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  • Love is in the Air

    2/12/2021

    Love is in the air at St. Matthew's. Staff and students practiced their writing and speaking skills expressing what they each loved about St. Matthews and what makes St. Matthew's so special. The most common response was that at St. Matthew's we are all family. 

    In addition, our school store staff practiced acts of kindness putting together valentines kindness bags for students. Happy Valentines!

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  • Welcome to Health Class

    Health Education is coming to St. Matthew's. Students in both TSP-DD and AIIM will be participating in weekly health classes with Ms. Jane Shields. 

    Ms. Shields holds a  BA from NYU in Dramatic Writing, an MS from SUNY Brockport in K-12 Health Education. Currently Ms. Shields teaches health in four different SW BOCES program sites and is passionate in providing health education to support students growth towards independence. 

    In the last few weeks, Ms. Shields has been busy introducing herself to all the students and getting to know their interests, personalities and assessing student health education needs. 

    In AIIM, students will be starting to work on identifying emotions. In our TSP-DD classrooms, students are starting a unit on  relationships and sexuality and nutrition.  Welcome aboard Ms. Shields!

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THE PRINCIPAL'S DESK

  

Dear Parents and Guardians of St. Matthew’s Students,

It is with great enthusiasm that I write this letter of introduction as the newly appointed Principal of St. Matthew’s School.  I am honored and privileged to have been selected to lead St. Matthew’s into the future and am looking forward to working with our dedicated staff to support student achievement and independence within a safe, student-centered environment.

I have been passionately involved in the field of education for over 14 years. My educational experience includes: almost 15 years ineducation  as a school social worker; a district behaviorist, and ultimately, as special education administrator and CPSE/CSE chairperson.  Last year, I had the pleasure of serving as the assistant principal at SW BOCES Tappan Hill School.  I hold national Board Certification as a Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and specialize in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and helping students of all ages with functional living and social skills. I am committed to building positive relationships with staff, students and families, as I believe we are all partners together. 

When I am not busy working with students, you can find me hiking and relaxing with my toddler, husband and dog in our home in upstate New York. 

Please know that as we navigate these uncertain times, my door (or computer screen) is always open.  It is my mission to work collaboratively to continue to expand and deepen the nurturing culture of St. Matthew’s and to encourage and ensure academic and excellence and rigor for all students.  I so look forward to getting to know each student and family in the St. Matthew’s community in the coming year. 

Best Regards,

Amanda Allison 

Principal, St. Matthew’s

aallison@swboces.org

WE ARE ST. MATT'S!