Transition Newletter

      

                                                                                  October 2014 Volume XIII

 

Transition: “a change or passing from one condition, place, thing, activity, topic”

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October 18 Queens Parent Coordinator sponsored: Bowling Day @ Jibb Lanes

 

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This is the first of three installments of the P.233Q Transition Newsletter for school year 2014-2015. The newsletter continues to capture site based news pertaining to transition and vocational education / training, in one document to provide students, staff, parents and friends a more global perspective about the interesting and unique transition activities throughout the P.233Q organization.

Consider visiting the school website that is updated throughout the school year, to inform you of the schools efforts to support transition.

It cannot be overemphasized, the need and benefit to think about and plan for post school life for your child / our students, earlier, rather than later, commencing at the middle school level and continuing throughout the youngster’s school experience If your son or daughter is 18 years old or older, please make an appointment with Ms. Gaynor, our school Transition Linkage Coordinator @718-286-4714 or e mail her, PGaynor@schools.NYC.Gov. Begin to initiate transition plans for post school life and to insure you have made provisions as it relates to guardianship.

Four students from the Metro Campus Site Inclusion Program graduated in June, 3 students with Regent H.S. Diplomas and 1 student with an Advanced Regent H.S. Diploma

H.S. community job sites include: CVS drug stores, Senior Citizen Centers, Goodwill Industries, several nursing homes to name a few.  Students are taught and practice a wide range of skills ranging from wearing their uniforms, cleanliness, hygiene, punctuality, communication, and job completion, all in an effort to enhance their employability for gainful or supported programs.

Shaquille has transferred from the P.233Q Metro Campus site to begin the Paraprofessional training program offered by District 75. We wish him well and are confident he will be successful. Each site has students learning to answer phones, deliver messages, sort, file, label, greet, clean, cook to name a few of the vocational training experiences provided.

Students, Nancy, Aileen, and Wendell from the P.233Q Metro H.S site have been programmed, and have started weekly visitations to work at the middle school sites in a various capacities; ranging from building maintenance, clerical work, and educational assistants by way of reading to the younger, middle school mates. This program has fostered increased social interaction and communication skills as evidenced in the data collected over the last two years. Initial student, staff and parent anxiety has evolved into routine, higher expectations and in some cases, new friendships. The objective has been to provide students vocational experiences to serve as a bridge to enhance fundamental skills needed for community job sites commencing when students are 18 years old.

General Education students from I.S. 25 and WJPS (World Journalism Preparatory School) - collocated campus served as chaperones for the 5th Annual “Pink Dance” to raise awareness in the fight to find a cure for Breast Cancer on October 23, 2014 @ Flushing Town Hall

CTEA’s, Shaheme is being Travel Trained and two others will start the program pending the completion and review of their screening / application which is part of the D.75 Travel Training protocol.

Our school remains partnered with the Co-Op Tech Vocational training program, located on the upper west side of Manhattan. Two students Rodeeish and Bradley successfully completed their semester’s work in Culinary Arts in June. Tarean is currently the lone student attending Co-Op Tech; he is a senior at the Metro Campus. Each year an interest inventory is used to develop a core group of candidates, following a school based screening, parent outreach and approval. For more information please contact Guidance Counselor John Hamilton or Transition Linkage Coordinator Pam Gaynor 718-286-4714.  In past years, students have participated in: barbering, building maintenance, carpentry, culinary, and cosmetology and child care skill training classes.

 

 “Where Are They Now? “, is a feature to share the progress of students that have graduated from P.233Q.  Please share with Ms. Gaynor any information about past graduates to consider including in the next newsletter