Friday, September 17, 2010
The Start of a New School Year
The start of Middle School has gone pretty smoothly. Jake seems to adapting to his teachers, the new school environment and even the bus. He is placed in the "center program", which there is one teacher and one para-pro within each class of 10-15 students. He will be switching classes just the rest of the 7th and 8th graders, but the room are all within close proximity of each other. Of coarse the subjects are modified. The bus is door to door and even lets the kids out at a seperate entrance door to the school, not in the main door with the other children.
Ken and I attended Open House last night, met all the teachers and learned about each class. We were impressed by the teachers expectations. They all seem to be cohesive with class participation as one of the main grading components. Also an emphasis on bringing a pencils and binders with them each day impacts their grade. The way the subjects are presented are different than in a typical classroom, more visual and hands on. Ken and I felt this was more realistic for our son. I have a good feeling about this year.
The only thing I'm concerned with so far is the mix with the other typical kids in the school. So far he has been picked on on the lunch room, and we are addressing that so it will not get out of hand. His only time with the typical kids are before school, in between class and at lunch. His two elective classes are even within the center program.