Inspiration and Celebration at ReLife School!

184To close the school year on a positive and productive note, ReLife students, families, district partners, community members and staff gathered to celebrate and honor student achievement across the PSESD region.  The event occurred on a beautiful sunny afternoon in late July at ReLife and included a barbeque lunch, an awards ceremony and a showcase of student philanthropy.

At the awards ceremony, students were recognized for their accomplishments in academics, athletics, and other skills and talents demonstrated throughout the school year.  Among these skills are the significant advances made by ReLife students in the areas of interpersonal skills, self-regulation, and social and civic responsibility.  Moreover, ReLife staff members are extremely proud of the four students who fully transitioned back to their home schools, having demonstrated the requisite skills and commitment to academics.  This coming fall, two more students will begin their gradual transition process.

310A highly engaging element of ReLife’s summer session is their work with Peace Out.  Peace Out is a program established to teach youth the importance of civic engagement and social responsibility (my-volunteercenter.org).  Students are given the opportunity to learn about non-profit organizations, the power of giving back, and the responsibility we all have to recognize and share our individual strengths with the greater community. Students then developed and created items to be auctioned online and at the luncheon.  In the end, students were inspired as they proudly presented checks to non-profit organizations of their choosing for the amount raised at the auctions.

In partnership with districts, ReLife provides a high quality and unique experience for students with significant behavioral challenges to engage in their educational success. Together we support students and strive for excellence.

See all the event pictures on the PSESD Facebook Page: http://bit.ly/ReLife

Student Works Toward Transition

Qavyier Lopez

Qavy began attending ReLife in October 2011. He demonstrated difficult behaviors, but with staff support, he worked on his coping skills and learned how to manage himself. Thanks to his hard work, he has moved through the level system and has begun to transition to his neighborhood school.

 

Initially, Qavy began attending the neighborhood high school for just 30 minutes a day—enough to get a taste of what it was going to be like being at a school with a lot more students. He joined the wrestling team, started competing, and won a bronze medal.

 

Meanwhile, Qavy continued to progress at ReLife. As part of the Culinary class, he became integral to the banquet’s amazing success. He was chosen as Student of the Year and also received an attendance award.

 

Qavy models safe, responsible, and appropriate behavior for his peers at ReLife. Now that he is spending half days at his neighborhood school, he has become a leader amongst his peers who can see how hard work pays off. Both staff and students are proud of Qavy’s success—he’s a true ReLife Rock Star!

Bike Remodeling An Exciting New Venture for Occupational Education

Students in a new occupational education class are repairing a donated bicycle, taking skills they already have and learning new skills in an academic setting. “I’m so amazed at the skills they already have in fixing bikes,” says Mr. Chapel, a behavior and education support specialist.

 

20140319_102337_resized_1Students are excited about this project. “It’s going to look really cool when it’s done,” says Jacob. He, along with the other students working on the bicycle, are learning what tools to use for each part of the reconstruction. They get to choose the colors and design for the paint job, and they’re even including their own ideas about how the bike should look. “The students are really doing well and I am proud of them,” says Mr. Rico, a behavior and education support specialist who is teaching the class.