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FullBloom Announces the Appointment of Arne Duncan as Chairman of its Board of Directors

September 23, 2020, Camden, N.J. – FullBloom, a leading provider of special education, instructional intervention, behavioral health and professional development solutions, announced the appointment of former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as chairman of the company’s board of directors. Duncan is a managing partner of the Emerson Collective, a social change organization that uses a broad range of tools including philanthropy, impact investing and policy solutions to create the greatest good for the greatest number of people. “FullBloom’s mission – to generate better life outcomes for children, regardless of the learning obstacles or other challenges they face – squarely aligns [...]

2020-09-23T13:24:22-04:00September 23rd, 2020|

Making an Impact with ZOOM (video)

While utilizing new technology, like Zoom, can present a number of challenges, Catapult Learning's suite of videos can help you best understand how to improve your Zoom skills, become an expert meeting leader, and utilize all the tools available to you. Zoom Guidelines: Getting Started Zoom Tricks & Tips: Running The Meeting Keeping Your Zoom Meeting Private Planning Virtual Lessons: A Step-By-Step Guide Breakout Rooms: Utilizing Group Spaces Utilizing Zoom Polls Leveraging Zoom's Collaborative [...]

2020-09-23T13:00:34-04:00April 7th, 2020|

Talking To Your Child About Coronavirus

News of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is everywhere – from television stations and neighborhood streets to the school playground. As public discussions about coronavirus increase, children may worry about themselves, family, and friends becoming ill and will rely on the adults around them to help make sense of this global pandemic. While shielding children from the news may feel like the best way to protect them during these hectic times, research shows that children tend to worry more when they are kept in the dark about what’s going on around them. Parents, family members, school staff, and other [...]

2020-04-06T12:23:47-04:00April 6th, 2020|

Managing Trauma as a Family (Video)

Witnessing a traumatic event that threatens the life or security of a loved one can be traumatic. Like natural disasters, pandemics can be a source of extreme stress and trauma for children and adults alike. In fact, it is likely that the stress adults feel as a result of this coronavirus crisis will be mirrored in their children. So, how do we begin to recognize trauma not only in ourselves, but also in our children and put in place practices and routines to overcome it? To answer this question, it is important to understand how stress and trauma show up across [...]

2020-04-06T12:23:34-04:00April 6th, 2020|

Recommendations For At-Home And Online Learning

While we at Catapult Learning firmly believe that nothing can replace direct instruction and support from our teachers, we offer the following as a resource and guide to help families plan for disruption to the normal educational environment. View the PDF Establishing an Environment for Learning: Below are some suggestions which may help your child/ren transition to distance learning during an extended school closure: If possible, set up a dedicated space at home, free from distraction, with room for a device, classwork materials, and supplies. Talk with your child prior to the transition, to alleviate fears [...]

2020-04-08T16:43:07-04:00April 6th, 2020|

Student Spotlight: Raven

What has been one of the happiest times of your life? When I went to Disneyland. What do you like to do for fun? Drawing, horseback riding, playing with animals. What has been one of the proudest moments of your life? Getting out of the group home. Passing driver's ed What is your favorite food? Hot fries and lobster tail What is your favorite subject in school? Math What is the name of your favorite book? The Dragon Whisperer If you could have one wish, what would it be? That my mom will always be happy and [...]

2019-11-03T21:13:47-05:00November 3rd, 2019|

Student of the Month: Kaden

Kaden has been chosen as student of the month for Sierra School of Thompson. Kaden has shown tremendous growth from the program since his first day of school. Kaden advocates for his needs and is very respectful. Kaden loves to help his Teacher organize the classroom. Visit our website to learn more about Sierra School

2019-11-01T11:54:32-04:00November 1st, 2019|

Staff of the Month: Jennifer

Sierra School of Thompson selected Jennifer Ireland to be staff of the month. Jennifer is always willing to lend a helping hand . She goes above and beyond everyday she walks in our doors. Jennifer attends to the children's needs and is always open for students VTO's.

2019-11-01T11:53:41-04:00November 1st, 2019|

Field Day

Mr.Carter, commonly known around school as “Coach,” is one of Barrett’s middle school teachers. Coach leads the school’s Extracurricular Activities Committee and had a special event in mind for this month. On Saturday, October 26th, students and their families got the chance to participate in our first ever Field Day. I asked Coach to talk me through the big event. “Each student participated in the 40 Yard Dash, Potato Sack Race, Football and Frisbee throw, Heavy Ball Throw, and Basketball Shooting contest. Once all students completed those primary events, we moved on to an individualized competition- racing inside [...]

2019-11-01T11:50:13-04:00November 1st, 2019|
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