Arrival and Dismissal
The school day begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 2:25
- = vans drop off and pick up students in the back, front, and sides of the building
walkers can be dropped off or picked
up in the main lobby
there is always support staff with
students upon arrival and dismissal
refer to the school calendar sent home and/or the interactive school calendar
on the Commack School District Website for information on when school is in
session and for information regarding district/school wide events.
Snack and Lunch
Snack: Please send your child in with a bagged snack
and drink each day. We will be having a
morning snack during our homeroom (which is after 3rd period).
Lunch: Students may buy lunch on a daily basis.
They may put money into a lunch account through the school cafeteria, or
you can pre-pay using the Infinite Campus Food Service System. You can access the IC Payment Food Service
System from the Commack website. Instead
of using an account, you may send your child in with cash each day and staff
will support your child with making their lunch purchase.
also has the opportunity to participate in the lunch preparation program
(please see attached letter).
Please review each day’s lunch choice with your child to ensure that your child
to purchase his/her lunch. You can
locate the CHS lunch menu and prices
the district website.
Each day, we will complete and send
home a Communication Log that describes your child’s day. These logs may touch upon the academics that
were taught, the services that your child received, a “highlight” moment (a
special achievement or milestone that your child attained) and any other
pertinent pieces of information about the day.
Please sign and return the Communication Logs (located in your child’s
Communication Binder) each night.
In addition to keeping you informed
about your child’s day, these logs can also be utilized as a tool to help
foster conversations at home. Knowing
the details of your child’s day allows you to ask questions about specific
occurrences, and will help your child build on communication and recalling. J
*As always, you
are also welcome to contact any of your child’s teachers via email.
Each student at Commack High School will be issued a student
agenda. These agendas will be used to
record important dates/events. Please
share any upcoming family/community events that your child will be
participating in outside of school, so that we can help support them in
recording these upcoming activities.
This will help foster organization and planning skills. J
the front of your child’s agenda are important school rules and
procedures. Please review these
procedures at your convenience.
We will not be assigning daily homework with consideration of busy after
school schedules (clubs, services, activities, etc.). However, there may be special assignments throughout
the course of the school year.
This year’s parent training will be held in a whole group or individual
session. The sessions will alternate on
a monthly basis. Each group training
session will be an hour long, conducted by Mrs. Garrett. She will be sending home information each
month regarding the upcoming parent training topic, date, time, etc.
During ELA, mathematics, social
studies and health students will work to maintain previously learned skills,
build new academic skills, and learn how to apply these academic skills to
their everyday lives. These classes will
help students achieve individual academic goals through both whole-group and
individualized instruction. Integration
between each subject area will allow your child to obtain a broader
understanding of the skills they learn, and will help them generalize these
skills across contexts.
will target IEP goals while Group Speech encompasses all aspects of communication,
with a focus on pragmatic language skills (social language) and improving
peer-to-peer interaction and conversation.
This year in the
life skills science class we will be meeting in the greenhouse all year long
and using that space to explore biology and more specifically plant growth.
We will discuss the parts of plants as well as how to grow and care for
plants in all of their stages. Students will get to tend to the soil,
plant seeds, keep track of germination times, monitor and water plants, as well
as many other tasks related to keeping the greenhouse green.
In life skills this year, your child will continue
to work on building daily living skills necessary for the community, school,
and home. Through hands-on learning that
mirrors real-life situations, students will build independence in the kitchen
with food preparation and cleaning tasks, as well as their abilities to
complete common household chores. They
will also further their understanding about safety in different settings across
the community, and work to improve their efficiency with hygiene practices.
In order to help our students generalize what they learn in school to
their life outside of the classroom, I will be sending home “Life Skills
Connection” sheets when applicable.
These “Connection” sheets will provide you with a short description of
the targeted task that your child is working on in Life Skills, and approaches
that have been successful for him/her.
We’d like to welcome you to encourage your child to demonstrate what
they’ve been working on in class, in your home for you. J
Work Based Learning
This year in the Work Based Learning class, the students will be presented with new vocabulary, exciting new work tasks and interactions with the student and staff population. Each student will have an opportunity to be a cashier, a sales person, a manager, a barista and take weekly inventory. During the year the students will also have access to explore and research work based learning sites that they may want to work on in the future. Students will have practiced all of these skills in the classroom before venturing out to work in the All Star Student Café!
Students with Mrs. Fox as Case Manager
The school day
begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 2:25 p.m.
Period 1: Goal
Support (Even Days)
Greenhouse (Odd Days)
Period 2: Math
Period 3: ELA
Period 4: Social Studies/Health
Period 5: Group Speech
Period 6: Music
Education (Odd Days)
Period 7: Lunch
Period 8: Life Skills
Period 9: Work Based Learning
This is a
tentative schedule with regard to our school day.
CHS Contact Information
Eisner: Room 145
Fox: Room 144
Mrs. Hanna: Room 145
Jonas: Room 144
Thank you in
advance for your support and cooperation.
We are all looking forward to a wonderful year together!