Newton SEPAC

Greetings from the Newton SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council)!

Whether you are new to Newton, or have a returning student, we would like to introduce you to the Newton SEPAC!

The Newton SEPAC….

  • Advises the School Committee on the education and safety of students with disabilities
  • Hosts a “Basic Rights” presentation annually, to discuss the rights of students and their parents/guardians under state and federal special education laws (Wednesday, November 8th at the Education Center; presented by Ruth Diaz of the Federation for Children with Special Needs)
  • Serves as a liaison between parents of students receiving special education services and Newton Public School administrators
  • Meets monthly with Karen Shmukler, the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
  • Coordinates the Annual SEPAC Awards Ceremony in June, so that parents can recognize exceptional Newton Public School Staff
  • Hosts the Newton SEPAC Yahoo Group; an online discussion group which serves as a forum for parents and guardians to exchange information and share community resources
  • Coordinates monthly presentations.

For the 2017-2018 school year, we are working on:

  • Transition (from Pre-School to Elementary School, Elementary School to Middle School, and from Middle School to High School)
  • Anxiety in School Children (Wednesday, February 28th at NNHS; presented by Jessica Minahan)
  • Executive Functioning
  • Personal Safety

All meetings are posted on our website, and are open to everyone

If you would like to become a member of our yahoo group, send a request to

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Newton SEPAC Board