SES Information

Hours of Operation

Grades 1-8 - 8:07am - 3:30pm

Grades 9-12 - 8:07am - 2:50pm

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

Ms. Arlene Reidinger

 

Assistant Principals

Ms. Kim Kozak

Mr. Erik Desmond

 

Family Contact & Additional Support Staff

Parent Liaison

Ms. Rosa Rita

School Clerk

Ms. Liliana DeJesus

School Nurse

Nurse Jane Robison

Educational Team Facilitator

Ms. Deb Ditommaso

 

Clinical Team

School Psychologist

Dr. Heather Winters

Elementary & Middle School Counselor

Ms. Melissa Apperti

High School Counselor

Ms. Sara Thornhill

Social Learning Center Counselor

Ms. Sandra Coombs

Engagement Counselor

Ms. Patty Salas

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Counselor

Ms. Dayry Alverez

Guidance & Enrichment Counselor

Mr. Issac Hendrickson

Culture Specialist

Mr. Luis Garcia

 

Facilitators 

Academic Programming Facilitator

Ms. Marcie DiLorenzo

SLC, CLC, PGLC Facilitator

Ms. Christa Larson

Data & Technology Facilitator

Dr. Ray Moschetto

August 16, 2021 

Hello SES Families!

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We are elated to have ALL our staff and students back at our school. It is exciting to inform you that SES is ready to service students and cannot wait for the academic year to begin.

This pandemic tested all of us. However, we have seen the resiliency of our staff, students, families, and community. I want to thank you all for being remarkable partners during this unusual time. I can confidently say the last year and half has brought the SES community closer. We want to continue this remarkable journey as we open our doors this year.

Our focus will be continuing to build our emotional well-being and generating a culture that is welcoming, safe, and inclusive. We understand the last year has been tumultuous and our primary charge is to make sure that the student learning environment at SES is conducive to the needs of our remarkable students.

Over the summer, the SES staff has been busy receiving professional development, updating our technology, and making important curriculum changes to ensure that our students receive the most advanced academics tools; while keeping a culture of safety, fun and learning. We are excited for our students to be introduced to these new academic instruments.

I know that Superintendent Paris has been informing you regularly about the current district safety guidelines. I have enclosed an information sheet that is specific to SES. This will help you navigate the first two weeks of school and provide you with all the necessary information you and your child will need for the beginning of the school year.

Please visit our SES Family One Stop web page for current information, resources or contact information. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

I look forward to welcoming and seeing all our SES students! With much gratitude,

Arlene Reidinger SES Principal

 


Meet the SES Administration

 

Arlene Reidinger (Principal):  A licensed School psychologist and Mental Counselor, Ms. Reidinger has a wide variety of experience.  Ms. Reidinger began her career with the Department of Public Health in youth programming.  She has a long history working in the field of education and public health.  Being employed at SES for over a decade, Ms. Reidinger is part of the original staff who was instrumental in shaping the high school programing at SES.  During her time at SES, she has served as a High School counselor, followed by transitioning to the role of High School Facilitator, and transitioned to her current role of leading SES as the school's Principal starting this year.

 

Kimberly Kozak (Assistant Principal):  Ms. Kozak has an extensive history working in the field of education.  As one of the original staff, which helped develop the high school program, she has been highly involved in the academic and therapeutic development of the students of SES. Ms. Kozak has an expansive knowledge of curriculum and is an expert in the field of Special Education. Ms. Kozak's long history at SES has seen her serve as a teacher, and later as the high school curriculum coach.  With an extensive educational background, Ms. Kozak transitioned to her current position as Assistant Principal, at the beginning of the 2021/2022 school year.  In this role, she mentors all new teaching staff, supports teachers in all programs through curriculum development, leads professional development for staff, and works as the head of the SES After School Program.  Due to her love of curriculum development and supporting teachers, Ms. Kozak elected to also retain her responsibilities of High School Curriculum Coordinator.  She is also fluent in American Sign language, and is a certified Herbalist. 

 

Erik Desmond (Assistant Principal):  Mr. Desmond has a long history in education.  As a teacher, he taught Math at the High School level and coached High School Football.  Following some time away from Lawrence Public Schools, Mr. Desmond brought his academic expertise.  He transitioned to his current role at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.  Under this role, Mr. Desmond serves as the head of student services, which includes addressing student concerns, guiding enrichment opportunities, and assisting staff in guiding students toward academic achievement.


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