A Connecticut high school teacher is being recognized for her “outstanding and innovative” work in the classroom. High Road School of Hartford teacher Rachael Chatel was named as the first Teacher of the Year by Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI). The private school works with special education students ages 15 to 21 facing social, emotional, and behavioral challenges that can impede success in a traditional classroom setting. Nationwide, SESI works with more than 7,000 students in over 600 school districts. Chatel won the top honor for going “above and beyond for her students and working to engage families in meaningful [...]
The staff at High Road have been impressed with Christian’s engagement while participating in distance learning. He holds himself accountable for logging-in for his scheduled Zoom and Google classroom sessions with the teacher and teacher's assistant. He is patient when technology isn’t cooperating, and he has done an excellent job expressing his frustrations appropriately! Christian, keep up the amazing work! Learn more about our school today.
According to her peers, Ms. Lewis always goes above and beyond. She always supports staff and students when needed. She makes great connections with the students and utilizes the CASE language like a rock star! She makes balancing many roles look easy and she is always positive in the classroom! Learn more about our school today.
On Wednesday, June 3 professional adversity speaker and published author of Live with Honor, Turning Tragedy into Triumph, Michael Panus joined students from High Road Schools of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island via Zoom. The retired marine inspired High Road students by speaking about the tragedies in his life most notably, spending nearly four years in jail for causing the death of a good friend while drinking and driving as senior at Eastern Connecticut State University, and the power of positive thinking. Offering motivation, he encouraged students to be accountable for their actions, and to do the right thing. Panus [...]
Mr. Kim began as a teaching assistant in the Warriors classroom this year. His mild, yet confident manner immediately earned the students’ trust and admiration. He quickly became instrumental in using the SESI language and level system to provide our students consistency during the day. One of his teaching strengths is in science and more specifically his STEM lessons. His students love and thrive with the hands-on experience and Mr. Kim challenges them with new projects all the time. Mr. Kim was able to quickly switch directions to distance learning when it became necessary. For those of us who run [...]
In schools, occupational therapists assess and treat fine and visual-motor skills that impact students’ performance for tasks such as handwriting, typing, shoe-tying, etc. Another area that school-based O.T. addresses is sensory processing. In a school, O.T. looks at the way a student interacts with his/her environment. This includes the processing of auditory, visual, tactile (touch), vestibular (movement), and proprioceptive (input to muscles and joints) stimuli. Some students may be sensitive to or avoidant of things in their environment, such as loud noises, bright lights, or accidental touch. Others may need more input than a typical person to maintain appropriate [...]
In an effort to explore many job opportunities with our students, we had the honor of visiting Whelen Engineering in Chester, CT. Whelen not only makes the lights for emergency vehicles and airplanes but are the proud sponsers of four adult programs for the developmentally disabled who are an integral part of their business. These programs work side by side with typical employees to create quality products. We were able to see various aspects of the factory that makes the Whelen light bars. During our tour we visited each department of the process. We began with robotics and moved on [...]
In an effort to have a variety of speakers help our students explore their futures beyond high school, our Transition Coordinator facilitated a visit from former High Road School of Hartford student Demar Porter. Demar is currently an ISC Desktop Service Technician for Travelers Insurance of Hartford. Demar began by speaking about his reasons for coming to High Road as a student and how it impacted his life. He spoke about how the structure at High Road prepared him for a positive post secondary education and also prepared him for a career. He spoke very lovely about a High Road [...]
In the fall of 2019, the high school was able to procure a few new rooms for student use. We chose to follow the model of some of the other High Roads in our area and transformed an empty space into what we are calling ‘The Exhilaration Station’. With the help of Mr. Rizzo, Connecticut High Roads Jack of all Trades, Operations Manager Ms. Russo and Director Mrs. McDonald, the vision came to life. A bright green color was added to the walls, making the room energetic and positive and the floors were scrubbed clean. Pull up bars were added [...]
As the students learn about cells, and the various functions that are carried out within them, each are tasked with researching different organelles and contributing in creating a large 3-D model, to display for the rest of the school. With only the slightest push, they’re off creating their own organelles to add to the display, utilizing what they have learned and adding in their own creative spin. Some use clay to mold the intricate details of the mitochondria, the power house of the cell. Others take a simpler approach, scattering beads across the cell to represent ribosomes, the cell [...]