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Communication

Purpose: The Department of Pupil Services is focusing on communication this year.  One of the department’s goal is to ensure that the community and staff members have multiple opportunities for open, two-way communications with all stakeholders to foster trusting partnerships in our mission to deliver exceptional programs.  Therefore, one form of communication will be our quarterly update named “Pupil Services Progress Report”.  The intention of these updates are to provide families with upcoming important dates, highlights that are happening within our department, resources for our families and feedback opportunities.

2019-2020 Pupil Services Quarterly Progress Reports

Pupil Services Quarterly Progress Report Volume I

Important Dates

  • 1st Marking Period Progress Report Window:

    • Elementary window: Progress to be mailed home on/or around 11/20 by case managers

    • Middle/High School: Will be published on Parent Portal on/or around 11/20

 

  • 1st Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) Meeting:

    • 11/21/19 at Morristown High School, Media Center/Library from 7-8pm.  Please see link for more information regarding this event. Looking forward to see you there.  A translator and childcare will be provided for the meeting.

 

  • Transition Presentations:

    • These transition presentations will focus on the services, supports, programs, activities that will be available for your incoming 6th grader and 9th grader at each respective location.  

    • 1/15/20 at Frelinghuysen Middle School Auditorium from 6:30-8:00.  

      • A flyer will be sent out in December with more information.  Please save the date and time.  

    • 1/22/20 at Morristown High School Learning Commons from 6:30-8:00.  

      • A flyer will be sent out in December with more information.  Please save the date and time.

Highlights

  • ALL IN

    • ALL IN at the high school is going well this year. The attendance at the September and October lunch events are usually a little lighter than the rest of the year, but this year we saw an increase which is great.  All students are welcome to join an inclusive lunch setting which is located in classroom 102. We held our monthly board meeting last week to discuss the twice weekly lunch hang out now that the weather is getting colder.  We also discussed our November and December after school events and assigned committee duties. We are also working on identifying representatives of ALL IN to attend this year's Special Olympics Unified Champion School Youth Summit in December.  Our October event was Homecoming. In the past, students have only attended the game, but this year they wanted to attend the dance as well. (Write up provided by Stephanie Corona, Matthew O’Brien and Kaitlyn Brady)

 

  • ENABLE

    • This fall, Morristown High School was extremely fortunate to once again partner with ENABLE for their transition program, via the DVR PRE-ETS grant. This is the second year that MHS has partnered with ENABLE. Over the past 6 weeks, 12 students (juniors and seniors) participated in the after school program at MHS. Topics covered included “soft skills” such as interview skills, workplace social skills, resume writing, and networking. Mrs. Ellen Blake and Ms. Karlene Chi, ENABLE employees, facilitated the after school program along with Dr. Kristen Rudiger, School Psychologist at MHS. Mrs. Blake and Ms. Chi successfully developed relationships with the MHS students in the program and learned about each student’s individual strengths and preferences. Mrs. Blake and Ms. Chi also developed meaningful relationships with community businesses, which resulted in business owners coming to MHS to speak with the students in the program. These individuals volunteered their time to tell their stories to our students, teach our students about networking, interviewing, and various career paths. Some of the most memorable connections were made when the business owners discussed their personal struggles and differing paths to success in the workplace. Students are currently being matched with internship placements at various job sites throughout the greater Morristown community, and will soon earn their first paychecks, and most importantly are building confidence in the workplace. (Write up provided by Dr. Kristen Rudiger)

 

  • SNAP 

Kim Strasser writes: It has been an exciting and productive start of the school year and I am honored to be a part of a program that embraces inclusion, acceptance and kindness for all. 

Over the last several weeks, I have  met with the selected SNAP ambassadors from  Sussex Ave. School, Normandy Park School, Thomas Jefferson School and Alexander Hamilton School.  These meetings were done on 4 separate evenings from 6:30-8:00. Ambassadors practice their presentation and new leadership role, and parents experience what it feels like to have a disability when SNAP ambassadors take them through 4 stations that make everyday tasks challenging.  Everyone left the meeting feeling empowered to help out. I am happy to report that Sussex Ave. School and Normandy Park School have completed all the SNAP trainings for their 3rd grade classes. There was 100 percent attendance for all the ambassadors attending the sessions. They took their role seriously and were thorough in delivering impactful message of helping others, including everyone no matter what.  

During the October 25th School Spirit Day, 34 kids from Sussex Ave. School were  recognized with SNAP certificates, bracelets, t-shirts and bags for their kind and inclusive actions.   

The SNAP sports clinics have been going strong through the month of October.  With approximately 10 participants and 20 mentors per session, SNAP has provided friendship and a safe environment for kids with special needs to play sports with a friend from middle school or high school.   In addition, the "Peace for Parents" room has also been a hit, giving parents of special needs kids a much needed break, or the chance to collaborate with other parents while their child is engaged in exercise across the hallway with a mentor. (Write up provided by Kim Strasser)   

Please click here for some pictures from our SNAP events.  

SNAP Dates to look for: 

  • Thomas Jefferson School SNAP training will be done by October 29th 
  • Alexander Hamilton School's SNAP training will be done by November 15th

 

  • Colonial L.I.F.E.

    • The Morris School District's Colonial L.I.F.E. (Learning Independence for Employment) Program for adult learners age 18-21 hit the ground running in September, led by teacher Scott Ronay!  Our adult learners participate each morning in a two hour Structured Learning Experience (SLE), hosted by Beyer Ford, Verilli's Bakery, Morris County Courthouse, Morris County Sheriff's Department, Iron Culture Gym, Lafayette Learning Center, Morristown High School Custodial Department and Morristown High School Athletic Department. While at their SLE, students are  learning job skills first hand, helping them to be successful in the workforce. The rest of the day our young adults can be found working on their health and physical fitness at the Morristown Greater YMCA as they implement their personal training plans developed with personal trainers at the Y. When not on SLEs or hitting the gym, students can be found in the classroom honing their functional life skills through meal prep, laundry, cleaning, planning for community trips and practicing work related skills.  

    • You may find these young adults out and about in Morristown where they participate in rich community based experiences. These experiences include banking, shopping, leisure activities and community service.  And of course they are learning the finer points of public transportation as they participate in travel training utilizing NJ Transit travel system. Coming up, The Colonial L.I.F.E. participants are looking forward to joining other young adults from local 18-21 programs for scheduled social events like Friendsgiving, a Holiday Social and a meet up at the mall. (Click here for pictures) (Write up provided by Patricia Herbert)

 

  • Unified Sports at MHS

    • We are off to a good start! 14 students have signed up for Unified Swim and 11 are approved and participating in the developmental clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays (click here for pictures).Special Olympics provided support and resources for the respect week at Hillcrest.  Unified sports will be attending a field trip to the Unified Youth Summit at College of St. Elizabeth. (Write up provided by Cynthia Chiariello)

 

  • Updated Website

    • The district has invested in revamping our district website to make it more accessible on all digital platforms as well as translating the information into multiple languages.  The Department of Pupil Services has worked on re-organizing the website to ensure that families have accurate information as well as accessible contact information to ensure they know who they should be contacting first.  We are looking for some feedback on our website (please see feedback section) and please take two/three minutes to complete the short survey.  

    • You can find our Pupil Services website by going to the district’s main page and we are located underneath the tab of Offices (please select Pupil Services or click the following link: Pupil Services Website

Resources

Feedback

  • Website Improvement

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