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Christine Ciccarone, Assistant Principal
Nadine Mitchell, Assistant Principal
The ISS department’s mission is for each student to graduate with a plan. We create an educational environment that maintains high standards, assists students who need academic support, and addresses their social/emotional development. Classes are designed to parallel the general education curriculum. Instructional practice is rigorous as students are expected to achieve success on New York State assessment exams.
We provide the following services:
  • Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS – 8:1)
  • Special classes (Self-Contained – 15:1) • Integrated Collaborative Teaching (ICT – 12:1) 
  • Program at the V.A. Hospital* 
  • Training Opportunities Program (TOP) 
  • Assistance with ACCES-VR (Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation) and programs offered at other vocational sites
Related services include adapted physical education, bilingual counseling, counseling, hearing services, occupational therapy, paraprofessional support, physical therapy, speech/language therapy, and vision services.
Single or double-period English classes are offered to select incoming freshmen in the special class setting. These classes are conducted in standards-based classroom settings utilizing various instructional models and methodologies including Balanced Literacy, Ramp-Up, REWARDS, and Wilson strategies. In all classes, lessons are conducted to help students establish their academic goals, and rubrics are used for assessment by teachers and student self-evaluation.
*Hiatus for SY2021-22 due to the restrictions regarding COVID-19.