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Meet Michele Passanisi, R. N., Director of Nursing

Meet Michele Passanisi, R. N., Director of Nursing

We continue our holiday blog series with a feature on Cotting’s nursing director, Michele Passanisi. We sat down with Michele as she reflected back on 16 years of leadership in the Cotting medical department.   “This is why I became a nurse.” This was one of the first things Michele said as we chatted about her arrival at Cotting School in 2001.  Prior to Cotting, she spent time as both a school nurse and a hospital nurse.  She wasn’t in the market for a new job, but decided to apply to Cotting anyway.  The position combined both of her backgrounds,... Read More

Meet our Talented Medical Team!

Meet our Talented Medical Team!

It is our mission at Cotting to enable students to achieve their highest learning potential and level of independence.  We believe in a holistic approach to educating students with disabilities, which includes academic, social, vocational, and therapeutic learning opportunities.  But without our Cotting medical team of nurses, none of this would be possible.  The medical team works extremely hard each day to provide the services that many of our students need in order to be at school, period. Our medical department serves a variety of student needs, including medication distribution, personal care assistance, tube feedings, and addressing student questions and... Read More

Lunch at Cotting School!

Lunch at Cotting School!

Our most recent Cotting Connection featured an in-depth look at Lunch at Cotting School.  Lunch is an important part of our day, and incorporates nutritional, social, and therapeutic growth opportunities.  Below are some numbers that demonstrate the huge effort that our kitchen staff makes each day to make lunch happen! 260 meals served per day to staff and students 58 different recipes for entree, side, and salad options 3 separate mealtimes each day One meal at Cotting might require: 100 lbs of roasted potatoes 40 lbs of meatloaf 20 lbs of carrots    One week at the salad bar takes:... Read More

Mathematics meets Fantasy Football!

Mathematics meets Fantasy Football!

Cotting faculty are so creative when it comes to their lesson planning and curriculum.  In Mr. Lindblad’s classroom, Tuesday afternoons are just one example of this creativity in action, where the boys of Room 219 practice math skills that incorporate fantasy football!   At the beginning of the NFL season, each student is given a budget to spend on six players.  The best players cost the most money, which provides students with some difficult decisions, but requires them to strategize and understand how value and budgets work.     Students gather each Tuesday afternoon to check the statistics, and see... Read More