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What's New Archive for 2011-2012

4/12/12 - The Role Model Packet (Appendix C-5) has been updated for the 2012-2013 school year. Please use this new packet and forms for screening your role models for the coming school year.

3/8/12 - Signs for group time rules were contributed to the Flip Chart Boardmaker pages by Elizabeth Urgell.

1/15/12 - A great scope and sequence list for Conscious Discipline routines was added to the Teacher Handbook, Appendix S. Thanks to Monica Amador for another great contribution!.

Girl Scouts Gold Award Project Benefits Pre-K SPED Families - For her Gold Award project, Brittney Lynne Torres, an Ambassador Girl Scout from the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida (and daughter of Carolyn Torres, Pre-K SPED Staffing Specialist), created a set of home learning kits specifically designed for our Pre-K SPED classrooms. Over the past several months, she worked closely with our Pre-K staff including Dolores Mendoza, Cecilia Nuñez, Maria De La Vega, Janis Mikkelsen, Joan Reisinger and several teachers to determine which areas to cover and activities to include.

For more photos - click here for the online photo album

She has created a set of 4 kits (fine motor, cognitive, social/emotional & communication) each containing 5 activities along with all materials needed to do the activities and parent instructions. These kits are designed to be sent home for one week at a time so parents can practice/reinforce skills with their children. For teachers, there is a check-out binder included as well. Brittney recorded a set of video tutorialst: one video(for teachers) that reviews all items in each kit and several videos (for parents) showing a parent and child working through the activities in the kits. See below for video links (These YouTube links cannot be accessed through MDCPS server).

Teacher Intro Video

Fine Motor Skills Kit Video

Cognitive Skills Kit Video

Social/ Emotional Skills Kit Video

Communication Skills Kit Video

Cecilia and Dolores conferred with the PreK staff to decide which classrooms would most benefit from these kits. Five classroom were chosen based on make-up of the classroom, student population and needs, teacher experience, perceived interest and care of the kits, and geographic area.

The selected classrooms are: 
Maya Angelou El.- Monica Tejeda 
Poinciana Park El.- Miriam Tapanes 
Norland El.- Linda Alvarez 
Carol City El.- Ericka Holts 
Palm Lakes El.- Mercedes Hernandez

Brittney will be honored for her project at a special Gold Award Ceremony hosted by the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida on Saturday March 24, 2012.

12/15/11 - Lots of new photos in the Photo Gallery: PRIDE Class goes on the dental mobile and Liberty City Elementary class goes to the museum!

12/7/11 - A terrific Power Point presentation has been added - "Disabilities Overview", thanks to Christina Garcia!

12/7/11 - Links for Families has been updated with a couple of terrific featured links contributed by Michelle Rodriguez.

11/15/11 - Sibshops schedules for 2011 - 2012 posted on For Families and Para Familias.

11/7/11- Whew - it's been awhile...sorry for the delay in updates...

Check out this new Boardmaker contribution by Jillian Landers at Biscayne Elementary: Head Shoulders, Knees and Toes songboard and matching activity.

10/6/11 - PD Calendar for October - click here

9/23/11 - A suggested curriculum sequence outline has been added to the Teacher Handbook, Appendix S6. Thanks to Julio Suarez for the contribution!

9/23/11 - A list of Pre-K SPED classrooms with Smart Boards has been added to the Directory page.