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Ivy Street School
students get the opportunity
to participate in a variety
of fun, engaging activities
that match their personal interests. Here are just some
of these groups and
activities occurring in
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for our students.
If you have an idea for future activities please contact our Activities Director
The Ivy Times
Ivy Street School students
have released the inaugural
issue of their very own newsletter, The Ivy Times!
Packed with interesting
articles, reviews, opinion
pieces, fun facts, games,
and more, it's is a must-read!
All content was created by students, and we are very
proud of all the hard work
they put into it.
Read The Ivy Times here
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RSVP Today for Extravaganza 2016
Registration is now open for Extravaganza 2016!
Ivy Street School
's annual night of singing, dancing, acting, and more, as our students take to the stage to show the world what we already know - that they truly are stars!
This year we are honored to present two special recognition awards:
presented to the
Cottage Farm Neighborhood Association
, our neighbors in Brookline, in honor of their commitment to community inclusion, community advocacy, and community building.
Center Stage Award
will be presented to
for all the work they have done to raise awareness and support, not only their decades of showcasing the arts in the Boston area but also their commitment to airing stories about individuals with special needs.
Please join us at the Berklee Performance Center on June 9th to for this FREE evening of fun and celebration!
Education Director Laura Miceli came to
Ivy Street School
in March with 20 years of experiences in public schools as a principal, district administrator, state-level specialist, and teacher.
A native of Quincy, MA, Miceli earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from UMass Boston and two Master of Education degrees from Boston University in Reading and in Policy, Planning, and Administration. Laura is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at Northeastern University for Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership.
From a young age, Miceli always knew she would go into education.
"My dad was a teacher," she says. "He had a very strong influence on my career path."
Miceli's career began in special education, at Cardinal Cushing Center and later Brockton High School, where she was initially a Special Education Teacher.
"I love having the opportunity to learn how students think and process information to help them best learn the material," she says.
Most recently, Laura served as principal at both the Paul A. Dever Elementary School and the Edward Everett Schools in the Boston Public Schools. She has also held positions of teacher, Assistant Housemaster, Director of School Improvement and Title I, and Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development.
Part of what drew Miceli to Ivy Street School was the prospect of working in a smaller setting. This allows for strong individualized programming and the ability for her to get to know each student and family personally and build relationships, something she says is one of her favorite parts of the job.
|Laura Miceli talks with a student about a project at the recent Ivy St. Science Fair
Some of Miceli's duties as Education Director include working with and overseeing staff in regards to educational programming, maintaining communication with supporting school districts and agencies, supporting clinical staff on PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports), and ensuring compliance for students' IEPs.
Miceli stresses the importance of including student and parent voices in each step of the process, and then working collaboratively with staff to support each student's vision to meet their goals.
Since her arrival at Ivy Street, Miceli has been impressed with the hard work and dedication of both the students and the staff, and in particular the ways in which the different teams collaborate to ensure the best possible outcomes for each student.
"The staff are incredibly committed and knowledgeable," she says. "They're a really dynamic group that all work together to serve the students, and that is really unique.
"Every person here gives their all every day - the staff and the students. It truly is an inviting environment."
New Program: "Skills for Life"
These one-on-one services take place in the individual's natural environment, at home or in the community, and help them to
identify, prioritize and develop the life skills they need to maximize their independence.
This service is available to young adults 16-26 who are able to set goals and work towards those goals given structure and moderate support. Diagnoses include autism spectrum disorder, brain injury, behavioral health, non-verbal learning disability, and learning disability.
For more information or to schedule a free 30 minute consultation with an Occupational Therapist, call (617) 879-0305 or visit the program's web page, ivystreetschool/org/skillsforlife.
Vocational Partner Spotlight:
Transitions to Work
Congratulations to our latest Ivy Street School student to graduate from
Transitions to Work
, a 9-week training program that takes place at the CVS Regional Learning Center, a full-scale mock CVS store.
For Ivy Street students accepted into the program, it gives them a valuable opportunity to learn and reinforce these skills outside of the school environment, preparing them for real-world competitive employment.
"The Transitions to Work Program," says Ivy Street School
Vocational Coordinator Shawna Boesch
, "has offered Ivy Street Students a highly supported and structured environment to expand their vocational and social skill development, which are both crucial to obtaining and maintaining meaningful employment.
|An Ivy Street student rings out a customer at the Transitions to Work mock CVS
"Each student who has graduated from the Transitions to Work Program has identified that they are now more confident and eager to enter the work force than ever before."
staff work to ensure that students placed in the Transitions to Work program are able to maximize the benefits of their time there.
"Each of our interns coming from the Ivy Street School came well-prepared and were eager to learn the skills needed to reach their goal of gainful employment," says Josh Bock, Transitions to Work Career Coach.
Madeline Wenzel, Director of Disability Services at JVS Boston, agrees, and looks forward to working with Ivy Street students in the future: "The staff at Ivy Street School understand the Transitions to Work program and work closely with the Transitions to Work team to provide support for participating students to help ensure their success. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Ivy Street School and serving more students in the future."