THE PRINCIPAL'S DESK
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year at the St. Matthew’s in White Plains.
Our educational training includes academics, social development, job training and student employment. White Plains provides us with the opportunity to run a community-based school program. Our students are young adults who have the opportunity to work for pay, learn important job and social skills while continuing their academic growth. Our student workers provide services to the communities where they learn. Our employers include but are not limited to local delicatessens, churches, pizzerias, clothing outlets, Visiting Nursing Services, the YMCA and even the New York Power Authority. In addition, some students work in our facility preparing lunches and helping with maintenance.
We have four high school classes and one middle school class. The high school classes include two TSP-DD classes and one AIIM class. Our middle school class is part of the AIIM program. These classes are primarily set up for students with behavioral problems and with those on the Autism spectrum. The high school program has departmentalized classes in the morning. Each student will participate in a schedule that includes: ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Cooking, Office Skills, Activities of Daily Living and Social Skills. As the students transition to their different classes, they are able to interact and learn from all of the teachers in the high school.
Students are also involved in learning about their school community, which offers many rich opportunities Students work in the local YMCA located right across the street. They also have Physical Education classes there. We are able to visit shops and eating establishments to learn ADL skills (Activities in Daily Living). We enjoy the Farmers Market located a few blocks away. Students learn to navigate the community, travel, train and develop independence under careful supervision.
We at St. Matthew's look forward to enriching the lives of our students as they serve the community where they learn. We look forward to working with you and your child to achieve their goals.
WE ARE ST. MATT'S!
Super Bowl LIV
What a game! The St Matt's Community shared a wonderful Super Bowl celebration on Friday, January 31st. The fans supported both teams as they wondered who would be the champions this year. The school community also played a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant by honoring his jersey (number 24) on the stage.
Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs for keeping all the observers on the edge of their seats in the final moments! What a game!!!
The Gift of Giving and Receiving
Our St. Matthew Family came together to share a wonderful Thanksgiving Feast to celebrate the gift of giving. The thankfulness the students and staff shared filled the room with love.
This Thanksgiving Season, the students and staff also delivered bags filled with donations of warmth and love for the upcoming winter weather. The bags were filled with gloves, hats, and basic necessities and delivered to the local soup kitchen for those in need.