The Cotting Curriculum: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach

The Cotting Curriculum: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach

Cotting teachers Andy Lindblad and John Meredith are bringing their Capstone students to the intersection of Science and History. This cross-disciplinary approach to teaching is popular at many schools and colleges that serve students of all abilities across the state. Andy and John saw an opportunity to join peer faculty at these other schools by creating a joint curriculum for our Capstone students. “At the Capstone level, we have a bit more freedom with our curriculum planning, and that’s when we realized we could combine our lesson-planning to enrich both disciplines for our students.” Andy and John, our resident Science... Read More

Don’t Blink!

Don’t Blink!

Don’t Blink! A Cotting Parent Connects Blog It was only yesterday that Lucas arrived for his first day as a Cotting School student. We had heard about Cotting when Lucas was about 8 years old. We knew the program at Cotting aligned with what Lucas needed in order to reach his full potential. The day we got the letter saying Lucas would be attending Cotting School was one of the happiest days of our lives!  We still have the letter and look at it every now and then.  It still holds the same joy we felt on the day we... Read More

The HOPEhouse Difference

The HOPEhouse Difference

“HOPEhouse is amazing” says LeeAnna Pallett.  “This is exactly what we were looking for for Belle, and it doesn’t exist anywhere else.  She feels like she belongs there.  It just clicks.” HOPEhouse services are not only unmatched, but critical to the transition that young adults are preparing to make when they turn 22. The Pallett family knew soon after she moved in that HOPEhouse would be the best place for Belle to practice independence and learn transition life-skills.  Because she is away from home Monday through Friday, Belle’s family is noting her progress when she returns home each weekend.  “Belle... Read More

Can We Communicate?

Can We Communicate?

Can We Communicate? A Cotting Parents Connect Blog On our first visit to Cotting School as a potential school for our son Liam, one of the things we were most excited about was the inclusion of Communication Therapists in the day school program. Of course our son’s IEP still called for ‘speech therapy’ but communication has always been our primary goal. An immersive communication environment was exactly what we wanted and found for him at Cotting School. A focus on Communication Therapy is an especially important aspect of programming for students at Cotting School. Approximately 30% of the Cotting School... Read More

Get Stumped! Support an Amazing School

Get Stumped! Support an Amazing School

JOIN US FRIDAY, JANUARY 10th! How does a night of Stump! Trivia, great food and drink, raffle prizes, and a silent auction sound? Great, of course…and even better when you’re playing for the students at Cotting School! Grab your co-workers! Come to Game On! Friday, January 10th, 2020 at 6pm.     Cotting School serves students ages 3-22 with moderate to severe physical and cognitive disabilities.  Our students come from over 70 towns around Boston to take advantage of our outstanding faculty, differentiated curriculum, comprehensive therapies, and boundless co-curricular opportunities.  For many of our students, making friends and joining the... Read More

A Remembrance of Elise “Butch” Wallace

A Remembrance of Elise “Butch” Wallace

A Remembrance of Elise “Butch” Wallace Cotting School Trustee Emerita Butch Wallace welcomed me to the Cotting School community 15 years ago, when I was named the “new” President. Upon meeting this wonderful, kind lady, whose rich history with our school dated to 1971, I wondered, how can I ever address her by her nickname? It was soon very easy to call her Butch, for she made me feel at ease. Like everyone she met at Cotting School – student, staff, parent or fellow Cotting School Trustee – Butch greeted us as her special friends with warmth and dignity. Her... Read More

Seniors: What Will You Miss Most about Cotting School?

Seniors: What Will You Miss Most about Cotting School?

Cotting School’s Class of 2019 Seniors are about to reach a goal they’ve been striving for since they started school…Graduation! For most Cotting students, their educational journey didn’t begin at Cotting School. With specialized educational programming, rolling admissions, and the ability to serve students at many points in time along their path to achieve their highest learning potential and level of independence, Cotting School has been an important part of the educational journey for each of these Seniors. The 8 students in this year’s Senior Class are part of a remarkable point in Cotting history. They are graduating in the... Read More

Cotting Students at Work!

Cotting Students at Work!

Teamwork and Decision-Making “Beginning at the Middle School level, we’re stressing teamwork, problem-solving, and decision-making,” explains Mike Teuber, Director of Transition Services. In a group-based work skills class, Middle Schoolers work on a variety of projects, including “Dinners to Go,” a meal preparation service. These projects introduce the steps involved in work before students venture outside the school and into the community with Project Bridges. “We want students at this level to think about doing something for others, and feel the difference between task performance and academic performance,” adds Teuber. Variety and Self-Reflection Once students transition to Upper School at... Read More

Collaborating for Disability Awareness with Lexington’s Cary Library

Collaborating for Disability Awareness with Lexington’s Cary Library

Students in Mr. Mitropoulos’ classroom have been working with Lexington’s Cary library on a project to raise Disability Awareness.  Their project, including a community trip, consisted of an undercover visit to the Library where the students made observations and recommendations for making the library more accessible for people with disabilities.  Mr. M’s students navigated through the Children’s Room with a checklist of suggestions on ways to improve handicap accessibility throughout the library.  In particular, they were looking for accessibility in the following areas: physical space food related notices parking bathrooms staff and patron interaction Once they collected all of their data and observations and shared... Read More

Cotting School Fall Alumni Dance!

Cotting School Fall Alumni Dance!

Cotting School Alumni from the classes of 2000-2006 gathered for an afternoon of dancing and reminiscing about the old days!  Nearly 40 alumni, parents, and current and former Cotting staff were on hand catch up and find out what everyone has been up to for the past 10 or 15 years! While Cotting School gladly hosts the Alumni Reunion each Spring, this most recent event was something new.  Two particular alumni from the class of 2003- Bethany Sabbag and Alana Russo – presented Cotting with a new idea last spring.  “We love the Cotting reunion each year, but that event... Read More

Move-In Day at HOPEhouse

Move-In Day at HOPEhouse

Move-in day at HOPEhouse was exciting and smooth as seven young adults arrived with their personal belongings and their individual goals in mind for the school year ahead. Here are six things you might not know about HOPEhouse: It’s all about independent living and learning in a supportive community. Each young adult is able to align their school or work experience with their Individualized Education Plan. Regular consultation from a Nutritionist and Clinicians in OT, PT, CT (Communication Therapy), and Nursing provide ongoing support for the HOPEhouse community. The HOPEhouse laundry room is always a busy place! Even though our... Read More

Tech for Life!

Tech for Life!

One of the fun units in this summer’s “Tech for Life” classrooms had students looking closely at some of the more popular social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. The class visited this Epic! page to research the different platforms, and then choose their favorite to further explore. Students then practiced writing about their platform of choice – how it is used, what they like about it – and then even come up with their own page design!                                          ... Read More