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

Andrew Solomon at Cotting School and in Theaters!

Andrew Solomon at Cotting School and in Theaters!

Andrew Solomon, Author of the book Far From the Tree, will be our Conference keynote speaker at Cotting School this coming November. We are excited to announce that a new documentary based on his book, Far From the Tree, is being released in Boston, prior to its feature at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. More About the Documentary You can watch the trailer, here. Find ticketing for August 2018 showtimes, here. More About Cotting’s Conference For the sixth year, Cotting School in Lexington will offer a free, day-long Conference open to parents, professionals and caregivers of students with disabilities! This year’s Conference... Read More

A Few Great Ways to Learn About Cotting School

A Few Great Ways to Learn About Cotting School

Do you know someone looking for a school that might be a fit for a student with special needs? Help us spread the word and mark your calendars for a few great ways to learn more about Cotting School: Info Session at Cotting School: Friday, September 14th Tour our campus, visit our classrooms and talk to Cotting School professionals at our monthly information sessions where we’ll talk about: Cotting School - Day program for ages 3-22 HOPEhouse - Transition-focused boarding program for young adults ages 17-22 Extended Year Academic Programs and Summer Enrichment Options Cotting Consulting – Providing technology solutions for students in their school environments All of the new initiatives at Cotting... Read More

Curriculum Institute Tackles Differentiated Math Instruction

Curriculum Institute Tackles Differentiated Math Instruction

This summer three Cotting teachers: Andy Lindblad, Sejal Costa, and John Meredith, are focused on the research and development of Math curriculum and instruction methods. Their summer work is funded by The Peabody Foundation will result in new differentiated Math lessons, and important focus on how Math lessons at Cotting School work in cross-curricular fashion to meet the learning needs of our students. Cotting’s Summer Curriculum Institute, first launched in 2010, gives Cotting faculty members the opportunity to spend five weeks in the summer working solely on curriculum development. In school settings more typical than Cotting, school districts format a comprehensive curriculum that corresponds to the... Read More

Thorndike Fellowship Winner Looks to Enhance Popular Programming

Thorndike Fellowship Winner Looks to Enhance Popular Programming

Ms. Lola Piscopo has been awarded Cotting School’s Augustus Thorndike Fellowship for the summer of 2018. Lola’s project, entitled “Better Buddies”, was selected from a group of outstanding proposals from a number of Cotting School faculty and staff applicants. This summer Lola will refine the quality and expand the scope of Best Buddies programming at Cotting School through this Fellowship. Best Buddies envisions a world where people with Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) are successfully integrated into schools, workplaces, and communities. The organization works with middle school, high school, and college students, community members, corporations and employers about the emotional,... Read More

Cotting School Honorees

Cotting School Honorees

An evening of celebration brought together members of Cotting School’s premier giving society, the Founders Society, for an event to thank Cotting School supporters and to honor two members of the Cotting community for their outstanding service to our Cotting School students and Alumni. Cotting School’s Seamark Vision Clinic Honoree For the last 8 years, Dr. Richard Jamara, has supervised our weekly Seamark Vision Clinic at Cotting School and offered topnotch vision services to our students, alumni, staff, and members of staff families. He has also welcomed students with special needs from the greater community to receive the same services... Read More

Join In On Cotting’s Next Book Give-Away! “Rescue and Jessica”

Join In On Cotting’s Next Book Give-Away! “Rescue and Jessica”

We are at it again! We have another Cotting School book give-away that is near and dear to us. We are proud to introduce you to “Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship”. For students at Cotting School, the story of “Rescue and Jessica” is a powerful one as it introduces readers to a person with a disability. For some readers this might be the first time they are introduced to someone with a disability. The story also provides insights into themes that are relevant to our students and themes that shed light on their stories, which include relying on others for... Read More

Alumni Reunion – “I felt like I was my old self again. I feel like Cotting is my home, a home I can always go back to.”

Alumni Reunion – “I felt like I was my old self again. I feel like Cotting is my home, a home I can always go back to.”

Cotting Alumni Reunion 2018 had a great turnout!  Alumni from last year and decades past turned out to reconnect with old friends and reminisce about their days at Cotting! We also has some former and current staff on hand to welcome everyone back to campus. Cotting reunion is an opportunity to see old friends and teachers, check out yearbooks, and enjoy an afternoon of games and conversation.  Alum Lauren Zolla shared her feelings on being back at Cotting: “I felt like I was my old self again. I feel like Cotting is my home, a home I can always go... Read More