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     Welcome Back to the 20-21 School Year!! 

    About my class:

    The primary goal in my class is to facilitate my students' academic achievement by providing the tools for optimal communicative success. I intend to make each session interactive, motivating, and functional. This is done using real-life issues (e.g. peer pressure, internet rules, relationships) and concerns (e.g. college/career planning, financial management), social experiences (e.g. conflict resolution, problem solving, decision making), and current events (e.g. politics, local and national news).

    September 2020

    Dear Students, Parents, & Caregivers,

    Welcome to the start of another unconventional school year! Speech language therapy will continue to follow the district’s 3:1 Service Delivery Model, in which there will be 3 cycles of direct speech therapy as per your child’s IEP, followed by 1 cycle of indirect therapy which will be scheduled as needed per student for that week. During both the direct and indirect cycles, synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning will be provided, More information about your child’s specific speech therapy schedule will follow. I am asking for your patience and flexibility while scheduling a schedule that will work for your child at home and their teachers’ schedules. Related services are projected to begin on September 17th. 

    My goal is to see each of my students for synchronous sessions as often as possible in accordance with their IEP. To supplement, support, and enhance this instruction, asynchronous materials will also be provided. My students will each have a speech/language google classroom according to their group and they will all have access to a google meet link within that classroom that can be used to join live/synchronous instruction. All asynchronous material can also be accessed through their speech google classroom. 

    Whether we meet in person or continue on this current virtual format, I ask that all students and parents remain vigilant that speech and language services are considered confidential.  I expect that any information provided or observed regarding other students and their families or surroundings during group sessions be treated fairly and with respect, and remain confidential within that session.

    If you have questions or need guidance that is specific to your child’s speech and language needs, I can be reached through email.

    My email address is: deborah.connelly@wcsdny.org

    While we are on remote instruction, I do not have access to my school office phone. If you need to speak with me, send an email with your contact information and I will get back to you in a timely manner. I can arrange a phone or video call with you, so please indicate your preference.

    I look forward to seeing you all again soon! In the meantime, be well and stay safe.

    Ms. Connelly

    Wishing you and yours a healthy time ahead 

    Deborah Connelly M.S. Ed. CCC-SLP
    NY State Licensed Speech & Language Pathologist
    NY State Licensed Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped
    Roy C. Ketcham High School  298-5100 ext. 31050
    The mission of Wappingers Central School District is to empower all of our students with the competencies and confidence to challenge themselves, pursue their passions, and to realize their potential while growing as a responsible members of their community.