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Special Education and Student Services (SESS)

Picture of student artwork

SESS Department
BC High School
700 Delaware Ave.
Delmar, NY 12054
(518) 439-8886
Fax: (518) 439-8765

SESS Director
Kathleen Johnston

Video: Children are Special


Eagle, Elsmere, Hamagrael and Slingerlands CSE Chair
Dena Sanders


BCMS and Glenmont CSE Chair
 Meg Wyanski


BCHS, non-publics and privately-placed student CSE Chair
Kyle O'Brien


Preschool CSE Chair
Kyle O'Brien

The Bethlehem Central School District is responsible for providing special education services to all resident students who qualify for such supports. These services are coordinated by the district's Special Education and Student Services Department, which encompasses the district's Committees for Special Education at the preschool, elementary and secondary levels. SESS also oversees the district's health, counseling and mental health services for all resident students.

News & Announcements

Glenmont student takes 2nd place in Braille competition

Congratulations to second grader Sean Meek (pictured at right) who earned second place when he traveled to Batavia, NY earlier this month to compete in the Regional Braille Challenge. This was Sean's first time competing in the Braille Challenge, which tests students' proficiency in Braille proofreading, spelling, and reading comprehension.

SESS Parent Transition Night Meetings

5th grade to 6th grade transition - January 15, 2014
       6:30-7:30 PM, BCMS
       Presented by Dena Sanders and Meg Wyanski
       View copy of presentation>>

8th grade to 9th grade transition- January 22, 2014
        6:30-7:30 PM, BCHS Guidance Department
        Presented by Meg Wyanski, Kyle O’Brien, and Joanne Honeywell

Preschool to Kindergarten - February 12, 2014
7:30 PM, Eagle Elementary
        Presented by Kyle O’Brien and Dena Sanders

**Note: if there any changes in these meetings an SNN will be sent out and the website updated accordingly. If the District is closed due to inclement weather or emergency the meeting will also be cancelled and rescheduled**

Special Education news - November 2013

Important news, upcoming events and parent resources are available in the November 2013 BC Special News. VIEW OR DOWNLOAD HERE

Students create iBooks as part of summer ESY prorgram

Several students in the district's Extended School Year (ESY) Program spent a large part of this summer working on their writing using technology! The students have spent five weeks weeks creating their own iBooks. READ MORE

BCMS student wins regional braille challenge, heads to National Competition

BCMS student Kelly Cusack won the Northeast Regional Braille Challenge and has been invited to the national challenge in California this June. This is her third invitation to the national challenge! The first two times she competed at the National Braille Challenge she came in second place out of 900 contestants. This year, there are 1,000 expected contestants from 39 states and 3 Candadian provinces. Click here for more information about the Braille Challenge.

BCHS ‘Angels’ soar in Washington

Two BCHS students and members of the Challenger Angels cheer squad, senior Jessica Klein and freshman Julia Huber, had the opportunity to perform a routine at the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition’s annual meeting recently.
The Angels, 14 special needs cheerleaders in a squad organized by Colonie Pop Warner, headed to Washington on May 6 and performed for the council at its annual meeting.
Click here to read more and see photos of the event, courtesy of the Times Union.

OB2L (Overcoming Barriers to Learning) Center Hosts Workshop at Bethelhem Central

On Nov. 29, the OB2L (Overcoming Barriers To Learning) Center hosted a workshop at BCSD. The OB2L is the center for behavioral and cognitive support and operates under the guidance of Tim Feeney, Ph.D. and the direction of Kelly Brock M.S.Ed. Its mission is to provide the supports and strategies children and families need at home, school or in the community and for children to further develop and advance in self-regulation.

Photo Gallery - Bethlehem Collaboration for Special
Education Hosts Family Fun Day

The Bethlehem Collaboration for Special Education held a Family Fun Day on November 18 at the Bethlehem YMCA. The BCSE is an organization in the Bethlehem Central School District involved in the education, advocacy and development of those with special needs. Read more on their Facebook page. VIEW THE PHOTO GALLERY

Everyday Art offers Thursday program for kids with special needs

Everyday Art is an after-school art program for children ages 8-15, that offers a class on Thursdays specifically for children with special needs.  For more information, please go to or contact Jill Baboulis, CSW and teaching artist at 369-1951.

Friday 'Knights' Recreation and Family Support Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Read more about the program here. [PDF]

Procedural Safeguards Notice: Rights for Parents with of children with disabilities 3-21

English Version [PDF] | en Espanol [PDF]

New York State Forms and Notices Related to Special Education

This site contains forms and notices developed by the New York State Education Department relating to special education. Visit SED site

Homework help

BCSD Implements Student-Centric Learning Environments

Courtesy Don Johnston Incorporated

Educators at Bethlehem Central School District are thinking outside the box to develop new ways for their students to succeed far beyond the classroom. READ MORE »

New York state launches new web site for autism resources

New York State's Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental
Disabilities (OMRDD) and the State Education Department (SED) have announced the launch of the New York ACTS Web site. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families now have a single comprehensive resource to go to for important information and the State services available to address the needs of these individuals and their families.

information for parents of students using co:writer or read:out Loud software

Co:Writer letter

Read:Out Loud letter 

Resources & Links 

Software request letter (Word doc) 



Special education links


Homework Help

Program Information

Due Process

Family Resources

State Education Department Resources

Autism Information

Physician Recommendation Form [PDF]