Welcome to the new school year at Henry Ford Middle School. My name is Mrs. Rossano and I will be your child’s teacher for this school year. I am looking forward to an exciting year ahead.
As a special education teacher for over 28 years in the Jefferson Parish Public School System, I believe that a child is the most successful in school when they have parental involvement. By working together and openly communicating with each other, you and I can make your child’s school year very successful. I also believe that every child can succeed in school as long as the learning process is interesting to them. It is my goal to teach your child what they need to learn while having fun throughout the year.
What to look forward to
- Improve academic skills
- Improve social skills
- Using “Unique Learning System Program”
- Science experiments
- Community based instruction
- Special Olympics
- Field Trips
- FUN, FUN, FUN
Dear Parents and Family,
Your child’s classroom is using Unique Learning System® as the classroom curriculum. The curriculum program has been designed specifically for children with special learning needs. While the foundation of Unique is the academic content standards (reading, writing, math, science and social studies), the lessons are modified to make sure that all children have a way
to participate and learn. There is a strong emphasis on life skills that are embedded in each lesson. Unique Learning System provides monthly units that teachers are able to access from the Unique website. Each month there is a new topic built around a science or social studies theme. There are six grade bands; Preschool, Elementary, Intermediate, Middle School, High School and Transition, so learning is new as children progress through the years. Your child’s teacher has selected the grade level band that matches the ages and grades of the children in his/her classroom. There is also a three-year cycle of new units for each grade band. In that way, your child will have new learning materials even if he or she is in the same classroom setting next year.
Teachers who have worked with special learners have created all of Unique’s lessons and materials. Lessons include stories, chapter books, comprehension activities, writing activities, math lessons for time, money, counting and problem solving, as well as recipes, craft projects and science experiments. Many of the materials are designed in three levels so children of various abilities can actively participate. To help children who learn best with picture supports, materials have been created with symbols from SymbolStix PRIME®, the most complete and current symbol database available anywhere. These symbols can also be seen in books available in our online library called the n2y Library. n2y Library books can be used to help support the theme of the monthly unit, help build your child’s reading skills, or just for enjoyment. Unique Learning System has several tools that will help the classroom teacher monitor your child’s progress within classroom learning. The primary goal of Unique Learning System is to give each child a way to participate, learn and succeed in the classroom. Please feel free to ask your child’s teacher if you would like to see the materials and lessons, and visit the Unique page on our website at n2y.com.
Each day your child will bring home the Daily Buzz, a simple report of their day’s activities. This is a quick way to encourage your student to share information with you. The Daily Buzz is not intended to be something you read alone, but rather a way to prompt your student to talk about “What did you do today?” Ask questions that will provide your student with prompts to tell you more, show things he or she did and encourage good conversational turn-taking skills.
October Lessons at a Glance
Monitor your child’s grades at: https://jpsis.jpschools.org/progress/
Hero for Positive Reinforcement
- Positive Points
Extended Learning Outcome
- Check your child’s agenda daily
- Reading: Daily Buzz, Study Vocabulary, Read everyday
- Math: Practice the method of paying to the next dollar
- Social Studies/Life Skills: Learn your personal information
Your thoughts, concerns, and questions are always important to me. You can contact me in the following ways.
- Write a note in your child’s agenda
- Email me at email@example.com
- Call the school at (504)436-2474