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 Mallari Fachting, Cognitively Impaired - Severe Program

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Mallari Fachting, Cognitively Impaired - Severe Program

I currently have eleven students in my classroom who have severe cognitive/multiple impairments and/or autism.  I also have several paraprofessionals.

Our students work on a variety of life skills, functional academic skills, and pre-vocational skills.  These include social skills; non-verbal communication skills, such as sign language and picture communication systems; self-help and independence skills; functional word recognition skills; leisure skills; technology; and the assembly, sorting and packaging of items.  We incorporate active learning where appropriate.

Our students also receive adapted physical education and music classes.  They participate in art, sensory and cooking experiences.

 Melissa Kleiman, Cognitively Impaired - Moderate Program

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Melissa Kleiman, Cognitively Impaired - Moderate Program

Students in this classroom are aged 6-12 years old.  We are working on a variety of functional academics, adaptive skills and pre-vocational activities that align with their individual gaols, and the common core standards/essential elements.
 
Recently our classroom has started a peer to peer partnership with a 3rd grade classroom from a local district.  This partnership has helped facilitate social interactions, communication skills, feelings of self-worth and acceptance and independence with their peers.
 
Our classroom also enjoys community events, such as field trips, bowling trips, and visits from a local librarian.  This allows the students to generalize the social skills and independence skills they gain into their communities. 
 Jacky Hamann, Cognitively Impaired - Moderate Program

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Jacky Hamann, Cognitively Impaired - Moderate Program

 Rachel Jones, Cognitively Impaired - Moderate Program

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Rachel Jones, Cognitively Impaired - Moderate Program

The students in our classroom range in age from 13-17 years old. We focus mainly on academic goals in the areas of reading, writing, math, time and money. However, ingrained in everyday activities the students work on daily living, behavior and social skills. We also begin to build the foundation for skills the students will need in the next two classrooms, where they go out to work sites.  We perform pre-vocational jobs that include sorting, filing, shredding, packaging and assembly. We also create Special Occasion cards, which we sell to earn money for classroom supplies and activities. Our classroom rules help us all take responsibility as we perform jobs at the end of each day to keep our class running smoothly.
 
 
Along with ‘work,’ our classroom enjoys gym and music several times a week.  We have art, cooking and science classes.  We have the pleasure of going to Verna's House.  At Verna's House, we learn life skills, what it takes to care for a home and so much more!
 
 
We are a big family here at the Area School and we always welcome new members!
 Emma Galliher, Cognitively Impaired - Moderate Program

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Emma Galliher, Cognitively Impaired - Moderate Program

This is a MOCI classroom whose ages range from 16 - 21. Some of our time is spent on functional academics including money, time, reading, and writing. We have work enclaves in which all the students participate. We pack boxes of food at MMCCA, clean the Harrison Moose Lodge, clean and organize the Gladwin Save-A-Lot, work with the elderly at MediCare in Clare, clean United Way in Clare and Gladwin, and assist in organizing the Surrey Township Library.  The classroom also participates in a Peer-2-Peer program with Clare High School where they get to participate in activities with their same age peers.
 
 
The students earn money from the work enclaves and receive a paycheck, which they spend on a shopping trip that includes lunch, or other community activities. Within this classroom we also include social skills class, cooking classes, and school jobs to help prepare them for future independence. Some extra-curricular activities include bowling, various field trips, and community involvement throughout the year.
 Colleen Crites, Cognitively Impaired - Moderate Program

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Colleen Crites, Cognitively Impaired - Moderate Program

The students in our classroom are ages 20 to 26, and concentrate on functional academics (time and money concepts, survival reading and writing, and functional math), daily living skills, and job/work skills and behaviors.

We have enclave crews that box commodities at Mid Michigan Community Action Agency, and clean at the Senior Palace, Ace Hardware, American Legion, First Student Bus Garage, Northwoods, Ponderosa, and Route 28.  We also supply student workers to help in the Area School kitchen.

We visit Verna's House twice a week whewre we work on independent living skills such as cooking and cleaning areas of a house.  We also sell tote bags out of recycled feed bags and fire starters out of toilet paper rolls and recycled paper.

Our goal is to work toward personal independence and to become successfully employed in the community.

 Mary Orloski, Transition Classroom

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Mary Orloski, Transition Classroom

Our classroom assists students in gaining skills that will help them make a smooth transition from school to living as independent as they are individually able and becoming contributing citizens of the communities in which they will live.
 
 
Students will learn to navigate and take advantage of the community resources available to them.
 
 
Students will learn necessary life skills to help them live as independently as they are able.
 
 
Students will participate in meaningful work experiences that will enhance their individual abilities to acquire gainful employment.
 
 
Students will learn the important and necessary skills to become responsible citizens within their communities.
 Josh Higgins, Adapted Physical Education

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Josh Higgins, Adapted Physical Education

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we have PE classes. Tuesday and Thursday we have Health classes.
 
 
PE classes start with warm-ups and walking. We continue with a variety of activities for each of the PE classes, including several team sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball, kickball and softball).
 
 
Student participation is wonderful.