Volume 4 | April 2018
Monthly Newsletter
Upcoming Events
FORE! the kids Annual Golf Outing
FORE! the kids has grown to become one of Pathway’s largest fund-raising events.

When: May 15, 2018

Where: Rivercrest Golf Club and Preserve
100 Rivercrest Drive
Phoenixville, PA 19460


The Pathway Players Present:
Hairspray, Jr.

When : June 5th-10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.      
           June 6th- 1:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Where : The Pathway School SALC Library

RSVP to lrhoades@pathwayschool.org
Student & Staff Spotlight
Taquan enrolled at Pathway in January 2016 and transitioned from the Lower School to the High School this past September. He has matured into a respectful, motivated student and has developed some solid friendships. Taquan will ask for extra help from teachers in subjects where he struggles, often giving up a reward period to do so. His math teacher reports that Taquan works well independently and is usually the first student to complete the math assignments. He enjoys history and math and is earning good grades in these preferred subjects, as well as in other classes.

As part of the Career Education Program, Taquan is working off campus at Homewood Suites and Hilton Garden Inn. His job responsibilities include attending to guest rooms, laundry service, dining room set-up, checking fire extinguishers for expiration dates, and general cleaning. He has shown a sense of responsibility and has been giving serious thought to post graduation employment.

Basketball is a favored sport and Taquan is a valuable member of Pathway’s basketball team. He displays great sportsmanship and gives it his all while on the court. Coach Sayers said, “With the large amount of players we have, someone like Taquan is critical because he is unselfish and willing to do what is best for the team”.

We are so proud of Taquan’s accomplishments during these two years at Pathway and look forward to watching him continue on this path of success.
 
In January of 2017 Mr. McKinney accepted a newly developed position at Pathway as the Culinary Program Supervisor. This position involves managing and maintaining the school’s food service program, in coordination with Lintons Food Servive Management and in alignment with the School Nutrition Program. 

Mr. McKinney’s diverse food service background, which includes catering, management, and his experience as Director of Food Services for several public school districts was a perfect fit. With a passion for working in the food service industry and his desire to work with students, the Culinary Program has grown significantly over the past year.

Mr. McKinney is an experienced French chef. During high school he became interested in this culinary style of cooking, while working at a French restaurant in West Chester, La Cocotte. Henri, the chef/owner of the restaurant was passionate about his craft and enjoyed teaching others. Mr. McKinney was taught by Henri and after high school he enrolled in Johnson and Wales University for formal training, where he earned an AS in Culinary Arts. From there he went on to receive a BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Widener University and an MBA from Alvernia University.

Under Mr. McKinney’s supervision and direction, 40 to 50 students a week have a hand in running the Hot Spot Café on campus. Students are learning meal preparation, serving, menu creation, sanitation procedures, money handling and meal delivery on campus. This semester the menu has expanded to include breakfast…from custom omelets to flipping pancakes.

Our students could not have a better teacher and mentor. Your positive energy and commitment to the students is evident each and every day. Thank you!
Phanatic About Reading Program Comes to Pathway

Founded in 2004, and presented by Comcast, the Phanatic About Reading Program encourages students in grades K-8 to read for a minimum of 15 minutes a day to improve their literacy skills. In late February several Pathway teachers enrolled their students to join the nearly 60,000 already reading with the Phanatic!

Students will be asked to spend a minimum of 15 minutes a day reading any book they select. Each participating class signed up to receive updates, incentives and various opportunities including the potential for the Phillie Phanatic to makea special visit to Pathway! 
 
By mid-March the students were provided with Phillie’s pencils, books and posters. The program will continue until the end of this school year and begin again as school resumes in September.
Pathway Celebrates Staff Appreciation Week

Special events were planned during the week of March 5 th through March 9 th to express gratitude for the good work and contributions Pathway staff offer to our students, families and each other. The week began on Monday morning with a continental breakfast for all. On Tuesday a popcorn bar was set up and available throughout the day with a variety of delicious toppings to choose from. 

The Pizza Wagon food truck arrived on Friday for lunch with pizza and salad. Contests with various prizes were conducted throughout the week.
Because of the March snow storms Staff Appreciation Week continued, on Tuesday, March 13 th when Pathway’s Leadership Team rolled up their sleeves to prepare a breakfast for everyone. The menu included eggs, turkey sausage, waffles, fresh fruit, granola bars, coffee, tea and juice.

Pathway administration, teachers, clinicians and support staff are dedicated, caring and generous individuals with a commitment to making a positive difference. The events of the week reinforced the appreciation we all have for one another and how fortunate we are to work with students who inspire us each day.
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Representative, Danielle Miller, emphasizes the “first impression”
 

On March 19 th OVR representative, Danielle Miller, spoke to students from the Ms. Ziegler’s Independent Living Program. The topic of the presentation was “Professionalism and First Impressions”. The group actively participated in the discussion which included: the importance of presenting a professional appearance; being on time; being productive on the job; demonstrating a positive attitude; and managing conflicts that may arise with co-workers



Questions about the OVR Early Reach Initiative can be directed to Michele Bornman at 717 – 787-6005 or mbornman@pa.gov.
 
 
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