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Principal's Message

Principals Message:

 

    • Our focus is improving outcomes for all students by providing an integrated approach addressing each student’s unique academic, behavioral, and social/emotional needs in a safe and supportive learning environment.
    • We promote a team approach which values cooperation and collaboration and involves students, school personnel, parents and the community.
    • We provide job embedded professional development that contributes to a highly qualified, dedicated staff

 

Elementary and Middle School Program

The elementary and middle school program serves students in grades K-8 at our Alessandro campus and school personnel work as a team to improve student achievement, reduce problem behaviors, and improve overall social/emotional well-being. Students are instructed at their individual level based on their Individualized Educational Programs (IEP) and ongoing assessment data. Teachers use evidenced-based strategies to actively engage students and increase their success rates in school.

The school curriculum includes all subjects required by the state and local school systems. Academic instruction combines a strong emphasis on basic skills as well as higher order thinking. Teachers also use standardized measures to determine appropriate instructional levels and to assess student progress. Throughout the school year, teachers monitor progress towards students’ IEP goals and use data to make instructional decisions for maximizing student progress.

Alessandro School promotes the belief that all students can learn and make good choices. School personnel use explicit instruction, clear expectations, and structured routines to promote independence and coping skills. Because we serve students who have a history of difficulties in school, we use a Positive Behavioral Support Model that incorporates social skill instruction and continuous performance feedback throughout the school day. Teamwork and a sense of community are emphasized through cooperative learning groupings and planned social activities. Students are taught skills that can be generalized to their homes and communities. The goal of the elementary and middle school program is to teach and prepare students to return to a less restrictive environment, ultimately a general education classroom in a public-school setting.

 

High School Program

 

The high school program serves students in grades 9-12. High school students’ educational needs are defined in the Individualized Educational Program and have two primary components: academic and pre-vocational with an emphasis on post-secondary goals.

The Alessandro School and Moreno Valley Unified School District drive our instruction and prepare students for lifelong learning. The school curriculum includes all subjects required by the state and local school systems.

The goals for our high school students are to:

  1. Obtain a high school diploma.
  2. Return to their home school: If students have an interest in returning to their home school, more emphasis is placed on the general curriculum. Transition to a public-school setting utilizes a highly structured process that involves the students, their family, school system personnel, and The Alessandro School’s staff.
  3. Find their career path: Students who have post-secondary goals of gaining competitive employment, acquiring pre-vocational skills and exploring job opportunities may receive services from the Career Connections In-School Workability Program. This program provides students with career exploration opportunities and supervised, simulated work experiences within the school environment. Students learn technical skills such as resume crafting, application processes and job skills for obtaining and maintaining employment which include interviewing, accepting corrective feedback, communicating with co-workers, being absent from work and resigning from the job. Behavioral goals are monitored daily, and achievement is celebrated weekly. Finally, if appropriate, students may be provided with job coaches and work part of the school day in the community.

Ongoing professional development builds the skills our teachers, instructional assistants, clinicians, behavior specialists, and support staff needs to deliver effective and tailored academics, behavioral analysis interventions, and social skills training.

Every student comes to Alessandro School with social, emotional and learning challenges that impede their ability to succeed at school and in their daily life. Because each student has a unique set of challenges, we develop an Individual Educational Program (IEP) tailored specifically to maximize their strengths and create new opportunities. Response to this personalized integrated approach may allow students to return to a mainstream environment or guide them through graduation and beyond.

Counseling and therapeutic services and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and social skills training are important components of the program. The PBIS program is one of positive encouragement and role modeling which emphasizes social and emotional learning, integrates applied behavior analysis (ABA) interventions, and enhances positive social interaction across all settings. 

 

Social Skills Training

    • Teaches recognition of emotional and sensory arousal levels and needs
    • Teaches self-regulation of behaviors, emotions, and attention
    • Helps students discover success in academic and nonacademic areas
    • Helps students develop physical and emotional health and wellbeing

 

Specialized Counseling and Therapeutic Services

    • Individual and group social skills counseling
    • Recognition of emotional and sensory arousal levels and needs

 

Behavior Management

 

We offer intensive behavior supports to meet each student’s individual needs. These supports start with a school-wide behavior management system that includes a points and levels system, incentives, and consequences. Our behavior management system includes the components of School Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS). Through the behavior management system and explicit social skills instruction, students are explicitly taught to demonstrate appropriate behavior and are provided with opportunities to practice appropriate behavior.  Students are charged with monitoring their behavior in conjunction with feedback from the staff of The Alessandro Schools and they receive rewards for accomplishing behavior goals. In addition to the school-wide behavior management system, students who require additional supports in this area may have increased counseling, a dedicated aide, or an individual behavior plan to address a specific negative behavior.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Anthony Rice

Principal