December, 2016 ~ Boston Herald Publication.
LPS student's artwork published in the "Eyes of a Child" publication on December 24, 2016.
Below is the LPS student's artwork chosen by the Herald editorial department. Congratulations to all!
Shira F. Grade 4 Griffin J. Grade 6 Katie B. Grade 10
Alana S. Grade 12 Matthew L. Grade 12 Genavieve S. Grade 10
September , 2016
Community Partner Award
Newton Branch Manager of The Village Bank, Gary Vitti, and Vice President, Susan Paley, accept a community partner award from Learning Prep School Executive Director, David Lightfoot (right). The presentation was made in recognition of the Bank's long-standing commitment to developing educational technology at the West Newton school.
LPS 8th Grader Sriram Narayanan Performs at Carnegie Hall – Again
Sriram Narayanan is something of a piano phenom. Even his mother, Sunanda, cannot explain where his talent originated. Nor can Elementary Middle School principal, Amy Davis, who said, “He’s an incredibly gifted child. It’s amazing!” “With as many challenges as he has, music has been such a source of confidence,” said his mother. “He struggles with reading but not with music. Music is processed in different parts of the brain. Ever since he was born, he had an ear for music,” said Sunanda, who teaches classical Indian dance and has a long lineage of talented relatives in Indian classical music. Sriram started piano lessons at age six and has been playing ever since. Now, he heads to Carnegie Hall in September to play for his third time. “He’s a performer,” his mother said. “It’s like music is something that he cannot live without.” Part of the LPS culture is for students to feel supported so that they can learn and grow. At other times in students’ lives, they may have felt ostracized due to their learning challenges. It changes when many come to Learning Prep –as it has for Sriram. (Courtesy of Teak Media + Communication)
Learning Prep mentioned in Exceptional Parent Magazine
Kimberly Gerard, community events coordinator, and Daniel Destin, manager of the Shipley Fitness Center at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, present pedometers to Learning Prep Physical education instructors Chad Sinclair and Alyson Humphreys.
We are kicking off our Fitness unit with a pedometer challenge called 'LPS STRONG'. The students in our classes will track how many steps they take and how many miles they walk every PE class they attend from now until Marathon Monday. We are doing this an an effort to promote personal wellness and to support our LPS runners in the Boston Marathon as each class gets closer to 26 miles. Please cheer our students on and encourage them to keep moving!
Learning Prep School Teacher Selected to Participate in NEA Funded Pilot Project
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has selected Learning Prep School and Elementary/Middle School art teacher Demerice Pallone to complete a pilot program for assessment of visual arts learning.
The project is partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The pilot is designed to identify and demonstrate the skills needed by students to achieve targeted performance standards in benchmark grades of 2, 5, 8 and the three high school levels (proficient, accomplished, advanced).
Learning Prep was chosen to be one of 17 pilot sites in visual arts from over 260 applications received by NCCAS. Art instructor Demerice Pallone wrote the proposal and will begin professional development training in the Core Arts Standards and the MCAs in January 2015, in order to prepare for her pilot classroom in February. “It is such an honor to be selected for this pilot program. I knew the odds of being chosen were slim, so I was pretty shocked, but this will be an exciting challenge.”
Pilot sites were chosen based on the strength of the application, the teacher’s credentials and experience, student work, and the support of the school’s administration. Sites also reflect a diverse representation of urban, suburban, and rural schools from across the nation. Individuals and organizations interested in the project can follow the work at http://nccas.wikispaces.com.
Lois Gould Honored
Lois Gould, our Guidance Transition Supervisor, received the Albert E. Trieschman Award for Exceptional Direct Service to Children at the 34th Annual Conference of the Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools (MAAPS).
Weymouth Teen Takes a Step Toward her Dream
"Hayley Curtin, 18, of Weymouth, had the opportunity to interview the lead guitarist from her favorite band, the Black Veil Brides, earlier this month. Curtin is a senior at Learning Prep School, a school for students with learning disabilities, in Newton."
Read the full article in the Patriot Ledger
Lesley University Recognizes Learning Prep School Work Study & Transition Program
The Transition Institute held at Lesley University on November 2, 2013, featured the Pathways to Licensure speakers in all transition domains: community, independent living, transition planning and high school vocational programming. Speakers presented to 200 educators, psychologists, social workers, parents, rehabilitation specialists and speech therapists. Keynote speaker Representative Tom Sannicandro, a champion of transition legislation, set the tone. Through his personal, professional and warm presentation, Tom explained how the experience of lifelong advocacy for his son ultimately led him to fight for education rights for those with intellectual disabilities.
The Learning Prep School Work Study & Transition Program was introduced as a model program. Jane Buckley, a Massachusetts Rehabilitation Specialist (Boston Transition Office) introduced Lois Gould, Work Study Guidance Transition Supervisor, citing the program as one that provides opportunities for students to develop the self-confidence to explore work-related skills in a structured, supported setting. Lois Gould and Carole Tsang (Transition Coordinator) explained how individual work-based goals are created using the DESE Work Based Learning Objectives.
The Village Bank of Newton has awarded Learning Prep a major grant to purchase iPads for use by students and teachers.
With the installation of an updated computer infrastructure nearing completion, LPS is poised to fully utilize the wireless capability of iPads and other mobile and desktop computer technology. With 48 new wireless hubs spread throughout the campus, students and teachers will be able to take advantage of the many assistive apps available on these new iPads.
HEAD OF THE CLASS
When Natalya Ozahowski of Hamilton hadn’t learned to read by age 9, doctors told her parents she wouldn’t be capable of graduating from high school. On June 8, the 19-year-old proved them wrong by earning her diploma.... Read the full Boston Globe article.
Learning Prep School Honored by Red Sox!
LPS announced as "The 20th recipient of the “100 acts of kindness” by Boston's Red Sox.