Department of Pupil Personnel Services
Director of Pupil Personnel Services
Sandra Thurston, MA, LDT-C
609-268-0220 ext. 2008
Ms. Sandra Thurston joins the Shamong Township School District as Director of Pupil Services after serving five years on a Child Study Team as the learning disabilities teacher-consultant for Shawnee High School. Prior to her Child Study Team experience, Ms. Thurston spent nine years as a special education teacher in the Winslow Township School District where she served her students in various special education settings. Her grade level teaching experiences include preschool, first through sixth grades and high school. Ms. Thurston obtained her Wilson Language Certification and has experience leading teachers in a Response to Intervention model utilizing the Wilson Fundations Program. An important aspect of her life is family, her oldest daughter is a junior at Rowan University and her younger daughter is a sophomore at Hammonton High School, the family is completed by their dog Murphy!
609-268-0220 ext. 2007
School Social Worker
609-268-0220 ext. 2005
609-268-0440 ext. 1202
609-268-0220 ext. 2203
In the Shamong Twp. School District, Special Education is the third tier in a continuum of services available for students who are experiencing difficulties in the classroom. This tier is based on the RTI (Response to Intervention) model. Students reaching this tier have an individualized program that is formally documented in an IEP or Individualized Education Program. Shamong Twp. School District has all placements available as defined by the New Jersey Administrative Code. Each student's program is designed to provide the appropriate interventions and services in the least restrictive environment.
The Shamong Township School District has two full-day integrated preschool classrooms-- a 3 year old classroom and a 4 year old classroom. The 3 year old class focuses on speech / language development, social interaction, and gross and fine motor skills development. The 4 year old classroom concentrates on reading readiness and phonemic awareness utilizing the Creative Curriculum.
The majority of students receive their instruction in the regular education class. Others maybe pulled out to a special education class. All students are included in the mainstream for homeroom, lunch, specials, and school-wide activities. A multi-sensory phonetic instructional program will be utilized in language arts, an array of supplemental programs for used for math as well as programs designed to provide access to the general education curriculum.
I&RS (Intervention and Referral Service)
Each district board of education is required to establish and implement a coordinated system in each school building, in which general education students are served, for the planning and delivery of intervention and referral services (I&RS) that are designed to:
1) Assist students who are experiencing learning, behavior or health difficulties; and
2) Assist staff who have difficulties in addressing students’ learning, behavior or health needs.
Prior to a special education referral, a student is referred to the I&RS (Intervention and Referral Service) committee in concert with the first and second tier of our RTI (Response to Intervention) program.
This type of plan falls under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This is the part of the federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against public school students with disabilities, which includes students with learning and attention issues who meet certain criteria.
Much like an IEP, a 504 plan can help students with learning and attention issues learn and participate in the general education curriculum. A 504 plan outlines how a child’s specific needs are met with accommodations, modifications and other services necessary to combat the medical diagnosis (disabling condition) that impacts a student’s learning process. These measures “remove barriers” to learning.
Director of Pupil Personnel Services/District 504 Compliance Officer-Sandra Thurston, MA, LDT-C
IMS 504 Coordinator- Mrs. Stacey Boyle-Weller
IMMS 504 Coordinator- Mr. Ryan Vaux
The Shamong Township School District is responsible to the taxpayers of Shamong Township to ensure that all students attending Shamong Township School District are residents of the district. To be considered a resident, a family must reside in Shamong as their primary residence or domicile and contribute to the tax base. For more information regarding residency or registration for school, please contact our district registrar, Ms. Val Dix can be contacted at: 609-268-0220, ex. 2000
The Shamong Township School District ensures that homeless children enroll in and succeed in school and those children and their families receive the educational services for which they are eligible. Grant funds are available for eligible families through McKinney-Vento Homeless Grant and can be accessed through the district’s Homeless Liaison. For more information, contact the Director of Pupil Personnel Services/District Homeless Liaison, Sandra Thurston, MA, LDT-C at 609-268-0440 ext. 2008.
DCP&P (Educational Stability)
To assure compliance with the education provisions of the federal law, Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, New Jersey legislation was enacted September 9, 2010 that amended Title 18 A and Title 30. Under this law, children can remain in their home school when they enter foster care unless it is not in their best interest to do so.For more information, contact the Director of Pupil Personnel Services/District Homeless Liaison, Sandra Thurston, MA, LDT-C at 609-268-0440 ext. 2008.
The Shamong Township School District provides English as a Second Language instruction to students identified as English language learners. This determination is made using the ACCESS for ELLs assessment (spring) and WIDA Screener upon entry to the district. The instruction is tailored to the need of the individual student. For more information, click on this link, http://www.nj.gov/education/bilingual.
School contacts for ESL programming:
IMS- Ms. Nicole Moore, Principal
IMMS- Mr. Timothy Carroll, Principal