High School Electives

Technology

Our high school program is aligned with the Massachusetts Instructional Technology Frameworks. The IT program strives to present technology as a resource for reinforcing content area lessons; as students use computers to explore language arts, math, science, social studies, etc., they also develop valuable technological skills.

Instructional Technology is offered to all students and the typical class meets for 45 minutes twice per week. All students receive typing tutorial support and are exposed to the components of Microsoft Suite. In depth projects for older students may include the use of Adobe Photo Shop and Microsoft Publisher. Excel is used to explore making a budget.



Pre-Vocational Exploratory Shops

The Pre-Vocational Exploratory Shops at LPS are designed to facilitate the development of basic work behaviors, attitudes, and skills. Students participate in a wide variety of hands-on tasks or project-oriented activities and jobs that often provide a direct service for the school.

It is hoped that through participation in these shops, students will learn basic job skills and work habits that can be generalized to any task in which they participate (i.e., classroom performance, real jobs outside of school, chores at home, daily life skills, homework, leisure skills and hobbies). We are NOT providing vocational training in a particular area; therefore, your child may be involved in a number of different shops during the school year and through their entire stay at LPS. Specific areas include the following:

  • Attendance/Punctuality
  • Communication
  • Productivity and work quality
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Organization skills
  • Sequencing and task completion
  • Ability to take the initiative
  • Ability to use tools and equipment safely and effectively
  • Ability to work independently and to one's potential
  • Working as a team

These skills are addressed throughout the various shops that are available at LPS which include Graphic Arts, Food Service, Horticulture, and Childcare. The Pre-Vocational and Vocational staff work closely with the Occupational Therapy Department to incorporate any accommodations that may be necessary in order to make the student's experience as successful as possible and to maximize their acquisition of skills.



High School Art Program

The goals of the art program are:

  • students will demonstrate knowledge of the methods, materials, and techniques unique to the visual arts.
  • students will use a variety of materials and media (e.g., crayons, chalk, paint, clay, papers, textiles, and/or yarns).
  • students will understand how to utilize various materials and media to produce different visual effects.
  • students will create artwork in a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media:
    • two-dimensional media examples: drawing, painting, and collage.
    • Three-dimensional media examples: clay, paper, and found objects for assemblage and construction.

To the best of their abilities, students are expected to:

  • explore the range of effects possible within each medium, such as transparent, opaque, wet, dry stippled, and blended.
  • create artwork that demonstrates an awareness of the range and purpose of tools such as pens, brushes, markers, etc.
  • use the appropriate vocabulary related to the materials, methods, and techniques.
  • maintain the tools, materials, created work, and workspace responsibly and safely.

This year, students will work on projects that:

  • show their ability to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional works that illustrate knowledge of characteristics of particular media, materials, and tools.
  • explore a single subject through a series of works, varying the medium or technique.
  • demonstrate their capacity to make appropriate choices of two-dimensional and three dimensional media, tools, and techniques to achieved desired effects in specific projects. Identify represent, and experiment with colors, lines, textures, shapes, forms, patters, symmetry, and space.