Special Education

Course Descriptions

Basic Language Arts

Basic Language Arts is designed to meet the fundamental skills of grammar, writing, spelling, and literature. Reading comprehension and vocabulary development will be emphasized as well as reading for enjoyment.

Basic Math

Basic math is designed for students who need an intense, prescriptive approach to master specific, fundamental math skills. It focuses on the basic skills of the curriculum and designed for students who may not earn a high school diploma. Emphasis will be on basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, measurements, integers, decimals, and problem solving. 

Resource Writing

Writing skills unlock the door to better communication. Our goal in resource writing is to improve our writing in order to meet and maintain grade level expectations. The class is designed to focus on effective writing strategies using direct interventions. IEP goals will be addressed and monitored through Kansas Sentence and Paragraph Writing, 6 + 1 Traits of Writing, and journaling. Students may take this class on a daily basis or every other day basis. Progress will be documented on goal updates every six weeks. A limited amount of time will be set aside to monitor organization and performance in general education classes.

Resource Math

We will cover skills with a math foundations program designed to improve math calculation and problem solving. Our goal is to help students become more successful in their core classes and bridge the gap for some of the basics that have not been mastered. The class is designed to focus on remediating math skills identified in a student’s IEP. Computation and problem solving skills will be addressed along with math fluency activities through the Moving with Math program. Students may take this class on a daily basis or every other day basis. Progress will be documented on goal updates every six weeks. A limited amount of time will be set aside to monitor organization and performance in general education classes.

 

Resource Reading

This resource period is devoted to those students who need skill building in the area of decoding and/or comprehension. The curriculum will focus on phonics, vocabulary, strategies, and integration of all three as they apply to daily reading needs. Programming is individualized according to placement assessments. Progress is monitored weekly in specific areas of fluency and comprehension. A limited amount of time will be set aside to monitor organization and performance in general education classes during the resource period.

Resource Study Skills

The primary focus of this class will focus on study skills that include: middle school survival skills, preparing for class, organizational skills, test preparation skills and test-taking skills. A secondary focus will center on help with daily homework. Students may take this class on a daily or every other day basis and progress will be documented in the form of classroom grades and on goal updates every grading period.

Life Skills

What is the Life Skills Program?
The goal of the Life Skills Program at Clay Middle School is to assist students with moderate and severe disabilities to become independent young adults. The scope of the program includes functional academics, personal hygiene management, social skills, community training, daily living routines, and job placement. The program strives to develop the necessary skills for students to lead an independent and productive life.

Life Skills Curriculum
The Life Skills students work on goals and objectives that are developed each year by the students, parents, teachers, and support staff. Each of the goals and objectives are individualized to each student’s specific needs. They are measurable so that progress may be assessed.

Functional Academics
Students learn functional academic skills related to everyday living situations. Skills taught may include; mat, money, reading, writing, banking, shopping, telling time, form completion, and following schedules.

Personal Management
Personal Management includes basic health and interpersonal skills. CHS is fortunate to have laundry and kitchen areas provided for student training. There are many opportunities for students graduating from our program to live in supported, semi-independent or independent living environments.

Communication
Most students in the Life Skills program receive services from the speech/language pathologist to improve their communication skills. Goals are based on functional skills that will help the students be more successful in the community at large. Some of the students are non-verbal and, therefore, need alternative augmentative communication systems to assist in this area. These systems vary from very low tech (picture board) approach to a very high tech (computer generated voice output) approach. Communication goals are based on each student's individual needs.

Vocational Training
When Students start in the Life Skills programs at the elementary level, they learn behaviors, attitudes and skills necessary for them to become successful employees in a community setting. Specific job skills are developed according to student interests and abilities. Both in-school and community jobs are available through vocational training.

General Education Classes
The Life Skills students take two to four general education classes each semester.  Many other skills are improved by having access to and interaction with appropriate role models. Thanks to those who give a smile, support, and make our students and the Life Skills program more successful.