Students have been hard at work since March creating masterpieces for this years art show! Family members and friends of students were invited to attend and see the artwork they put together. This year's projects challenged students to use a variety of mediums such as clay, chalk, yarn, and other different textiles to create different works of art. After a gallery viewing session, students were able to perform in a talent show. We are very proud to have such talented students! Visit our website to learn more [...]
BEST Academy's 2019 Prom was a wonderful evening of dancing, laughter and great memories!
Amy Farmer, Education Director at B.E.S.T. Academy, recently wrote an opinion piece in the The CT Mirror entitled "Helping Students With Autism Reach Their Goals." "While our students might interpret the world differently, their thoughts, fears and hopes are no less important. It’s part of our job to ensure they reach their goals. Our students aged 18 to 21 are about to enter the real world. That can be very scary to the families we serve. To help our students prepare, we encourage participation in our Transition program, which provides the opportunity to gain real jobs skills while working for [...]
On Thursday, March 14th, our school will proudly wear green to support World Kidney Day! Learn more about World Kidney Day on their website today.
Melissa Dirzius, Special Education Teacher & Art Teacher I began volunteering with special needs students in my High School Child Development Center. I had considered several other fields as I continued my education — psychology, Social Work, BCBA but found they did not quite provide me what I needed. In the end, I found that the combination of the creativity of programming and assessing our students, along with the personal time spent educating each one individually, allowed me to see their little victories were exactly what I wanted. There is [...]
WFSB Eyewitness 3 visited the B.E.S.T. Academy in Wallingford, CT to learn more about Milo, a robot designed to assist students with autism. Milo is being utilized at B.E.S.T. Academy to help students with greetings, staying calm, and how to speak to other people.“The students engaged are making rapid progress, they're remember their skills from the lesson before. They're able to use them.” –Kyli Jones, social worker at B.E.S.T. AcademyThe story and video were published by WFSB Eyewitness 3 Read full article and watch the video
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This month, we would like to put the staff spotlight on Ms. Ashley Kimbell! Ms. Kimbell joined the B.E.S.T. Academy in 2016 as a special education teacher. She received her Master's degree from Southern Connecticut State University in 2017. This is Ms. Kimbell's first teaching position and she has truly risen to the challenges of this job. Currently, Ms. Kimbell is the teacher in the Purple Room, which has some of the youngest students at B.E.S.T. Her patience and kind nature have helped the students of the Purple Room to make great progress both academically and behaviorally. [...]
We would like to send a big thank you to all the students, families, and staff that helped make this September's book fair the most successful one yet! The importance of reading with children cannot be underestimated. We love that the book fair is something we can continue to provide to our students. It offers them the opportunity to practice skills such as walking appropriately in a store like environment, exchanging money for products, and of course, reading!
Students at B.E.S.T. have been thoroughly embracing the fall season this year. We have had cool weather and some sunny skies, which have allowed classrooms to enjoy some time outside. Ms. Kimbell's classroom went to Lyman Orchards to pick pumpkins. Ms. Dirzius' room went to a local farm. Earlier this month, all students were able to ride a hayride around the school campus. Everyone had such a great time!