Transition Newsletter- Volume II

P.233Q Transition Newsletter            Volume II

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

           

Mark your calendar:  {Parent feedback has been that these programs are very helpful …try to attend!)

February 2, 2011 Guardianship workshop at the P.233Q @ Metropolitan Campus (91-30 Metropolitan Avenue.10:30 AM -12:30 PM) call Ms. Gaynor @ 718-286-4713 to reserve a seat

March 30, 2011 Resource Fair @ Frances Lewis H.S {58-20 Utopia Parkway Fresh Meadows,  N.Y. 11365}. From 5:30 – 8:00 PM this is your opportunity to meet and ask questions from a host of participating agencies as you begin to consider transition from school to post school life for your son / daughter. By Bus:

Take the Q17, Q88, Q31, or Q30 to Utopia Pkwy, and Horace Harding Expressway. The school is one block north of the Long Island Expressway.

 By Train:

Take the E or the F train to 169th Street. Then take the Q30 towards Little Neck or Q31 Bayside to Utopia Pkwy. Follow the above directions.

 By Car:

Take the Long Island Expressway. Get off at Exit 25, "Utopia Pkwy". The school is on Utopia Pkwy, one block north of the Long Island Expressway.

 

            I am excited and proud about the second edition of the P.233Q Transition Newsletter. The purpose of the P.233Q Transition Newsletter is to provide parents with insight into the varied methods, styles, adapted strategies and varied experiences that are preparing students for the “transition” of school to post school life. This point was further emphasized by the new Schools Chancellor, Ms. Cathie Black.

            Our school has been selected and has been participatory in a program called “Urban Innovators”. A focus of the program is to improve the student centered model of transition service from school to post school life.

            As part of the pilot, each participating school has been asked to recruit a student in concert with his / her family that will be linked with service coordinators from agencies also involved with piloting the program. The next scheduled meeting are February 7, 8 and will include select school staff, a selected student and their guardians. All meetings are being held at the Guild Institute in Manhattan.

            It cannot be over emphasized, 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.

            Administrators, teachers, parents and students are working together to develop each child’s IEP as an instructional tool with an end goal in mind to include respective employment and /or independent living in line with each youngsters individual needs and capabilities as prescribed by the Chancellor.

            As Transition Linkage Coordinator I remain committed to working with you the parent, school staff and outside agencies to: create / support / expand in house vocational experiences, seek and grow community work experiences, link families and agencies early on to facilitate the transition to post school life. 

            With your help our school has a 100% compliance rate of having a Level I Vocational Assessment for each youngster 12 years old and up. This assessment provides valuable insight by the student, the parent and teachers who work with the student to help create meaningful goals geared toward post secondary outcomes.

            Community work sites and in school vocational training are up, running and thriving. Photographs of student activities are in the process of being posted on the P.233Q web site.

            Worksite update: Several students from the P.875 site will work collaboratively with several students from the CTEA site (Construction, Technology, Engineering and Architecture) site @ a local Staples Office supply store commencing in February 2011.