Bernotas Middle School Opens New Life Skills Development Center
Students in the Adjusted Learning program at Bernotas Middle School will soon have an opportunity to learn and practice essential life skills, such as cooking, laundry and personal care, in the school’s new Life Skills Development Center. Funded through a $1.3 million federal IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) grant over the past two years, the new center includes a full kitchen and bathroom, washer/dryer, flexible area for group activities, private office, and patio/rain garden and is fully ADA-accessible.
The Adjusted Learning program provides individualized educational opportunities for students in grades K-8 whose needs cannot be met within a general education environment. There are currently eight students in the Adjusted Learning program at Bernotas (grades 6-8) and 21 students in the Adjusted Learning program at Glacier Ridge Elementary School (grades K-5). Students in the program have mild to moderate cognitive/intellectual and adaptive delays and require modifications in instruction and programming. One of the goals of the program is to ensure that these students learn practical life skills, which combines academics, daily living, occupational, and interpersonal skills with the ultimate goal of teaching students how to live and work in the community.
“Teaching life skills to our students is critical to helping them become independent and successful,” said Kelli Catini, Director of Special Education. “We look forward to being able to provide these students with essential skills and hands-on experiences in an educational setting that will lay the foundation for their future success and ultimately help them become career ready.”
To showcase the new center, Bernotas will host a private ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 2:45 p.m. and a community open house on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.