Volume 9 | September 2017
Monthly Newsletter
Upcoming Events
Homecoming 2017 
Saturday September 23rd
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Come join us for a fun-filled afternoon complete with games, crafts, a traveling zoo, soccer game, delicious food and much more! 

Check out our Facebook page for more details.
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 .

Friday November 17, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Blue Bell Country Club
Cost per person: $150.00
Student & Staff Spotlight

Tavon enrolled at Pathway in January of 2012 and over the past 5 years has become a respected role model and leader. He held the title of Student Council President and received the Principal’s Award at the end of the 2016-17 school year. While Student Council President he facilitated Council meetings and worked collaboratively with others on projects around campus such as creating bulletin boards and assisting the younger students with their academics.
In the classroom Tavon would offer guidance to his classmates during academic periods by volunteering to read aloud, helping them with pronunciation of difficult words and answering questions when assistance was needed. On several occasions he picked up breakfast in the cafeteria for the entire class, so everyone did not need to make the walk themselves.

Tavon has been described as a very friendly and compassionate young man, who goes out of his way to be kind and helpful to everyone. We look forward to continued progress as he transitions into his new class for the 2017/2018 academic year .

Pathway staff and visitors to the school have had the pleasure of meeting this month’s Staff Spotlight. Ms. Thomas joined the Pathway School in August of 2001 and for more than 16 years she has been an integral part of the school’s Human Resource Department. Ms. Thomas began her career with Pathway as an HR Coordinator and it was in this position that she showed her true gift- the ability to make people smile and bring people together. Ms. Thomas quickly transferred these talents into her role as Employee Relations/Wellness Coordinator.

She has a way of uniting Pathway Staff through her creativity and dedication, from organizing staff parties to scheduling nutritional cooking classes. She embraces the Pathway Community in such a way that the school felt the need to share her with our visitors. Ms. Thomas now also manages the front desk in Butera Hall. She is the face that greets our guests and fields phone calls throughout the day.

Her welcoming demeanor and warm smile has a special lasting impression for first time guests, families bringing their children in for admission evaluation, and newly hired staff. Everyone who comes in contact with Ms. Thomas will likely have a smile when they leave.
The Pathway Player’s Summer Performances

The summer Drama Program presented two performances that attracted seasoned actors and a few newcomers to showcase their talent on Pathway’s stage. The first play, Aladdin, would have made Walt Disney proud as the cast welcomed a packed house to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where magic, mayhem and melody took everyone on a carpet ride! Through song and dance and a bit of help from a magical lamp, problems are solved, challenges overcome and the world made right again. Family members, friends and faculty were delighted by the performance and admired the skill and courage demonstrated by each actor. Cast members included Justin Harris, DeShawn Myers, Anthony Riley, Juliana Sadauskas, Aronde Smith, Ashley Stempel, Zach Switlitski, Jalieea Thomas and Lloyd Williams.
The second summer performance featured the songs from the musical, School House Rock and the actor’s comedic timing and enthusiasm did rock our house! Seven students entertained the audience performing eight songs from the popular musical. Ms. Imes joined the cast, as the group sang and danced to “Conjunction Junction”. Cast members included Gesanna Accooe, Ethan Davis, Justin Harris, Matt Mobley, Christopher Myers, Aronde Smith and Rebecca Thomas.
Congratulations to the 2017 Summer Drama Program on two stellar performances!
New Community Work Site at Marshalls

We are excited to announce Pathway has joined the Marshalls/TJ MAXX Corporation as a partner! The Audubon Marshalls is one of their most successful sites, and we are grateful for the career training opportunity our students will receive. Students will be assisting the Marshalls’ staff with such tasks as removing wrapping from garments, hanging newly-arrived merchandise, unpacking general items, opening and displaying giftware and general cleaning. A work crew of 4 to 6 students will benefit from this “hands-on” approach to learning and the experience gained from interacting with the retail staff and customers. 

Pathway’s Career Education Program will collaborate with 17 job sites during the 2017/2018 school year and will enable students to learn much more than work related tasks. Students at Marshalls and at all work sites learn how to be a proactive and respectful member of a team, advocate for themselves, problem-solve and develop insight into their personal career choices.

Many thanks to Marshalls and all businesses that provide our students with this essential experience.
Students and Staff Enjoy Camping at KOA West Chester Campground

The 2017 ESY Program came to a close with 30 students and many staff enjoying a 2 night camping trip at KOA West Chester Campground. With air conditioned cabin accommodations, everyone enjoyed fishing, canoeing, swimming, mini golf, and hiking.

The students prepared meals and particularly enjoyed making S’mores! At the end of the busy days, all were able to relax in front of a bonfire before turning in for the night.
Summer Field Trip Highlights

The students enjoyed a wide variety of community experiences during the ESY Program. Some of the favorite trips included Hawk Mountain, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Zoo, Camden Aquarium, Ozzy’s Fun Center and Crystal Cave.
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