Happy New Year!!! There is nothing more exciting than starting off a fresh new school year. As eager as parents are with getting their children back to school, believe it or not, the children are secretly excited as well! Familiar smiling faces awaits the children in September along with routines and structure. We are thrilled to be back and have wonderful things ahead for the school year.
This year, Lower Rye Lake Campus includes our AIIM programs located in the Decagon and our three elementary Therapeutic Support Programs located in our extension buildings. Our AIIM programs will continue to focus on building daily living, vocational, and functional academics. We will continue to ground our work using the curriculum and framework “Essentials for Living”. Additionally, we have included new technology in all classrooms: new Touch Boards and enough iPads so that every student can have their own!! Because we are committed to creating classrooms that are active, engaging and relevant, we will begin a work program that will include onsite and offsite work. During the summer, we began an onsite work program where students worked with the cafeteria staff and prepared all the breakfast bins for all the students on Rye Lake Campus. Students logged their minutes and filled out their time-sheets just as if they were employed by an outside business. It was a huge success and we plan to continue the work program throughout the year.
We also are thrilled to have K-4 TSP programs on our lower campus as well. These classes encompass two major components: the social emotional growth of the students and building their academic knowledge and skills. We have one dedicated social worker who will work with each class throughout the day in small groups or with one student at a time. Emphasis during therapy sessions include coping, play and self regulation. As part of our academic program, we will be using Math in Focus mathematics which leads students toward a developmental progression: from the concrete, to the pictorial and the abstract phases of understanding mathematics. We will also use a balanced literacy approach focusing on building foundational reading skills including decoding, encoding, fluency, vocabulary development, building background knowledge and comprehension. Programs such as Orton Gillingham Preventing Academic Failure will be used or System 44.
We also have an Intensive Day Treatment Program where we partner with Rockland Psychiatric to ensure students have a smooth transition back to home districts. We are committed to caring for the students by providing a safe environment where students continue to focus on academics while receiving therapy and counseling.
Lower Rye Lake Campus is an active and fun environment for the students. There isn’t a moment where you won’t see children playing on the playground, or using our sensory room. You will also see children baking in the kitchen, or doing vocational work such as packaging and assembling tasks as they prepare for outside employment. You will also see students engaged in the latest technology and applying it in ways to communicate more effectively. Rye Lake Campus is a special place where our focus is on learning and growing together.