Munsey Park School

Munsey Park Elementary School is one of the two elementary schools in the Manhasset School District. Munsey Park includes Kindergarten through 6th grade.

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 on 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 Munsey Park. The options range from the most restrictive setting of a self-contained class to a mainstream placement with a various levels of support. Support can include a co-teach model (grades K through 6), direct or indirect Teacher Consultant services or special class (small group) pull-outs for Language Arts and Math (grades 3 through 6). The placement and support are based on individual needs of the student as specified in their Individual Education Plan (“IEP”).

For the 2018-2019 School Year:
Munsey Park does not have any self-contained or small class programs this year.

Munsey Park has at least one integrated co-teaching classes per grade for kindergarten through 6th grade for those students who qualify based on their IEPs. Not more than one-third of each class consists of special education students. The 4.5 hours of primary instruction in these classes are taught by a general education teacher and a special education teacher or a teaching assistant.

Munsey Park also has special class (small group) pull-outs for Language Arts and Math. For grades K-1, the LA pull-outs can use the iRead program from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and for grades 4th, 5th and 6th, the LA pull-outs use the HMH Programs, Read 180 and System 44 software, as well as small group instruction.

Related Services
Speech Therapists are on staff. Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists are hired each year as consultants for the district. Therapies are conducted as pull-outs or push-ins to the classroom during the school day. Depending upon a student’s IEP, the therapy can be individual (1:1) or group (3:1 or 5:1 ratios).

Counseling and social groups are run by either the social worker or the guidance counselor.

After School Program
The district offers an after school program called Children at Play Plus (“CAPP”) to those students who would have otherwise qualified for special education services at home after school. Children participating in the program work with staff and typical peers primarily on the social goals in their IEP. The program is held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:50 to 4:50.

Contact Information
Elementary Schools District Coordinator:
Gary LaFemina–267-7679

Special Education Faculty: 267-7405
Amber Manzi (Kindergarten)
Ellen Lockman (1st Grade)
Jill Scionti (2nd & 3rd Grade)
Melissa Vincent (4th Grade)
Marianne O’Donnell (5th Grade)
Elizabeth O’Shea (6th Grade)
Susan Shea (6th Grade)

School Psychologists:
Kim Marie Jappell (CPSE, K-2) –267-7426
Ms. Sarah Sammis (3-6) –267-7425

Speech Therapists: 267-7405
Mae Meoli
Edward Rockis
Nancy Gatzoflias (2 days)

Counselor: 267-7448 (Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays)
Amanda Gimondo

School Social Worker:
Lori Pietrafesa — 267-7448 (on leave)