On Tuesday, November 6, paraprofessional staff from each site gathered at PS 154 for a half-day of training. The day began with a Back to Basics PowerPoint by Coach Vernice Borleo and 397 Coordinator Katie McLaughlin. Speech Teachers, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists from each site created presentations to refresh the staff on best practices from their respective disciplines as well. Throughout the AM sessions, the paraprofessionals were engaged, entertained, and rewarded for their participation!
On Thursday we said good bye to the summer at 128! We had a surprise visit from our newly retired principal, Richard Marowitz and his grandson. We celebrated with outdoor water activities which were set up by our Speech Department. The students enjoyed the sprinkler, water balloons and were able to squirt water on both friends and staff!
Our OT’s and PT’s created a science exploration room where the students made worms in dirt cups, used a flashlight to explore the stars and used fine motor skills to pick up fish and put them in the boat. We were also lucky enough to have two APE teachers that were able to set up activity stations in the gym for our students.
Our students enjoyed pizza and the Speech Department created an ice cream sundae cart which traveled to each classroom at the end of the day. It was a great way to end a wonderful summer session.