiene. The program also includes frequent trips into the community to practice academic and social skills in the natural environment.

The vocational skills are taught by a special education teacher with supports from an occupational therapist and speech therapist. The students learn skills necessary for different work environments and then practice those skills at different work-study venues.

Second, the High School has Special Class Programs (ID classes) where the classes are provided, on a daily basis, to students with disabilities who require a small and structured setting to meet their instructional needs in specific content areas.

Third, the High School has Integrated Co-Teaching Services to provide academic instruction to a group of students with and without disabilities on a daily basis for Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. In a six day cycle, a special education teacher is in the class to co-teach with the general education teacher every day and there is an additional support class every other day for the special education students. This model is found in 9th & 10th grade for Algebra, Geometry, Earth Science, and Living Environment and in 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade for English and Social Studies. The purpose of the support period is to pre-teach and re-teach, breakdown assignments and projects into steps appropriate for the student and to develop study guides.

Please note: there are also non Special Education Support Classes run in the High School known as X – Classes. Any general education student or a special education student can be recommended for these X – classes. They are taught by a general education teacher who provides an additional support class on alternate days.

In addition to the Special Class Programs and Integrated Co-Teaching Services, the High School also has the Consultant Teacher Model, Resource Room Programs and Learning Laboratory based on an individual student’s needs.

Contact Information
Secondary Level District Coordinator:
Stewart Grabelsky–267-7672

Special Education Faculty: 267-7677
Rosalind Becker (9th Grade English)
Andrew Clarke (11th Grade English)
Margaret Mavros (9th & 10th Grade English)
Mark Breckles (English/Learning Lab/Resource Room)
Nicole Dolise (Math)
Christina Marra (Math)
Samantha Wallace (Earth Science)
Calvin Shepard (Science)
Lynn Aloia (9th Grade Social Studies)
Michele Fazzolari (10th Grade Social Studies)
Adam Kuranishi (11th Grade Social Studies)

Heather Botelho (Health ID Class/Life Skills)
Allison Goldstein-Calderon (Teacher for Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Visually Impaired)

School Psychologist (Grades 10-12 CSE Students):
Dr. Donald Lee — 267-7610

District Wide School Psychologist (Section 504 Students, Grades 7-12):
Ms. Argyro Vatakis–267-7681

School Psychologist (Educational Evaluations for Grades K-12 + St. Mary’s & Our Lady of Grace Students):
Ms. Stephanie San Antonio–

Speech Therapist:
Nancy Domenici
Melissa Slobin
Nancy Gatzoflias (3 days)

School Social Worker:
Doris Rogers — 267-7618