Dear Bulldog Families,
I hope this finds you and your family well and enjoying the long awaited sunshine.
As the 2018-2019 school year comes to an end, I'd like to share some of the highlights from our department.
At the elementary level, grades 3, 4 & 5 embarked on the "Family Model" or grade level teams as an approach to not only special education services in the least restrictive environment (LRE) but it allowed for instructionally appropriate leveled grouping for both reading and math. Year two of the ICT/ASD class (Integrated Co-Teach, Autism Spectrum Disorder) class in Grade 1 was a huge success with all students making huge gains in this model.
Middle School continued to utilize a teaming approach. In Grade 8, Mrs. Seeley introduced a weekly "career skills" curriculum in her Resource Room in order to support students as they prepare to enter high school.
The MHS CORAL program continued their in-house cupcake and muffin business, expanding to serving quiche, granola bars and other treats. Additionally, students learned skills in the greenhouse with planting, growing, and harvesting throughout the four seasons (the peach cobbler was a real hit!). Students had multiple opportunities in the planning and construction of several on-site projects at Camp Bristol Hills. Finally, a People Smarts curriculum was introduced this year with weekly lesson and year long application, providing students with real-world skills for success.
At the high school, a pilot program was conducted yielding high levels of success in core academic areas. Looking to next year, the department will be expanding this to a full service delivery model wherein students receive targeted support for core academics outside of the Resource Room model, providing LRE and promoting student ownership.
Across the district the Personalized Learning initiative, year 1, was a triumph!
As a reminder, all students who have an IEP (Individualized Education Plan with Special Education services) or a Section 504 Plan are required by law to have their plans reviewed and updated yearly, known as the Annual Review. This school year, all CSE and 504 Plan meetings were held on Thursdays. This proved to be a very efficient system; for your planning purposes our office will be sending a letter to you in late September with the projected month and Thursday date for your child’s meeting as we are continuing this system.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns at 585-229-5171 ext. 3026 or email@example.com
Thank you very much for your partnership!
Margaret A. Wright