Special Education Department

December 2020

Career Inventory Surveys

High school is a great time for students to start thinking about future careers. Finding a career path that aligns with a student's interests and talents will create a successful and more enjoyable future for them. See exactly how to find a career you'll love by matching your personality, talents, and interests to real-life jobs at either of the following career surveys:

Polaris Career Center Upcoming Dates

Attention all sophomore parents! Sophomore year of high school is the perfect time for students to start thinking about post-secondary education options! Polaris Career Center has a variety of career-technical and STEM based programs to choose from. All programs feature state-of-the-art technology and training in a practical setting. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of Polaris' usual recruitment activities are not happening, however they are thinking outside of the box to get potential students involved!

This December, students may participate in "virtual sophomore visits" and take a virtual 3D tour of their facility. Links for those will be posted on their website (https://www.polaris.edu/grades-7-12). In January, they are hoping to be able to host mini open houses as well where students and parents can come and meet the teachers and explore the facility. Dates for the open houses will be based on your district of residence and will take place from 5:30-7:00pm.

The dates are as followed:

Berea- January 12

Brooklyn-January 13

Fairview- January 14

North Olmsted- January 19

Olmsted Falls- January 20

Strongsville- January 21

In the meantime, current sophomores who live in those districts may apply at www.polaris.edu/register. Applications will not be processed until February. For more information on Polaris please feel free to reach out to Cindy Crisler at ccrisler@polaris.edu or by going to Polaris Career Center website https://www.polaris.edu.
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Post-secondary Education Information

Interested in gaining additional information about colleges or vocational schools? Parents and students can contact Mrs. Costanzo (kristen.costanzo@aeaohio.org) with any questions or concerns with regards to post-secondary education. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many colleges and vocational schools have virtual tours individuals can attend too.

Parent & Family Involvement

There is still time to join Albert Einstein Academy’s Special Education Department 2020-2021 parent committee! As part of this committee, parents will be collaborating with our Special Education Team, receiving support from other parents, and will have opportunities to attend trainings to extend their knowledge and resources with regards to their child’s education or diagnosis. If you are interested in being apart of this committee, please reach out to Mrs. Lemons (rebecca.lemons@aeaohio.org) or Mrs. Costanzo (kristen.costanzo@aeaohio.org).

Speech Services

All speech services and the IEP minutes aligned with each student’s speech goals have been met and completed until our return back to school on January 19, 2021. Your student's intervention specialist will reach out when services will resume.Thank you to everyone for all their hard work and dedication during this time.
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Transition Services: Filling Out Job Applications

This year students with transition services will have the opportunity to participate in lessons to benefit their daily life, as well as life after high school. This December, students at the Lakewood and North Olmsted campuses had a lesson on filling out job applications! During this time, students were introduced to the basic questions/needs on a job application, given tips and tricks for completing applications while following the 3 C's: Careful, Correct, and Complete. They had the opportunity to look at an example of a job application and also got to practice filling out an application for a fake job.

Next month, students will have the opportunity to vote on different life skill lessons they wish to cover in the second semester of the school year!

Academic & Intervention From Ms. Hennes

Hello, my name is Michaela Hennes and I am the 7th-10th grade Intervention Specialist at the Lakewood AEA. This January, I will have reached my first year with Albert Einstein Academy where I have provided intervention, pull-out and in class assistance to students during school time. I am a recent graduate from Ashland University as of December 2019, where I studied to be an Intervention Specialist ranging in all grades and disabilities. I have had most of my experience in classrooms with middle school and high school students.

Since the beginning of this school year, and in the last month, I have been able to work with my students on their IEP goals which include: Math, Reading, Writing, Behavior, and Organization. Interventions we work on include minute math, reading comprehension, writing prompts, and going over ways we can stay organized with folders and agendas.

Due to remote learning and being back and forth between the computer and in-class time, students have been doing their best to adapt to these times we have encountered in the past year. Communication during this time is something that is very important to myself and the families I work with so we can keep up with their student’s work and improvements during the time they are with me and other teachers throughout the year.

Outside of school time, I enjoy relaxing at home with my new puppy, River, and two cats, Lola and Dusty. When I am not home, I am usually working at one of my side jobs that include a Greek restaurant, DoorDash, or Instacart. As you can see, I like to stay as busy as possible when I am not working on school materials! Within the next year or two, I hope to start my Masters Degree in Education Intervention Specialist to further my knowledge in something I am most passionate about.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me and I hope you all have a great rest of the school year! Remember, I am always here to help when needed, so feel free to contact me through my school email: michaela.hennes@aeaohio.org

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