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!
We are excited to offer students at B.E.S.T. Academy and High Road School of Wallingford (High School & Primary) Psychiatric services for the 2018–19 school year. Why did BEST Academy & High Road Schools believe providing a Psychiatric service would be beneficial to students?We work with amazing and complicated students who deserve to experience behavioral and emotional stability, allowing them to reach their maximum academic potential. We have the benefit of being with our students for 6 hours a day, seeing them in positive moments and under duress. These moments allow us to have a rare holistic picture [...]
During the week of September 22, we held our annual Book Fair with great success! Books — their feel, their words, their pictures, and the bonding time they involve with others — are a magical part of learning for all students.