MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK

 Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at the St. Matthew’s in White Plains.

Our educational training includes academics, social development, job training and student employment. White Plains provides us with the opportunity to run a community-based school program. Our students are young adults who have the opportunity to work for pay, learn important job and social skills while continuing their academic growth. Our student workers provide services to the communities where they learn. Our employers include but are not limited to local delicatessens, churches, pizzerias, clothing outlets, Visiting Nursing Services, the YMCA and even the New York Power Authority. In addition, some students work in our facility preparing lunches and helping with maintenance.

 We have four high school classes and one middle school class. The high school classes include two TSP-DD classes and one AIIM class. Our middle school class is part of the AIIM program. These classes are primarily set up for students with behavioral problems and with those on the Autism spectrum. The high school program has departmentalized classes in the morning. Each student will participate in a schedule that includes: ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Cooking, Office Skills, Activities of Daily Living and Social Skills. As the students transition to their different classes, they are able to interact and learn from all of the teachers in the high school.

Students are also involved in learning about their school community, which offers many rich opportunities Students work in the local YMCA located right across the street. They also have Physical Education classes there. We are able to visit shops and eating establishments to learn ADL skills (Activities in Daily Living). We enjoy the Farmers Market located a few blocks away. Students learn to navigate the community, travel, train and develop independence under careful supervision.

 We at St. Matthew's look forward to enriching the lives of our students as they serve the community where they learn. We look forward to working with you and your child to achieve their goals.

Sincerely,

Will Guterman
Principal 

ST. MATTHEW'S

CALENDAR

  • Supt. Conf. Day, 11:45am Early Dismissal: Pocantico Hills

    Center for Special Services
  • 11:30am Early Dismissal: Rye Lake Campus, St. Matthew's, Tappan Hill, Valhalla

    Center for Special Services
  • Winter Recess: All SW BOCES Schools Closed

    Center for Special Services
  • Southern Westchester BOCES Draft Days

    FOR ALL DISTRICT CSEs

    Valhalla Center Campus

    65 Grasslands Road, Building D, Valhalla, New York

    8am-3pm

    Center for Special Services
  • Southern Westchester BOCES Draft Days

    FOR ALL DISTRICT CSEs

    Valhalla Center Campus

    65 Grasslands Road, Building D, Valhalla, New York

    8am-3pm

    Center for Special Services
  • Supt. Conf. Day, 11:45am Early Dismissal: Pocantico Hills

    Center for Special Services
  • Supt. Conf. Day: Irvington HS Closed

    Center for Special Services
  • 11:45am Early Dismissal: Pocantico Hills

    Parent/Teacher Conf. (Evening)

    Center for Special Services
  • Spring Recess: Irvington HS Closed

    Center for Special Services
  • Spring Recess: Rye Lake Campus, St. Matthew's, Tappan Hill, Valhalla Schools Closed

    Center for Special Services
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B.E.A.T Program - Be Educated About Transit

On, Tuesday, March 7th the students at St. Matthew’s attended a workshop given by Anna Masopust from the Westchester County Office for People with Disabilities and Mary Ellen Burns from Westchester County Department Of Transportation/Department of Public Works. They spoke to the students about the B.E.A.T. Program.  (Be Educated About Transit) The B.E.A.T. program is a free program offered through Westchester County.  It teaches the students how to use the Bee-Line Bus System.  During the workshop the students viewed a slideshow presentation and participated in interactive activities.  The students were given the opportunity to ask and answer questions from the presenters.  The students were interested and involved during the workshop.

The objectives of the programs are:

  • To teach safety rules related to public buses
  • To reinforce safe behavior on buses
  • To familiarize students with the Bee Line bus system
  • To teach students how to get on and off the bus, determine which bus to take, how to read a schedule, and how to interpret a map
  • To introduce mass transit to students
  • To familiarize children with vocabulary related to transit

The students were excited to learn about the buses. St. Matthew’s will have some students participating in the 8 week program that is offered by B.E.A.T. this Spring.