Volume 10 | October 2017
Monthly Newsletter
Upcoming Events
Pump It Up Pathway 5K/1 Mile Fun Run
Sunday October 29th
8:00- 10:30 a.m.

Join parents, students and friends of The Pathway School as they lace up their sneakers at Norristown Farm Park to participate in the school’s first annual 5k Run/1 Mile Fun Run! Register today by visiting :


Mark your calendars for our 3rd Annual Legacy Gala where we will celebrate student success, recognize generosity, and welcome new friends .

Date:
Friday November 17, 2017
Time:
6:30 p.m.
Location:
Blue Bell Country Club
Cost per person: $150.00
Student & Staff Spotlight
John has been attending school at Pathway for the past 3 years and is currently a Lower School student in Ms. Subers class. He is described as a conscientious young man, who puts forth full effort to do his best. John actively participates in classroom discussions and is eager to learn, even when challenged with new concepts. He displays a “never give up” attitude in all aspects of his school day.
 
John is a role model for his classmates and is kind to everyone. He has grown both academically and emotionally since starting at Pathway and we are so proud of his success.
Ms. Kinzie began her career at The Pathway School on September 1,1979 and has impacted the lives of hundreds of students over the past 38 years. She currently holds the honor of working for Pathway longer than any other current employee.

Ms. Kinzie is best known as the Technology Instructor, but every year she goes above and beyond her day to day teaching by assuming lead roles in the planning of special events such as the prom, staff & student yearbook photos and graduation. Ms. Kinzie has volunteered her time apart from the school day to support events such as the Annual Legacy Gala, homecoming and alumni parties. She encourages her students to do their best, with sensitivity and insight as they develop stories for the daily newsletter and projects throughout the year showcasing their abilities. 

Ms. Kinzie, you are an amazing teacher and mentor. Thank you for your inspiration, tireless efforts and devotion to our students!
RiverCrest Golf Club Charity Classic Supports Pathway

Pathway was selected as one of three charities who benefited from the 2 nd Annual RiverCrest Golf Club Charity Classic. On September 21 st golfer and dinner guests gathered together for a day of fun and generosity. This year The Pathway School, along with Phoenixville Community Education Foundation and Phoenixville Public Library were the recipients of this fund raising initiative. Members and Staff of RiverCrest, along with the Lejeune Family joined forces to give back to the community by hosting this special event.

It was an honor for Pathway to be selected and Brandon Lejeune compounded this honor by sharing his role as supervisor and mentor to Pathway’s recent graduate, Jaylinn. Jaylinn worked at RiverCrest for several years before graduation and became a student employee who was more than a good worker. He impacted Brandon’s life in a profound way and we know that this experience was also treasured by Jaylinn. We are grateful for Brandon and the RiverCrest Team’s dedication to our school and to students who deserve guidance and respect in the workplace.
Pathway Officially Launches the SWPBIS Program

During the first week of school Pathway launched a School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention & Support Program (SWPBIS) with students and staff. SWPBIS is a universal, schoolwide prevention strategy that is currently implemented in schools across the nation to reduce disruptive behavior problems through the application of behavioral, social learning, and organizational behavioral principles. The underlying theme is teaching behavioral expectations in the same manner as any core curriculum subject.
 
Behavioral expectations, using a common language, are posted throughout Pathway’s campus on colorful posters. These reminders heighten awareness of appropriate actions and help students to make wise choices. Points earned for positive behavior can be spent, same as cash, at the school store and therefore reinforcing the desired school behavior. Other incentives, such as a call to the student’s parents, will add a new level of celebration within the program and at home! 
 
 
PJM Interconnection Volunteers at Pathway

On Friday, September 22 nd employees from Norristown based PJM Interconnection donated their day painting, landscaping, gutting a building in preparation for remodeling and much more! During lunch the Pathway Patriot mascot visited the group for his debut performance, delighting everyone with his talent. Several of our Upper School students also popped in to share information about the school and their interests.

This is PJM’s 7th year volunteering at Pathway and we are so thankful for this partnership. In addition to donating people power, they also presented the school with a check for $1,500!
Future Fireman Gideon!
Sargent Jeff Balch from West Norriton Township enjoys the arts and craft table with Pathway families.
Pathway Homecoming Starts Off the Fall Season

The weather was perfect on September 23 rd as current families, faculty and alumni gathered for a day of fun, food and celebration. The event included a visit from the Elmwood Park Traveling Zoo, a comedic magic show performed by the “Almost Amazing” performer Joe Celano and an interactive music show with Alex & The Kaleidoscope. Guests of all ages participated in a soccer game and DJ Max Woessner provided music for the day. The Pathway Patriot made an appearance and there were opportunities to tour fire engines brought in from the Norristown Fire Company. Chick-fil-A in Audubon donated a delicious lunch with dessert, added by Pathway’s Culinary Program. Face painting and various craft tables allowed for creativity and a memento to take home.

Representatives from 14 community agencies participated in a Resource Fair, answering questions and providing information to our families

In addition to Chick-fil-A’s generosity, we also thank Gretz Beverage for donating bottled water and Wegman’s for their $500 contribution to the homecoming celebration. Our community partners help in so many ways and we are so appreciative of their support!
Congratulations to Newly Appointed Lead Teachers

Ms. Prestia, Ms. Loveland, and Ms. Cofone have been promoted to a Lead Teacher position within the Lower School, Emotional Support and Functional Programs respectively. Ms. Purcell has started her second school year as the Lead Teacher in the Upper School Program.
 
Lead teachers are experienced educators who work with other teachers, administrators and parents to help both teachers and students have a positive, productive school experience. Some of the responsibilities they will be handling in addition to teaching their own class of students are serving as a liaison between Pathway’s leadership and faculty members, offering support to new staff and students coming in to the program, observing and providing peer support for colleagues, assisting in the planning, managing, and development of standards-based curriculum, instructional strategies, and assessment plans and assisting in the coordination of school-based professional development opportunities.

We are grateful for your leadership and wish all of you great success in this new role!
Katie Purcell
Nina Prestia
Katelyn Loveland
Lauren Cofone
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