Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Holiday Season

Hopefully everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving with family and friends. My family and I were lucky enough to be able to fly out of Syracuse during the snow to spend the holiday with my parents; in
sunny Florida! I must say it was wonderful to leave the snow and enjoy the sunshine one last time before winter. I love the way the snow looks, but really could do without the cold temperatures it brings. And now its December and on to the holiday season; this year is flying right by!!

Special Education PSTA Speaker
On December 8, Dean Tzivanis will be at the West Genesee Special Education PTSA meeting presenting information about a couple of programs Onondaga Community College (OCC) offers for students with disabilities who are planning to attend college. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and is held in the high school library. In my first blog this year I described them so please feel free to look back for details but here is a quick synopsis:

The Onondaga Pathways to Careers program at OCC aims to provide support and remove barriers for students with disabilities interested in specific technology majors at OCC. The goal is to assist students with disabilities gain the necessary academic and non-academic credentials/skills to obtain a living wage job in the CNY region.

In addition, OCC has begun the OPC Scholars Program, which provides high school seniors with disabilities an opportunity to engage in post-secondary education planning, career exploration, and learning about the different resources available to college students with disabilities.  

Both programs are relatively new at OCC, and there is optimism that this program has all the elements needed to help students with disabilities succeed in college, and in the workforce.

These are opportunities for every student who is not on track to receive a regents Diploma 
and interested in pursuing a higher education after leaving West Genesee High School.

Sports Opportunity
I had a parent share with me a wonderful sounding opportunity for students who may be interested in tennis. ACEing Autism is an organization that was founded in 2008 in Boston, MA. They have expanded to a number of cities and offer services and programs for students with autism across the country. To learn more about  ACEing Autism, click here. 

They will be holding a tennis program at Drumlins that runs January through February. Here is the link for more information on this program: Tennis at Drumlins.