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 Jessica Walker, PrincipalAs the summer winds down, the anticipation of a new school year begins. I am privileged to be returning as Principal of the BOCES program at Pocantico Hills and am looking forward to welcoming our new and returning students. This year we will have four therapeutic support classes with students in grades 2-6. Our small class ratio of 8:1:2 allows students ongoing access to small group instruction to meet their academic and social-emotional needs.

The goal of our program is to provide an enriching and dynamic learning environment that provides academic challenge paired with a high level of therapeutic support. Students receive counseling once per week individually and once in a group to learn and practice the skills they need to recognize and control their emotions and actions. Our counselors and classroom staff utilize the Dialectical Behavior Therapy program as well as pieces of the Social Thinking curriculum and Zones of Regulation to help students begin to develop skills and strategies to manage internal and external stressors and self-regulate their own behavior.

Our program will continue to offer a school wide Positive Behavioral Intervention Support program focused on the expectations that students will Be Safe, Respectful, and Responsible in their classrooms and the greater school environment. We also introduced the use of a sensory space last school year and will continue to integrate the use of that space as a place for students to engage in calming and focusing activities to promote attention and engagement in learning.

We are fortunate to be hosted in the Pocantico Hills Central School District which offers many opportunities for students to integrate with general education students during social and academic programming.

Our staff is committed to looking at all of our students holistically, crafting a program that will uniquely meet their needs, and fostering their educational and social-emotional growth. We can realize this goal by working collaboratively with parents, districts, and other key stakeholders and are fortunate to have wonderful partners. Please know that my door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to contact me by phone or email at any time.

I am look forward to an exciting and successful school year.

Jessica Walker
Principal, SWBOCES TSP-I Program at Pocantico Hills Central School District

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