Summer 2015 Newsletter
Save the Dates

July 9

New England College of Optometry
September 2

Family Advisory Committee Meeting

September 7

Labor Day
No School 

September 13

Family BBQ
Time TBA

September 30 

Excellence in Special
Education Summit
with Dr. Ross Greene

Lecture at 6:00pm
Workshop times TBD
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

October 1

Family Advisory Committee Meeting

October 12

Columbus Day
No School 

October 27

School Open House

November 4

Family Advisory Committee Meeting

November 25-27

Thanksgiving Break
No School 
December 2

Family Advisory Committee Meeting   

December 24-January 1

Holiday Break
No School

This Year's Prom
to be held July 9th

Ivy Street School's Prom 2015
will be held July 9th
from 6:30pm-8:30pm at
the New England College of Optometry.

Students' families are invited to come to Ivy Street School at 4:30pm to take pictures of
our lovely young ladies and handsome young men
before they head out for their fun-filled night!

Please help us to make this
year's Prom an unforgettable experience for our
students by donating to
our Prom fundraising page here:

Summer Electives

Every summer Ivy Street
School students get the opportunity to participate
in a variety of fun, engaging activities that match their personal interests. These
elective classes meet
on a weekly basis
beginning in July.

Summer Schedule:


















 Brookline Teen Center  







School-wide BBQ and Field Day!


























 Photo Voice


We are always looking to create more opportunities for innovative, exciting activities for our students.

If you have an idea for future activities please contact our Activities Coordinator
Anastasia Kanistras at

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Ivy Street School Celebrates Record Number of Graduates

On June 17th, Ivy Street School held its Graduation ceremony to honor the hard work of all of our students. In total, nine students graduated and will be moving on to the next phase in their lives, taking the skills they have acquired here and applying them to their next life goal.


Here are just a few examples of our graduating students' stories and what they have achieved here at Ivy Street:


- Randy, who came to Ivy Street School from Hawaii, excelled both athletically and academically. A two-sport athlete, he earned his high school diploma, completed the ACT's, and was accepted to three colleges. Randy will be attending Menlo College in California.


- Joey, who also focused himself academically and earned his Boston Public Schools high school diploma, participated in a number of extracurricular and vocational opportunities. Joey gained employment at Good News Garage, worked in the school's kitchen, was a founding member of the student-run business Nice Notes, and has recently acquired a position at Stop & Shop.


We would like to congratulate each of our students on all their achievements here at Ivy Street - we are so proud to watch them grow and develop into young adults with increased independence and confidence!


Community Partners Honored
at Graduation 

Student Luis with Arthur Winn and
MAB Board Member Diane Gordon

As part of Ivy Street School's Graduation ceremony, we presented a number of individuals and organizations with our Community Partner Award for everything they do to support our mission and help give our students a brighter future. Honorees included:


- PaneraCares and Panera Bread Founder and CEO Ron Shaich, for developing an internship program to give Ivy Street students real-world work experience.


- The Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center, for hosting our students in rock climbing and other athletic endeavors.


- Boston Sports Medicine, for providing exceptional service for our students to promote physical health and well-being.


- Donors to the Ivy Street School Solarium Restoration and Literacy Campaign, including Arthur Winn, Steven and Suzanne Kaitz, and Connie and Ted Sullivan and the Ivy Street School families, for their generous contributions to this exciting initiative. 

Expressive Arts Programs Highlighted at Extravaganza 2015 

Music Therapist Ken DoRosario 

Many of you joined us on June 11th at the Berklee Performance Center as our students took center stage at the 2015 Extravaganza. Getting to that point, however, required long hours and dedication by the students in our expressive therapy programs. 
Since 2012 , students have been working with Ken DoRosario, a Board-Certified Music Therapist and the Extravaganza Musical Director, to put together the music routines for each year's show. Music therapy is one of the many therapeutic techniques embraced by Ivy Street School, as it has been proven  t o have a powerful impact in neurological rehabilitation. Ken's work at Ivy Street is funded in part by a grant from Kate's Voice. 
In addition, students in our Theater Group attended weekly improvisational workshops at Wheelock College, engaging in a variety of activities related to acting, expression, and creativity. For Extravaganza this group put together a skit about their personal journeys here at Ivy Street School, highlighting the skills they have developed. Currently there are plans to resume the Wheelock Theater Group in the Fall. 
Staff Profile:  
Maryellen Pambookian, M.Ed., PhD
Clinical Director  

Ivy Street School's Clinical Director Dr. Maryellen Pambookian came to the school this past Fall with over 20 years of clinical, supervisory, and special education experience. Among other roles, Maryellen served as a Program Director at the South Shore Educational Collaborative for 18 years, developing programs for students with language-based learning disabilities, mental health challenges, and autism spectrum disorder.


Maryellen has a B.A. in Psychology, an M.S. in Clinical Psychology, an M.Ed. in Special Education and a Ph.D. in School Psychology. She is a Massachusetts-certified School Psychologist and Director of Special Education, and she has been an adjunct faculty member at Bridgewater State University in the Special Education Department.


As Clinical Director, she supervises the clinical, behavior, and nursing teams here at the school. As such, she is involved with every student, and thrives on working with her teams to ensure they deliver individualized and comprehensive treatment to give each student the best possible outcomes as they grow and develop.


Maryellen even played a key role in developing Ivy Street School's Transition Program before she was on our staff. Roughly three years ago, she was a part of a group comprised of Educational Advocates, consultants, parents, and other professionals, who created a program for students who were ready to graduate but not yet ready for post-high school life. Ivy Street School was the institution that adopted this program, which has flourished into the innovative transition programming we have today.