The Family Academy proudly announces the “Empower & Elevate: Preparing Special Education Students for the Transition to Middle School” series. All sessions will be held at James Blair Middle School from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Registration is required by February 29, 2024; only one submission is needed per person. Your single registration ensures access to all sessions.
About the Sessions
March 4, 2024 – Social Skills and Family Interaction
Students will hear from current middle schoolers about their experiences with developing friendships. Rising sixth graders will learn the importance of making and maintaining friendships, understanding social rules, and how to be a supportive member of their family.
March 18, 2024 – Self-Advocacy Skills
Rising sixth graders will learn the importance of knowing how their identified IEP disability impacts their daily school and home life. They will learn how an IEP accommodation provides support in their learning process. Students will understand how important self-advocacy is when it comes to participating in an IEP meeting and knowing how they best learn, how to express their likes, dislikes, and their plans and dreams. Participants will hear from current middle school students about how they have learned to be self-advocates.
April 9, 2024 – Independent Healthy Living
Students will learn about clubs and organizations at the middle school level. They will learn the importance of eating healthily and having a daily exercise routine. The school division’s Student Health Initiative Program (SHIP) will have activities for families to complete.
April 30, 2024 – Academic Behaviors to Enhance Success
Rising sixth graders and their parents will hear current middle school students share about their experiences in middle school and can ask questions and address any anxiety they may have about entering middle school. Participants will learn about the importance of time management, organizational skills, and how effective study habits are vital in keeping up with work.