Although it is hard to believe, this school year is almost over. We are already starting to budget, hire, and plan for next school year. As our children transition from grade to grade, new concerns arise about the challenges a new school year may bring. For parents of students who struggle with aspects of the learning process, those concerns may become more apparent as students transition into new schools or developmental phases.
As students transition from one area to the next, it is a good idea to have the students tour the room/building and meet their various teachers and staff members. It is not a bad idea to have students practice their locker combinations a few times prior to the first day when get to the high school—the new lockers are a little tricky until you get the hang of them. There are so many opportunities for students to be involved, and it makes transition into high school life a lot easier when students are part of a club, performing group, athletic organization, etc. There are over 30 different opportunities for students to find their niche.
As students transition into the later phases of their education, I have to give personal thanks to all the local businesses who have hosted our students with special needs in internships that have given them concrete experiences in a variety of vocational areas. Over the past eight years that I’ve been teaching, I have had students work in almost every local business. These work experiences have helped prepare students, and have been a vital part of their educational experience.
Luckily, our district and community have some great resources for parents, teachers, and students as they face new challenges. In the past, I’ve had parents ask me questions, which might have been better addressed by another parent who has faced similar circumstances. Now, we have parents who have come together to support one another through various concerns. Morgan Empowered has joined forces with our Special Needs Parent Support Group to give parents answers and help when they have concerns about their child’s needs and progress. Our PTSO and Community Council organizations are also willing to help with any concerns. While we teachers and administrators accept questions and concerns and are willing to help find good solutions, it is also good to know that other parents and community members are willing to support those with questions.
I hope that all of you have a great end of the year and a happy transition into summer. Please feel free to email me if you have specific concerns about your child’s educational progress; if I don’t know the answer, I will help you find someone who does.