The staff and I want to welcome everyone to a new and exciting school year.
At the Valhalla Center, we have four classes that consist of middle and high school students. There is one TSP-DD class for our middle schoolers, one high school AIIM class and two Communication and Academic Development classes. Our highly qualified educational staff has one additional teacher that has joined us. Doreen Sheldon has taken the responsibilities for our AIIM class.
We are located on the beautiful Center for Career Services Campus. Many of our older students have the opportunity to participate in the iCTE program, which is a modified career program where the students spend the morning participating in one of the CCS classes. The choices include baking, automotive maintenance, office skills, automobile detailing, fashion and carpentry.
All of our classes will continue to provide individualized and differentiated instruction to the students based upon their specific needs. We will utilize the Essential for Living Assessment and Curriculum to assist in guiding our instruction. The focus will be to develop and increase the student's proficiency in academic, communication, functional abilities and their social and behavioral skills.
We are excited to continue to develop our technology skills using our iPads, Tru-Touchboards, and Chrome books. Part of our curriculum this year will focus on using the Google suite and additional web- based educational sites such as Nearpod and Kahoot. We will also focus on digital citizenship so our students will use technology in a safe and smart manner. The students will participate in our Work Skills program and develop a variety of vocational skills that will increase their independence in school and later in life when they graduate.
We will use the local community to reinforce the skills that are acquired in the classroom in real life situations. These include shopping in a variety of stores, ordering and eating in restaurants and navigating their community environment.
I am extremely fortunate to work with a highly experienced and dynamic staff whose commitment is to provide the best educational program for all of the students.
Please remember if there isanything that you need, my door is always open and I am available to assist you in any way.