Support Services oversees the education of children who learn differently and are in need of special education as well as students for whom English is a Second Language.  Support Services staff strive to help students develop a positive sense of self while gaining academic confidence and independence.  Together, school and parents can work together to make this happen.

Dr. Horrocks
Director of Support Services


support services: SPECIAL EDUCATION

Ms. Roberts, K-2


As the K-2 learning center teacher, I teach students strategies and skills to increase their academic achievement in reading, writing, spelling and math. I use Project Read, a multi-sensory and systematic phonics based reading program. Students work to improve their advanced decoding and comprehension skills.  Instruction is individualized based on each student's needs. When teaching math, I try to make concepts more concrete by using manipulatives and visuals such as base-ten blocks, flash cards, and games that reinforce concepts.  I also work with classroom teachers to help make modifications in the classroom that will further help students' succeed.

Reading, writing and math can be difficult subjects for children to learn.  I want to be able to help make these subjects easier for students so they can be successful.  As a special education teacher, my goal is to make abstract concepts more concrete and to find ways each student learns best so he or she can become a lifelong learner.  I want to help struggling students understand what they are learning and how to apply it in their daily lives.

Contact Information:
Phone: 617-417-2775, ext. 222

Ms. Duquette,  3-4


As a special educator, I believe in each student's ability to learn and grow.  I assess to see where students are developmentally, their learning styles, and create scaffolds to help them reach their goals. Once students begin to see their own successes, they begin to feel more confident about themselves, and take risks. 

Contact Information:
Phone: 617-497-7771, ext.

support services: SPEECH & LANGUAGE

Ms. Racela K-6

I am excited to be a part of the Banneker community!  As the speech-language pathologist, I work to screen, assess, and provide services for students who have difficulties understanding and expressing language.  Strong speech and language skills are essential to academic success, as these skills influence reading, writing, listening, and participating in the classroom. In our sessions, students work to improve their communication skills, based on their own individual needs. While some students may work on pronouncing a specific sound, other students may work on sequencing words to organize a story.

Due to communication difficulties, our students may be limited in their ability to show how much they truly know. It is important to me that all students' voices are heard.  My goal as an educator is to ensure that our students develop the communication skills that are necessary in allowing them to share their unique ideas and thoughts. I invite you to use this page as a resource to learn more about the way that your child communicates as well as what you can do to support your child's speech and language skills.

Contact Information:
Phone: 617-497-7771 ext. 221


What is Speech?  What is Language?
Suggestions for Parents/Caregivers
Your Child's Communication Development: K12345


Ms. Marre K-6    


As the English as a Second Language teacher, I work to assess, guide, and provide services for English language learners.   I work to increase English language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Instruction is individualized because students have their own specific needs and learning styles.  I use a great deal of manipulatives and visuals within my instruction.   I also collaborate with the classroom teachers to plan effective instruction for the students.  

Learning a new language as well as adapting to a new culture can be difficult for many children.  My goal is to provide all English language learners appropriate instruction to aquire the essential skills and academic language to become successful members of their community.  In order to fulfill my goal, my classroom is an environment that fosters positive self-image for each student and cross-cultural sensitivity. 

To contact:
Phone:  617-497-7771, ext. 201

support services: COUNSELING SERVICES

Ms. Theodoris


As the School Counselor, I work to support students’ social and emotional needs so they are better able to attend to their schoolwork.  Social and emotional skills are important for children to develop to support their life long learning.  I provide individual counseling, small group counseling, and one-time sessions for students.  I work with students on a range of topics.  Some of these areas are: social skills, friendships, emotional regulation, anger management, time management/organization, anxiety about school, and bullying.  I work with students to develop and learn tools that will help them with the challenges they are facing.  The goal is for the students to be able to independently use their tools at home and at school.  I also work with teachers to ensure that the social and emotional needs of students are being met in the classroom.  

Contact Information:
Phone: 617-417-2775, ext. 223

support services: HEALTH SERVICES

Department of Public Health

Along with the winter come health concerns regarding the weather.  To help keep your children warm, healthy and safe, the following are recommendations:

Dress in layers. Thermal underwear, a turtle neck, pants and shirt, a jacket, hat, neck warmer and mittens are great for cold days.

  • Choose clothing that is wind- and water-resistant. It can help keep the kids warm and dry.
  • Consider putting younger children in a one-piece head and neck warmer to keep them extra warm.
  • Babies and children who are not yet mobile will get cold faster, so be sure to check their hands and face frequently for coldness.
  • Use sun protection. Even in the winter! Protect your children from the sun by using sunscreen and sunglasses.

What are the symptoms of frostbite?

  • The following are some of the most common symptoms of frostbite:
  • Skin is reddened and then becomes white, hard, and swollen
  • Skin burns, tingles or becomes numb

Severe frostbite can result in blisters or ulcers forming and may involve deeper tissues. As frostbite progresses, tissue death and gangrene may occur. The symptoms of frostbite may look like other conditions and medical problems. Always see your child's doctor for a diagnosis.

First-aid for frostbite
Specific treatment for frostbite will be determined by your child's doctor based on the extent and severity of the injury. In general:

  • Remain calm and reassure your child that you can help. If feet are affected, carry your child; do not allow him or her to walk. 
  • Move your child inside to a warm area and put him or her in dry clothes. Call your child's doctor or take your child to the emergency room immediately. Frostbite can cause serious injury and needs immediate medical attention. 
  • While waiting for medical assistance:
  • Give your child something warm to drink and wrap a blanket around him or her.
  • Warm the skin by immersing the area in warm water (100° to 105° F or 38° to 41° C) until sensation returns. 
  • Do not rub or massage the skin.
  • Do not use direct heat, such as heating pads or fires.
  • Do not place the frostbitten skin in snow to "warm" it.
  • Apply clean cotton or gauze between fingers and toes if they are affected.
  • Do not disturb any blisters.
  • Wrap warmed areas of the skin to prevent further damage.

Further treatment will depend on the extent and severity of injury and may include treatment of skin damage with debridement or surgery.

Welcome to the Banneker Health Services website. Here are some guidelines from the Cambridge Public Health and Massachusetts State Law:

If your child received an immunization during the summer, please contact us so that we can update your child’s record. Student’s that are not up-to-date with their immunizations are not in compliance with the Massachusetts State Law, and may be excluded from school. All students must have on file documentation of immunizations. 

All students must have updated physicals. If your child does not, please take the opportunity to update this. 

Medical Conditions
Some students suffer from Asthma, food allergies, and other conditions. If your child suffers from a medical condition, please make sure you provide the necessary medication to treat your child. For Asthma, students must have a doctor’s order and medication. For food allergies, students must have a doctor’s order and an Epi-Pen. For any other condition, please advise me, so we can work together to provide your child with the best medical care. 

The Benjamin Banneker Charter School is peanut-free. We ask that parents and staff do not bring Peanut Butter to school to keep our environment allergy free. 

Thank you for partnering with us to make this year the best yet. We are looking forward to a wonderful school year, where every child is given the opportunity to grow healthy and be safe.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Mrs. Rosario

School Health Services

Health matters. That's why I am here to help provide care, information and a safe place to learn, study, play and grow. On this page, you will learn about health services offered through BBCPS, important health news/alerts for our community, and other resources to help our school community be a healthy place.

Children are so special, and must be handled with care. It is during these formative years of their lives when they learn the importance of wellness and good hygiene. I have a passion for not only caring for children, but for also being that person they come to for advice. Every student needs an individual they can talk to, or come to when they are not feeling well.

As a School Nurse, I attend to the physical, mental and emotional needs of our students.  I care for health necessities of the children and staff, through administering medical treatment, providing health education, identifying problems in student health development and serving as a resource person to the school in health instruction. In addition, I serve as a liaison between the home and the school, supporting parents in the process of caring for the health of their child.  

Each year BBCPS offers dental, vision and hearing screening. Scoliosis screening is also offered. The school nurse is available for consultation about any health concerns and is able to assist with health referrals. For parents who qualify, vouchers for eyeglasses may also be provided.

Other Health Resources

Preventing the Flu

The flu is a contagious disease that is very serious. It can lead to temporary illness, hospitalization and even death. Every child will come in contact with someone who has the flu so it is important that you are educated about how to help prevent illness. Here is some useful information shared through the Center for Disease Control.

Information from the CDC regarding the flu and schools:

Can my child go to school, day care or camp if he or she is sick?
No. Your child should stay home to rest and to avoid giving the flu to other children or caregivers.
When can my child go back to school after having the flu?
Keep your child home from school, day care or camp for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. (Fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) A fever is defined as 100°F (37.8°C) or higher.

Get a flu vaccination: All students and staff members should be vaccinated against the flu when vaccine is available. This is usually between November and December, and available at your local clinic.  

If your child is not feeling well, they should not come to school. If your child has a temperature higher than 100 degrees, body aches, and extreme sleepiness or is coughing or vomiting, you need to keep him home until he is free of those symptoms for 24 hours. If he's not really sick, but something seems off, let the school nurse know and ask her to monitor your child. 

Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

For more information about preventing and treating the flu virus, click below:

Preventing the Flu
Frequently Asked Flu Questions

support services: HOMEWORK CLUB

What is  Homework Club?

Homework Club is an after school program designed to provide students with an opportunity to receive help with homework and to develop good study habits.

Who can attend?

Homework Club is designed for students on IEP's and students for whom English is a second language.  Homework Club is also available to students recommended by teachers and parents if there is space available.

When does Homework Club meet?

Homework Club is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:15.

Where does Homework Club meet?

Homework Club  meets in the library in the administration building.

Is transportation available?

No, parents are responsible for picking up their chldren at 4:15.

Who works with students in Homework Club?

Support Services teachers, who work with children on a daily basis, work with students to help them improve academics, complete homework and develop good study habits.

Who should I contact if I would like my child to attend Homework Club?

Please contact Dr. Horrocks at x206 or

support services: PARENT RESOURCES

Literacy Websites
Grades: K-3, primarily 1 st and 2 nd grade

This web page has beginning reading and alphabet activities, as well as games and stories that the children can read themselves or that can be read aloud.  You can also print short stories and do online worksheets.
Grades: 1-6, primarily 3-6

This site is for literacy.  When you click on the "Student Materials," you will be brought to an index of all the activities.  Most pertain to older students, but there are a few that help a child develop the basic skills necessary to read. 

Math Websites
Grade: K-6

This website is centered on rote skills, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.   There are four sections-flashcards, games, worksheets, and homework helper.  The flashcard section has interactive flashcards on the computer, where you can adjust the difficulty and keep score of the number correct.  There are four main games in the game section that all work on the basic skills.  The worksheet section has worksheets that can be printed or completed online and the homework helper allows you to plug in a problem and answer and will tell you if you are correct.
Grade: K-6

This site is a fun and interactive website where students can click on a topic and choose a game of their choice.  It is broken down into many topics and takes you directly to a game.  It also shows children ways to solve problems, which could be helpful for parents who many be confused about the work, or who are unsure how to help their kids.

Geography Websites
Grades: 3-7, primarily 4 th through 6 th grade

This web page has beginner and advance geography maps for students studying geography and learning the continents, counties, states, and capitals around the word. includes interactive maps and map quizzes for students to test their skills in world geography.  This is an excellent website for students grades 3 through 6.