Transition – New Look, Same Vision!

Transition – New Look, Same Vision!

Project Bridges and Transition Services remain a bedrock of our Cotting curriculum, even as we continue to reimagine the programs within COVID-19 parameters. Students are keeping busy learning all about jobs, building relationships with colleagues, and self-advocacy among other topics. Nothing beats getting out into the community, but the staff and students have managed to build a fun, progressive new look for the program! Several students are busy with jobs around the school, including sorting, filing, jewelry assembly, and building hygiene kits to donate to local agencies. Others are offering a hand with sanding projects in the Industrial Arts classroom,... Read More

Transition Boarding at HOPEhouse

Transition Boarding at HOPEhouse

For the residents of HOPEhouse – Cotting School’s five-day transition boarding program for students ages 17-22 – it’s business as usual these days. Adjusting to their “bubble” took some time, but no one used the pandemic as an excuse. At HOPEhouse, it’s all about creating and pursuing a vision for the future. Post-secondary education, employment, and adult-living opportunities are the three primary foci from which residents choose to envision their future beyond Cotting. Successful HOPEhouse students are motivated to be independent and interested in working with the staff to design a program that works for them. Plans include work, higher... Read More

Meet Cotting School’s Boston College PULSE interns

Meet Cotting School’s Boston College PULSE interns

Cotting School has a unique relationship with students at Boston College who participate in the PULSE program. PULSE educates students about social injustice by putting them into direct contact with marginalized populations and social change organizations and by encouraging discussion on classic and contemporary works of philosophy and theology. Students in the program are placed at organizations all over the Greater Boston area. Cotting is a new partner with PULSE this year and this partnership looks a little different than it would have in normal years – especially for those students helping with the Circle of Friends and Project Bridges... Read More

Cotting Falcon Trivia – 4th Annual Goes Virtual!

Cotting Falcon Trivia – 4th Annual Goes Virtual!

On Friday, January 8th we continued our trivia fundraiser tradition with a new, virtual look…and it was a great success!  Teams from ARC (Architectural Resources Cambridge), Marsh & McLennan Agency, Sperling Interactive, Erland Construction, Prime Buchholz, and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals joined us for a fun night of trivia competition and fundraising for our students.  ARC took home top prize this year, pictured below after their big win:   We are grateful this year more than ever for the support from these outstanding companies.  Our relationship with these folks goes beyond a business transaction; they take our mission seriously and show up... Read More

Cotting Breaks Ground on Gym Addition

Cotting Breaks Ground on Gym Addition

  Unlike many schools nationwide, Cotting student learning never skipped a beat during COVID. Starting with fully remote learning from mid-March through June, we carefully added in-school time so thatstudents are now on campus four days a week. PPE notwithstanding, they love being with their peers and staff. At our school where students hate snow days, nothing beats being at Cotting! Simultaneously, we have moved ahead with our new addition, the first brick and mortar campaign in 30 years.         The Campaign will enhance academic programs and the arts; build a full-size gym, two candlepin bowling lanes,... Read More

Cotting’s New Medical Fellow

Cotting’s New Medical Fellow

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Arielle Spellun as our newest Cotting Medical Fellow! Dr. Spellun graduated from Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and completed her Pediatrics training at Boston Children’s Hospital. She grew up in Rhode Island and received a B.A. in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania, where she worked with the department to create a minor in American Sign Language. After medical school, she was an instructor in pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine. Her specialty as a Fellow in developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital now... Read More

Favorite Things

Favorite Things

Gift Ideas for People You Love Are you looking for new, creative ideas, games, or even books for gift giving? The staff and students at Cotting School have got you covered! We’re proud to debut a list of some favorite things compiled by Cotting staff and students, especially useful for the special needs community. This list contains links to items Cotting students and staff love! If you’re in dire need of new book suggestions, do not worry- our experts are here to help! In addition, we’ve linked to some fun at home craft ideas and winter themed activities that will... Read More

Project Bridges Relationships: Adapting to A Virtual World

Project Bridges Relationships: Adapting to A Virtual World

It has been a year like no other at Cotting, many of our programs have quickly adjusted to the reality of COVID-19, still providing vital services to students and remaining connected with our community partners. One example is Project Bridges, a community-based volunteer work experience program inside Cotting School. Being community focused, the Project Bridges program has had to adapt to providing valuable experiences without physically being able to go into the community. Students in the program strive to build and sustain connections with community leaders- developing their vocational and transitional skills. We are proud and thankful for our relationships... Read More

Partnering Up with Parents During Back to School

Partnering Up with Parents During Back to School

The back to school season for 2020-2021 has taken on a different look and feel from previous years. Parents everywhere have been in discussions about reopening plans, remote vs. in-person school decisions, and are staying on top of news from teachers and administrators more than ever. A time of year that has been routine and even celebratory for parents is looking different in every school community. In a typical year, once summer ends, it can feel good to settle back into a normal schedule including back to school routines. It’s important to acknowledge that this year is different and to... Read More

A Key to the “Cotting Way”

A Key to the “Cotting Way”

At Cotting School we herald the long tenure many of our teachers and staff celebrate. In September of 2020 we were proud to unveil a new item permanently installed as part of the Cotting School History Wall Display in the main school building of our current location in Lexington, Massachusetts. The new installation features a key to one of the classrooms from the original Cotting School building located at 241 St. Botolph Street in Boston, Massachusetts. They key was used for many years by Jim Tanner, an extraordinary educator who retired from Cotting School in June of 2020. In 1974,... Read More

5 Lessons Amidst Remote Teaching at Cotting School

5 Lessons Amidst Remote Teaching at Cotting School

As we embark on our first-ever, hybrid, extended year summer program with a balance of in-school and remote offerings for Cotting School students, we want to reflect on the past several months of distance learning in the 2019-2020 school year or “school for home” as we have called it. When remote school became a reality for the safety of students and staff all over the world, Cotting School dove into the deep end and quickly adapted plans to encompass as much of a regular day at Cotting as possible. With full 5 days a week schedules filled with class activities,... Read More