LABBB @ Burlington High

Welcome to our class blog! Here you can find information regarding classroom happenings in rooms 309 and 318!

Summer!

Hi Everyone!

We wanted to share some pictures from our summer travel training field-trips. We took the MBTA to various places around Boston. We started with the Public Gardens/Swan Boats, then the next week we went to the Boston Tea Party Museum, and ended with the Skywalk Observatory at the top of the Prudential Center.

We practiced scheduling, taking the bus and transferring to the subway. Students worked on budgeting skills and practiced loading their Charlie Cards. Time management and social skills were also integrated into these trips.

Enjoy the slide show…looking forward to a great school year!

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PALS End of the Year BBQ

Last Thursday we had our last PALS event for this school year. LABBB and Burlington High School students got together and participated in an end of the year BBQ.

There was good food, music, games and dancing  all while reflecting on what a successful year it has been for all the students. LABBB and Burlington High administrators as well as staff from both programs were able to join in on the festivities…it was a great time had by all!

We look forward to collaborating with our PALS friends beginning again in the fall 🙂

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Brio….”The Portal” Premier

June 07 was the premier of the Brio Movie, “The Portal.”

The Portal is a film written by two high school students Nick Stavre from the LABBB Collaborative at Burlington High School and Alex Sturm from Winchester High School. The Portal is a heart-warming comedy/fantasy film about friendship and accepting the differences in ourselves and others. This project includes 75 participants from Burlington, Winchester, Stoneham, Lexington, and Woburn. The film features 21 actors from the LABBB Collaborative at Burlington High School.

The first part of the film premiered June 7th with an added introduction to part 2 of Splorgville High characters. Students arrived in a limo, walked the red carpet, took pictures with the press, had refreshments and even saw their “star” on the walk of fame. After the premier, students were given awards for their participation.

We are very proud of all the hard work students put forth this year! A special thank you to Sahar and all of the Brio staff for their tireless efforts to make this such special experience for the students 🙂

The whole film (part 1 and 2) will be premiered in September 2016.

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Special Olympics, May 11th 2016

Last week the entire LABBB community celebrated the Special Olympics at Lexington High School. It was a beautiful day and the athletes were amazing! Watching all of the students come together regardless of age and ability, was truly inspirational…everyone supported one another! We were lucky to have our PALS friends from Burlington High School join us and many BHS staff as well. Thank you also to the families and friends of our athletes for cheering everyone on and being part of our LABBB community. It was a great day had by all!!!

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PALS May Activity

Last Thursday we had another great PALS activity! A group from Long’s Jewelers came in and brought various beads for the students to make necklaces and/or bracelets to give to someone special for Mother’s Day. Many students made their mothers, grandmothers and even sisters a special piece of jewelry. It was a wonderful activity and everyone involved had a great time!

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Functional Fridays in Room 318

On Fridays during May the students in room 318 continue to work on building their functional math skills and carry over of these skills into real life situations. The students are practicing with a “mock” grocery store. They are learning money management and budgeting skills, as well as whole dollar buying. They are taking these learned skills into the community at places such as Market Basket, and we are starting to see improvements in areas such as counting out their money and receiving change. All of them are working together and helping each other with the process…they are really enjoying it!!!

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Lunch @ Flatbread Co.

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After the students in 318 completed the most recent eight week Independent Living Skills class (which includes budgeting, shopping, food prep, cooking and health) students voted to go to Flatbread Pizza Company in Bedford as their cumulative activity. Flatbread Co. was extremely accommodating, what great staff and service!

What a wonderful lunch today! All the students were well-behaved and enjoyed each other’s company. It was a great opportunity for practicing community and social skills in a real world setting.

 

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EMT Presentation

We want to thank Mrs. MacArthur for taking the time to come into the classroom and present about Emergency Medical Workers.

There were great questions asked and we learned a lot of new information about EMT, Paramedics and how the various departments work together during rescue operations.

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Secret Santa Success!

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Every year, LABBB is asked to participate in a Secret Santa charity event. Classes are asked to sponsor families in need during the holiday season. Burlington High School was asked to donate and shop for siblings, a 6 year old boy and a 3 year old girl.

Thanks to the generous donations from our students and their families we were able to purchase gifts for these children to help make their holiday special.

Our students planned the shopping trips and we had some great discussions about wants and needs and what is important during this time of year. Both classes traveled to the Burlington Mall and had the opportunity to practice travel training, purchasing, and engaging in social opportunities while enjoying lunch at the food court.

On Friday, we reflected on this experience while wrapping the gifts and listening to some holiday music in the kitchen. We combined the pizza party they all earned for Dress for Success, what a great afternoon!

On Tuesday, December 22nd, we went to the annual assembly at Waltham High School to present the gifts and were treated to a holiday concert put on by the chorus and band of Waltham High. There was even a special appearance by Santa and The Grinch.

We are so proud of all the students and how well they handled this experience and we look forward to participating in this event again next year!

From all the staff here at Burlington High LABBB, we hope you and yours have a happy and safe holiday break.

 

 

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Thanksgiving Pep-Rally

On Wednesday November 25th, Burlington High LABBB students attended the Pre-Thanksgiving high school pep rally. They all seemed to really enjoy listening to the high school band, singing and dancing along with everyone. Performances were given by various high school teams (hip-hop, dance, cheerleaders) and each high school grade competed in some friendly competitions (hula-hooping, wheel barrow races, dizzy baseball). As always we felt like a part of the Burlington High community and enjoyed celebrating this day together.

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