Gates Chili SEPTO (Special Education Parent Teacher Organization)
SEPTO is interested in attending building and district level special events and providing a sensory friendly space for families. If you know of an upcoming event, that would benefit from SEPTO please let us know.
October 15th at 10am Wegman Park Playground
Join us for cider and donuts and a chance to get to know one another and our families.
November 16th at 6:30pm at the Gates Chili Administration Building
OPWDD Eligibility Overview with District's Transition Specialist Sarah Robinson and a representative from Person Centered Services
January 21st at 10am
Join us for a coffee meetup, a place to exchange thoughts, questions or just come meet other members.
February 13th at 6:30pm
Special Education Department Overview
May 19th at 6:30pm
Playground & Popsicles Meetup
Mission: To work collaboratively with home, school, and larger community to provide education, support, and connections for students with different abilities.
Gates Chili SEPTO values the input from district staff, families, and community members. If you'd like to join our mailing list please fill out this Membership Form.
If you have questions or concerns, email us GatesChiliSEPTO@gmail.com
Join our Facebook Page: Gates Chili SEPTO
Watch our YouTube Channel: YouTube
Who We Are
We will introduce our executive committee each week!
KELLY CONLON, AUTISM FAMILY NAVIGATOR
AND DISTRICT PARENT
Hi, I'm Kelly Conlon. I am the proud mother of a special education middle schooler and a Florence Brasser Bear! I'm also a Gates Chili grad myself! I work as a family navigator at AutismUp and the Golisano Autism Center. I get to help families through all facets of special education, give workshops and trainings, facilitate meetup groups for parents & caregivers, grandparents, and now siblings. I love being part of SEPTO that continuously strives for inclusion in our district and community.
HEATHER LANGE, SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
AND DISTRICT PARENT
Hi, my name is Heather Lange. I am a parent in the district, a volunteer and co-founder of SEPTO. It is a pleasure to use myexperience as a Speech Language Pathologist to be a resource for parents, guardians, and care givers in the district. I have always loved science and brains! I enjoy elder care, gardening and anything dark chocolate. While I have never liked TV or movies, classic Pooh makes me smile!
DANIELLE LATORE, COORDINATOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION P-5 AND HOMESCHOOL INSTRUCTION
Danielle's role as the Coordinator of Special Education K-5 entails supporting and overseeing the elementary programming for in and out of district students. I work closely with teachers, related service providers, administrators, and families to ensure students receive appropriate supports. Monitoring regulations and best practices is also a function of this role. In addition to the above responsibilities, I oversee services and supports for students that are parentally placed in private schools in the district.
Fun Facts about Danielle:
Do you have any pets? I have a 5 year old black lab named Riley.
What was your favorite book as a child? The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Who was your favorite cartoon character when you were a kid? Wonder Woman old black lab Riley. My favorite book when I was a child was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. My favorite character when I was little was Wonder Woman.
JULIE STARK, COORDINATOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION GRADES 6-TRANSITION
Julie provides additional oversight over the special education department as determined by the Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services. The main responsibility of the Coordinator of Special Education is to assist with the development and coordination of services for students with special needs at the secondary level for students enrolled in either district based or out of district educational placements. Providing oversight with regards to multiple graduation pathways and transition planning ensures that students are meeting with success as they exit school age programming.
Fun Facts about Julie:
What was your favorite subject in school? Band!
What is your favorite book? All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
Who was your favorite cartoon character when you were a kid? Pink Panther