Wow! What a wild ride! Let's take a look back at the 2019-2020 school year!
This year, the students began to learn how to blog and wrote a few posts to sum up the year! And wow- what a great year it has been!
Stop and Shop Trips
Freezers, produce, and meat- oh my! Amos, Devin, Jason, Tapo and Dante go to Stop and Shop in Highland Park during school. We look for food to buy and cross the road safely. We bought food for parties You can get hurt if you don’t cross safely. I learned how to shop for food for myself.
Cooking for the Halloween Party
Creepy fingers, teeth, witches brew and popcorn balls. Dante, Tapo, Kambui, Amos and the rest of the class went to the baking room on Oct 31st. We cooked for the Halloween party. We had fun at the party.
Halloween is scary with ghosts, witches, vampires, and Frankenstein. GLOW hosted our guests who were GLOW Junior, teachers, and other students in 203 for Halloween. We had fun. We painted Pumpkins, we made puppets, and we ate food. We greeted and hosted our guests. Everyone including me had a good time.
painting the lemonade stand
Lemonade is sweet, yummy, and it’s yellow! GLOW and DECA did the activity together. In October in Room 205 we painted with yellow paint. We will sell paper lemons for $1.All profits go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. I like to paint and I giggled the whole time!
Sweet potatoes and baked potatoes! GLOW ran a potato bar. We hosted it in the faculty room but we made everything in the kitchen. The event happened at lunch We served people different toppings. We did this to raise money for trips. I learned difference serving skills.
Fundraising for Trips
We want to raise money to learn to be able to go into Highland Park and go on more trips. Tapo, We went to Irving and Bartle to advertise, but we also went to the Middle and High School. We have been doing this for about two months. We learned how to make jewelry like bracelets, necklaces and keychains by using different materials and equipment .Everyone who bought something got a thank you card. I learned that fundraising is hard work.
Working at Irving
So many kids everywhere! I was working with Mrs. Gappa on homework for the kids and went to gym with the kids. I gave each of the kids stickers if they walked in a straight line. We work in Irving school on Fridays. I learned that I might want to be a teacher.
Field TRip to Trenton
We rode on a train to Trenton War Memorial. Mary, Devin, Tapo and Amos went on the trip to Trenton in November. We did a contest in Trenton about community service. I learned about the different communities and volunteers.
I like pizza and I like parties. I made pizza with my friends for people in Highland Park. We made it in the kitchen. I spread the cheese and the sauce. I learned how to read a recipe. Overall, it was a good party and I had fun cooking.
This is my second year learning to read bus schedules. The whole class is learning to read the schedules. We searched for the bus stops in town and read different bus schedules we got from the Newark train trip. I am better at reading bus schedules this year than last year. I think the extra practice is good. Reading bus schedules is one of my strengths.
We went to Dairy Deluxe and QuickChek. The whole class was included in the mystery walks. We went on a mystery walks that were lead by directions that were given by the teacher and fellow kids. We created mystery walks for each other. We read paper maps, the map app, and a compass. We bought slurpees at QuickChek and also ice cream at Dairy Deluxe. We were learning to follow certain directions that were written down to get to a place help us from getting lost. We learned to follow directions, we learned how to read certain signs, and to look for address on buildings.
Dare to Dream
In a job, you can’t be on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I went to a Dare to Dream workshop with Ms. Pawlak, Jason, and Tapo. We went to Middlesex County College. We sat in the cafeteria and ate lunch and watched a presentation made by the older students in class. I learned about using technology at work. It was a good presentation.
We were asked to write letters on books from a chart to help the kids at Bartle read. I sorted the books with my friends. We were in the media center at Bartle. We put them in order and read a chart and worked together. I had fun because I like to organize.
Trip to Newark
Newark is a busy city with beautiful buildings. Both classes did travel training. We went to Newark Penn Station. The event happened during disability awareness week. We stayed at the train station. We went on the train trip to learn how to buy a ticket, to see when a train would arrive, and to look at the times on the schedule. I learned how to read a map, and how to buy food at Dunkin Donuts at the train station.
I was the host of the ramen house restaurant. Jason, Devin, Mary, Amos, and Dante had a restaurant in the classroom. We learned about the different jobs in the restaurant and how to behave in a restaurant. We had to practice the jobs for the ramen hose to see who was good at different jobs. I learned a lot about working in a restaurant.
We sold puzzle pieces during lunch for a dollar for disability awareness week. The whole class was involved in this awareness day at lunch. We raised money to go on trips with the puzzle pieces. I learned a lot about disabilities. I felt confident taking turns and explaining what we were doing at lunch to the students and teachers.
We sold popcorn after school for a dollar for disability awareness week. The whole class popped popcorn. Me and Tapo helped sell popcorn after school in center hall. We popped the popcorn in the faculty room. This happened in April. We had to advertise the popcorn so people knew they should buy it. We were trying to raise money and awareness.
Disability Awareness Day
Blindness and hearing impairments are two types of disabilities. I was doing this with Tapo, Mary, Jason, and Dante. We did this at the library. We presented on different disabilities to teachers and students. I am an expert on visual impairments.
Irving Field Day
Watching little kids have fun at field day was interesting to me. Jason, Devin, Dante, and Mary all went to Irving field day for the preschool students. We went to the playground at Irving. During field day, we had fun by playing with bubbles and the hose with the kids. We helped the teachers with the little kids by helping them wait in line.
Counting and opening boxes to see what is inside is exciting! The whole class was involved in taking inventory. We went outside to Ms. Pawlak’s car to carry boxes. I tested markers and counted them and sorted them. I labeled the markers to make sure they were ready to be moved. Inventory took a long time but I see myself doing this in the future.
See all the clothes! Jason, Ms. Pawlak, and the rest of the class went to the thrift shop next to the farmer’s market. We were looking for different types of stitches. Every clothes and costumes have stitches. What I liked most about the trip is looking at the costumes and blankets.
I saw many students dressed as a tiger. I was included on a field trip with teachers and friends. I saw the university and the downtown. We went to Princeton on June 5th, 2019. I went to the library, looked for facts in books, bought stamps for postcards, and ate lunch. I learned how to read a map on a phone. I had fun because I was at a college.
I put the threader in the needle with a needle threader. I sew with my friends in class. We learned 4 stitches- over stitch, basic stitch, back stitch and a button. Sewing is important because you might need to fix your shirt. Some teachers gave us ripped clothes to sew back together. I like sewing because it is fun.
Planning for a ConferraL
We created invitations for a conferral for our friends. Each person got their own jobs making the invitations using a Cricut machine. We went to Stop and Shop to get cake and to get decorations. We made a spreadsheet to ask other people to bring things too. We learned how to write on cake with icing and wrote names on a cake and practiced our own names on napkins. We decorated the cafeteria for the conferral. It took a long time and it was hard work and we had to work together. I learned that working together as a team makes the process much faster.
As we approach the last day of the 2017-2018 school year, we reflect back on all the good times we had this year in the GLOW program. We laughed a lot, learned a lot, and built some life-long friendships while making some life-long memories. This (extra-long) post will highlight the fourth quarter of GLOW!
We completed a unit on prescription vs. over the counter medications. We learned to differentiate between the two as well as read medicine labels, identify common cures for common sicknesses, and how to navigate various pharmacies. We had a guest speaker, Officer Joe, come in to talk about the harmful effects of medications when taken improperly, and the impact it has on the body. Below are some pictures of that day.
GLOW visited the job fair! Not only did we have a great time walking around the booths and collecting the freebies that were offered, but we also were tasked with asking 5 different jobs 3 different questions! The questions had to be tailored to the job specifically. The students had a great time networking with the different companies, and learned about some new job possibilities for the future! As an added bonus, we were able to practice our CPR skills at the nursing booth!
gardeners at work!
Although we found some mysterious grubby creatures, we learned how to overturn soil, check the water levels, identify weeds, and use different tools in order to grow a successful and flourishing gardening.
We threw a fondue party for our fellow high school and middle school students! We thank the staff for coming to visit. To plan this, not only did we learn how to make fondue and appropriate items to dip into chocolate, but we also learned many different games such as "Would you Rather" or "Never Have I Ever." We are ready to continue to host more parties in the future!
Spring Street Fair
To raise money for our upcoming trip, we sold our lanyards, decals, and school spirit bracelets at the Highland Park Street Fair. We worked very hard to make all the lanyards, and were very proud to make over $150 this day!
The Rush to Cookie Rush
Public transportation trip! We took the public bus to Cookie Rush in New Brunswick. We were able to navigate our way there by reading bus schedules, finding the bus stops, reading street signs, and maps. When we arrived to Cookie Rush, we found that it was a very cool place for teenagers and people in their 20s to hang out. It was set up as a lounge with many games. After we ordered and were waiting for our cookies to bake, we played Apples to Apples, which was a new game to many of us.
Take your Child to Work Day
We made slime and dirt (with pudding) in with tons of children from middle school to age three! We scaffolded these projects and hosted these students in fun games (Go Fish and Old Maid) and had a wonderful time engaging and being mentors!
As summer quickly approaches, we wanted to learn how to make some easy summer snacks. Although we may not always have access to an oven, we can still make tasty treats for ourselves or to share. Ice cream sandwiches were one of the few that we made, and they were a hit! These are definitely something we can easily make and budget in order to have a great party!
seamsters and seamstresses
As many of us do, we have holes in our clothes and buttons that fall off! Now there is no need to pay someone $20 to fix a simple stitch- as we can now do it ourselves! We learned how to sew a running stitch, and over stitch, sew on a button, and sew a hole closed, as well as create a boarder and hem with what we already know. We used thimbles, needles, needle threaders, and a variety of materials to help us learn these skills. One day, we will use them in practice!
car wash crazy
What better way to kick off the summer than by getting a little wet! Not only did we have a "splash," but we learned different types of techniques and methods and tools needed to wash a car! The students experienced working with a hose, different window-washing materials, car polishing, and scratch removing. This went over so well and we had such a great time in the sun! Although we washed these cars complimentary, we may potentially look into it as a fundraiser next year!
Getting around is one of the hardest skills to learn, but in today's time, it is very accessible. We trailed off our emergency personnel unit to explore who is safe to ask for directions. We practiced verbal directions, written directions, maps, compasses and virtual directions. We experimented with road names and Never Eat Sour Watermelon, as well as located important landmarks and enhanced our street safety. We also are able to identify many symbols and road signs, which we can now easily recognize to help us navigate around towns and cities.
welcome to new york
GLOW went to the Big Apple! During this trip, we reviewed many of our life skills including two types of public transportation (train and taxis), learned metropolitan jargon, took a tour of the High Line that connected to our World Cultures class, brought a picnic lunch, and ventured into Times Square using our navigation skills. We had an amazing time (as you can see from the pictures) and proved our fundraising to be worth it! We are very proud of what we were able to accomplish this year, and are excited to learn city-skills that cannot always be practiced within the walls of Highland Park.
During finals, we focused on many things including pharmaceutical practices and over the counter medications as well as ordering and handling money and various types of direction skills. Although we were reviewing and showing off what we have learned, we were able to have a great time in the process!
end of the year field day
To end the year off, we hosted one large field day at Donaldson Park! We were able to play all types of games and communicate with each other, while having a picnic lunch, and celebrating a friend's birthday. What a great way to end the year!
Though I have known you just but two years, I am more than grateful to have you in my life. You four have been fantastic students, hard workers, and caring people. I cannot wait to watch you blossom in your future endeavors and accomplish all your dreams. As you walk into your next chapter of your young adult life, I will carry the memories we made together, and continue to be proud of the people you have become.
Sorry it has been a while since I posted our progress in life skills! However, here is a pictorial update on what we have been doing!
In our health unit, we have learned the basics of CPR and practiced on dummies to allow us to check for responsiveness, give compressions and "pretend" rescue breaths!
Thank you Mrs. Doosey for taking us to the Liberty Science Center! We had a great day of fun and exploration (and science of course!)
We took the public bus to the Menlo Park Mall! This was a great trip during the holiday times as we shopped for our loved ones (and ourselves), as well as explored sales, coupons, and department stores.
In preparation for an upcoming cooking activity, we needed to practice dry and wet measuring skills with real ingredients. We discovered that there is a difference based on the measuring cup that is used.
We hosted a sushi house (Sushi House 7). First, we ordered sushi in to try the rolls that we would be making. We created a shopping list and explored jobs that are within a restaurant. We shopped for the ingredients and prepared the sushi, to later turn into waiters, kitchen staff and managers to serve our sushi to the Highland Park community.
We adopted new class pets! Meet Beyonce and Solonge. They are guinea pigs, which we will take care of.
After doing a unit on over the counter vs. prescription drugs, we had Officer Joe visit us to show us what it would be like if we abused these medicines. Good thing we know how to use them properly!
We are part of a business club! We went to Kean University to role play interviewing skills for a bagger. We learned how to tie ties for the event, and huge congrats to one of our classmates for making it to states and competing in Atlantic City (and winning an award!)
Every once in a while we pretend to visit a doctor's office and role play the process, including medical papers and insurance cards! This way, we will be able to go to the doctor by ourselves, and check in!
After a unit on emergencies vs. minor problems, we visited the Highland Park Fire House and got a tour of both the fire house and even sat in the truck!
Our 2017-2018 fundraiser is underway! We are hand making our very own lanyards to hold IDs of staff and students. Stay tuned for more information and advertisements coming shortly!
We hosted our first event of the 2017-2018 school year! Each of us became an expert on a different disability, and ran a station containing two different activities that allowed participants to feel what it was like having that specific disability. Staff and students came to support our class, and learned a lot in the process! Our Disability Awareness Day featured intellectual disabilities (Stations: Understanding Gibberish & The Awareness Test), hearing impairments (Stations: Sign Language & Lip Reading), vision impairments (Stations: Braille & Blind Drawing), and learning disabilities (Stations: Brain Scatter & Passage Quiz).
Thank you to all who attended! We hope you enjoyed the experience!
The Highland Park Farmer's Market had a Squashfest, and we attended! We combined our knowledge from biology class and took it to the streets by exploring many different types of squashes, asking questions to the vendors who attended, and of course, buying and trying our own pumpkin pie! Although many "no thank you" bites were taken, we were grateful for the nice weather and fun experience with friends!
We have been visiting the post office quite a bit to mail bills, letters, and buy various stamps and envelopes. We even learned how to mail a package both within the USA and over seas!
Many students from the GLOW program came to the Highland Park Street Fair (Arts in the Park) to represent Highland Park High School and sell our GLOW decals. They are $5 if anybody would like to buy them! Please use the "contact me" tab if interested.
Each Wednesday, the CBI class runs the DECA store. The DECA store is our school store open throughout the day to staff and students. We stock the store, clean the counters, serve customers, work the cash register, and greet people as they enter. So far, we have been really enjoying the business world, and look forward to the competitions and benefits of DECA!!