Awards & Scholarships
This year, the Special Education PTA will once again offerfour (4) $500.00 Achievement Awards,
to 4 seniors who receive or have received special instruction.Two scholarships will be awarded to Centereach High School studentsand 2 will be awarded to Newfield High School students.This scholarship is given to students seeking post-secondary
and/or vocational training.
The student must display good citizenship and a positive academic attitude.The "Making A Difference" scholarshipwas introduced for the 2016-2017 school year.The goal of this new scholarship was to enthuse our typical students who planned on continuing their education in the medical field,consider the field of neurology.Two $500.00 scholarships will be awarded for this scholarship. One winner from Centereach H.S.and 1 from Newfield H.S.Students who wish to apply for either scholarship can obtain informationfrom their Guidance Counselor.
**Look for the submission deadlines in the scholarship booklet**
Jenkins / Honorary PTA AwardThe Jenkins/Honorary Life Award is given to recognize individuals for their contributionsto the welfare of children and youth.SEPTA looks to recognize an individual who contributes to the special education community in any way.Although the individual does not need to be a member of PTA, we look for and appreciate their support.They need not be well-known beyond their own area of service.We accept nominations from Middle Country CSD faculty and parentsand will consider each nominationbased on the nominee's contributions as they are presented to us on the application.Only 1 Jenkins/Honorary Award will be given per year.**Submission deadline for this award is at our monthly meeting in May**
5th Grade Awards
This award is presented to students in each elementary school who
receive special instruction and have demonstrated
significant improvement throughout the school year.Teachers at each elementary school nominate students.We do not place a limit on the number of 5th Grade Awards givenas we feel every student that shows improvement,deserves to be rewarded for their hard work.For the 2016 - 2017 school year, we received an outstanding 26nominations. We granted all 26 awardsthroughout the 8 elementary schools.
Extended Summer School Program
During the months of July and August, many of our special education studentsattend a summer program so they can maintain the instructionthey received throughout the previous school year.SEPTA sponsors a bowling program which allowsthese students to enjoy bowling on 4 Fridays during this 6 week program.The program also invites general education District studentsfrom both our middle and high schoolsin order to help our special education students develop socialization skills.On the last Friday of bowling, EVERY student is awarded a bowling medal and eachgeneral education student receives a participation certificate as well ascommunity service hours.
Peer Buddies & Best Buddies ProgramsIn these programs, peers are paired with students with disabilitiesduring various activities to serve as "buddies" and arethere to provide support and just be a friend.The benefits of Peer & Best Buddy Programs extend to all students involved.They foster a sense of accomplishment for both parties while developingand building friendships and promoting the development of social skills which ultimatelylead to positive academic outcomes.At the end of the school year, SEPTA awards each student aCertificate of Accomplishmentto recognize their efforts in helping to make another student's learning experiencea positive one.