Special Ed Parent Advisory Council

Medford Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

“Where Everyone Belongs”

Mission and Purpose

The SEPAC’s purpose is to fulfill the directive stated in Chapter 71B of the Massachusetts General Laws which requires a school district to establish a PAC and assigns both an advisory and a participatory function to the PAC.

In meeting this requirement, the mission of the Medford Special Education Parent Advisory Council is to:

  • Advise the District on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities by seeking input from the Special Education parent members;
  • Meet regularly with school officials;
  • Participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of the school district’s special education program;
  • Participate in planning workshops and activities, as prioritized by the SEPAC Board.


Melanie Perkins McLaughlin, Co-Chair

Tonya Sullivan, Co-Chair

Anne Herzog, Secretary

Jameel Webb-Davis, Treasurer

The Medford SEPAC is always looking for parents / guardians of children with special needs (and other interested parties) to be a part of our community. If you would like to learn more about how to get involved with the Medford SEPAC please email Melanie McLaughlin melanie.mclaughlin@comcast.net.

SEPAC Events

September 13, 2017 Welcome Back to School!
Back to school social and update. Keep an eye out for monthly “Coffee with the Principals” hosted by the SEPAC at your school

October 11, 2017 Let’s Get Organized
Join us as we learn great tips for organizing all that IEP and 504 elated paperwork. We’ll have supplies and snacks!

November 8, 2017
Basic Rights in Special Education
What are your rights when it comes to the IEP and 504? What are procedural safeguards? Where do you go for problem resolutions?

December 13, 2017
Celebrate the Winter Solstice!

Join us for a winter wonderland of meeting other families, socializing and having fun. Perhaps special guests will be in attendance.

January 10, 2017
General Meeting followed by Turning 3 Transition
Meet other parents of children with special needs and join us for our Turning 3 workshop – transitioning into the school system.

February 14, 2017
Meet representatives from the Department of Education (DESE)
Network and socialize with representatives from several DESE departments.

March 14, 2017
Executive Functioning with Laurie Wasserman
What is Executive Functioning? How can my child be more organized?

April 11, 2017
Create a Financial Plan
Learn how to plan for your child’s future.

May 9, 2017
SEPAC Elections and Self Care
Come vote for your SEPAC representative and join us for chair massages, manicures, self-care tips and socializing.

June 13, 2017
Family Picnic
Join us for a family picnic in the park

Events topics subject to change – Please check online at https://www.facebook.com/SepacMedfordMa

All events take place at the Andrews Middle School (3000 Mystic Valley Parkway) unless otherwise noted

Business/Planning Meetings

Medford SEPAC General Business Meeting: The purpose of a general meeting is to plan, review, and discuss SEPAC initiatives; invite speakers that are relevant to SEPAC business, and to vote on agenda items that come before the board. All meetings are open to the public.

Check out our meeting announcements here.

Medford SEPAC will be meeting the second Wednesday of every month (unless otherwise noted) at 7:00pm at the Andrews Middle School, 3000 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford.

View our meeting minutes here.

Connect with SEPAC

The Medford SEPAC can be found on Facebook, Twitter, our website, and our Yahoo listserv discussion group. A great first step is to join the Yahoo group below so you can keep up to date with special education in Medford, meet other parents, ask questions, share information, and learn about local and statewide events. We look forward to hearing from you!

Join the discussion at Yahoo
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Medford_SEPAC/info or send a blank email to medford_sepac-subscribe@yahoo.com

Find us on the web

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Join our Email List

To sign up to receive emails as well as Medford Public School’s special education event information online, email Medford Sepac at medfordsepac@comcast.net.

End of the Year Presentation