Shelter Rock School

Shelter Rock Elementary School is one of the two elementary schools in the Manhasset School District. Shelter Rock 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 Shelter Rock. 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, direct or indirect Teacher Consultant services or special class (small group) pull-outs for Language Arts and Math. The placement and support are based on individual needs of the student as specified in their Individual Education Plan (“IEP”).

For the 2019-2020 School Year:
Shelter Rock has three small class or self-contained programs. The programs have various student-to-teacher-to-teaching assistant ratios. There is an 8:1 K-1-2 class taught by Ms. Valerie Cerone, a 12:1:2 class taught by Ms. Phyllis Parisi for 2nd-3rd-4th grade, and a 12:1:2 class taught by Ms. Megan Worther for 4th-5th-6th grade.

Shelter Rock has at least one integrated co-teaching class 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.

Shelter Rock 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: 267-7450
Ashley Krocoski (Kindergarten & 5th Grade)
Erin Intrabartolo (1st grade)
Diana Fajardo (2nd grade)
Janice Ruben (3rd & 4th grade)
Erin McCormack (5th grade)
Mary Ann Klein (6th grade)
Michele Salmeron (6th grade)
Valerie Cerrone (K-1st-2nd grade special class)
Phyllis Parisi (2nd-3rd-4th grade special class)
Megan Worther (4th-5th-6th grade special class)

School Psychologists:
Mrs. Anne Soldano (CPSE, K-3)–267-7459
Dr. Sharise Wilson (all special clases) 267-7469

Speech Therapists: 267-7450
Lynn Prisco
Allison Savocchi
Caroline Valenski
Xochil Kruk (on leave) Adriana Magno (leave replacement)


Counselor: 267-7484 (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
Amanda Gimondo

School Social Worker: 267-7475
Jennifer Barbieri-Smith