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NHS Schools - Carlisle

WELCOME to NHS School - CARLISLE

Hello and welcome to the NHS School in Carlisle. Our school currently serves students with an Autism diagnosis ranging in ages from 5 years old to age 21. What makes our school unique is that we are able to provide services to students within the entire spectrum while focusing on least restrictive environments by utilizing the satellite classes within the school district settings. This feature provides the NHS School in Carlisle the opportunity to promote the least restrictive environment within a regular education setting while still providing the Autism Support piece that all our students need to be successful. Each classroom has a Certified Special Education Teacher as well as highly qualified classroom aides to help support our students no matter what setting is found to be most appropriate for them.
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Hosting a Frozen Party

Two of the classrooms got together to host a Frozen Fun Day, themed after the new Disney movie "Frozen." Together they made some frozen treats, went "ice skating" with bags attached to their feet in the gym, and decorated their classroom like a theatre where they later hosted the movie for the rest of the school. The staff worked very hard to develop some creative activities and foster some positive social interactions between classrooms.

NHS School Carlisle Hosts a Frozen Party

Celebrating World Autism Awarenesss Day

Our school joined the rest of NHS in celebrating World Autism Day and Light It Up Blue on April 2 by decorating t-shirts for all the students. The school choir sang their own rendition of "We All Shine On" as tribute to this special day, along with some other spring songs. It was a great day to celebrate the students and dedicated staff. The students in Miss. Parr's class were special quests on Cougar Vision, the Carlisle Elementary Schools morning news, to tell an autism statistic and remind the school to wear blue. On April 2 the school had 330 students and staff members wear blue. Each class signed a puzzle piece if they participated and a bulletin board was made. The teachers in the building also celebrated with a luncheon made up of blue treats.

NHS School Carlisle Celebrates World Autism Day NHS School Carlisle Celebrates World Autism Day

Student Receives a Visit From Celebrity Author

NHS School Carlisle Student Receives a Visit From Celebrity AuthorOne of NHS School Carlisle students, Christopher A. in Ms. Kelsey's classroom, received a visit from Matthew Novak, national acclaimed illustrator and author of children's books. Matthew shared with Chris how a book is put together, drew a rendering for Chris in his book "The Everything Machine" and signed the book for him as a gift.

Matthew also reviewed some of Chris's sketches. Chris is a promising artist and was happy to meet with a professional illustrator to learn more about his work. The NHS School Carlisle looks forward to hosting more celebrity artists and to learn about their art.

Salad Thursdays Takes off at Our School

Salad Thursdays Takes off at the NHS School CarlisleA classroom has started "Salad Thursday." The classrooms took it upon themselves to offer up "Salad Thursday" every Thursday at lunchtime for staff. Staff is given the choice of cheese, croutons, meat, and a variety of dressings for $2.00.

The staff appreciates this healthy and tasty alternative for lunch and the students appreciate the extra funds earned for their class.

The Basketball Team Takes the Court

The NHS School Carlisle's basketball team had their fast game of the new season last Friday against the staff. All of the staff and students gathered in the gymnasium to watch the "staff vs. student" playoff game. The students beat the staff team 31-14. A good time was had by all!

NHS School Carlisle Basketball Team Takes the Court

Bowling

NNHS School Carlisle Goes BowlingThe NHS School Carlisle started bowling for physical education this month. The students travel to a local bowling alley one afternoon per week to learn about bowling, practice communication, taking turns and many other social skills.

Our School's Choir Practices Regularly

NHS School Carlisle has made choir become a regular Friday morning activity. The choir originated back in November, in order to prepare for their visit from Senator Rocks and the celebration of NHS Carlisle School. Since then, the students have performed various songs to help ring in every season and holiday. The choir instructors work hard to include all of the students, by using Apple's iPad technology and visuals. This is a wonderful social opportunity for the students!

NHS School Carlisle LChoir Practices regularly

Learning Zumba

The students have been participating in Zumba during gym class this month. All the students have enjoyed the incorporation of popular songs into the class. The students have been showing off their moves to dances like the Salsa and Flamenco. Zumba has been a great activity during this snowy weather that has kept everyone inside!

NHS School Carlisle Learns Zumba

Valentine's Day

The NHS School Carlisle enjoyed celebrating Valentine's Day together on February 12 by making delicious Rice Krispy Treats and cookies. The students also enjoyed socializing together in the gymnasium for a school dance. It was a wonderful day for students to practice their social skills as well as some very important life skills.

NHS School Carlisle Celebrates Valentine's Day

Celebrating the 100th Day of School

Our school celebrated their 100th day of school on February 7 by having each class come up with an activity to help the students practice counting to 100. All of the classes enjoyed participating in various events including gross motor skills and academics. The students also wore crowns that proudly stated "I am 100 days smarter!"

Carlisle 100th day of school

7th Annual Winter Blues Festival

On January 24, we celebrated the 7th Annual Winter Blues Festival. Parents, staff, and students came together to beat the winter blues for a pot luck dinner, great music and games. There were about 40 people in attendance and everybody enjoyed themselves!

NHS School Carlisle Holds 7th Annual Winter Blues Festival

Learning about an NHS Core Value - Leadership

NHS School Carlisle Learns about a NHS Core ValueOn January 17, the NHS School Carlisle incorporated a fun spirit day - pajama day - with learning about the NHS Core Value, Leadership. The middle school classroom hosted a presentation for all the students on what leadership means and then the students completed a fun activity by playing follow-the-leader and completing haiku poems about leadership.

Hosting a Holiday Sing-A-Long

The NHS School Carlisle celebrated their second annual Holiday Sing-A-Long on December 20. All of the students got together and sang some of their favorite holiday songs. This was a great opportunity for parents to visit the school and celebrate ringing in the holiday season together. Every class had the opportunity to participate and there were also special performances by the school's new choir and recorder group. After the entertainment, the students, staff, and family members enjoyed some hot chocolate and cookies and were surprised with a visit from Santa Claus himself. At the end of the day, the students had a chance to sing solo with a karaoke machine while everybody got up and danced. The students and staff at the Carlisle school are already looking forward to next year's event!

NHS School Carlisle Hosts Holiday Sing-A-Long

NHS School Carlisle Hosts Holiday Sing-A-Long

The First Annual Science Fair

the First Annual Science FairOn November 25, the NHS School Carlisle held their first annual Science Fair for students from grades K-12. The turnout was beyond our expectations!

The students had a wonderful time working on these projects and were so proud to display their work for everyone to see, including their parents. Due to the students' excitement and fantastic turnout, we are really looking forward to making this an annual event.

We can't wait to see what the students come up with next year!

Thanksgiving Day Feast

Thanksgiving Day Feast for NHS School CarlisleOn November 22, the NHS School Carlisle had their 5th annual Thanksgiving Day Feast. All of the classes got together to host a delicious thanksgiving meal with parents, students and the community. More than 60 people enjoyed entertainment from the school choir and recorder group. It was a wonderful day for the entire school to get together and celebrate the holiday.

NHS School Carlisle is Recognized for Team of the Year

NHS Human Services Chairman and CEO, Senator M. Joseph Rocks, and his regional team visited the NHS School Carlisle on November 20 to celebrate the prestigious award of the NHS Team of the Year. This was a huge honor for all the staff and students to be able to take part in celebrating such an amazing accomplishment. The team won for their dedication in helping to teach the students about the NHS Core Values and building resiliency among the entire student body. In honor of the school, all the students and staff were recognized, enjoyed a wonderful lunch together and a few songs from the chorus.

Congratulations to NHS School Carlisle for a job well done!

Basketball Season Kick-Off

The NHS School Carlisle started off their basketball season with their first game against the staff. The entire school got together to cheer on their team. The cheerleaders were able to show off their cheering skills during halftime as well as before and after the game. Everybody enjoyed watching and participating in the game.

basketball

Celebrating Halloween

Celebrating HalloweenThe NHS School Carlisle celebrated Halloween with a parade through the River Rock School on October 31.

The students trick-or-treated and paraded through the town to show off their costumes. The students also enjoyed the opportunity to socialize with one another for a Halloween dance.

Students Visit Local Planetarium

planetariumOn October 25, the NHS School Carlisle took a trip to the Reading Planetarium. The school has been focusing on astronomy as the monthly theme for October and was extremely excited to take all their new found knowledge to the planetarium to see what they had learned firsthand.

The students thoroughly enjoyed learning about the basics of astronomy through the hour long show, then got to enjoy eating their lunch in their star lit cafeteria the overall experience was wonderful and the students can't wait to learn more about astronomy.

Halloween Parade

The NHS School Carlisle participated in the annual Carlisle Halloween parade on October 21 with almost 100 participants. This year, the staff and students partnered up with the Real Ghostbusters of the Susquehanna Valley and spread the slogan "We ain't afraid of no autism." The goal of the float was to spread information about autism awareness while participating in a large community event. The float ended up winning the Most Halloweenish Award and all the staff and students really enjoyed participating.
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Increasing Bullying Awareness

The NHS School Carlisle united on October 15 to increase awareness on bullying and to talk about important tips to remember when handling bullies. The students and staff all wore orange and signed a contract pledging that they will not bully. The NHS School Carlisle focuses on an anti-bullying curriculum throughout the school year as well.

bullying

Reviewing Lessons on Integrity

On October 18, the NHS School Carlisle had a Core Values Assembly, focusing on Integrity. After Erin B's classroom did a demonstration on what integrity means and reviewed the definition, the students then broke into groups and role played various situations illustrating integrity concepts. The groups shared what they felt was the right thing to do in their role playing situations. All of the students walked away with a new understanding of what integrity means.

Carlisle - integrity lessons

Transition Fair

The high school students at the NHS School Carlisle had the opportunity to attend a transition fair held at Central Pennsylvania College on October 4. All of the students had the opportunity to look at various job booths and learn about filling out an application, interviewing skills, and appropriate attire needed to obtain a job in the competitive work field. The students had a great time and the teachers were able to attend various transition trainings as well. Both students and staff are eager to continue planning their transition into adulthood and finding jobs based off of their interests and skills.

transition fair

Students Learn to Swim!

On September 18, the NHS School Carlisle started their annual swimming program. Not only is this a wonderful asset to their adaptive physical education program, because the students learn various safety precautions to utilize in the water, but this is also an opportunity to enjoy social activities with their peers. Each class will have the opportunity to swim one time per week for five weeks and we are looking forward to see how the students progress throughout the program.

NHS School Carlisle Students Learn to Swim!

Making Friends Through Dancing!

On September 6, the NHS School Carlisle got together for a back to school dance. Students enjoyed dancing to some popular line dancing songs and some delicious ice cream. During the month of September, students learned how to make friends and to respect diversity in others. The dance was a great kick off to this learning experience.

Students Learn to Make Friends Through Dancing!

NHS School Carlisle Starts a Cooking Club

The NHS School Carlisle started their first Cooking Club on September 5. The Cooking Club, facilitated by the occupational and speech and language therapists, provides a more functional approach to therapy within the school. Every Thursday, a group of students will have the opportunity to practice skills learned the previous weeks, as well as learn new functional skills in the kitchen. This week the Cooking Club is learning about various fruits to make a delicious fruit salad for the official end of summer 2013.

NHS School Carlisle Starts a Cooking Club

7th Annual Ice Cream Special

The NHS School Carlisle held their 7th Annual Open House Ice Cream Social on August 25. Fifty students and staff were given the opportunity to meet each other and socialize before the start of the school year. The students enjoyed seeing their new classrooms and meeting staff who will be working with them throughout the year.

7th Annual Ice Cream Special

A Visit from Local Improv Group

On Friday, July 19 the NHS School Carlisle enjoyed closing their theatre themed week with a visit from the local Starfish Project Improv Group. The group consists of several young teenagers and was founded by a young man with Aspergers Syndrome. The entire school enjoyed the show and it provided a great way to show another side to theatre.

NHS School Carlisle Receives Visit from Local Improv Group

Traveling to Lauren Lake

On Wednesday, July 24 the NHS School Carlisle traveled to Laurel Lake to learn about different types of bodies of water and the wild life that lives within them. This was a great way to tie in real experiences with what the students were learning in the classroom. The students enjoyed going on hikes as well as swimming in the lake and enjoying their last week of Extended School Year (ESY).

NHS School Carlisle Travels to Lauren Lake
Alex success storyPrior to enrollment at NHS, Alex was a target of bullying and those memories made a very deep impression. When Alex first arrived in 2010, he had difficulty shaking hands with new people and was rather shy. Over the past two years, he has come out of his shell and is very popular with peers and staff. He even has a great handshake that shows real confidence. He is always willing to lend a hand and will often volunteer to do extra work at the class business, Coffee Mart. Alex also worked as a library assistant in the school library and is the accountant for other classes' school dollar accounts.

Last fall, Alex began a cooking class, driver safety and the board games club at the local high school. He fits in well with his classmates and is a favorite of teachers and peers. He has become a leadership figure in his cooking group and other students look to him for guidance when trouble boils in the kitchen. Alex is also volunteering for the Salvation Army once a week with his class. Alex finds pleasure in sharing ideas and treats with his classmates; he is truly generous. Alex has, on numerous occasions, spent his allowance to make holiday goodie bags for his classmates. He can hardly wait to distribute them and gets such delight in watching their reactions. Alex is cautious in meeting and relating to new people, but he is a true friend with a heart of gold.

Today, Alex is highly dedicated and takes his responsibilities seriously. He greets every day with a grin. Alex displays quiet strength and inner resolve. His story is one that is an inspiration to others.

MatthewThe NHS School Carlisle has been instrumental in providing Matthew with the needed structure to be able to go above the day-to-day behavior problems, and focus on his strengths. His strengths include wanting to please, working, being active outside the school setting, working alongside other adults, and learning new hands-on skills.

When Matthew first arrived at NHS, he had numerous behavior issues which made it a challenge to get through the week without major difficulty. NHS provided a stable environment and learning opportunity. As consistent one-on-one supervision and instruction progressed, Matthew started finding he was getting the attention needed to reinforce his positive work ethic. Matthew has always enjoyed working and helping. Focusing on his skills, the therapies, and multiple discipline approaches allowed Matthew to be active in his likes, while insisting on the necessary academics. Reading, writing, and arithmetic continues to be a major challenge and non-preferred task, however important life skills continued to be stressed, encouraging more participation. Activity and out-of-school events have always been a highlight in Matthew's day. NHS provided numerous opportunities for these events, and made sure each classmate got the most out of every experience.

When Matthew turned sixteen and seventeen years old, the focus of his Individualized Education Plan turned more toward preparation for adulthood, and a job that would utilize the skills Matthew enjoyed. Through NHS' coordination, Matthew joined the class at the local food bank, and then progressed to a job interview at the local structured workshop, Center for Industrial Training, through Cumberland Perry Association for Retarded Citizens, and eventually to employment at Messiah College. His schedule started out at two days per week working, and three days in the school setting, with evaluation each year moving toward more work time and decreased classroom time. NHS evaluated Matthew's progress and adjusted his schedule accordingly.

With NHS's support, Matthew received placement at a meaningful job. Matthew continues to work five days each week at Messiah, with the goal to possibly get competitive employment utilizing Office of Vocation Rehabilitation services after his June graduation. Throughout the past five years, NHS has provided the support, the stability, and the professionals that resulted in Matthew attaining much more maturity, stability, and progress than any of us could have imagined. From working in a competitive environment to understanding the value of money and of cooperation, NHS has provided the best environment and instruction, a great parent-teacher relationship, and capabilities no other school could provide. The end result is NHS prepared Matthew for life beyond school, and that alone speaks for itself.

Connor McEnanyConnor McEnany joined our NHS Autism School Carlisle in August 2011 as a second grader.  Connor is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and Tourette's Syndrome.  He has made such great gains toward his goals that he will be moving from our center-based program into our autism support classroom that is located in our local elementary school.  Here, he will be integrated with regular education peers for social opportunities and for science and social studies which he loves.

Connor loves to read, write short stories about his cat Boots, collects coins, rocks and minerals.  He loves learning about science and nature.  Connor also enjoys camping and being outdoors with his family.

Connor has made great gains in self regulation by being better able to understand his emotions and ways to appropriately respond to peers.  Connor also is learning about keeping personal space and not talking too loudly to others.  Connor is a sensory seeker so a sensory diet has helped him to deal with frustration and engage in an overwhelming environmental setting.  He has learned to ask for help, knows when to take a break, has more appropriate ways to gain attention and has a variety of ways to decrease his anxiety.

More than anything, Connor wants to have friends.  Due to his autism, he often struggles with understanding his peers and maintaining interactions.  He does loves to talk to others about his interests and will seek out others to talk to, but continues to struggle in social situations. Connor recently enrolled in our Stepping Stones Program to continue to enhance his social skills including social problem solving, having conversations and dealing with others having different opinions than himself.  His parents are actively involved in his programming which has been to his benefit.

Connor's family and clinical team are excited about the progress he is making in all areas.  Connor is working very hard to meet his own goals to go to science class and to make friends.
Take a walk around our school and in the classroom!

Suzanne Napoli
CONTACT INFO:

Name:
Suzanne Napoli
Title: Education Director
Email: SNapoli@nhsonline.org
Phone: 717-249-4525
School Address:  898 Waggoner’s Gap Road Carlisle, PA 17013 (view on map)
School Phone Number: 717-249-4525
Archived News from School Year 2012-2013

Construction Company Visits NHS School Carlisle
carlisle-bank On Monday, July 22, David G. from Gross Construction visited the NHS School Carlisle and worked with the students to assist them with building a coin bank. Students practiced their fine motor skills, as well as following directions on how to build a bank.

Students walked away with wonderful tools to help them achieve their goals of coin recognition and added money skills.

Thanks to David and Gross Construction for their support and guidance!
Teachers Present Awards to Students
The NHS School Carlisle teachers presented awards to all their students on June 6, to show their appreciation for all the hard work they have demonstrated throughout the year. They celebrated their special traits that make them the unique individuals they are.

Congratulations to all the students on receiving their awards and for all their efforts this school year!
Graduation
The NHS School Carlisle held their 2013 graduation commencement ceremony on June 5. Everyone enjoyed an amazing performance from the high school class students and refreshments afterwards. The NHS School Carlisle is confident that the four graduates will enter adulthood prepared and ready to take on the world as mature and knowledgeable adults.

Congratulations to the NHS School Carlisle's class of 2013!
Talent Show
NHS School Carlisle held a Talent Show on June 4. From singing to hula hoop dancing, all of the students and staff members had an opportunity to perform. Parents enjoyed seeing their children perform in front of an audience and display their many talents.
Students Attend Prom
NHS School Carlisle high school students attended the special needs prom, provided for students with special needs within the Cumberland Valley area on May 8. The students were extremely excited, and enjoyed dressing up and socializing with students from different parts of the township. The students are already looking forward to next year's event.
Carlisle students attend prom
Zumbathon
NHS School Carlisle held their annual Zumbathon on May 4.

Throughout the year, the students take Zumbatomics as part of their physical education program, and were able to participate and show their newly learned skills at the Zumbathon. The fundraiser helped the school raise more than $1,200 to benefit the Parent Teacher Organization and school field trips.

This was a great opportunity to invite the community to see what the school is about and meet the wonderful students.
NHS School Carlisle Holds a Zumbathon
NHS School Carlisle Students Attend an Anti Bullying Rally
NHS School Carlisle students attended the Anti-Bullying Rally in Carlisle on May 2. While marching, the students wore blue and green ribbons to support the school theme of "Boo Against Bullying." This trip was a great opportunity to discuss the important topic of bullying with the students and review the anti-bullying rules of the school.
NHS School Carlisle Students Attend an Anti Bullying Rally
Autism Awareness Craft Fair
NHS School Carlisle held their second annual Autism Awareness Craft Fair on April 20. This event spread autism awareness in the community and introduced them to the school's services. The visitors were able to see some of the different aspects of the school, while shopping for great crafts from local vendors.

The money raised is going directly to the NHS Parent Teacher Organization to help support our students.
Autism Awareness Craft Fair Autism Awareness Craft Fair
Spring Fling
Spring fling Our school organized a Spring Fling on April 19. The students got together to plant several flowers in their garden and share what they have learned about plants throughout the month of April. Each student was able to go home with a tree to plant.

They also enjoyed socializing with each other while listening to music and practicing their miniature golf skills.
Participating in Special Olympics
Our students participated in the Special Olympics track and field event at Dickinson College on April 10. The students enjoyed various events based on a track and field theme and won medals for participating. Everyone had fun and enjoyed participating and competing in the activities. This was a great opportunity for the students to get involved with all students throughout the area with and without special needs.
NHS School Carlisle Participates in Special Olympics
Carlisle Police Department Officer Visits with Students
Our school welcomed a visitor from the Carlisle Police Department on April 9 as part of their transition program, which exposes the students to various occupational experiences.

The officer talked to the students about what it is like to be a police officer, the equipment he wears throughout the day, and let the students sit in his patrol car.
Carlisle Police Department Officer Visits with Students
Celebrating World Autism Day
We celebrated World Autism Day on April 2 by decorating shirts, baking blue snacks and coloring blue puzzle pieces to hang in the hallway. The students also enjoyed spending time together, dancing and taking a group picture. This was an important day for the NHS School Carlisle because they were able to take time to celebrate the uniqueness of each of the students. Prior to Light It Up Blue day, our students passed out flyers informing the community of this special day.
Carlisle Celebrates World Autism Day
Students Receive Disability Badges
In March, the NHS School Carlisle students received their official disabilities badges. Back in December 2012 the Boy Scout Troop from the Army War College began working with the NHS School Carlisle to earn their disabilities badge. The troop listened to a presentation about autism facilitated by Clinical Director, Delilah W., and took a tour of the school while they were there.
Students Receive Disability Badges
St. Patrick's Day
We celebrated St. Patrick's Day on March 15 by throwing a green party where the students and staff wore green attire to school, made green snacks and beverages, and danced the afternoon away.

Student Amy J. said she really enjoyed dancing with her friend Mallory and drinking shamrock shakes. The students all did a wonderful job following directions by participating in various line dances and group dances as well as enjoying some fun art activities.
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day
Annual Bowling Program
Our students started their annual bowling program on March 4. Each student will have the opportunity to go bowling one time per week, for the next six weeks. This program is not only a good physical education program, but it is also a great opportunity for the students to work on various life and social skills.

The students will practice following various social rules, such as taking turns, and also demonstrating teamwork and good sportsmanship.

Everyone is excited to see the student's progress over the next six weeks!
annual bowling program
Students Wrap Up Black History Month
NHS School Carlisle wrapped up Black History Month on March 1 with a reenactment of the Underground Railroad. All of the students had to follow a strategic plan by looking for clues to get to the end of the trail. The younger students were guided by a tour guide, much like the members of the Underground Railroad were. The guides carried lanterns and helped the participants find their clues and understand what their symbols meant. In the end, the students made it through and got to enjoy some Famous Amos cookies when they arrived in the North.
Students reenact the 'Underground Railroad'
Learning about Integrity
NHS School Carlisle students discussed the NHS Core Value, INTEGRITY, on March 1. The middle school did a great job of demonstrating and providing the other students with a definition of what integrity means. They also provided a fun audience participation activity that demonstrated integrity. The students' role played, by demonstrating how to withhold from various temptations and do the right thing even when no one is looking.
Carlisle-Learning about Core Values
Autism Awareness Craft Fair

Saturday, April 20 - 10a.m. to 4 p.m.

898 Waggoners Gap Road, Carlisle, PA 17013 (view map)

Crafts – Gifts – Games – Door Prizes – Raffle – Silent Auction – Food - Fire Truck – Face Painting - Music - Special Guests – Activities – Fun for the WHOLE Family

To get a vendor space, become a sponsor or get more information, please contact Cat Eicke at 717.249.4525 or CEicke@nhsonline.org

All proceeds benefit the NHS Autism School PTO!

autism awareness craft fair logo
a Field Trip to an Amish School
The NHS School Carlisle high school classroom went on a trip to an Amish School in Perry County on February 6, to give the students a unique social skills experience and exposure to a different culture. The class enjoyed participating in arts and crafts, recess time, and lunch with students from the Amish school.

The classroom also got the opportunity to ride in a horse and buggy, and even drove the buggy with some assistance. This was a wonderful trip for the students and employees are hopeful that this can be a yearly event.
A visit to an Amish school
Black History Month The School's Basketball Team Defeats the Staff!
The NHS School Carlisle kicked off Black History Month with an assembly on Diversity, an NHS Core Value. One student read a poem and talked about the various aspects that make each person different.

Each student wrote something unique about themselves on a leaf or a flower for a tree to hang in the hallway made by the elementary class to display the diverse population we serve!
  The NHS School Carlisle held another staff versus student basketball game on February 1.

Employees were prepared to win since they were defeated by the students the last game, however, the Carlisle Bulldogs hard work and teamwork skills paid off to pull out another victory, defeating the staff 22-18. Go Bulldogs!
Black History Month The School's Basketball Team Defeats the Staff!
Pajama Day
The NHS School Carlisle celebrated "pajama day" on Friday, January 18. All of the students and staff wore their pajamas to school. The students enjoyed a fun filled day including a mock snowball fight using marshmallows and listened and danced to music provided by a DJ. The students had a great time participating in all the day's activities, and enjoyed each other's company.
Core Values Assembly
As part of their monthly core values lessons, the elementary class at NHS School Carlisle gathered all the students in the school for an assembly on January 18. This month, the students learned about teamwork. The assembly began by creating a sign to define teamwork. The other students in the audience participated by working on different aspects of teamwork, such as assembling a puzzle and reading aloud different traits of teamwork.

The students enjoyed the assembly and look forward to next month's assembly on diversity!
NHS Carlisle School Holds a Core Values Assembly
Zumbatomic A visit from Metro Bank
Zumbatomic started at the NHS School Carlisle on January 8 and has already become a huge hit. The students are fortunate to have an experienced instructor who teaches Zumba and Zumbatomic throughout Carlisle. A healthy exercise helps keep children focused and healthy, and Zumbatomic is a great way to keep the students active.

The students enjoy dancing and learning fitness through their new physical education class!
  Metro Bank in Carlisle will be visiting with all of the NHS School Carlisle classrooms this year in support of their program called "Metro Money Sense." On January 10 they worked with some of the elementary classes on the importance of saving money. The students were really excited to work with a banker and came up with some good reasons to save money, and what they wanted to save for. The high school class is looking forward to them returning to teach about the importance of balancing a check book.

Thank you Metro Bank for your time and expertise!
Zumbatomic Metro Bank in Carlisle
NHS Carlisle High School opens the "Santa Shop"
On December 18, students from the NHS Carlisle high school class collected donations to open their annul Santa Shop. The shop allows students to pick out, wrap, and give gifts to loved ones during the holidays. Special thanks to all who donated to this great cause!
Santa Shop
Classroom Puts on Assembly about Stewardship
On December 14, students from the NHS School Carlisle put on an assembly based on the NHS Core Value: Stewardship. The students talked about the importance of taking care of their community and giving back. They featured the idea of recycling by using pictures and reading from a script. Everybody worked together and enjoyed helping to clean up the school by using the recycling bins.
NHS Core Value: Stewardship
Students Visit with Therapy Dog
The NHS School Carlisle is fortunate to have therapy dogs visit on a monthly basis. The students enjoy petting, singing, walking, and talking to the therapy dogs.

In December, they had an Irish Setter named Nevan visit the students. Nevan brought his blanket to sit with the students and laid out for a morning of being petted and brushed. He also sported his special autism bandana gifted by the NHS Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) for his service to the students.

This monthly experience has opened the children's worlds up to enjoy endearing animals that could become lifetime companions.
therapy dogs visit
Students Volunteer for Salvation Army
Two Carlisle students started volunteering at the Salvation Army on December 5 for their first job placement. They were both very excited and came in dressed and ready to go. They have worked very hard on coping strategies and behavior control to be able to work in the community. Helping to stock the pantry and filling boxes of food for families, their first day was considered a big success. colton rings the Salvation Army Bell
Colton Rings the Salvation Army Bell>>
Carlisle Employee Educates High School Classroom on Autism
Senior Support Staff at NHS School in Carlisle, Cat E., was asked by the Carlisle Area High School to present to a class of 11th graders who were taking a special needs class on December 5. Cat's presentation included a detailed description about autism and what the NHS school does to help individuals with autism. The students were very engaged, asked many questions, and were very interested to learn about autism.
Carlisle Employee Educates High School Classroom on Autism
Students Start Working
Two Carlisle students, Amy J. and Amber F., began working at a local diner on November 28. They both were nervous in the beginning, but quickly learned the skills necessary to do their jobs. They are both working on wrapping silverware, bussing tables, and hope to eventually start hosting.
Carlisle School Celebrates Thanksgiving!
The NHS School in Carlisle celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday on November 20 with a lunch prepared by the students. More than thirty parents attended and enjoyed the delicious meal. After lunch, the students enjoyed a turkey dance, with good music and dancing with friends.
Thanksgiving Feast 2012 Thanksgiving Feast 2012 Thanksgiving Feast 2012
Basketball Season Opener!
The NHS School in Carlisle had their first Students vs. Staff basketball game of the season on November 16.

The cheerleaders had several new dances and everyone practiced good sportsmanship. The students beat the staff 24-21.

Congratulations Carlisle students on your first win!
student vs. staff basketball game student vs. staff basketball game
Parade
On October 15, 2012 the NHS School in Carlisle had the privilege to march in the Halloween parade. The school found this a perfect opportunity to also celebrate October as anti-bullying month. The students decorated the float themselves with a simple message of "boo to bullying". With over 65 members of the school's community at hand our message was delivered loud and clear. All family, staff and students had a fabulous time and experienced what it was like to be a part of the community as well as part of the parade.

We are looking forward to making this an annual event from this day forward.

Halloween parade1 Halloween parade2
Ashcombe's
ashcombe-fall field trip On October 12th, the NHS Carlisle School went to Ashcombe's for a fall field trip. Students got to go on a horse drawn hay ride, walk along a path of sunflowers admiring the hay characters such as a big T –Rex, pigs and Frankenstein. Students also enjoyed playing on the hay slide and the big bins of corn.

Everyone got to pick a pumpkin and an apple to enjoy. The High School room and Older Aspergers room took a tour of Ashcombe's facility to see how the business is operated.

We had a wonderful and fun time!
Car Wash
car wash On September 29, 2012 the students of NHS School in Carlisle accompanied by the PTO had their first annual car wash fundraiser. The students all pulled together and helped out washing cars and really enjoyed themselves.

It was a beautiful day to wash cars and the students learned the importance of working hard for a goal by raising money for their school!
Army Heritage
Army Heritage On Thursday, September 20th, the high school class visited the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle. Students were able to walk through trenches to experience what soldiers from WWI fought from.

They were able to see what a mess hall looked like and spent time sitting on the beds in the Barracks and seeing how soldiers of WWII slept. The students seemed to enjoy the lookouts (blockhouses and firebase) where they were able to climb steps and look down from above. Students spent a lot of time walking and interacting with peers. Student ate lunch outside under a tent and several of the students climbed over the boot camp training wall.

The trip was an educational and social experience that benefited all students.
Bowling
Carlisle Students go Bowling On September 12, 2012 the Big Spring Middle School class went on their first field trip of the year. We went to Midway Bowling Center. We bowled two incredibly interesting games with our classmates and then went for a picnic lunch at a local park. Our favorite parts of the trip included watching our name on the screen when we got a strike, taking turns, and learning new ways to bowl.

We had a great time and hope to possibly earn another bowling trip sometime later in the year.
Ice Cream Social
Ice Cream Social Welcome to the 2012-2013 School Year!

Students and staff brought their families to enjoy a tasty treat at the ice cream social sponsored by the NHS Autism School PTO. It was a fantastic turnout – nearly 100 people attended the annual gathering. The gym was bursting with energy as children bounced inside the inflatable moonwalk and staff met or reconnected with students and their families.

A big "Thank you!" to the PTO; the smiles all around indicated the kick-off event was a sweet success.
Swimming
Swimming September, 4th 2012 began the 9 week swimming program for the NHS Autism School in Carlisle. The students are attending the Big Spring High School pool for a ½ hr swim session 1 day per week. While in the pool the students are accompanied by their teachers, classroom aides and personal care aides, the students work on a wide variety of skills. These skills include but are not limited to simply getting into the pool and other gross motor skills such as kicking and moving their arms. Some students work on going under the water or blowing bubbles. The students love the pool and are taking full advantage of the great opportunity that they are taking part in.

This is a great way to get the students at the NHS Autism School in Carlisle involved in the community and the community has been very welcoming.
Logan's Walk
Logan's run and walk for Autism celebrated its seventh year on City Island this past April 14th and NHS Carlisle Autism School made it a goal to have one of the largest groups to participate again. Not only does NHS Carlisle pride itself on being one of the largest sponsors for the walk but we also make it no small task to have as many staff, family, and friends participate for our group as we can. Saturday April 14th was a beautiful sunny day perfect for the walk. NHS Carlisle proudly walked City Island in Harrisburg with almost 80 participants including our friends from the Chambersburg Autism School.

We hope that next year our group is even larger for the eighth annual Logan's Walk to raise awareness for Autism.

Logan's run and walk for Autism
World Autism Day
World Autism Day Our students got together to inform our community and spread Autism awareness and information. On April 2nd 2012 was Autism awareness day. As our school continues to grow these pictures continue to become a bigger sea of blue. All of the students tie-dyed their shirts blue and made blue cupcakes to form a ribbon in the middle.

We celebrated our differences at a school dance after our picture was taken.
Flower Shop
Creative Creations flower shop franchise As part of our vocational program and the Autism School in Carlisle, the high school students are developing skills in the Creative Creations flower shop franchise. Students collect and deliver orders and create arrangements, including bouquets, centerpieces, and wreathes.

Money collected from sales are usually used for classroom programs and a charitable cause voted on by the class. Each month a new order form is sent home to parents and employees.
Character Education
Character Education - Chief Examples to Others There certainly are a lot of CEOs walking around North Dickinson Elementary School!
That is, there are a lot of students who are Chief Examples to Others.

North Dickinson has a great Character Education Program that focuses on a different trait each month. During the month of September, the focus was Caring. One student from each class in the school was recognized for going above and beyond his or her peer s in exhibiting this trait. Each of the NHS classes also had a student recognized. In Mrs. Elliott's class, Nick Stada received the award. In Miss Price's class, it was Eric Thorson who was recognized at the assembly on Friday, September 28, 2012. Throughout the school year the following traits will also be recognized: trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, self-discipline, fairness, perseverance, honesty and citizenship.
Horseshow
horse show An 11th grade NHS Carlisle student, Maxwell Merutka, was lucky to be included in a special event at the 2012 Pennsylvania National Horse show. Max attended the Horse show after receiving free tickets from the President, Elizabeth Shorb. Ms. Shorb also gave the classroom a personal tour of the Show. He saw behind the scenes with actual competitors dedicated to horsemanship and how they design the jumping rings for the different competitors. She discussed some of the employment opportunities in the Equine field. Max was given free tickets to attend the seminars offered: Practical Horseman's Equestrian Education and Future Opportunities: Industry Panel of all the fields to explore in the Equine Industry.

Max's dream is to be a horse trainer and his accomplishments so far have been more than impressive. He has been riding English style, including dressage and jumping, for 6 years. His excitement for equestrian endeavors continues as he takes lessons, participates in fox hunts, trains horses and participates in equine science education classes, FFA clubat his high school. He will be exploring equine career opportunities and skills in a Work-experience Study/Career Placement program at school next semester. The Triple Creek Farm will be the practical work experience with Mr. Bob Wood, the owner.
In School Jobs
Throughout the school there are several different in-school jobs for students to participate in. These are based off of the need of the student and the transition program developed by that student's team. These jobs are for students of all ages and help to foster responsibility within each student who participates.

in school jobs
Halloween Boo To Bullying
The Carlisle School enjoyed a day of discussing the importance of not bullying and enjoying the fall festivities throughout the day. Each class designed a fun fall activity for the students to rotate through before showing off their costumes with a fun parade around the school. At the end of the day the students enjoyed signing a "contract" which stated "Boo to Bullying" and celebrated with a school dance. It was a great day at Carlisle!