We are happy to report that most of our students are working in the PAES lab twice each week. The lab incorporates much of our functional curriculum: Reading for comprehension, following directions, problem solving, real-world math, sequencing, and learning job routines, all within a vocational learning experience. Our students are enjoying their time in the lab, and learning lots of new skills at the same time!
Please also note that we had to, once again, make a few changes to the TCT calendar. Due to a re-clarification of the new state requirements, we had to add an additional 3 half days to our year, despite having more than enough hours. The newly added days are Wednesday, June 10th; Thursday, June 11th, and Friday, June 12th, making the last week of school a full week. We appreciate your patience as we have worked our way through the new requirements.
You should have all received an email from Lisa with the new calendar, and it is currently posted on this weebly. The correct calendar says "Updated 10/10/14" at the top. If you did not receive the email with the new calendar, please let us know, so we can make sure your email is correct in our system. Thank you!
We are excited to tell you that we are starting to spend time in the PAES lab this week! At some point either this week, or early next week, every student will have had a chance to go to an orientation session in the lab. We are hoping to start using the lab about once each week, as part of our ongoing vocational training.
At TCT, we feel it is important for our students to learn how to "give back." So many times, as a person with a disability, everything is decided for you, done for you, and/or provided for you. Our students can fall into an "it's all about me" attitude. This is unhealthy in several ways: It limits our students' ability to take the perspective of others, something many of our students already struggle with. It also can give them a feeling of powerlessness - they are never the ones who contribute, only the ones who receive. It also limits their view of themselves as productive members of society. By volunteering, our students are given an opportunity to learn that they can contribute, and that they are valuable members of society. However, as you may imagine, it is difficult to find a volunteer opportunity for 35 students on a week day.
One of the few places we have found that can handle a group this size is Grace Centers of Hope, in Pontiac. This organization is very active in their community and, in fact, owns the majority of houses on Seneca Street, which is just north of Wide Track, as you turn off of M-59. These houses are used as stepping stones for people who are getting back on their feet, and we will be going help rake fall leaves in these yards. We volunteered there last year, and the students who went had a wonderful time, and were very proud of themselves for their work. We will be going back again this year, on Friday, October 24th (weather permitting, of course!). In order to volunteer at Grace Centers, we do need to have each individual (yes, including staff) fill out a volunteer form. These forms will be coming home today, in the student binders. Please fill them out and return them as soon as possible. If you have any questions, feel free to email either Mrs. Hocking or Mrs. Lawrence, and we will get back with you as soon as we are able. Thank You!
It was great seeing so many of our families show up for Open House last night! I hope that we were able to give all of you a better picture of what we do at Troy Center, as well as what new changes are coming this year, and what our goals for all of our students are. We enjoyed the chance to meet those parents we don't know, and getting to know those we do a little better. Thank you to all of you who took the time to come out and listen to our presentation! Partnering with families is important to us, and we appreciate all of you.
Just a quick note: We showed you this website last night, and said that the monthly calendar would soon be posted. However, after further discussion today, we realized that publishing the monthly calendar would involve making our students' whereabouts at job sites and on Friday outings public, since the weebly site is public. We don't want people who are just searching the web to find that kind of information about our students, both for safety and confidentiality reasons. Therefore, we've decided not to include our monthly calendar on the website. Please check your student's binder for a hard copy of the monthly (and weekly) calendar.
The Staff at Troy Center will enter here any newsletters or information that parents should know about - information also coming home in student binders DAILY! Parents please check student binders and write notes to us with any concerns or email us on the direct contact tab on this website (under About Us)
Mrs. Dziatczak is the Supervisor and Transition Coordinator at TCT.