Volume 12 | December 2017
Monthly Newsletter
Upcoming Events
The Pathway Players Present:
Singin In The Rain, Jr.
The Pathway Players will perform an adaptation of this 1952 American musical-romantic comedy.
When : January 9th-10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.      
           January 10th- 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Where : The Pathway School SALC Library
Save The Date!
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
Student and Staff Spotlight
Kenneth enrolled at Pathway in May of 2015 and over the past two years has shown great progress both personally and academically. He has a more positive attitude and has learned to use strategies, such as requesting a music break, a short walk or time in the relaxation room to help him remain calm in stressful situations.

Every student in the Emotional Support Program is required to complete a “Progress Project” which demonstrates success in a variety of personal growth areas. Kenneth completed his “Progress Project” this fall and advanced to the next level as a result of his excellent work.

Kenneth’s determination was evident throughout his project as he focused on campus beautification by planting an apple tree. With the help of Mr. Fullem and support from Ms. Grant and Ms. Kolimago, Kenneth planted the tree between the Valley Forge and Anthony Wayne buildings last October. Along with planting the tree, he is responsible for its care and will water it 2 to 3 times a week until next spring.

In his essay Kenneth wrote, “Even though I will someday graduate from Pathway my legacy will remain in the form of a beautiful tree. The tree will represent the growth I made while here at Pathway”.

Congratulations, Kenneth, on your advancement to Progress Level and the work it took to get there. We are all very proud!
Ms. Ziegler began her career at Pathway during October 2000 and for the past 17 years has impacted the lives of hundreds of students with learning differences. She is currently one of the Upper School’s functional academic teachers, guiding her students in developing the life skills needed to transition into adulthood.

Ms. Ziegler has a way of bringing out the best in her students, while making learning fun. Most recently she and Ms. Hawk decided to charge their students with a “KIND Challenge”. Each time a student is noticed displaying kindness to a classmate, they are permitted to place a marble in a jar. When the jar is full of marbles (kindness), Ms. Ziegler and Ms. Hawk will show their kindness by offering a treat to the whole class. 

Several years ago, Ms. Ziegler forged a relationship with Cabrini University which resulted in the opportunity for Pathway students to work at the University two full days each week. The students perform job related tasks, such as work in the mail room that includes scanning packages, sorting and delivering mail across campus and light clerical work. Students also clean the fitness room and cafeteria, assisting with decorating the youth center and much more. In addition to the valuable work experience, the students look forward to interacting with Cabrini teachers and students, resulting in social skills training that is made more valuable because of the dynamics of this natural setting.

Ms. Ziegler is also a mentor for the Cabrini students majoring in Special Education and serves as a cooperating teacher, providing insight and guidance on effective teaching strategies. Dr. Martha Ritter, Associate Professor of Education at Cabrini stated in a letter, “It would not be possible for Cabrini University to produce quality educators without Janet’s support and contribution as a cooperating teacher”.

Pathway is fortunate to have a teacher that has given so much to her students as well as to future Cabrini graduates.
Pathway Celebrates the 3 rd Annual Legacy Gala

On November 17 th guests filled the Blue Bell Country Club ballroom to recognize the generosity of donors, welcome new friends and celebrate student success. This year Pathway honored community partner, Deloitte Consulting, the Pathway Core Team and School Wide Positive Behavior Support Program and alumni parent and Board Member, Lisa Brown.

Guests enjoyed cocktails, a delicious dinner, participation in the silent auction and most of all the singing performances from two of the members of The Pathway Players’ theater group, Jaleeia Thomas and Aronde Smith. The highlight of the evening included 2 songs from Singing in the Rain and Jaleeia & Aronde brought down the house and touched every heart in the room! If that wasn’t enough, an alum from the class of 2008, Bill Hanrahan, inspired the guests with his outstanding accomplishments since his graduation. Bill is an attorney in Washington D.C., with social justice as his area of expertise. He credits much of his success to his experience at Pathway and the standing ovation after his message indicated that we are all very proud of Bill!

Funds raised from the gala will be used to begin a capital campaign which will result in a STEM + the Arts Innovation Center, to include learning areas for Science, technology, robotics, maker space and revamped performance space.  

We are grateful for the support of our sponsors and guests and those who donated items to our raffle and silent auction. Because of this generosity, we are able to move forward with improvements to the campus facility and curriculum. The enhancements to the academic environment will offer greater opportunity for Pathway students to maximize their potential and help them to use their talents as they become successful adults. 
Student Council Supports the Community

When West Norriton Fire Department Chief, Thomas O’Donnell, asked if Pathway students would be interested in helping the Fire Department implement the 3 rd annual “Turkey Surprise Drive”, Ms. Harper’s Social Skills Class and members of Student Council were eager to get involved. With donations from Lintons Managed Services and other local businesses, baskets and totes of canned goods, non-perishable foods and frozen turkeys were assembled. On November 21 st Pathway students, along with Ms. Pearson and Ms. Harper gathered at the Norristown Municipal Building to load the baskets and bags of food into the cars of appreciative families.
We are so proud of our students for their kindness and willingness to donate their time and participate in an event that gives back. Thank you, Ms. Harper and Ms. Pearson for your leadership and encouragement that resulted in a very successful community project!
Pathway Participates in Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood and every day patients recovering from accidents or those receiving treatments for cancer or blood disorders rely on these lifesaving blood products. On November 10 th The Pathway School helped meet this critical need, when 32 donors consisting of Pathway staff, families and local community members rolled up their sleeves to give the gift of life.

Since 2007 Pathway has held two blood drives per year on campus. Following the initiation of Pathway’s “Wellness Program”, the School won the American Heart Association Fit Friendly Worksite Gold Award . The prestigious Gold Level can be earned by worksites that fulfill criteria such as offering employees physical activity support, increasing healthy eating options at work, promoting a wellness culture, and adhering to a strict tobacco policy. This award also requires implementing at least six of the physical activities, two of the nutrition activities and one of the culture activities listed in the AHA application form, as well as hosting at least one blood drive per year.

Enthusiastic participation among Pathway staff have kept this program going strong for the past 10 years and we expect this will continue for years to come!
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