There have been many successes in the first half of our school year, including one of our 8th grade students who started the school year by setting a goal for himself to graduate from our program and return to his home school. This student started with us as a 6th grader, and at times struggled so much that his support team discussed if he needed a higher level of services. Despite past struggles, he came into this school year motivated to succeed, and last month he achieved his goal. The classroom team, students, and many from the school community came to the classroom to celebrate his achievements and say goodbye. He is now at his home school with many of his friends from the community and hopes to play for their school basketball team.
Additionally, there have been great strides made with our family relationships and partnerships. One family came into our collaboration with much distrust of the district and the placement that was being offered to them. The beginning of the school year was at times tense with communication and building a relationship with the family, but as time, consistency, and rapport with the team was built, the family and student have developed trust with the school team. This was made even more clear as we hosted a Fall Family Night in November, inviting all families and students from our classroom to join us for an evening together that included dinner, games, and appreciations. The appreciations that were shared by family members, students, and the team, made it evident that an amazing and nurturing community has been fostered by this Lincoln team. While there are of course difficulties that come up and hard times along the way, the students and community in this classroom continues to grow and build with the help of our strong collaboration with the Lincoln community and families.