The LISD TECH Center Periodical

LISD TECH Center Student/Parent Newsletter

A Message From Our Principal!

Welcome to the LISD TECH Center and the 2021-22 school year! I am excited to greet students next week and share the numerous opportunities we offer. The LISD TECH Center has more than 20 state-approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in numerous pathways. It provides students, whether entering a career field right out of high school or going on to college, with a competitive advantage since coursework aligns to current industry skills, academic skills, and professional skills with many leading to industry credentials and postsecondary credits. Each program is taught by an instructor that has previously worked in the industry and is guided by an advisory committee of local industry experts and postsecondary college representatives that provide support in maintaining robust curriculum aligned to current industry practices. Students have the opportunity to participate in a Career & Technical Education student organization which provides students with opportunities to develop leadership skills as well as competition opportunities to showcase their skills.


We offer many services supporting students academically, socially, and emotionally. We look forward to partnering with you this year to build relevance for your student, help them see what is possible, and create a path to success! Thank you for choosing the LISD TECH Center!


Sincerely,

Jenny Heath

COVID-19 Update

  • Facemasks are strongly recommended.

  • Per CDC rules, face coverings are required for public transportation including school busses.

  • High-level disinfection and increased air exchange practices will continue.

  • Please stay home if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Lenawee County Superintendents’ Association message

Student Services

Student Services ensures the success of all students. From attendance, discipline, scheduling, driving & parking, and social & emotional needs, we are the one stop shop for all student needs. Below are some points of interest pertaining to the LISD TECH Center Student Information Guide.


Attendance


  • The student's parent/guardian is required to excuse an absence, by either note or phone call, before the student's return to class.
  • The attendance office phone number is (517) 265-1659. It is in operation 24 hours-per-day. Please state the student's name, program, session, and reason for absence.
  • For the complete LISD TECH Center Attendance Policy, please review the LISD TECH Center Student Information Guide below.
  • If you have any attendance questions, please contact Lisa Bachman at (517) 265-1659.


Student Driving & Parking


  • Students are permitted to drive to the LISD TECH Center if the local school district allows.
  • Students must complete a Drivers Registration Form and return it to Student Services with $1.00 to receive their parking permit.
  • Students can transport additional passengers utilizing the Rider Permission Form that can be picked up in Student Services. This form must be returned to Student Services prior to riding together.


Electronic Communication Devices/Cell-Phones


  • Students are prohibited from using cell phones during instructional hours defined as 9:00 AM-11:30 AM and 12:00 PM-2:30 PM.
  • Devices shall not be used or visible during instructional hours unless permission has been granted by a teacher or school administrator.
  • 1st Offense - Device taken to office, student can pick up at end of session.
  • 2nd Offense - Device take to office, parents must pick up at end of day.
  • 3rd Offense - One day out of school suspension.
  • 4th Offense - Three day out of school suspension for each occurrence.

LISD TECH CENTER COUNSELORS

Located in the Student Services Office, LISD TECH Center


The LISD TECH Center Counselors can help you:

· explore college and career choices;

· complete college and apprenticeship applications, and connect you with military recruiters;

· strengthen your academic, technical, and work place skills;

· complete your FAFSA and apply for various scholarships for college and technical schools;

· build your resume and complete employment applications;

· dual enroll in college courses through the College Now program;

· identify barriers to learning and success, including attendance and emotional needs;

· resolve scheduling issues;

· with conflict resolution;

· strengthen communication skills; as well as

· school supplies and other necessities.


LISD TECH Center Counselors are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Parents and students may request an appointment on the LISDTECHCenter.com website

Resources>Student Resources>Request a meeting with LISD TECH Center Staff>School Counseling

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Special Populations Pop-In

The Special Populations Office and Learning Support Services (LSS) office includes a Special Populations Coordinator, Megan Paul; a Special Populations Consultant, Lesley Taylor; and four learning assistants. Our offices are located in the Student Services area, and we specialize in providing and connecting students to a variety of resources. The following is a list of the types of supports offered:

Academic Resources

· Learning Strategies

· Academic Accommodations

· Organizational strategies

· Visual Supports

· Assistive Technology

· Testing strategies and test preparation

· Proofreading and editing

· Special Education IEP Supports

· Section 504 Plan Support

· English Language Learner Support

Social/Emotional and Financial Resources

· Housing help and utility assistance

· Food assistance

· Clothing assistance

· Teen Pregnancy/Parenting Resources

· Diversity and Inclusion Services

· Behavioral Strategies

· Communication Strategies


Our goal is for ALL students to feel supported and successful while they are working toward their education and future career goals. Please feel free to contact one of us if you think your student may need some additional support. Our contact information is as follows: Megan Paul, megan.paul@lisd.us; 517-265-1715, Lesley Taylor, lesley.taylor@lisd.us; 517-265-1670.

College Now

College Now offers all eligible Lenawee County students attending LISD TECH Center programs the opportunity to begin meeting the academic demands of post-secondary education.

Students interested in participating in the College Now program must:

  • fill out, sign, and turn in a Student Enrollment Agreement, FERPA form, and dual enrollment form (from appropriate institution);
  • attend any College Orientation meeting required by the college;
  • attend a college advisory appointment every semester with a College Now Advisor;
  • be in good academic standing; and maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA in college coursework.

  • All college courses must directly apply to the student’s Educational Development Plan (EDP) and Career Pathway.
  • Developmental college courses are not eligible for funding.

School Social Worker

Bennett Thomson is our School Social Worker. He supports students in the classroom who exhibit various behavioral, social, or emotional concerns. He also assists instructors in preparing for and managing challenging behaviors within the classroom.


Mr. Thomson provides individual clinical services for all students in need, including circumstances such as trauma and crisis, family and relationship conflicts, managing stress and anxiety, diversity and inclusion, and other mental health concerns. He is able to provide students and families with community resources related to mental health, special education, community engagement, and various other community referrals. Please contact him at: Bennett.Thomson@lisd.us or 517-266-6985.

Work-Based Learning

The LISD TECH Center gives students the opportunity to learn “on-the-job” through a Work-Based Learning experience. Working with their instructor and the Work-Based Learning Coordinator, students are given the opportunity to step out of the classroom and into the working world gaining skills and knowledge through a structured work experience. State guidelines require Career and Technical Education (CTE) students to finish at least half of their program before going on a Work-Based Learning experience. For more information, please contact Lori Bradshaw at Lori.Bradshaw@lisd.us or 517-265-1671.

Program Pathway Highlights-Arts & Communication

Graphic Imaging Technology

Program Description

This program focuses on various publishing and electronic presentation methods, digital photography, computer graphic illustration, creative art and drawing, printing methods and processes, animation for web pages, file management techniques, etc. Students will be introduced to current software used in the industry such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and Keynote as well as electronic file management.

Video & Audio Production

Program Description

Students in this program will learn to create video and audio projects, operate digital video and audio equipment, and help create videos for broadcast on LISD TV, the LISD's cable station. Students work independently and in teams to learn the process of creating video and audio projects from concept to final production.

Dates to Remember

September 3- No School

September 6- No School

September 17-Constitution Day

October 22- End of 1st Quarter

November 4- Parent Teacher Conferences

November 23- Sophomore Visits

November 25-26- Thanksgiving Break

December 8- Sophomore Visits

December 9-TECH Center Open House

December 21- End of 1st Semester

December 22-31- Winter Break

Meet the LISD TECH Center Instructional Staff

About Us

The LISD TECH Center is a county-wide, collaborative facility that provides Lenawee County students the opportunity for career and technical education programs. There are over two dozen programs for students to explore careers – each with an eye on growing industries and available jobs. Certified instructors with on-the-job experience teach classes with passion and real-world knowledge. Classes are a combination of academics and hands-on, project-based learning that give students the knowledge and experience they need to take to their first job, college, or their future.


In their junior and senior years, Lenawee County students may take LISD TECH Center programs free of charge as part of their regular high school schedule. Morning and afternoon schedules are available depending on your high school.

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