5 Things To Know In Wilmington On Monday, May 3, 2021

WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to know in Wilmington on Monday, May 3, 2021:

#1) DESE To Visit Wilmington Schools To Monitor Compliance With SPED & Civil Rights Regulations; Parent Feedback Wanted Via Online Survey & Telephone Interviews

During the week of May 3, 2021, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Wilmington Public Schools. The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas
of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students.

In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson(s) of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations.

Parents and other individuals may call Michael McDonald, Public School Monitoring Co-Chairperson, at (781) 338-3746 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.

Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the district with a report with information about areas in which the district meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the district requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/.

#2) Library Event: The Truth About Chronic Illness 

We think we understand chronic illnesses and those who have them, but we rarely talk about them. What is it truly like to live with chronic illnesses? Are our experiences common? How can we find community? What do our loved ones with chronic illnesses experience? Julie Morgenlender, editor of the recently published nonfiction book “The Things We Don’t Say: An Anthology of Chronic Illness Truths”, will speak about how we define chronic illnesses, how they differ and overlap with disability, and the truths of people’s experiences at 2:30pm via Zoom. She will read a few passages from her book and discuss their meaning, followed by a Q&A. This is your chance to ask the questions about chronic illness that you have been afraid to ask, and to come away with new understanding and, for those with chronic illnesses, the reminder that you aren’t alone. Learn more and register HERE.

#3) Take WCTV’s Short Online Survey, Get Entered To Win A $25 Red Heat Gift Card

Has your viewership of WCTV changed during the past year? Perhaps you have tuned in to WCTV more often to watch Meetings of Wilmington’s School Committee and Selectmen? Maybe you’ve noticed our coverage of Wildcat Sports? Do you enjoy your weekly exercise program from the Buzzell Senior Center or Concerts from the Library? We need to know!

When you take our survey you are also entered into a drawing to win a gift card to Red Heat Taven in the amount of $25. It’s a win-win situation! Thank you for your participation!

Take the online survey HERE.

#4) WCTV Looking To Spotlight Local Musicians

WCTV is looking for Wilmington musicians to be part of our studio produced program called, LIVE from Studio 887. If you are interested in being part of this on-going musical showcase, reach out to WCTV’s Operations Manager, Adam Dusenberry at adam@wctv.org to get the scoop and get your act on the air!

#5) BeyondTOPS Holding Online Raffle & Auction Fundraiser Through May 7

BeyondTOPS is holding its annual raffle and auction fundraiser online this year due to COVID-19. More than 35 prizes are up for grabs. The fundraiser runs from April 17, 2021 through May 7, 2021. Click HERE to view the prizes, purchase your raffle tickets, and/or make some bids.

Beyond TOPS is a 501c3 non profit organization whose sole purpose is to integrate children with mental and physical disabilities into the community through sports.

The organization strives to bring children of all abilities together, through physical activity, to make our community and those around us stronger.

BeyondTOPS offers completely free sports and social programs nine months of the year. In the fall and spring, soccer is offered. In the winter, basketball and bowling are offered. In addition, the organization organizes dances, lunch with Santa, and sensory friendly movies.

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