Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! I hope everyone enjoyed the summer and are ready for the new school year. I am looking forward to this year and some new activities. Donna Danchise-Campana is the classroom Educational Assistant. Donna and I have been working together in this unit for many years. We both desire to assist the student with reaching their highest developmental potential.
The classroom learning environment will be one of individual instruction and small group instruction with stations, hands on activities and work study sites. Our classroom will continue to follow the OHIO CORE Extended Standards Curriculum, along with Life Skills.
The classroom instruction will continue to utilize the UNIQUE program. Our Work study program will include work at The Villa Maria Education Farm followed with an educational Science activity from Sister Jeanne Thurin, MCBDD workshop, JJL, shopping trips to the IGA grocery store in the Lincoln Knolls Plaza and many job opportunities in the school, such as recycling. Additional work study opportunities around the school and community will be added as the opportunity arises. Students will participate with Alternate Assessments.
I do have classroom supplies for the students to share but understand that some like to have their own personal supplies. As for the wallet, many parents give me $3 to $5.00 for the wallet so that the student could purchase dress down days (usually one dollar). I lock the money in my cabinet
As for school supplies, please fill free to provide the following supplies:
3 ring notebook 1 ½” or 2” ( to be used for all of their subjects and projects. These notebooks will be beneficial as the student could work on his/her organizational skills and become more responsible.)
3 glue sticks
Wallet (to keep money for trips and to pay for dress down days)
Storage container to keep these items
Notebook for daily communication
Gym clothes (if desired)
Lock with a key (for locker)
As for classroom management, this classroom is designed and based on the abilities and needs of each individual student, therefore there are no set rules for all of the students, but rather individual. When the appropriate behavior is demonstrated from a student, he or she is complimented and/or awarded. I understand the abilities and non-abilities of each individual student, and take their own uniqueness into all accounts. When inappropriate behavior is demonstrated by a student, I like to speak with the student, either to ensure the student understands how the behavior is inappropriate or to establish that particular student’s need.
Again, I would like to keep a daily notebook with each student’s family so that we could have communication amongst one another. This notebook makes it possible for you to know what happened in the day, as well as a means for you to relay any important information about your child so that I could better ensure a safe and productive day for him/her. Some examples would be low on sleep, catching a cold, an event in the family or news of what cool thing happened in the evening or weekend. I have some parents simply write about an enjoyable evening at home or a visit to Walmart. I find the daily notebook helpful as some of the students cannot express these thoughts to me and it benefits the student with social skills.
If there are any concerns or questions, please phone me at 330-799-1515 ext. 51130. You could email me at dbasista@Campbell.k12.oh.us. I try to check my voicemail and email at the end of the day. Permission forms will be sent home soon for trips to IGA, MCBDD workshop, Villa Maria and the JJL work sites.
330.799.1515 ext. 51130