Students came together at the “Celebrate Everyone” event to support one another and receive recognition for their work during the 2021 school year. From left are Zoe Simone Henry, Jack D’Errico, JP Reece, Luc Dudley (brother of one of the honorees), Christian Sullivan, Xyon Pauleus, Max Dudley, Kayton Reece and Ilyas Zhambeko. Not pictured are Minal Rosenblum, Lincoln Saltzman and D.J. Reece. (LAUREN PEACOCK / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)

It was very troubling to read of the recent end-of-the-school-year ceremony at Northeast School.

Sadly, special education students did not receive graduation certificates with other fifth-graders moving on to middle school in September. I can only imagine how hurtful it must have been for young children to be overlooked on their big moving-up day with family members in the audience.

Kudos to Alexis Dudley and the other parents of Montclair’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council for creating an alternative celebration with certificates a week later. Kudos also to Superintendent Jonathan Ponds for attending this off-campus gathering.

I hope such a careless oversight never occurs again. Our public schools should be committed to educational inclusion, not exclusion of students in the classrooms or at public events.




Susan Marro

Montclair


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