Monday, September 27, 2010

The Latham Hawks are Busy

 The Latham Hawks presently have two Special Olympics teams this season; soccer and flag football. The number of athletes on both teams is very high and we need to split our soccer, and maybe our football, team into two squads. Erin Blood and Allison Baier are the head soccer coaches while Wayne MacDonald, and if necessary, Ron Ung are in charge of the football team.

Special Olympics only allow athletes to compete for one team during the State Games. As a result, the soccer team will only participate in the Assessment round and will not attend the State Games as a team. Most of our athletes are playing for both teams and it didn’t seem right to make everyone choose what they liked best.

The Assessment game for Football is being held on October 2 at Taunton High and soccer will meet on October 3 at North Attelboro High School. Go Hawks!!

"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." 
~Ayn Rand

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fall Athletic Season Off and Running

The fall teams for Special Olympics began practice this week. Vocational teacher Erin Blood will be coaching the Latham Hawks soccer team and Reading teacher Wayne McDonald is head coach for the football team. Both teams have large numbers of kids who came out for the initial practices and all athletes are looking forward to the upcoming games.

This year we have had to alter our membership slightly since Special Olympics is not allowing athletes to participate in more than one State game event. Since many of our athletes are playing both football and soccer, instead of making athletes choose a sport, we will not be attending the State Games for soccer. This is a disappointment for some athletes, but most are looking forward to the football State games being held at Gillette Stadium in November. 

The assessment games for football will be held on October 2 at Taunton High School and soccer will be October 3 at North Attelboro High. For more information about these games please visit the SOMA site by clicking HERE.

Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.
~Special Olympics Motto

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Parents Advisory Group News

Nine Latham families gathered at the recent meeting of the Latham Centers’ Parents Advisory Group, held Friday September 17. The family members met with Clinical Director Christine Coffin, Manager of Prader Willi Syndrome Services Patrice Carroll and Director of Education Lucy Foran. Although an outdoor cookout had been planned, parents and other family members enjoyed a great lunch – served indoors due to the wet and chilly weather-  by our cook Judy Welch.

The group heard about the new Massachusetts law on bullying and about work that we are doing with the students on mindfulness. Parents asked that examples of schoolwork to be sent home more often – which was readily agreed to. Parents exchanged information, talked about Special Olympics, heard about new teachers and viewed the Latham Blog online. The next meeting will be in December, 2010. Invitations will be sent to all parents and the event will also be posted on the Latham Blog and on the parent membership group on Facebook. If a parent or close family member wishes to join the Facebook page, they need only send a request from their own Facebook page to the Latham Centers Family Group page.  

"No one can whistle a symphony.  It takes a whole orchestra to play it." 
~H.E. Luccock

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The School Bells Are Ringing

After a wonderful summer of beautiful weather and lots of activity, the kids will be returning to school on Wednesday September 8th. Most of the students are eagerly anticipating the first day and are looking forward to getting back into class.

An all campus meeting will kick off this new school year on Wednesday morning. Program Director Jonathan Smith and Principal Lucy Foran will welcome students back and will discuss the upcoming year. Welcome back and do your best this year. 

"Education is not filling a pail but the lighting of a fire." 
~William Butler Yeats

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