Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,
Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed a peaceful holiday season with family and friends.
Students and staff at the Bergen County Special Services Educational Facility have settled in to their new location and are utilizing the expanded services that the Facility provides. Updated technology allows our adult clients to view presentations prepared by our staff on topics including food preparation, social skills, money skills, and community safety. The Career Through Technology Program has expanded to offer its clients instructional rooms equipped with the latest technology for teaching and enhancing those skills needed for supported and independent employment, as well as an Activities of Daily Living (ADL) room, apartment, and kitchenette. Students at New Bridges Middle and High School may begin their day with breakfast in the new cafeteria. The staff utilizes a state-of-the-art cardio room to teach students the importance of establishing lifelong fitness routines. Students have access to two ADL rooms and an apartment to learn activities of daily living, in addition to bright new classrooms equipped with the latest technology tools. Please see the main page of our web site to read about the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony that took place on November 9, 2015; it contains a link to the article that appeared in The Record as well.
Our annual Bergen County Special Education Expo took place this year on December 11. Three workshops were offered at this year's event, including topics on meeting state mandates for students with reading disabilities including dyslexia, and IEPs. We have two upcoming workshops planned for January and March. "Innovative Programming at Bleshman" will be held at the Bleshman School in Paramus on January 15, and "Safety Nets in Educating Deaf Students" will be presented at the Union Street School for the Deaf in Hackensack on March 24. Workshops for parents and professionals are ongoing at the CAPE Center; visit http://cape.bergen.org to check out their many offerings.
Howard Lerner, Ed.D.