Each month, the Principal of Andrew High School hosts a Respect Breakfast for students that were nominated by staff who demonstrate respect. Senior, Ana Juarez, was nominated by Mrs. Nagy for being a model student. She is ALWAYS respectful to staff and works hard at being respectful to her peers, even when it may be difficult to do so. She is a responsible young lady who wants to learn, do better all the time, and be successful. She takes school seriously and always makes sure she completes her homework, even when she is absent from school. She is friendly, polite, and caring, and she is an overall good person. Her attitude towards school, peers, and her family is always positive. She is a true role model. She highly deserves this honor! Congratulations, Ana, and keep up the great work!
The CD Program contributed to the Thanksgiving food drive that Braun Educational Center, the therapeutic school within the co-op, has been conducting for several years. The students at CD Andrew collected a total of 258 non-perishable food items, decorated over 20 boxes that the food was delivered to the families in, and 4 students accompanied Mrs. Nagy to deliver all the food they collected to Braun. The other CD Programs were able to collect a total of 29 non-perishable items, for a grand total of 287 items! All of the food was organized into boxes and then delivered to 12 families within the co-op right before the Thanksgiving holiday! It was wonderful to see students learning the value of service, and to see the different co-op programs coming together for a common good!
MONDAY: 8 AM start & 3 PM dismissal
TUESDAY: 8 AM start & 3 PM dismissal
WEDNESDAY: 8 AM start (NO LATE START) & 1 PM dismissal
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: NO SCHOOL
The event, "Get Fit For Autism", coordinated by 2 of the CD High School families, the Butchers & LaRoccas, took place on November 7th in Homewood Flossmoor. The event was a tremendous success. The families raised over $2000.00 for the CD Program. Some of the CD High School teacher families were able to join in on the fun to show their continued support and passion for what they do. The CD Program extends their appreciation for all those who participated and/or donated. A special thanks to the Butcher and LaRocca families for all of their hard work.
On November 5th, Mrs. Kellermann and Mrs. Granato-Wagner hosted a Parent Group with guest speaker, Mr. Adam Wouk. Mr. Wouk works at Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) in the Office of Disability Services. He spoke to a group of CD parents about the ins and outs of going to college as a student with a disability. The presentation offered so much information, especially about how students need to know their disability (needs), abilities (strengths), what works for them (accommodations), and how to advocate (communicate what they need) for their unique language and learning needs. Mrs. Kellermann and Mrs. Granato-Wagner also explained to parents that Ability Awareness and Advocacy are topics always covered in the Future Focus or Interpersonal Application (IA) courses. Currently, the IA II/III (Jrs/Srs) are learning about the components of their IEP. All Jrs/Srs have also created a slideshow in English classes to lead parts of their Annual Review IEP meetings. Parents were engaged, asked great questions, and the entire program really appreciated Mr. Wouk coming out to talk to everybody.
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WINTER FAMILY POTLUCK SOCIAL!
SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 10TH (THURSDAY) FROM 6 TO 8 AT ANDREW H.S.
The freshmen, sophomores, and a senior leader went out into the community to practice math and daily living skills. They visited Super Target, Dick's Sporting Goods, Five Below, and Panera Bread. They had to put their knowledge of quantities, variables, prices, measurement of time, and reading schedules, which they have been learning about in Mrs. Nagy's math classes to the test, and they all did exceptionally well! They also worked on communicating with store personnel. There was also some fun involved! Who knew math could be fun?!?!
Ms. Kern's health class has been learning the importance of good hygiene and proper hand washing. We have completed many fun activities to give the students the visual examples of how germs spread from one person to another. We simulated sneezing or coughing into our hands (by using paint and glitter) and then without washing our hands touched others or shook someones hand. This really put things into perspective! We also did a fun lab showing how just one drop of soap on our hands will move germs (pepper in water) quickly away from the soap. We will be finishing this unit by taking swab samples around the school from areas they think have the most/least amount of germs. We will see how much bacteria grows in petri dishes from our samples. We will keep you posted!
A huge thank you to Barb Abhsie and staff at The Private Bank in Tinley Park. They welcomed Ms. Kern's and Mrs. Lindemulder's Consumer Economic's classes to learn about student checking accounts and how to manage an account as well. Our students had the opportunity to sit with a personal banker for more detailed information and to ask questions. They also had were able to write out a deposit slip and visit a teller for simulated practice. The Private Bank was very generous and sent each student and teacher off with a bag of goodies. We are very thankful for the wonderful opportunity!
Several staff and students dressed up this year for Halloween!