Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Special Education Update from Latham School
It has been an exciting, positive and productive school year at Latham!
In the fall students were introduced to a brand new schedule which they have handled with ease. There is now a lower student-to-staff ratio in many classes such as reading, mathematics, performing arts, and vocational skills which has created a more concentrated one-to-one learning environment in the classroom. The bar was raised for our students and once again they amazed our dedicated staff with their accomplishments.
The Race Point and Bass River class enjoyed time in the community together. Community outings included registering to vote at the Brewster Town Hall, voting for the President at the Brewster Baptist Church, and taking a tour of the Statehouse in Boston. Nauset class continues to work on belonging, unification, and working toward potentially obtaining high school diplomas. Recently, a Latham graduate received his high school diploma which enables him to walk in his district’s graduation ceremony this June.
Our younger classes have integrated Sensory Rooms into their classrooms where they are able to request use of. Students have also been working on methods to identify challenging emotions and how to best handle these difficult feelings.
The work by both the students and staff on a daily basis is remarkable. The educational team looks forward to working with all of the components of Latham in order make sure that each individual student reaches their maximum potential. I consider myself fortunate to be a part of such an extraordinary community.
Gerald J. Pouliot