Chancellor News and Notes
April 4, 2016
Welcome to April!
April is here, along with more pollen and rain. Please bear with those of us suffering from crippling allergies this time of year- we may not be as pleasant or patient with our itchy, red eyes (and possibly very itchy skin too!), runny noses, and explosive sneezing. We love the rest of ya'll most of the time, but not so much right now if we're suffering and you're not, lol. Maybe a little bit of jealousy there...
Come sell your stuff!
Support Chancellor Music in April!
Chancellor music groups will be going to competitions in Aldine ISD twice this month to show off their hard work and hopefully win some trophies! If you would like to join in the fun and come support our Chancellor Orff and Choir groups, please let Mr. Mitchell know ASAP. You are welcome to park at the school and ride the bus! Here are the dates, times, and details:
Saturday, April 9th- Students will meet at the school at 12:45 p.m….bus will leave at 1:15 p.m…..we warm up and perform at 2:20-2:45….we will eat lunch at the park nearby and return to school by 5:00-5:30 p.m.
- Saturday April 16th- Students will meet at the school at 3:00 p.m..…..bus will leave at 3:30 p.m…we warm up and perform at 4:40-5:20…we will eat lunch on the bus ride back since it is a late time… we should arrive back by 6:30 p.m
April Recycling Art Contest!!
Think Piece: Ignite Me!
April is Autism Awareness Month
April 2nd was World Autism Awareness Day, and buildings around the world were lit up to support autism awareness. Don't forget- if you purchased an autism awareness t-shirt, you can wear it with jeans on Wednesdays in April!
What is like to have autism? One of the common experiences for children and adults with autism is sensory overload. Below are a few videos to help you experience what someone with autism may experience when in sensory overload.
What if I have a student with autism in my class?
Well, you will also have support services and an individualized education plan (IEP) to help. As with any student identified to have a disability or specific need, you will receive a folder identifying goals for the student, and accommodations and modifications to make in the classroom to assist the student. You will also receive lots of support from the special education department, usually in the form of daily service time with a special education teacher, who you can always ask for help and advice for the classroom. A link is also included below from txautism.net, with lots of information and resources for teachers.
At Chancellor, we have two programs for students with autism, the first being EC-REACH (early childhood), which is located out in kindergarten. We also have REACH 2/3, which is a program currently in Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grade for students with autism who spend a portion to the majority of the day in the general education setting with in-class support. We also have a third program at Chancellor which is Life Skills, which services our students with intellectual disabilities. There are also students who have autism in general education classrooms who do not need services. The one thing we all should remember is no matter what students you have in your classroom, under law we must maintain our students' confidentiality. Be careful of sidebar conversations in meetings, in the hallway, or outside of school, and that you do not discuss information that may be considered confidential.