School will be dismissed at 12:30 on Thursday, December 23rd for the holiday break. We hope everyone finds this hiatus to be restful and restorative. Please be safe, and enjoy the holidays! We will see you on January 3rd in 2022.
November is Native American Heritage Month, and administrators bedecked their doors with images and information reminding all of us of the importance of recognizing the contributions and sacrifices made by those who lived on this land long before settlers from Europe arrived. Influences on culture, tradition, and language, and acknowledgement of important leaders in American tribes, were among the topics showcased.
We were pleased to host a visit by Yvonne Tylinski, M.S., C.R.C., a Vocational Counselor with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, on Monday, November 8th. Here, our Educational Coordinator, Kim Phillips, introduces Yvonne to a group of our juniors and seniors who were presented with information about the pre-ETS (Employment Transition Services) program which is offered to young adults as they prepare for adulthood. MRC works with many community providers to offer transition services for students designed to provide them with the skills needed to be successful with employment or further education after high school. The broad range of services the agency offers for both students and adults, in partnership with schools, families, and other state agencies, focuses on the importance of self-advocacy and helping people live more independently.
Our annual Spirit Week begins on Monday, September 25th! Staff and classroom doors will be decorated and each day has a different theme:
Monday — Crazy Hat/Crazy Hair Day
Tuesday — Mismatch Day
Wednesday — School Colors
Thursday — Favorite Sports Team
Friday — Costume Day! Many Homeroom Teacher/Counselors are planning a Halloween theme with their group (school-appropriate, of course) and the rest of the staff also dresses up.
Shown here is most of our Leadership Team on Monday in their Crazy Hats.. Check back soon for more photos of all of us FULL OF SPIRIT in 2021!
We greatly enjoyed seeing our students’ caregivers last night — and were especially pleased that many of our newer students were represented! Folks followed their student’s schedule, shared some refreshments, and had a chance to chat with teachers and other staff.
We hope that all parents and guardians will be able to attend our fall Parents Night, when they will have the opportunity to follow their child’s schedule, meet as a group, and enjoy light refreshments. Please note this event does not include conferences with teachers about individual students, which can be scheduled through your Homeroom Teacher/Counselor, and is for adults only.
To honor Hispanic Heritage Month, which began on September 15th, staff followed our Farr tradition of decorating doors. Displays celebrate flags of Spanish-speaking countries; accomplished artists in music, literature and painting; athletes and pop stars; and more. We are proud to recognize the rich cultural contributions of the Hispanic and Latino communities in the U.S. and abroad.
September 1st was our first day of school, and already students are getting back into their academic routines and starting 2021-2022 off with positive momentum. Even our new students are settling in nicely. We can’t wait to see the amazing things our students are going to accomplish this year!
Our five-week summer program starts on July 6th and ends on August 9th. Academic classes happen in the morning as usual, but many of the courses offered are aimed at student interests and include hands-on, interactive curriculum. Afternoons feature community trips, local and further away, for enrichment, career exploration, and just plain fun.
We are pleased to announce that Tim Gallagher joined our team as Associate Director on June 1st. Tim comes to us with a wealth of experience in education and we are excited that he has joined the Farr Community.