Friday, June 17, 2016
Happy summer everyone! As many of you have probably heard by now I have resigned my position as Director of Special Services and have accepted a position on West Hartford's Pupil Services administrative team. I have truly enjoyed working with all of you and have learned so much in my tenure here. I am excited to be leaving you with the good news that the WTA is officially in the process of moving to its beautiful new space and I want to thank everyone for their incredible support in this effort that is such a wonderful opportunity for Wethersfield's students! Best to you all!- Emily
Monday, June 6, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Good morning! I have had some great conversations lately with a few folks about what an "individual program" means and looks like at the transition level, and I thought there may be more parents out there with similar questions! Bottom line to remember: "there is no such thing as a cookie cutter special education program" and there never should be! All students are unique and have their own strengths and challenges that they bring to the table as teams meet to discuss programming that best meets individual needs. Many of our parents and students look at our current student enrollment at the WTA to gauge whether or not they think the program will meet their child's needs. While the tendency to do this is understandable, I would encourage parents that want to have discussions about their children's future plans, to reach out to their team to do so. The student enrollment in our WTA changes year to year and the needs change year to year... we offer services along a very diverse continuum of student need. Some of our students drive to our program and are competitively employed, while others are preparing to transition to fully supported adult day programming. The common denominator is that all of them are working at their individual level, to prepare for "the next step." Sometimes we hear a parent concern similar to "the WTA does not accept students that are ______", and this could not be further from the truth. We accept students that we feel will benefit from our program and from being immersed in an authentic Wethersfield community setting. Each student has an individual plan with individual goals, criteria for success and individual supports. All of that being said, we do believe that students and their families are entitled to know what else is available for transition programming, and we encourage parents to explore their options, because one size certainly does not fit all. We do believe that we have a phenomenal program right here in town and we are grateful for the support we have received as we have expanded and continue to grow. Please remember if you have questions about your child to reach out to us, as your child's needs will be different from any other student - that is the beauty of human uniqueness- enjoy this beautiful day!
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
BIG News! I would like to thank the Wethersfield Board of Education for their unanimous support to approve the Lease for the new space proposed for the Wethersfield Transition Academy, voted last night at a Special Board of Education meeting! We are so excited to be one big step closer to our move and now are awaiting the final vote from Town Council (date TBD). THANK YOU ALL !
Friday, May 6, 2016
Good afternoon Wethersfield Community- please note my lack of posts has not been due to lack of interest or negligence, but rather lack of new information... that being said I can say that no news IS good news. The folks at the town have been working with Mr. Bushey to work on the discussion points from the Planning and Zoning meeting and the lease is being reviewed. We are getting close and hope to be presenting to Town Council and the Board of Education soon! Thanks and Happy Mother's Day to all those Wethersfield mom's! Emily
Monday, March 21, 2016
Good morning! After the very good news of getting passed through Planning and Zoning last week (thank you all for your support!) we will be meeting to discuss questions moving forward with a specific focus on "next steps", "to-do's" and security. We will be meeting at Stillman on April 7th 2016 at 2:30 pm. Most likely in the bottom conference room (and if not we will be one floor up in the Superintendent's conference room- sorry for any confusion on that but the bottom is signed out until exactly 2:30 and if those folks go over we will be up a level). Hoping anyone interested will attend!