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.

Meet Laura Newton, Employment Transition Coordinator

Meet Laura Newton, Employment Transition Coordinator

Laura began her career in 2008 as a Classroom Teacher. She’s worked in both the Upper School and Cotting’s unique Transition Classroom where she worked with students to put their knowledge to use in community settings. As Cotting’s first Thorndike Fellow, Laura gathered information about all of Cotting’s community inclusion experiences and developed comprehensive plans and logistical information for use across the program. Currently, Laura is responsible for Project Bridges, our students’ off campus internship program.  Laura believes in each student’s ability to make meaningful contributions. Laura recently developed a Project Bridges presentation highlighting the program’s methodology. There are many take-aways in... Read More

Basketball Awards Banquet 2015

Basketball Awards Banquet 2015

This year’s Basketball Awards Banquet honored all middle and upper school students who participated in the 2014-2015 basketball program. Boosters, cheerleaders, and players gathered with their families in the dining room for dinner before the award ceremony, and were joined by the alumni team, the Road Runners! This year’s crowd was the largest ever, and the award ceremony was moved to the auditorium. All Falcons received a commemorative medal, and students with three and six years of service received Cotting jackets. Above, left to right: Mahoney, Ms. Birmingham, Megan, Ms. Haley, Ms. DeLuca, and Sam. Visit our Facebook Page see more... Read More

Cotting vs. Noble & Greenough Basketball

Cotting vs. Noble & Greenough Basketball

 Cotting vs. Nobles 2015   Cotting’s annual basketball games against the Junior Varsity “Nobles” team were held on Friday night in the Noble & Greenough gym in Dedham. Begun several years ago by the family of a Cotting alumna, this much anticipated event draws Nobles and Cotting students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and parents, who cheered players to victory. For more photos of this year’s game, visit us on our Facebook Page.

Team Cotting Wins Second Prize

Team Cotting Wins Second Prize

    Our Wonderful Chili Chefs: Thanks to our generous sponsors: Visit our Facebook page for updates!      

Meet the Class of 2015

Meet the Class of 2015

                  Meet the 13 students of the Class of 2015! What a great crew! They are each looking forward to the prom, senior class trip, and the graduation ceremony.

Fall Family BBQ

Fall Family BBQ

Fall Family Barbecue 2014 Spirits were high at the Cotting Family Barbecue on Sunday, September 21.  Family members and friends of Cotting students enjoyed a delicious lunch, arts and crafts, a cake walk, and a raffle of wonderful gift baskets. An impromptu game of touch football put the playing field to good use.  Heartfelt thanks to the many families who supported this event via Cotting Family Builders.  What a great start to the year! For more photos visit our Facebook page.

Summer Session 2014

Summer Session 2014

Extended Year Summer Adventures 2014 What a great summer we’ve had so far at Cotting! A visit to the spray park, coutrigger canoe trips with AccesSports during Circle of Friends, independent living skills practice with SALSE, entrepreneurial adventures, community trips, academics and community work all made for an adventurous, educational and FUN summer!

Seniors Graduate

Seniors Graduate

Cotting Seniors Graduate June 6, 2014 The proud members of this year’s senior class, Vanessa, Kate and Lily, shown above, celebrated graduation with family and friends, and the faculty and staff of Cotting School.  Highlights of the evening included musical performances, speeches, a few tears, some laughter, and warm memories.   Welcomed by John Thorndike, Treasurer Emeritus, and David Manzo, President and Executive Director, the seniors were presented awards and  scholarships by George Moran, Librarian and Senior Class Advisor, and Krista Macari, Chief Academic Officer. For more photos, visit our Facebook page. Kate was awarded the Mary M. Perry Citizenship... Read More

Students Honor Employers at Project Bridges’ Breakfast

Students Honor Employers at Project Bridges’ Breakfast

Cotting Students Honor Project Bridges Employers 2014                     Upper School students had the opportunity to thank their Project Bridges employers at the annual breakfast held May 22. Cotting President David Manzo welcomed and thanked the many company and nonprofit representatives who work with our students providing meaningful employment in the community. Employment Transition Coordinator Laura Newton called up the three seniors, each of whom spoke of their work locations and what they learned as employees. Not surprisingly, each senior loves to work! Ms. Newton then cited three employers for special recognition... Read More

Student Wins maaps Essay Contest

Student Wins maaps Essay Contest

Cotting Student Wins maaps Essay Contest                         Cotting School student Nick Tsitos won a Massachusetts-wide maaps essay contest about how his school has contributed to his success titled, “What My School Means to Me.”  Nick is shown above left with Larry Sauer, President of mapps’ Board of Directors and VP of the Cardinal Cushing Centers, and Bridget Irish, Cotting’s Chief Operating Officer.  On the right is Nick surrounded by Cotting staff and his mother (see below for details).   Nick was honored on May 16 at the maaps’ 36th... Read More

Alumni Reunion 2014

Alumni Reunion 2014

Alumni Reunion 2014 Over 140 Cotting School alumni and friends gathered on Sunday, May 4, 2014 for our annual Reunion. The annual 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 2015 Senior Class Trip. After the meeting and lunch, alumni looked at yearbooks, played soccer on the field, watched Cotting School videos in the auditorium, and played basketball in the gym. It was a fun afternoon! See more photos on Facebook and in the summer edition of the LinkUs, Cotting’s alumni newsletter. Above, left... Read More

“Visions of the Future” Panel

“Visions of the Future” Panel

The “Visions of the Future” Panel held on Wednesday, April 2nd for upper and middle school students featured alumni and other adults with disabilities who shared their experiences with the transition process, independent living, working, education, transportation, recreation and other aspects of life after school. Alumni panelists included Franny Brown, class of 2005, Kate Atchue, class of 2011 and Mary Fitzgerald, class of 1976. Dan Harris of Triangle Inc. in Malden and Ryan Levia of Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton and Empowering People for Inclusive Communities in Malden also participated. It was an inspiring morning of sharing experiences and learning from... Read More

Tony Vacca is Artist-in-Residence

Tony Vacca is Artist-in-Residence

Tony Vacca is Artist-in-Residence at Cotting School Spring 2014 Tony Vacca, world percussionist and poet, will serve as Cotting School’s Artist-in-Residence this spring through a STARS grant from the Mass Cultural Council (MCC). Tony is shown, above right,  with fellow musician Massamba Diop (pronounced Jope) in a kick-off performance at Cotting School. Lower School students will learn about the connection between science and sound, Middle School students will work on the math of rhythm, and Upper Schoolers will learn to play instruments they’ve made out of recycled materials as a connection to their studies about the ecosystem. On Friday, April 4th... Read More