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The First Five Things You Learn at HOPEhouse

The First Five Things You Learn at HOPEhouse

  Learning ways to take good care of yourself and putting them into practice are just a couple hallmarks of living at HOPEhouse, Cotting School’s Monday through Friday transitional boarding program for young adults with special needs ages 17 to 22.  Click the photo above to see a short list of things residents of HOPEhouse start practicing right away.

Project Bridges

Project Bridges

On May 21st, over twenty community employers gathered at Cotting School with students and families to celebrate a year of student internships . Three awards were given out for special anniversaries, including deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum of Lincoln for 10 years of partnership, Xerox Corporation of Waltham for 16 years of partnership, and Mahoney’s Garden Center of Winchester for 20 years of partnership. The awards were presented by students to their direct on-site community supervisors. In addition, 13 seniors shared personal reflections of their experience in the Project Bridges program. The highlight of the morning was a video shown... Read More

Meet Ms. Jenna Wharff, Special Educator

Meet Ms. Jenna Wharff, Special Educator

HOPEhouse at Cotting School  Jenna Wharff is a special educator of HOPEhouse, the new transitional five-day boarding program at Cotting School, which opened in the fall of 2013.  Jenna is thoroughly committed to the mission of HOPEhouse and has been working with students in the Cotting School Community for over 10 years. Beginning as a summer school instructor, Jenna has held many positions at Cotting. Formerly an upper school classroom teacher as well as the lead teacher in Cotting’s Transition Classroom, Jenna has interacted hundreds of students and has come to appreciate and rely upon the relationships her students have with... Read More

Prom 2015

Prom 2015

Cotting School’s prom was a wonderful evening for students and alumni. To see more amazing prom pictures, visit us on our Facebook Page.

Community Work Experience Tip Sheet

Community Work Experience Tip Sheet

There are many things to think about when developing or upgrading a community work experience program for students with special needs, such as: How work sites and tasks differ, and what they have in common The real value of community work Questions to explore as your students participate in community work Laura Newton, Cotting’s Project Bridges coordinator, offers insights and tips to consider.

Alumni Reunion 2015

Alumni Reunion 2015

Over 130 Cotting School alumni and friends gathered on Sunday, May 5, 2015 for our annual Alumni Reunion. The Alumni Council meeting was led by Council President, J.R. Foley, Class of 2011. During the meeting, alumni voted to allocate their dues to the OT/PT department and to help support Cotting dances for our Middle and Upper School students. After the meeting and refreshments, alumni learned line dancing in the gym led by alumnus Jason McCollin and his dad and their friend Lucia, shared their Cotting memories in the auditorium, and had balloons made by alumnus Patrick Dermody. It was a... Read More

Cotting Students Are Going Places

Cotting Students Are Going Places

Cotting School’s Project Bridges program truly begins as early as Lower School, when students begin thinking and talking about what kinds of work they enjoy doing. By the time they reach Upper School, they have the experience, language and social skills to begin an internship in the community. Our Philosophy about work and how we engage students in the process is summarized here.