Special Education and Student Services Department

  • Welcome to the Department of Student Services and Special Education. Our goal is to support students to become successful independent learners regardless of the challenges they face. A usable definition for the role of special education comes from Dr. Thomas Hehir in his book, "New Directions in Special Education:".... to minimize the impact of disability and maximize the opportunities for children with disabilities to participate in general education in their natural community ... with special education serving as a vehicle to access and addressing specific needs that arise out of children with disabilities." (p.49).

    Team Chair Contact Information

    Chatham Elementary School: Kim Crowell-Oravec, kcrowell-oravek@monomoy.edu, 508-945-5135  
    Harwich Elementary School Early Childhood: Kim Crowell-Oravec, kcrowell-oravec@monomoy.edu, 508-430-7216                          
    Harwich Elementary School K-4: Kelma Dever, kdever@monomoy.edu, 508-430-7216  
    Monomoy Regional Middle School: Kara McDowell, kmcdowell@monomoy.edu, 508-945-5140            
    Monomoy Regional High School: Lori Thomas, lthomas@monomoy.edu, 508-430-7200              

  • CHILD FIND

    The Monomoy Regional School District (Chatham and Harwich) Child Find procedures are mandated by state and federal law. In accordance with Federal law IDEA (formerly PL 94-142), Monomoy Regional School District provides special education programs designed to meet the needs of children who are attending public schools as well as to support children who are attending private school at private expense and whose parents reside in the Monomoy District. A screening and/or evaluation is provided to children ages 3 through 21 who are unable to progress effectively in a regular education program due to a suspected disability consisting of a developmental delay, intellectual, sensory (hearing, vision, deaf/blind), neurological, Autism, emotional, communication, physical, specific learning disability, or multiple health impairment.

    The Monomoy Regional Schools are committed to locating children before their 3rd birthday in order to provide services for 3- and 4-year-olds who may be eligible for special education. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s development, please call Melissa Maguire, Director of Student Services, at (508) 945-5130.

    Additionally, if you are aware of any unaccompanied youth or any homeless families with school age children, please contact Melissa Maguire, Homeless Coordinator for Monomoy Regional School District, at (508) 945-5130. The best resource for the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act is the Department of Education website.

    Finally, if parents, caregivers, or community members have questions about special education services, contact Melissa Maguire at mmaguire@monomoy.edu or (508) 945-5130 to discuss or to schedule a meeting.

    If you believe that your child at any age should be evaluated to determine eligibility for special education services, you will need to request an evaluation at your neighborhood school. Include your child’s name, address, and date of birth, telephone number and a brief description of your concerns to the principal of your local school. The Monomoy Regional Schools’ Directory is provided below:

    • Chatham Elementary School: (508) 945-5135
    • Harwich Elementary School: (508) 430-7216
    • Monomoy Regional Middle School: (508) 945-5140
    • Monomoy Regional High School: (508) 430-7200

    For the Results of our Coordinated Program Review (CPR) please see the DESE website.


    District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP) The District Curriculum Accommodation Plan documents the ways in which Monomoy educators work to meet the needs of all students. The goal is for all students to meet the academic and behavioral expectations that we have for them, with the realization that students will often need some accommodation in order to succeed.
    Accommodations may include varied instructional strategies, modified curriculum materials, targeted assessment, support services, and professional consultation. Additionally, ongoing professional development for educators and a strong induction program for new hires foster continuous improvement in the district’s capacity to help learners with diverse needs.

    You can find the full plan here: District Curriculum Accommodation plan


    Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan and Reporting Forms  You can find the policy and ways to report bullying on the District website here Bullying Prevention and Intervention/Reporting FormsThere are three ways you can report bullying, including an online reporting form. Directions are located at the link.

  • Monomoy Regional School District does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, families, community members, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.