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NHS Schools - Scranton

WELCOME to NHS School SCRANTON

Since opening our doors in the fall of 2010, NHS School Scranton has experienced a great deal of change. We began as an Autism School with 1 classroom, 3 students and 3 staff members. Our school has grown in the past five years, and we now have three Autism Support and two Emotional Support classrooms. The school has also added the Building Bridges Program for girls and a very active Transition Program.

Building Bridges is a specialized program offering girls, ages 12-18, a safe educational learning environment. The program is gender responsive and implements the six domains of adolescent female development and functioning. These domains are Physical, Sexual, Relational, Emotional, Intellectual, and Spiritual. The program takes into account the unique academic and behavioral health needs of adolescent girls and young women. Our Transition Program begins when a student turns 14 years old. Transition services embrace practical learning and provide opportunities for our students to enhance their self esteem, personal growth, and self discovery. The students at our school run our school store, the all Star Café, and our internal and external cleaning companies. As part of their job responsibilities, they create a resume, fill out an application, and interview before being assigned to a job. Each week, NHS School Scranton focuses on a Resiliency word or topic. The word or topic is introduced at the beginning of the week and included in many lessons across different activities, so that students learn to recognize how they are Resilient in their everyday lives. Some of the words and topics are: Respect, Empathy, Hope, Responsibility, Communication, Achievement, Perseverance, and Commitment.
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Happy Administrative Professional’s Day

(04.27.2017) - Ms. Lee’s Emotional Support High School class surprised the school’s administrative assistant, Mary Griffin with creative flowers they made for her! Thank you, Mary, for all that you do for our students and staff!

Happy Administrative Professional’s Day

Busy April

(04.27.2017) - On April 18, middle school students in Ms. Kim’s ASD classroom combined a lesson on gravity with social interaction and created kites that they attempted to fly.

To recognize Earth Day on April 20, and as part of their transition community improvement unit, students in Ms. Lori's Emotional Support high school class started their own garden in the school’s front yard. Students tilled the soil, removed rocks and weeds, and planted a variety of vegetables and flowers. They are hoping to use their vegetables in the school’s café in August and the flowers around the campus. They also joined the 18-21 Transition Program students in cleaning up the debris on the school grounds that had collected over the winter.

Scranton Staff represented NHS at the PLCTA (Parents loving children through autism) walk at Nay Aug park on April 22. They had a booth in the information tent and donated a "garden" basket to the raffle. Staff proudly wore the NHS Team Voices for autism shirts!

Diving into Winter

(01.27.2017) - NHS School Scranton took a break from winter and hopped into the pool at the University of Scranton in PA. Members of the University of Scranton swim team volunteered to teach swim lessons to students from Miss Kim’s and Miss Hazel’s classrooms. NHS students showed off some of their own swimming skills and had a blast in the pool as you can see by their big bright smiles!

NHS School Scranton Dives into Winter NHS School Scranton Dives into Winter

NHS School Scranton Dives into Winter NHS School Scranton Dives into Winter

New location!

(10.27.2016) - Students and Staff from NHS School Scranton opened the doors to their new school and welcomed family and friends for a 'Back to School' night on October 13. Visitors gathered in the cafeteria to hear a welcome message from Educational Director Cecelia Farrell before going to their respective classrooms to meet the teachers and to hear about their students’ daily routine. Administrative Assistant Mary Griffin and Clinical Director Jennifer Biscotto gave tours of the building. Attendees could be heard stating, “It is so bright in here!” “There is so much room.” “We love that you have a playground and a big grass area now!” After visiting the classrooms and taking tours, everyone gathered again in the cafeteria to help celebrate the seventh school year for NHS School Scranton. Cake and beverages were enjoyed by the attendees, and flowers were presented to Cecelia to congratulate her on the growing success of the school!

The School Store

(10.12.2016) - The Transition Students have been managing a school store for their peers. The store is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:15 am until 10:00 am. The three students in the Transition Program are responsible for managing the inventory, stocking the shelves, making lists of items they need to purchase, greeting the customers, and running the cash register. The experience of running the store provides participants with life skills that help them prepare for the real world, and is a stepping stone to community-based learning. By providing this experience on campus, the teachers are able to prepare students for part-time jobs, as well as to expose them to a variety of career opportunities.

Students are Showcasing their Artistic Skills

Students are Showcasing their Artistic Skills

(10.03.2016) - Students in the Elementary Autism classroom recently enjoyed a lesson on mosaic art. They were shown various examples of this art form and were given the opportunity to choose their favorite. The teacher then gave them a piece of paper with their design outlined on it and they used glue and pieces of colored construction paper to create their own mosaic. The students did a great job showing their creative flair.

Students are Showcasing their Artistic Skills Students are Showcasing their Artistic Skills

Our School is On the Move

(09.09.2016) - There was a great deal of excitement when the students at the NHS School Scranton returned for the 2016-2017 school year. They arrived at a new building with many wonderful new changes. When asked, the students said their favorite change is that they now have a playground and basketball hoops to enjoy gym and social-skill building. The students were welcomed back by familiar and new staff members on August 29 and were given a tour of the new setting. We are all looking forward to a rewarding and successful year at NHS School Scranton!

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CONTACT INFO:
School Address: 134 School Street, Scranton, PA 18508 (view map)
School Phone Number: 570-496-4300
Education and Autism Services Administration Office Number: 724-532-2302

Cecilia Farrell - Director ScrantonName: Cecelia Farrell
Title: School Director
Email: CFarrell@nhsonline.org
Phone: 570-445-0343
Mary Griffin AAName: Mary Griffin
Title: Administrative Assistant
Email: MGriffin@nhsonline.org
Archived News from School Year 2015-2016

Field Day

(05.26.2016) - Students, families, and staff celebrated Field Day at the NHS School Scranton on Friday, May 20. The Super Hero themed day was full of activities indoor and out. The day began with an Art show and continued with games such as Aquaman relay, a phone booth photo booth, superhero villain tag game, and a Spidey Sense game. There was a great deal of laughter and smiles as students moved from each station to partake in the games. After the activities were completed, everyone gathered in the auditorium for the winners of the Super Hero Art Gala. First place was awarded to classroom 5 who made a fantastic Super Hero video. Second place was awarded to Sam, and third place went to Nico, both from our middle school classroom. Many could be heard commenting "this was the best day ever!"

Field Day Field Day Field Day

2016 PLCTA Walk

(04.22.2016) - Staff and families from NHS School Scranton participated in the annual Parents Loving Children Through Autism (PLCTA) Walk at Nay Aug Park in Scranton on Saturday, April 16. A table was set up to provide visitors with information on the School and the programs it offers. They also conducted an activity with children and made puzzle piece refrigerator magnets. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather and had a great time at the Walk!

NHS School Scranton Represents at 2016 PLCTA Walk NHS School Scranton Represents at 2016 PLCTA Walk

Supporting Autism Awareness Month

(04.08.2016) - Students and staff at NHS School Scranton are celebrating Autism Awareness Month by wearing blue to show their support of their peers with autism. Classrooms decorated their doors with items that expressed how they felt about autism and how it affects their lives. Congratulations to Classroom 1 for winning the door decorating contest! Students also posted slogans and facts in the school hallways. The elementary classrooms made blue jello and cupcakes with blue frosting and sprinkles. Students and staff are looking forward to participating in the local PLCTA walk at Nay Aug park on April 16, where the school will have a table set up to share information.

St. Patrick’s Day

(03.18.2016) - Students and staff from NHS School Scranton wore green and marched in the 54th annual Scranton St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 12. The marchers proudly wore green tie dye shirts that they made in Art class. The weather was in the mid 60s and spirits were high as the 20 members of the group took turns carrying the NHS School banner and passing out candy to the spectators.

NHS School Scranton Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day!

Scranton Students Celebrate Reading

(03.11.2016) - Read Across America Week was celebrated at NHS School Scranton with many fun activities. The Emotional Support high school classroom made Dr. Seuss themed snacks for all the students in the school, including ‘Hop on Pop’ popcorn bags, One Fish , Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, rainbow goldfish snack bags, and green eggs and ham themed white chocolate treats. There were also guest readers who volunteered their time to read to the elementary students. Our elementary students made Dr. Seuss hats and read a biography about the life of Dr. Seuss.

Volcano Erupts in Scranton

Giving Thanks

(12.04.2015) - The students were very busy the week before Thanksgiving, preparing for the annual Thanksgiving feast scheduled for November 19! In art class, students created centerpieces for the tables. In math and social skills classes, students researched recipes to bake delicious food for their families and friends. Students from the Transition Program collected lists from all the classrooms, went to the local supermarket to purchase supplies needed, and helped prepare and serve the meals. The 120 guests in attendance were treated to a special performance from the elementary students, who practiced their routines daily leading up to the feast! Everyone had a terrific time and are looking forward to the upcoming holidays and new year!

Giving Thanks Giving Thanks Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks Giving Thanks

Volcano Erupts in Scranton

(11.20.2015) - The middle school students have been studying volcanoes throughout November. They learned about the shapes, colors, and materials that make up volcanoes and how the shape of a volcano can change the lava flow. Under the guidance of their teacher, Miss Kim, they created and painted clay models of a volcano. They filled the volcanoes with baking soda and then poured vinegar into them to cause a simulated eruption. The students and staff expressed excitement during this hands-on science lesson!

Volcano Erupts in Scranton Volcano Erupts in Scranton Volcano Erupts in Scranton

The Scarecrow Project

(10.16.2015) - As the leaves change and the weather gets cooler, our students at NHS School Scranton are enjoying the many fall art projects. One of our kind families at NHS School Scranton, created a scarecrow project for classroom three. Each student passionately constructed his or her own unique scarecrow. They were excited to share their creations with the rest of the school. They are displayed on our bulletin board.

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NHS School Scranton - The Scarecrow Project NHS School Scranton - The Scarecrow Project

Learning about Volcanoes

Students Learn about Volcanoes (10.09.2015) - Classroom #5 at NHS School Scranton made a model volcano in science class on October 6. The students learned how there are many ways the earth's crust can change due to ice, wind, and water, and the effects that volcanoes and earthquakes have on the earth. The students sculpted a model volcano out of Play-Doh, baking soda and vinegar. The teacher poured the vinegar into the hole at the top of the volcano, and the students were amazed with the results. Students are looking forward to learning more about science.

Students Study the Food Pyramid

Students Study the Food Pyramid at NHS School Scranton Students Study the Food Pyramid at NHS School Scranton (10.02.2015) - The last week of September, the elementary autism class at NHS School Scranton studied the different food groups. The students worked on organizing the groups of pictures into the correct food group, according to the food pyramid that they recently learned about. The class also discussed healthy and unhealthy foods, and which ones were the better choice. After the lesson, students were left with new knowledge about the food pyramid and had a beautiful project.

Therapy Dogs Visit Our School

(09.25.2015) - The students at NHS School Scranton had a visit from The International Therapy Dogs this past week. The dogs and their handlers taught the students how to care for another living creature, and learned listening skills, compassion, personal skills, and taking turns. The therapy dogs visit the school once a month, and the students are looking forward to their return.

Therapy Dogs Visit NHS School Scranton Therapy Dogs Visit NHS School Scranton

Therapy Dogs Visit NHS School Scranton Therapy Dogs Visit NHS School Scranton

Back to School

(09.18.2015) - It was back to school night at NHS School Scranton on September 9. Teachers discussed the upcoming year with parents and the important information about the school, including the curriculum, transition planning, and behavior modification. Parents came ready with questions, and enjoyed refreshments. It was a great night for both parents and staff.

Back to School at NHS School Scranton Back to School at NHS School Scranton Back to School at NHS School Scranton

First Week of School

(09.11.2015) - The first week of school at NHS School Scranton has certainly been busy! The elementary classroom started a unit on plants, studying their life cycle. Over the next few weeks, students will document in their journals the results of growing plants. Students in the middle school classroom created and decorated fish to show individuality. The finished fish were put onto a bulletin board outside of their classroom. The students are learning that even though we all may be different we can still work together to create something beautiful. Our high school class has been learning about giving back and becoming good role models. Students have been going to the elementary classrooms to read to the younger children. It is an incentive and confidence booster for both our younger and older students as it is something earned by displaying appropriate behavior in the classroom. It has been a fun week at NHS School Scranton and we are looking forward to what next week will bring!

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First Week at School for NHS School Scranton for 2015-2016 school year First Week at School for NHS School Scranton for 2015-2016 school year First Week at School for NHS School Scranton for 2015-2016 school year


Archived News from School Year 2014-2015

ESY Begins with a Splash

The NHS School Scranton Extended School Year (ESY) program began on June 29, welcoming 18 students in 3 classrooms. The students have been spending their mornings doing academics based on their current skills and then engaging in fun and exciting social building activities in the afternoons. Students walk to the nearby community pool in Weston Park on Wednesdays and Fridays to cool off and play games with their peers. The international therapy dogs visited the school on July 10, and students were able to touch, hug, and interact with the dogs and their handlers during the visit.

NHS School Scranton ESY Begins with a Splash NHS School Scranton ESY Begins with a Splash

NHS School Scranton ESY Begins with a Splash NHS School Scranton ESY Begins with a Splash

Butterflies

The elementary classrooms learned about the butterfly cycle, from caterpillar to butterfly, and about nature in general. After all of the caterpillars transformed into butterflies, the classes released them outside. Before the release, students interacted with the butterflies when they were set free of their cages. Some butterflies sat on students’ hands or legs, while others just flew away. Butterflies have been spotted outside and around the school since the release!

NHS School Scranton Releases Butterflies NHS School Scranton Releases Butterflies

Field Day

NHS Scranton School held their 5th annual Field Day on Friday, May 15. This year, the theme was "Welcome to the Jungle". The staff planned a fun-filled day of activities and food all centered around this theme. The students played games of skill such as Lemur Parachute, Toucan Egg Toss, Elephant Splash, Jungle Obstacle Course, and Centipede Water Pass. Students and staff were also joined by more than 80 family members and friends. The students in the Transition Program grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, and served them along with side dishes provided by staff. A cake was also made to look like the field day shirts. The entire desert table was set up in the Jungle theme. The students were also presented with awards for participation in the days’ events, and basketball season certificates from their coach. The day ended with a graduation ceremony for 3 high school graduates, 5 eighth graders , and 1 kindergartener.

Celebrating Moms and Teachers in May

The Students in the middle school autism classes hosted an "Afternoon Tea With Mom" for Mother’s Day on May 8. The students made a handprint bouquet, tea cups for centerpieces, and cards in art class. The students greeted their parents, served homemade cupcakes, mingled with everyone and gave gifts to their mothers and grandmothers. The students in the elementary class held their annual "Muffins with Mom", where mothers were served homemade cookies, and were entertained by a skit put on by their children. In observance of Teacher Appreciation Week, our teachers were treated to a luncheon, while the support staff covered their classrooms. And, the students in the Transition Program served their weekly hot lunch to their peers. This week was especially fun because new uniforms for the students had arrived. The chef wore his coat, hat and plaid pants with pride.

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Mock Interviews

The week of April 27 - May 1, the high school students practiced mock interviews. Students applied for jobs in the All-Star café, snack store, or janitorial services. They were then interviewed for the jobs that they applied for. Students were asked to dress professionally, to bring a resume and their portfolio to the interview. Mock interviews taught students the skills they need in order to be successful in the work force once they graduate.

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Spreading Autism Awareness

Students at NHS School Scranton have been busy spreading awareness about autism awareness during the month of April. On April 8, one of the high school classes went to Plato’s closet and created flyers on the myths and facts of autism, and then handed them out to costumers. Another high school class created a puzzle piece mural for our school. One of the elementary classrooms went to the University of Scranton on April 16, and provided information about their day at school and facts about autism. Elementary students then broke into groups with the University students to socialize and make key chains. Another one of elementary school classroom created puzzle piece tie-dye t-shirts. And, on April 18, staff, students, and family had an informational table about autism and walked in a 5k for the Parents Loving Children Through Autism (PLCTA) at Nay Aug Park. It has been a busy month spreading autism awareness in the community.

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Learning about Embryology

This week (April 6-10) both of our high school classes began an embryology project. The students are participating in the National 4-H embryology in the Classroom Curriculum. Students received fertilized chicken eggs on April 7, and then set up incubators so they can be turned daily. This twenty-one day project follows the incubation and hatching of chicken eggs. Once the eggs hatch, the live chickens will be traveling to their new home at one of our student's family farm.

NHS School Scranton Learns about Embryology NHS School Scranton Learns about Embryology

Bully Prevention

NHS School Scranton discussed the Olweus bully prevention program during class to build a positive environment in our classrooms and school. To teach the students about cooperation and working together, classrooms played games and made the lessons fun and interactive. Bully prevention is a topic that everyone at NHS School Scranton takes seriously, to ensure all students learn in a safe and secure environment.

Bully Prevention at NHS School Scranton Bully Prevention at NHS School Scranton

Student Appreciation Month

NHS School Scranton Celebrates Student Appreciation MonthDuring the month of February the NHS school Scranton celebrated our students with a student appreciation month culminating in an art gala. Students created winter themed art projects in a variety of mediums. On February 26, students showed off their work to their parents at an assembly. Both students and parents voted for best in show.

First, second, and third places were awarded medals, and all students who participated received participation awards. Students and parents were also asked to vote on cakes that were made by classes during our cake bake-off. First place was awarded a twenty-five dollar gift certificate for new classroom supplies.

Congratulations to all of our students for making this event fun and engaging for everyone.

Cake Bake-Off

This month's (Feb) Resiliency word, "problem solving" was used in a cake bake-off. Teachers were only allowed to read directions to the students, but could not be involved in any other way. Classroom aides were also not allowed to talk about or touch any of the ingredients. The students were given the task to make the cakes and to problem solve any issues with their peers. To make things more difficult, each classroom was given secret ingredients that had to be used in the cake, even though they were not part of the recipe. The finished cakes will be judged by teachers and parents at an Art Gala, featuring student artwork, that will be held on February 26. Awards will be given to students for participation, problem solving, and perfect attendance. A grand prize will be given to the class with the best cake!

NHS School Scranton Cake Bake-Off NHS School Scranton Cake Bake-Off

NHS School Scranton Cake Bake-Off NHS School Scranton Cake Bake-Off

Yoga

This week (Feb 16-20, 2015), the Emotional Support class learned the art of Yoga. Yoga is an athletic endeavor that helps relax the mind, body, and soul. Students practiced deep breathing while stretching their muscles and calming their minds. They practiced many different poses while following an online video. Once the video was over, the students discussed how they could use some of the Yoga practices in their everyday lives.

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Valentines for Veterans

This week (Feb 2-6, 2015) some of our classrooms made valentines for veterans. Students used glue, construction paper, and love to make something special for people who fought to protect our rights. Once the cards are all completed they are going to be sent to the Veterans Hospital in Wilkes Barre. Volunteers at the hospital will pass them out to the veterans on Valentines day.

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Playing Basketball

The NHS School Scranton All-Stars played their first home basketball game against The Jefferson Lions on January 21. The All Stars have been practicing for the big game since November in hopes of pulling out a win. The entire NHS school showed up to cheer on the home team! The All Stars put forth a valiant effort but lost by two points, with the final score being NHS-12 Jefferson -14. Despite the loss, everyone had a good time and enjoyed participating in a team sport. Our next game will be an away game on February 10 in a rematch against Jefferson. Good luck NHS All Stars!

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Scientists

The week of January 5-9, 2015, the students in the elementary Autism class became scientists. They made a hypothesis as to what will happen when crayons are heated with a hairdryer and predicted what would happen to the tape that was put on the canvas. Once the predictions were made it was time to test the experiment. Teachers heated up the crayons with a hairdryer while the students watched to see if their predictions came true. When the experiment was over, the students discovered that crayons melted when they were heated and that the tape they put on the canvas was colored by the melting crayons. In the end the children were left with new knowledge about the scientific process and a beautiful art project!

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New Year’s Resolutions

It's a new year and the students are celebrating by making New Year’s resolutions. This year, some students are resolving to try new things, such as going to the beach, and trying new foods. Other students made resolutions to improve themselves by learning to read better, putting on their own jacket, and getting a good report card. A new year always brings new opportunities for growth and together our staff and students are planning to make 2015 the best year yet!

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New Year’s Resolutions New Year’s Resolutions

Celebrating the Holidays

Celebrating the HolidaysNHS School Scranton celebrated the upcoming winter holidays with a polar express party on December 22. Students made treats and came to school dressed in their pajamas. All classes gathered together to watch the movie Polar Express and enjoy hot cocoa. There was a door decorating contest and everybody had a good time. Santa Claus even stopped by!

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Giving Thanks

On Friday, November 21, the students and staff gathered together with their families and friends to celebrate the third Annual Thanksgiving Feast. The students in all grades were assigned jobs to help prepare for the big day. The elementary students made deserts, Miss Wendy’s high school class peeled and mashed the potatoes, Miss Amber’s students made the stuffing, and all the high school students helped to set up the auditorium for the feast. Students were very busy on the day of the feast prepping the food and putting it out for everyone to enjoy. There were 104 people in attendance including families and school districts. There was also a performance by the elementary students and some members of the high school class that included singing and poetry reading. Everyone commented on how tasty the turkey and trimmings were! There were many full bellies and happy smiles at the end of the day and not a drop was left over. This annual event continues to be a favorite here in Scranton.

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NHS School Scranton Gives Thanks NHS School Scranton Gives Thanks

NEPA and NHS School Scranton Participate in Community Meeting

NEPA and NHS School Scranton Participate in Community MeetingOn Thursday November 13, the Mid Valley School District held a Transition and Special Education Information Night. The goal of this event was to provide parents and students with information regarding existing special education services, transition services and programs, as well as potential job training, workforce development, adult assistance and other related services.

Staff members from NHS NEPA and the NHS School Scranton who attended this event were, Cecelia Farrell, school director, Hazel Hess, autism support teacher, Denise Stoneroad, program coordinator, Maria Hubal, program coordinator, and Carol Torch, caseworker supervisor. The participants were provided with information in regards to services provided by the NHS NEPA office and the NHS School Scranton.

Hosting a Halloween Dance

NHS School Scranton threw their first ever Halloween Dance on October 30. This dance was held not only for our current students but to introduce themselves to the community. With the support of students, staff and the newly formed Parent Teacher Organization, the dance was a complete and total success! The Scranton School was filled with music, dancing, and a haunted hallway for the enjoyment of all in attendance.

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Red Ribbon Breakfast

Miss Amber talked to her high school class about The Red Ribbon Campaign which is held in memory of Enrique Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was captured and murdered for battling drugs in Mexico in 1985. She followed this lesson with a unit on drugs and alcohol. In honor of Camarena's memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. On Monday, October 27, Miss Amber's class joined Miss Wendy's class to make pancakes for the school and several parents who joined them to hear about The Red Ribbon Campaign. Miss Amber's students wrote poems and letters about drugs and alcohol and the effects they had on either themselves or others and shared them with the parents and students at the breakfast.

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Roba Farm

On Friday October 24, Miss Keriann's classroom took an exciting trip to Roba's pumpkin farm. The class got to feed animals such as llamas, goats, and even pigs. They jumped on an incredibly awesome pumpkin pillow and went on a wagon ride through the whole farm. Each student was able to wander through the pumpkin patches and choose their favorite one to bring home. If was a wonderful day with beautiful weather that was enjoyed by all.

Unity Day

NHS School Scranton celebrated Unity Day on Wednesday October 22. The high school classrooms paired up with the elementary students to discuss ways to prevent bullying. Students wrote slogans, preventative measures, and strategies for when they are being bullied. These ideas were transferred to strips of orange paper and were stapled together to form a chain representing sticking together as a school against bullying. The students and staff wore orange shirts and everyone participated in an orange themed party with snacks and drinks that were the color orange. It was an enjoyable day of socialization across classrooms and age groups.

Celebrating Unity Day

Trip to Local Farmer's Market

The elementary students from Miss Hazels Autistic Support Class and Miss Kate's Emotional Support Class took a field trip to the Scranton Co-op Farmer's Market on Friday, October 3. This field trip was used as a culminating activity for a unit on farm fresh food. They walked around the farmer's market identifying fruits and vegetables and the parts of the plants they came from. The students asked the vendors questions about the produce they saw and the farmers eagerly provided the answers. This was a great use of their social skills. The students also interviewed a farmer from Indian Stove Farms, Falls, PA. All of the farmers answered their questions and one even gave the students free pumpkins. Everyone had a great afternoon at the Farmers Market!

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Canine Friends Return to Scranton

The elementary emotional support classroom has been learning about simple machines in Science class. On September 16, the students worked together and created an experiment with levers. The students studied how fulcrum, size and placement affect the amount of force needed to lift or move items. They were amazed at the results and are excited about experimenting with different objects throughout the school year.

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Learning about Science

The elementary emotional support classroom has been learning about simple machines in Science class. On September 16, the students worked together and created an experiment with levers. The students studied how fulcrum, size and placement affect the amount of force needed to lift or move items. They were amazed at the results and are excited about experimenting with different objects throughout the school year.

Learning about Science

Back to School Open House

The students have been busy preparing for their 'Back to School Night'. They created self portraits using various mediums such as paint, crayons, and markers. They expressed their vision of themselves and then attached them on paper and listed a few facts about themselves. Some students chose to write their favorite quotes. They also attached a photograph of themselves enjoying school. These were on display for their families to view while visiting the school.

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Our students have rhythm

The students in the autism support program welcomed some special visitors on September 4. Music therapy students from nearby Marywood University will be providing weekly music sessions to the students. Chris, Cassie, and Shannon from the university will engage the students with instruments, practicing rhythms, tempos, and singing songs. Some of the instruments they will be playing are the maraca, drums, tambourine, ukulele, guitar, and keyboard. The school continues to appreciate the community's support of our students and school!

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Archived News from School Year 2013-2014

Activities "Under the Sea"

The elementary classroom at NHS School Scranton enjoyed activities focused around the theme "Under the Sea." For Gym on Monday they did the "crabwalk", the "swim", and the "wave". Exercises were chosen by drawing a card, and then rolling the dice to determine the number of times the exercises were to be done. The thematic lessons continued on Tuesday with the students being shown pictures of ocean activities and then writing about what they saw. For music class they made ocean drums out of recycled take home containers. The students filled them with colored rice and rocks and then used them to keep the beat while listening to songs about the sea. The nutrition lesson on Wednesday was all about "My plate." The students used a fishing pole with a magnet on the end, to fish for food items. After catching the "fish," they glued them to the plate in the proper food category. For Art on Thursday they made a "message in a bottle" using recycled water bottles. The students filled the bottles with a note they had written, colored sand, seashells and rocks. They also made ocean sensory bottles with empty water bottles filled with water, vegetable oil, blue food coloring, glitter, seashells and sand. They also made homemade sand out of flour and baby oil and then created sand castles using spoons and cups. The theme ended on Friday with some Ocean themed floor puzzles after the students returned from their trip to the community pool.

Pizza Party Celebration

The students ended the Extended School Year with a pizza party. As part of the token economy system, the students were able to earn "money" over the 4 week session to purchase entry to the party and have additional treats. Six high school students participated in this event and enjoyed pizza, chips, and a special dirt cake made by Miss Amber.

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A Different Approach to Learning

Miss Jill's elementary class took another approach to learning by incorporating a pirate theme throughout the week. In Math, the students did worksheets at their individual levels that had Pirate designs on them, and participated in pirate exercises. Each student rolled dice to determine how many times the class would have to do the exercise on the card drawn. These moves consisted of "walking the plan," "flapping your wings like a parrot," "lifting the treasure chest over your head" and "rowing the skiff." In Nutrition class, the students made pirate carrots walk the celery plank landing in ranch dressing served in "under the sea" designed cups. In Reading class, they read the story Pirate Island by Tisha Hamilton. The students used ideas from the story to create pirate costumes in Art class and together they learned a pirate song in Music which they performed for the entire school!

A Different Approach to Learning A Different Approach to Learning

A Different Approach to Learning A Different Approach to Learning

Ice Cream in a Bag

Miss Amber's class at NHS School Scranton made "ice cream in a bag" during nutrition class. The recipe called for a small serving of an ingredient and the students were asked to double the recipe using their math skills. The ingredients were placed in small zip lock bags, and then the bags were placed into larger bags containing salt and ice cubes. The students had to shake the bags until the mixture looked solid and creamy. They were then given the choice of toppings to add to this delicious treat. Their hands were cold, but their taste buds were happy!

NHS School Scranton Makes Ice Cream in a Bag NHS School Scranton Makes Ice Cream in a Bag

It is "All About Me"

The Extended School Year began on Tuesday, June 24, by making "All About Me" posters to introduce themselves to their new teacher Ms. Jill. They also enjoyed writing their spelling words in shaving cream. On Friday, June 27, the entire school went to Weston Park to swim. The students are all looking forward to a fun filled month!

Spirit Week

The NHS School Scranton held its first Spirit Week June 2-5. Students were given a list of themes for each day leading up to our finale, the IM Matty Event. Monday was favorite hat day, Tuesday was mismatched clothing day, Wednesday was pajama day, and Thursday they dressed up for their favorite holiday. Miss Mary presented a trophy, on Friday June 6, at the award ceremony for our IM Matty tournament to Alyssa for showing the most School Spirit.

Creating Tie-Dyed Keepsakes

NHS School Scranton students made tie-dyed shirts as a keepsake to remember this past school year. The students and staff used permanent markers to make a design, signed each shirt, and then sprayed the shirts with a solution to create a tie-dye affect. It was a great school year, but both the staff and students are looking forward to a fun filled summer vacation.

Creating Tie-Dyed Keepsakes

Annual Science Fair

NHS School Scranton students have been conducting experiments, delving into research, and creating beautiful displays during the month of May in preparation for the Annual Science Fair, which all of our students participated as part of their science grade for this marking period. Our scientists chose topics from life cycle of a butterfly, minerals, where flies come from, volcanos, the effect of music on our moods, and so many more. After completion of the projects the students put them up for display in the main hallway for families and friends to view. Our judge this year was Matthew S., a science teacher from the community. The projects were awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes and honorable mentions were given to all other participants. Thank you to all our teachers for guiding the students through this process.

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Carnival Field Day

The NHS School Scranton held its annual field day on Friday May 23 with a carnival theme where students were treated to many fun games. Due to the wet weather events had to be held at the school and each classroom hosted a game with the students moved to a new activity every 15 minutes. There was an obstacle course in the main hallway, skee-ball in Miss Wendy's room, bean bag toss in Miss Hazel's room, ring toss in Miss Amber's room and a duck toss in Miss Kate's classroom. After the games were over, the students and their family members went to the auditorium for a delicious lunch prepared by the staff. After the meal, the students and their guests were entertained by classmate Braden who sang the song "Play it Again" by artist Luke Bryan.

During the festivities, our elementary teachers were proud to celebrate two students graduating from Kindergarten. Mrs. Keriann introduced Leonard and told the audience about how he was very excited when told he was graduating and wanted to know if he was going to go to college! She spoke of the many ways this young man has changed since coming to NHS and there were many sniffles before she finished. Miss Kate introduced her student, Allyssa, and told of the enthusiasm this young lady brings to her classroom each day. The School Director, Cecelia Farrell, spoke about how very proud she is of our school and how it has grown under her guidance over the past four years. Our first field day was held in 2011 with less than 20 people in attendance. This year we can boast over 80 students, staff and family members were here celebrating with us.

Art Appreciation

Students at the NHS School Scranton love art class! On Wednesday, May 21, Miss Keriann's elementary classroom made jellyfish with ribbons and paper plates to tie in with their theme of Swimming into Summer. Miss Wendy's high school students have been studying the artist Jackson Pollock in art class. They did individual expressionist paintings using a splatter art technique. These pieces are on display in the main hallway of our school.

Art Appreciation Art Appreciation

Art Appreciation Art Appreciation

Muffins for Mom

On Monday, May 12, the students at the NHS School Scranton hosted their second annual Muffins for Mom and welcomed over 60 visitors! During the previous week in Art, Social Skills and Nutrition Classes, the students were very busy making invitations, decorations and baking muffins for this fun event. When the mothers, grandmothers, aunts and caregivers arrived they were escorted by their student to the auditorium where they enjoyed muffins, juice, and coffee with their child in celebration of Mother's Day.

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A Gift From Former Teacher

Our school received a package from a former teacher, Miss Danielle, who is now teaching at the International School in Muscat, Oman. Miss Danielle's students just finished a Social Studies unit on how children are all unique and how they are all connected all over the world. Miss Danielle taught her students about World Autism Day and Autism Awareness. The students in Oman wanted to help show support for the NHS School Scranton students and sent a puzzle piece garland to the school. The students were very excited to receive this gift and to hear from their former teacher.

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Making Breakfast

On April 29, Miss Wendy's high school class learned how to make a hearty skillet breakfast during a recent life skill activity. The students whipped up eggs, turned bacon, and made toast as they discussed the nutritional value of the meal. The results were delicious!

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Setting Up a School Store

The Transition Program continues helping students build their work skills. Every week, on Tuesday and Thursday, the students set up the school store for their peers to shop. The store sells a variety of items ranging from school supplies to snacks. The stocker compiles a list of items that need to be replenished at the end of the day. Once a week the stocker and the classroom aide go to the local supermarket to get more inventory.

NHS School Scranton is Setting Up a School Store

Science Fair

The students started researching and planning for this year's science fair. Miss Wendy's class joined in to help fellow student Nick begin his project on which type of light is better for plant growth, artificial or natural sunlight. The students look forward to seeing the end result of Nick's project.

NHS School Scranton Begins Prep for Science Fair

Learning About the Roman Empire

Miss Wendy's classroom from the NHS School Scranton just finished studying about the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. The students constructed a model Roman castle made of recycled materials. They really enjoyed this hands-on activity and used several problem solving skills to piece everything together. The student's creativity really came out and everyone worked together to create a representation of a Roman castle.

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Hosting The Fourth Annual 'Light It Up Blue' Ceremony

NHS School Scranton prepared for their fourth annual Light It Up Blue ceremony Wednesday, April 2. On Monday, the high school Autism students painted blue puzzle pieces on the front door glass and the front walkway, with the help of Miss Kate's elementary emotional support class. On Tuesday, students created blue treats in their nutrition and life skills classes. The high school students made blue cupcakes and puzzle piece cookies sprinkled with blue sugar. The elementary classes made blue rice crispy treats. In art class, Miss Wendy's students painted empty jars to be used as blue luminaries at the ceremony. Miss Cecelia's high school and middle school emotional support students put quotes of support in puzzle piece frames which were hung in the hallway. Miss Keriann's elementary students made a multimedia art piece, "We are as unique as a puzzle," which was hung for visitors to see. The event was attended by students and their families, staff members, two Boy Scout troops, and local news station WNEP Channel 16.

Preparing for Interviews

The students in the Transition Program have been preparing to interview for jobs within the franchise at the school. They have been creating portfolios, reading job descriptions, practicing speaking skills and filling out applications for the position for the past few months. This week, they were assigned a day for the job interview and expected to come dressed for success, know how to use their portfolio and demonstrate the speaking skills they have been working on. The interviews were conducted by staff members in an office setting. The students did a great job with their first interviews and were accepting of feedback to improve their interview skills and etiquette the next time around.

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Therapy Dogs Visit Our School

The International Therapy Dogs Chapter 254 visited the NHS School Scranton on Friday, March 21. Three dogs and their handlers spent time in each classroom and the students had the opportunity to pet the dogs, feed them treats and ask the handler questions. The dogs have been trained to provide a calm and relaxing setting for children with special needs. The students found this activity very rewarding and the handlers have agreed to return on the third Friday of every month.

Therapy Dogs Visit NHS School Scranton

Therapy Dogs Visit NHS School ScrantonTherapy Dogs Visit NHS School Scranton

Attending the Special Olympics

The Autism Support students attended the Special Olympics Race Day at Elk Mountain Ski resort on March 6. The day began with a parade from the lodge to the mountain where all the competing schools were introduced and congratulated for their hard work. Ten students competed in events on the bunny slope winning medals in sliding, beginner skills, intermediate skills and participation. After the events a medal ceremony was held where our students were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals. We were also honored to receive the Cassaro-Davis Memorial Race Skiing Champions trophy for being the school that took home the most medals. Elk Mountain provided all participants and their families with a complimentary lunch consisting of hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza along with fries, pudding and a beverage. The students have evolved in self-confidence as a result of this wonderful experience.

NHS School Scranton Attends the Special Olympics

NHS School Scranton Attends the Special OlympicsNHS School Scranton Attends the Special Olympics

The Basketball Team Attends First Away Game

The All-Star Basketball team had their first away game of the year against the Jefferson Center Lions. The Jefferson Center Lions won 28-26. After the game, the Jefferson Center treated the players to chocolate chip cookies and great sportsmanship was displayed by both teams.

NHS School Scranton Basketball Team Attends First Away Game

Students Learn to Ski

Eight students and four adults from the Autism Support program traveled to Elk Mountain Ski Resort on February 11 to practice their skills for the Special Olympics skiing medal ceremony coming up in March. After much practice, three of the high school students were allowed to go up the lift and ski down the bunny slope. All the other students are looking forward to advancing to this next step. After skiing, everyone enjoyed a lunch in the lodge before boarding the van to return to Scranton.

NHS School Scranton Students Learn to Ski

NHS All Star Basketball Kicks Off

The NHS All Stars basketball team at the NHS Scranton School had their first game on Tuesday against the Jefferson Center team in Scranton, PA. The Jefferson Center won the game, but a good time was had by all. The team consists of players from the high school and middle school autism support classrooms. The head coach is Diane M. and the assistant coach is a student from the high school emotional support classroom. The players demonstrated teamwork and good sportsmanship. The next game is scheduled for Thursday, February 13, 2014. GO ALL-STARS!

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Music Therapy Comes to Miss Jess' Classroom

The students in Miss Jess' autism support classroom enjoyed a rhyme and patterns music therapy lessons last week. Each student had the opportunity to play a variety of drums and bongos. They also played a game in which a base or a slap could be added to the rhythm to create a final pattern they all played at the end of the lesson. Both hemispheres of the brain process music, allowing for stimulation of cognitive functions, as well as building other necessary functions including self-regulation and awareness, relationship development, improved executive functioning, and academic competence.

Music Therapy Comes to NHS School Scranton Classroom

Students Construct a Model Town

Ms. Kate's elementary emotional support classroom at the NHS School Scranton is constructing a model of a town to complete their unit on communities. They included houses, roads, a school, a park and a grocery store. They used cardboard boxes, cereal boxes, milk cartons, construction paper and glue to construct their creation. The students really enjoyed this hands-on experience and the opportunity to be creative.

Students Construct a Model Town

Holiday Door Decorating Contest

The NHS School Scranton held its annual Holiday Door decorating contest during the week of December 16-20. The students helped decorate the doors with items made in art class and then put them on display on the outside of the classroom doors. Everyone was given a ballot and the winners were announced on Friday December 20. The winners were, Most Creative: Miss Hazel's high school autism classroom, Most Traditional: Miss Emily's high school autism classroom, Most Colorful: Miss Jess's emotional support classroom, Most Christmassy: Miss Kate's elementary emotional support classroom, Most Artistic: Mrs. Kerianne's elementary autism classroom, and Most Original Mrs. Kerianne's elementary autism classroom. The students and staff have such a great time with this annual event and look forward to celebrating it again next year!

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NHS School Scranton Holds Holiday Door Decorating ContestNHS School Scranton Holds Holiday Door Decorating Contest

A Holiday Makeover

The elementary autism classroom at NHS School Scranton is getting into the holiday spirit by making a Christmas tree out of their hands traced on green construction paper. They decorated the tree by stringing beads to make garland. They also hung construction paper light bulbs from the ceiling to decorate the classroom. The elementary emotional support classroom has also been working hard to decorate their classroom because they have been chosen to host the school holiday party. So far they have made snowflakes and Santa decorations. Lastly, the students started their shopping in the holiday store and were excited to make purchases for their friends and family.

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The School Snack Store

The Transition Program at the NHS School Scranton opened its School Snack Store this week. The store is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays for business. The high school autism students are supporting the middle schools students in determining the unit cost and the mark up price to sell the inventory. The students are able to practice skills in counting money, making change, as well as providing customer service to their school peers.

Scranton School Store

Classroom Gets Artistic

The elementary autism support classroom has been using their artistic side to create decorations for the school. The students traced their hands on green construction paper and then hung them on the wall to make a classroom Christmas tree. They are also stringing beads during their breaks to make garland and to build fine motor skills. Next, the students used crayons to color a variety of holiday pictures and then "painted" them with oil. When the oil dried it made the pictures appear transparent. These were hung on the window to give the illusion of stained glass. Lastly, they said goodbye to their music therapists from Marywood University. The students made thank you cards for Angelina and Amy and wished them good luck in their future careers.

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Preparing a Thanksgiving Feast

The students and staff at the NHS School Scranton worked as a team to prepare their annual Thanksgiving feast. The high school students brainstormed ideas for the menu, looked up recipes on the internet, went grocery shopping to pick up all the supplies and ingredients needed, and cooked the meals. The elementary students made table decorations, chocolate mousse pie, applesauce, and place cards for their families. On the day of the feast, the older students set up, warmed food and welcomed guests. Entertainment was provided by the elementary class singing three original songs and a skit was put on by elementary and high school students to the children's book Run, Turkey, Run! Lastly, the high school students in the emotional support classroom told jokes and a solo was performed by one of the students, Braden. Approximately 70 people were in attendance for a successful event!

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NHS School Scranton Prepares a FeastNHS School Scranton Prepares a Feast

Fire Safety Day

The NHS School Scranton held a fire safety day on November 1. The Scranton Fire Department Safety Officer and Firefighter Sean arrived first, explaining that the rest of the trucks and other firefighters had to answer a fire call and would arrive once the emergency was over. They explained to the kids how important it is to know how to call for any help by dialing 911, and to know their addresses. He also taught them how dangerous smoke is and to "to get low and go!" and how to "stop, drop, and roll" if your clothing was on fire. The rest of the firefighters arrived soon after, in full gear and smelling of smoke. They had on their air tanks and masks so that the children could familiarize themselves with their appearance and the sound of their voice through the respirator so that they aren't frightened by them in an emergency. The students also got to see the trucks, hold the hose, and hear the siren.

All the students enjoyed themselves and can't wait for another visit from the Scranton Fire Department.

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A Visit to Roba's Family Farms

The two elementary classes at the NHS School Scranton joined together on Friday October 25, for a field trip to Roba's Family Farms, in North Abington Pennsylvania. The students were able to feed farm animals, maneuver their way through a corn maze, go on a hay ride, watch a pig race, and jump on a giant bounce pillow. They brought a picnic lunch and finished the day choosing pumpkins to take home with them from the pumpkin patch. When asked what their favorite part of the day was, the majority responded "the giant bounce pillow!"

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Getting Creative with Food

Miss Rebecca's elementary class at the NHS School Scranton used cookies to learn the names of the different types and phases of the moon. Some of the names they learned were the Crescent Moon and the Gibbons Moon. Each student created a moon phase mini book and then used Oreo cookies to shape each phase and put them in order using a diagram.

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Making Pumpkin Pie Play-Doh

Mrs. Keriann at NHS School Scranton combined science and art by having her students make pumpkin pie Play-Doh. They mixed the ingredients and took turns stirring. After the dough was mixed they added red and yellow food coloring to make orange. They shaped their balls of dough into pumpkins and added a spiral noodle that had been dyed green to the top. The pumpkins were left to dry over night in the classroom. Everyone had a great time making pumpkins out of play-doh!

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Tasty Treats are mixed up at NHS School Scranton

The elementary class at the NHS School Scranton enjoyed a tasty treat in nutrition class on October 23. Each student took turns measuring and mixing the ingredients for a no bake pumpkin pie. Fine motor skills were practiced as students whisked the batter before scooping it into mini graham cracker balls, as small amount of math was added to the class by having them double the recipe. They were able to eat this delicious treat when the lesson was completed and all declared it "Yummy!"

Tasty Treats are mixed Up at NHS School Scranton

Celebrating Unity Day - October 9,2013

Last week (October 7-11), two NHS School Scranton high school classrooms prepared for Unity Day, observed on October 9. Since Unity Day is represented by the color orange, students brainstormed on different activities they could participate in, including different foods and drinks they could serve that are orange. The students made a large poster and a banner out of orange construction paper with words to support anti-bullying, and the students and staff wore orange to show their support for Unity day. After completing their activities, everyone enjoyed their orange snacks and engaged in a discussion on what bullying is and what to do if you or someone else is being bullied.

Unity Day Celebrated at NHS School Scranton

Unity Day Celebrated at NHS School Scranton Unity Day Celebrated at NHS School Scranton

Back to School Night

NHS School Scranton hosted its annual Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 26. All classrooms were open for the families of students to visit. Teachers explained the classroom positive behavior plan and what topics the students will be learning this school year. It was a great opportunity for new teachers to meet the families of students and for our new students to show their families around the school.

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Science Experiment

Earlier this week, the elementary students at NHS School Scranton finished reading "Mummies in the Morning". Miss Keriann had the students wrap each other up as mummies using toilet paper, which they thought was a lot of fun. In science class, they conducted an experiment on the mummification of fruit. They put slices of apples in cups and poured either Epson salt, table salt, baking soda or flour over their apples. For their writing assignment, they made observations daily and recorded them in their journal. At the end of the day on Thursday they concluded that table salt did the best job.

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NHS School Scranton Participates in Cleaning Project

On Tuesday, July 16, high school students from NHS School Scranton helped clean a church, located next to the school. The students worked in an assigned area for 15 minutes before switching to their next task. They dusted, washed the windows and walls, vacuumed the carpets and swept the entry halls under the supervision of their teacher. The students were required to sign in and out on their time sheets and their performance was evaluated by their teacher, Miss Rebecca. This was another great step for our transition age students to participate in work skills in the community. NHS School Scranton Participates in Cleaning Project NHS School Scranton Participates in Cleaning Project NHS School Scranton Participates in Cleaning Project

We Beat the Heat!

During the July heat wave, the staff at NHS School Scranton held a variety of water activities for the students to stay cool. A sprinkler was set up on the front lawn and the entire school was able to cool down. They also had fun participating in a water balloon toss. Students had the opportunity to visit the community pool and practice their social skills with races and splash competitions. Miss Rebecca ended the day by generously serving cold watermelon to all who attended. NHS School Scranton Beats the Heat! NHS School Scranton Beats the Heat!

The "Unfair Game"

NHS School Scranton students recently spent time playing the “Unfair Game.” Each student was given seven pieces of candy and then they were given the choice of rolling the dice or drawing a card. Depending on what number was rolled or which card was drawn determined the direction they had to follow. They could either take a piece of candy from the person on their right or left, give a piece of candy to the person on the right or left, take from the pot in the middle, put into the pot, or if the pot was empty, they could take from the person of their choice. These actions usually resulted in someone saying “Hey that’s Unfair!” thus the name of the game. The students then discussed their feelings about each action that occurred. Many students remarked that it was their favorite activity during the Extended School Year (ESY) program.

NHS School Scranton Plays 'Unfair Game'


Archived News from School Year 2012-2013

Practicing Public Speaking

NHS School Scranton Practices Public SpeakingHigh school students at NHS School Scranton have been working on their transition skills and portfolios throughout the Extended School Year (ESY) Program.

On Thursday, July 25 each student gave a presentation to their peers giving them the opportunity to strengthen their public speaking skills by presenting their Power Point and talking in front of a small audience. The group practiced being attentive listeners and participated in asking questions.

Fun in the Sun for Our Students

On July 3, the NHS School Scranton enjoyed a fun afternoon at the local Weston Park Pool. Students interacted with each other through swim races and demonstrating individual skills in the water. The high school students had the honor of helping their younger peers with their swimming abilities. Students were encouraged to greet and thank the life guards when it was appropriate and on the walk to and from the pool. They also learned about safety when walking along the streets, how to cross at the corner safely, and staying with the group.

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Fun in the Sun for NHS School Scranton Students

Developing Vocational Skills

On July 3, the students at NHS School Scranton were shown how to wash and detail a vehicle. They washed the windows inside and out, sprayed and wiped all interior surfaces, vacuumed the carpets, and cleaned the tires. The school has also partnered up with a local pizza restaurant, Pehrs Pizza, to assist in assembling their boxes for the week. Classroom aid, Mary G., picks up the boxes from the business each Monday and returns them on Thursday. This is part of the vocation stations the students participate in twice a week. The students are required to assemble 10 boxes before moving on to the next activity. The other stations are the vocational assembly workshop, and the much needed portfolio station. The last station consists of working at a computer creating their digital portfolio, including pictures, descriptions of their goals and strengths, and learning the correct way to fill out a job application.

Developing Vocational Skills Developing Vocational Skills

Developing Vocational Skills Developing Vocational Skills

Math is a Beach

Miss Keriann's elementary class has been playing fun games while advancing their math skills at the same time. Using a beach ball with numbers from 0-16 written on it, the students toss the ball to each other. When the ball is caught, the number that the right thumb is touching is used in a math problem. The ball is then tossed to one more student for the second number and the teacher prompts for it to be addition, subtraction or multiplication depending on the level of the student doing the solving. The students have shown a great appreciation for this game and their math skills are improving greatly.

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The Compliment Tree Comes to Scranton Classroom

The elementary class at NHS School Scranton is creating a Compliment Tree for the school hallway. The students are making leaves out of construction paper and will be writing positive messages on them about family members, school peers, teachers, helpers, and people and places in the community.

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Field Day

NHS School Scranton held field day at Weston Park on May 31. The students invited their families and friends to join them in a fun filled day. The students participated in many activities such as SNAG Golf driving range, washer toss, water cannon bottle shoot and a water sponge race. The morning ended with a lunch provided by the staff, including hot dogs and hamburgers, and paper goods donated by two student's generous families. Classroom aide Mary G.'s, husband, David, grilled the food and provided cotton candy for dessert. A graduation and awards ceremony was held after lunch along with a slide show of the school year.
Congratulations to the graduates and best of luck in the future!

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Practicing Job-readiness

NHS School Scranton has been focusing on transition skills to assist the students with job-ready skills after high school. The students created a fictitious cleaning company to practice job application skills, time management, and how to complete tasks. They will begin transferring these skills into the community during the 2013-2014 school year.

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Operating a school store

The middle school classroom at the NHS School Scranton is continuing to work on their budget skills, life skills, and organizational skills by shopping for items for their school store. The students worked together to see how much they have in their bank account, and foresee how much profit they will be making. They will also keep track of inventory by buying hot ticket items and keeping the store well stocked.

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Mother's Day

NHS School Scranton's elementary classroom celebrated Mother's Day with their second annual Muffins with Mom celebration. Students served their moms muffins, donuts, and orange juice. The students also gave their moms a handmade flower craft stating all of the reasons they love their mom. All of the moms enjoyed spending time with their children in the classroom.

NHS School Scranton Celebrates Mother's Day

Celebrating Spring

Our high school students celebrated springtime by creating their own Japanese Cherry Blossom trees. They used recycled two liter soda bottles to create the stamp for the flowers and brushes to make the trunk and branches.

NHS School Scranton Spreads Awareness

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

NHS School Scranton spread National Children's Mental Health awareness on May 8 by wearing green. National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week began in 2005 as a way to spread the awareness of the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, and social disabilities and their families across America.

NHS School Scranton Spreads Awareness

Visiting Lackawanna State Park

NHS School Scranton middle school classroom took a field trip to Lackawanna State Park. The students learned about birds and were able to bird watch, identify bird calls, and keep data on the types of birds they found based on what they learned. The students then enjoyed a stroll through the park, a picnic lunch, and sightseeing at the park's dam.

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Getting a Tadpole Fish Tank

taddpoleNHS School Scranton's kindergarten emotional support classroom began to learn about life cycles with a live tadpole fish tank in their classroom.

They will observe the tadpoles each day until their cycle is complete and they will be released back into their natural habitat. Ms. Rebecca also had her students make frogs as their weekly art project to go along with this unit of study.

Earth Day

NHS School Scranton celebrated Earth Day. The middle school and high school students cleaned up the parking lot of a nearby park and collected litter on the school property while the elementary students created colorful, one-of-a-kind paintings out of recycled beverage cans based on the famous cartoonist Charles Kaufman's "Crushed Can Art". The high school students also planted seeds in the school's planters to be displayed by the school's entrance.

NHS School Scranton Celebrates Earth Day

Traveling to PNC Field

NHS School Scranton high school students traveled to PNC Field on April 24 to watch the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders. The students enjoyed the fresh air and warm spring day at the stadium's first school day game of the season. The students were visited by the team mascot, Champ, and got to enjoy the inflatables and games in the Fun Zone.

NHS School Scranton Travels to PNC Field

Science Fair

Our school held its Second Annual Science Fair on Wednesday May 2. The students worked very hard in the previous months forming hypothesis statements, conducting experiments, and creating displays for this event. There were experiments on electroplating, magnets, plant growth, life cycles, and the effects of video games on emotions, phases of the moon, the solar system, and erosion. The projects were displayed in the school hallway for their families to view their work. Awards were given based on creativity, presentation, and research completed.

Thank you to Mr. Joe, Miss Laura, and Miss Danielle for all the time and effort they put into making this science fair another huge success.

NHS School Scranton Holds a Science Fair NHS School Scranton Holds a Science Fair

An Educational Nutrition Lesson

The Autistic Support elementary classroom completed a fun, tasty, and educational nutrition lesson. They discussed the food groups, fruit, grain, vegetable, dairy, and protein. The students identified different fruits like strawberries, bananas, apples, and oranges. They also learned about the nutritional value of each fruit and why it is important to eat them. The students practiced cutting up the fruits with plastic knives and mixed their own fruit salad. They all enjoyed this experience of being exposed to new tastes and textures.

NHS School Scranton Gets an Educational Nutrition Lesson

Elementary Classroom Attends the Circus

The elementary classroom attended the Irem Shrine Circus on April 4. There were many exciting things for the students to see including elephants, bears and tigers. Also, the students were able to practice their social skills and money management at the circus. All of the students had an excellent time at the circus and hope to return again soon.

NHS School Scranton Classroom Attends the Circus NHS School Scranton Classroom Attends the Circus

NHS School Scranton Lights it Up Blue for Autism Awareness

NHS School Scranton held their third annual Light It Up Blue ceremony on April 2 to help spread awareness about autism to the community, with more than 30 people in attendance. Food and drinks were available, including student made brownies, puzzle piece chocolate lollipops, blue cotton candy, coffee, and hot cocoa. At sunset, the group went outside and lit blue paper lumineers with puzzle pieces painted on them made from canning jars and blue twinkle lights. A blue spot light illuminated the building. The teachers read autism facts and a story about community awareness to everyone present.

Thank you, Mary Griffin, for all your hard work organizing this event!

Preparing for Autism Awareness Month

An elementary classroom at NHS School Scranton began preparing for Autism Awareness Month. They started out with a discussion about autism and why it is important to make the community aware of it. They were also told about the Light it Up Blue ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, April 2 at the school. In art class, they made T-shirts using puzzle pieces and spray-on fabric paint which will be worn during the ceremony.

Preparing for Autism Awareness Month Preparing for Autism Awareness Month

Field Trip

Middle school students went on a field trip to the Back Mountain Bowling Alley in Dallas, PA. The students practiced several skills they have acquired through their Eclipse curriculum, including following the rules and expectations learned in previous lessons, and practiced them along with good sportsmanship, all while having a great time with their peers.

NHS School Scranton went on a field trip to the Back Mountain Bowling Alley in Dallas, PA NHS School Scranton went on a field trip to the Back Mountain Bowling Alley in Dallas, PA

Students Learn the Game of Golf

students learn the game of golfOur students were introduced to a new program, Starting New at Golf (SNAG) this week which will teach the game to individuals of all ages and ability levels. The students in all grades were taught the basic skills and language of the game.

They were eager to try a new sport and caught on quickly. They are looking forward to warmer weather and practicing their golf skills in outdoor gym classes.

Celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Dr. Seuss - The LoraxThe elementary students celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday last week, by reading various Dr. Seuss books, discussing his life, and creating art projects for each book they read. On Friday March 1, the students made Cat in the Hat themed hats to wear all day, listened to the story The Lorax and watched the accompanying movie.

The students enjoyed Dr. Seuss themed treats such as green eggs and ham pretzel sticks, truffula tree cupcakes, sugar cookies, and strawberry shortcake Cat in the Hat hats. The students enjoyed learning about and celebrating one of their favorite authors!

Scranton celebrates Dr. Seuss' Birthday

We Pledge to End the R-Word

The students made a pledge on March 6, stating, "I pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the R word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities."

After the students said the pledge they also signed their names on a written copy and received a sticker showing their support of the pledge. The elementary students also took black crayons and scribbled out the R word on a sheet of paper and then crumbled, tore, and stomped on the paper to symbolize the elimination of the word. The middle school students were brought into a room with hurtful comments and sayings that involved the R word posted on the walls, windows and chalk boards, the students expressed how these words made them feel, and then tore down the signs. The high school students watched a video sponsored by r-word.org that interviewed people about the offensive language they have had directed at them. After watching the video they discussed situations they have been in when someone said these words to them and talked about how it made them feel.

Way to show your support Scranton students!

Scranton-pledges to End the R-Word

Creating Masterpieces

Middle school students from the NHS School Scranton replicated works of art by Vincent Van Gogh and Dale Chihuly. The students modeled Van Gogh's "Still Life: Vase with Twelve Flowers" by sketching a sunflower and using watercolors to finish their masterpieces. In addition, they created glass sculptures just like Chihuly's by using coffee filters, markers, and starch spray.

Scranton-students create masterpieces

Our Students Improve Their Skiing Skills

Our students skied with the Special Olympics at Elk Mountain on February 28. They have shown much progress throughout this year's ski season. This week the students in Miss Danielle's elementary classroom skied down the bunny slope all by themselves. Next Tuesday, all the Scranton students will participate in the race at Elk Mountain and are very excited to show off their skills as a final end to the skiing season.

Our Students Improve Their Skiing Skills

Celebrating 100 Days of School!

The NHS School Scranton celebrated their 100th day of school on February 19 with many fun activities. The high school class took 100 crayons and melted them into a rainbow art display for the whole school to enjoy. The middle school students made cookies and decorated them with Twizzlers and Life Savers in the formation of the number 100.

The elementary students filled in their place card value chart on their smart board to show how many days they have been in school. The students also made crafts with the number 100, including, t-shirts with 100 objects on them, paper chains with 100 stamps, and glasses in the shape of the number 100.

All of the students in Scranton were very excited to celebrate being 100 days smarter!

Celebrating 100 Days of School! Celebrating 100 Days of School! Celebrating 100 Days of School!

Students go Skiing

Students at the NHS School Scranton participated in the Special Olympic Area Ski Program at Elk Mountain Ski Resort on January 31. New students practiced beginner skills on the bunny slope, while several of the older students who participated in the program last year were able to ride the lift and ski down the slope independently. Students enjoyed themselves using social skills in the lodge while purchasing and eating lunch, and receiving instruction from volunteers from Elk Mountain and the Special Olympics.

Students go Skiing Students go Skiing Students go Skiing

Starting off the Basketball Season

NHS School Scranton's Shooting Stars played their first basketball game of the season against the Jefferson Center Lions of Dunmore on Thursday, January 10. The NHS team was greeted by a banner welcoming them, made by the Jefferson Center students. The score at half time was tied at 14. There were many opportunities to show good sportsmanship and practice social skills during the game.

The final score was 27-24 with a Jefferson Center victory. The coach reminded the team they are all winners for turning out and doing their best.

Congrats NHS School Scranton for their efforts and teamwork!

NHS School Scranton starts off their Basketball Season NHS School Scranton starts off their Basketball Season

Our School Welcomes Two New Educators

NHS School Scranton Welcomes Two New EducatorsThe middle school autistic support classroom at NHS School Scranton welcomes a new teacher, Laura S. and a new classroom aide, Nicole G.

Laura is working on her Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Certification and Nicole is a certified teacher bringing 15 years of experience in regular and special education.

The students were very excited to introduce themselves to the new educators, and look forward to working with them.

Winter Clothing Drive

Winter Clothing Drive Students at the NHS School Scranton participated in the Winter Clothing Drive for Adoption Awareness Month. The donated clothing will be distributed to children in the Foster Care and Permanency Programs. The students kicked off the campaign on November 9 by decorating a collection box in art class and taking home flyers to inform their families and the community about the drive.

This project was a great opportunity for the students to think about the needs of other children and to experience the gift of giving. All three classrooms were able to fill their boxes, and when the coordinator from the Therapeutic Foster Care program in Carbondale came to the school to pick up the donations, her car was filled to capacity! The Scranton students felt good about helping other children who may not be as fortunate as them.

Classroom Holiday Competition

The NHS School in Scranton was hosting a classroom decorating competition for the holiday season. Each classroom is responsible for coming up with a theme based on winter or the holidays. The decorations were made in art class using teamwork and cooperation. Everyone kept their ideas a secret until the big reveal on Friday, December 14. The winners will be selected by members of the staff and the neighboring church rectory.

NHS School Scranton Hosts Classroom Holiday Competition NHS School Scranton Hosts Classroom Holiday Competition NHS School Scranton Hosts Classroom Holiday Competition

Annual Thanksgiving Feast

thanksgiving Feast 2012 thanksgiving Feast 2012 The NHS School in Scranton held its annual Thanksgiving Feast on Friday, November 16. The menu was created and prepared by the students and teachers. The middle school class made a delicious chocolate mouse pie and the high school class prepared apple crisp as part of their nutrition and life skills lessons.
All of the students helped to make turkey name cards out of cookies, peanut butter cups, and candy corn. More than 56 people, their biggest turn-out ever, were treated to poems written by students, saying what they are thankful for.

Angels, Devils, and Goblins

The annual Halloween party began with the whole school gathering for a pizza party, compliments of the staff and support staff at NHS School Scranton. After eating their fill of this hot gooey treat the students gathered by grade and explored their senses as they visited each classroom by grade for activities involving taste, sight, touch, smell, and hearing. From eating many flavors of popcorn, decorating cookies, touching slimy "eyeballs and brain matter", and hearing spooky sounds, the students were challenged to describe what they were sensing. After the activities they paraded around the school and received treats from the school staff.

Say NO to Bullying

Say NO to bullying"What would you do if you saw someone being mean to another student?"

This was the question asked by teachers to get the discussion started on October 10, 2012. The staff and students were encouraged to wear orange and join schools around the world in taking a stand against Bullying in our schools.

There were activities, short movies, and group discussions on ways to stop bullying and how not to be a victim. The students were able to identify the difference between being funny and being unkind.

Students Attend Golf Tournament

Students attend golf tournamentOur Middle School Students had the opportunity in July to attend a golf tournament for Autistic Children. It was the senior project of a student in the Carbondale Area School District.

The day began with an introduction to the equipment they would be using and then the students went out to play 3 holes with the assistant of parents or student volunteers. It was amazing to see how well the 5 boys who went on this trip hit the ball and followed the rules of golfing.

They all expressed an interest to do it again next school year.

NHS Schools meet on the hard court

NHS Schools meet on the hard courtAbout 20 students from the NHS Autism Schools in Carlisle and Scranton ran the floor Tuesday, March 14, 2012 while a few others wanted to be cheer leaders. "We wanted to get the two schools together to meet each other and play basketball," said Mary Griffin, a teacher's aide at the Scranton school. "Not often do the kids get to meet other children and this was a perfect opportunity for us. It worked out really nicely and we are looking forward to doing it again. "

Griffin said the students have been playing basketball as part of the schools' sports program. Griffin said they arrived in Pottsville at 11 a.m. and stayed to about 1 p.m. After the basketball game, the students had a pizza party in the gym. Matthew Burkett, 19, who attends the Carlisle school, said he enjoyed "shooting hoops" and liked meeting the students from the other school. "The kids really enjoy basketball and it was a good way for them to meet new friends and have fun in a different environment," Josh Clark, a personal care aide at NHS in Carlisle, said Tuesday while coaching the teams. "It was a neat experience and they were able to be part of a team and learn the values that go along with it. It went as well as we hoped and they all had fun. I think all of them scored at least once."

Students win Medals for participating in Special Olympic Skiing

Students win Medals for participating in Special Olympic SkiingThe students at NHS School in Scranton put on their winter outdoor gear and a great deal of courage as they ventured out to Elk Mountain for the annual Special Olympics. This was our schools first year to participate in this event. The first few weeks were spent learning to stay up on the skis and how to stop. Once these skills were met they were allowed to use the lift and go down the beginner slope.

The program ended on March 6, 2012 with Olympic events and medals for all who participated. It was amazing to see the progress over the 6 week time period and the pride on all their faces as they stepped up to the podium to receive their medals.