SES Information

Hours of Operation

7:45 - 2:45

Phone Number

(978) 975-5980

Fax

(978) 722-8525

Address

233 Haverhill Street

Lawrence, MA 01840 


Water Testing Results

SES on Youtube

SES on Facebook

SES Student & Family One Stop

 


People to Contact

Principal

Mr. Erik Desmond

 

Assistant Principal

Ms. Angely Alba-Burgos

 

Family Contact & Additional Support Staff

Parent Liaison

To be announced

School Clerk

Ms. Liliana DeJesus

School Nurse

Nurse Denise Guingnard

Educational Team Facilitator

To be announced

 

Clinical Team

School Psychologist

Dr. Heather Winters

Counselors

Ms. Melissa Apperti

Ms. Dayry Alvarez

Ms. Sara Thornhill

Ms. Sandra Coombs

Ms. Patty Salas

Ms. Dayry Alverez

Mr. Issac Hendrickson

 

Facilitators 

Academic Programming Facilitator

Ms. Marcie DiLorenzo

SLC, CLC, PGLC Facilitator

Ms. Christa Larson

Data & Technology Facilitator

Dr. Ray Moschetto

July 25, 2022

Hello SES Families!

On behalf of SES, please take a moment to help us in celebrating the promotion of our former Principal, Arlene Reidinger, and Assistant Principal, Kim Kozak, to new roles in the Lawrence Public Schools.  We also celebrate the promotion of our new Principal, Erik Desmond, and new Assistant Principal, Angely Alba Burgos.  Check back for Mr. Desmond's 2022-2023 Welcome Letter!


Meet the SES Administration

 

Erik Desmond (Principal):  A licensed Special Education teacher, Mr. Desmond has over 15 years’ experience in the field of education. As a teacher, Erik has over 9 years of experience teaching Math and History at the high school level. Throughout his years of teaching, he also coached football and wrestling at the high school and collegiate level. During the 2015-16 school year, Mr. Desmond transitioned into the role of Dean of Students at the SES. While serving as Dean, he was an instrumental part of a team that reformed the academic and therapeutic services that the school offered to their students. During this time, he also worked closely with the administration team, staff, students, and community members to help create and maintain a positive school climate. Mr. Desmond transitioned to the Assistant Principal role at SES in the 2021-2022 school year.  In this position, he served as the head of student services, which includes addressing student concerns, guiding enrichment opportunities, and assisting staff in guiding students toward academic achievement.

 

Angely Alba-Burgos (Assistant Principal):  Ms. Alba-Burgos joined SES during the 2014-2015 academic year.  Throughout her time at SES, she has served as a crisis aide, teacher, specialist, and facilitator.  Her impressive trajectory in the field of education has led her to the role of Assistant Principal at the School for Exceptional Studies for the 2022-2023 school year.  She has an extensive knowledge of curriculum and the Massachusetts State Standards, and received intensive training for unpacking the standards in order to meet each of  her students' individual needs.  In her new role, Ms. Alba-Burgos will mentor all educational staff.  She will assist teachers with the development of different UDL strategies that allow all students access to the curriculum.  Ms. Alba-Burgos is also bilingual in English and Spanish.

 

Ms. Alba-Burgos has earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Lasell College and her Master’s Degree in Education from Cambridge College.


If You are Looking for Community Activities

Si Estan Buscando por las Actividades de la Comunidad

 

 

Youth Soccer

Beyond Soccer, Inc.

280 Merrimack Street, Suite 309

Lawrence, MA 01843

Cell:  617-970-1623

www.beyondsoccerlawrence.org

 

Youth Football

Lawrence Pop Warner Football

www.lawrencepopwarner.com

 

City of Lawrence Recreation Department

Lawrence Recreation Director

Nelson Ortiz

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Music and Arts 

Movement City

168 Newbury Street

Lawrence, MA 01841

978-683-9393

www.lawrencecommunityworks.org/movement-city

 

Essex Art Center

56 Island Street, Lawrence, MA 01840

978-685-2343

http://essexartcenter.com

 

Lawrence YMCA

 

Executive Director

Daniel Halloran

978-686-6191

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Sports Director

Jaycob Morales

978-686-6191 x49

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Ice Skating

Vetrans Memorial Skating Rink

229 Brook Street

Haverhill, MA 01832

Rink Director

Vin Ouellette

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MA Department of Children and Families

978-557-2500


If You are Looking for Counseling Agencies and Community Supports in Lawrence

Si Estan Buscando por Agencias de Consejeria y Apoyo Comunitario en El Area de Lawrence

 

St. Ann's Home

100A Haverhill Street

Methuen, MA 01844

Phone:  978-682-5276

(ask for intake - Lucy)

Fax:  978-688-4932

 

Arbour Counseling Services

599 Canal Street #1E

Lawrence, MA 01840

Phone:  978-686-8202

Fax:  978-686-1281

 

Counseling for Change Associates

60 Island Street #43

Lawrence, MA 01840

Phone:  978-687-3700

Fax:  425-928-2856

 

South Bay

15 Union Street, 2nd Floor

Lawrence, MA 01840

Phone:  978-688-5222

Fax:  978-688-4901

 

MA Society Prevention Cruelty to Children (MSPCC)

439 S. Union Street #116

Lawrence, MA 01843

Phone:  978-682-9222

Fax:  978-681-9508

 

Children's Friend & Family Services

15 Union Street, Ste. 200

Lawrence, MA 01840

Phone:  978-682-7289

Fax (CSA):  978-686-2954

Fax (Clinic):  978-482-2014

 

Lahey in Lawrence

12 Methuen Street

Lawrence, MA 01840

Phone:  978-683-3128

(ask for Intake)

Fax:  978-682-7296

 

The Psychological Center

11 Union Street

Lawrence, MA 01840

Phone:  978-685-1337

Fax:  978-681-1281

 

LPS Family Resource Center

Lawrence Public Schools

60 Island Street

Lawrence, MA 01840

978-975-5900


The School for Exceptional Studies is located at the North Common Education Complex (NCEC- Old Lawrence High School)  NCEC is a large building, and houses SES, UP Academy Oliver, the High School Learning Center, and the Superintendent's Office.  As each school, and Central Office have their own designated enterances, please use the following guide to help you access SES. 

 

Visiting SES

School for Exceptional Studies is located at 303 Haverhill Street.  When visiting SES, please be sure to ring the bell at the lower right door.  Identify yourself and your reason for the visit, and await further instructions. 
North Common Complex

The School for Exceptional Studies (SES) is a highly structured alternative educational program that is licensed annually by the Massachusetts Department of Education as a public run therapeutic day school.

 

Mission Statement:

Student achievement and rich experiences in well-supported classrooms are the priorities around which we at SES focus our work and expectations. Our aim for students is to regularly experience thoughtful and meaningful discussions and opportunities to actively engage in meaningful lessons and practice academic language.  We also aim to provide students with a enriched educational experience through well-planned and meaningful lessons that treat time on learning as precious, and that feature multiple means of accessing the content, multiple means of showing what they know, and multiple means of engagement and interest.  Students experience learning that is culturally vibrant, respectful, and that is compassionate and appropriate to their health and wellness needs.  Students also experience teaching and learning that is thoughtfully and effectively tailored to their needs in terms of their IEP and best practices of Universal Design for Learning.  Our goal for our students is to experience the intellectual, personal, and economic power of embracing education.  We want students to experience a welcoming and warm environment in which they feel safe and encouraged to take appropriate intellectual risks.  Students should experience classrooms free from unnecessary distractions and interruptions, and have opportunities to provide feedback and share ideas about their academic and school experiences.

 

The School for Exceptional Studies follows the school structure known as shared leadership.  All faculty members are provided with opportunities to participate in committees and the teacher leadership team.

 

Therapeutic Philosophy:

SES aims to challenge students through Project Adventure (PA), a therapeutic support program that provides introspection, positive communication and expression with emphasis on the group process.

SES follows the Six Core Values of PA that are the cornerstone of SES’s behavior modification program. 

  • Be Here
  • Be Safe
  • Be Honest
  • Commit to Goals
  • Care for Self and Others
  • Let Go and Move On

 

School Colors

Black and Yellow

 

Uniform Colors

Black Collared Shirt and Khaki Pants

 

School Mascot

Pride

School Colors

Black and Yellow

 

Uniform Colors

Black Collared Shirt and Khaki Pants

 

School Mascot

Pride