Vision Students Dedicate a Day to the Expanded Core
Students from the SWCCCASE Vision Department joined
forces with students from the SOWIC districts to
participate in a day dedicated to the expanded core
curriculum. In preparation for the day, students
collaborated with their Vision Teachers, Orientation and
Mobility Specialists, and fellow students.
They determined session topics, menu items, grocery and
supply lists, as well as set up shopping trips. The
sessions included sewing, home maintenance, outdoor
maintenance, meal preparation, and labeling/organizing
clothing and accessories.
Each student chose one course of the meal to prepare.
Everyone feasted on an appetizer, side dishes, an
entree, and desserts.
Students attended from all of our high school districts.
The day was a great success!
Braun Book Fair
The Braun Book Fair is Friday, November 6th thru
Tuesday, November 10th in
the Braun Educational Center located at 6020 W. 151st Street.
The fair is hosted in Room 16 so please sign-in at the
Front Desk and come visit us! Visit the Book Fair
homepage at bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/braun for
If you are unable to attend, you can still purchase
Scholastic books and support our fair online by visiting bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/braun thru
November 20th. Click
the SHOP NOW button in the center of the page. Your
purchases will be shipped for free to Braun in time for
the holidays, and you will be notified when we receive
Last year, SWCOOP staff and families helped us
place 166 books in the hands of children. Help us reach
our goal to increase this number of books by 10%,
placing 183 new books in our students’ homes, classrooms
and Library. Visit the Book Fair homepage at bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/braun to
track our goal progress.
If you have any further
questions, please contact Ms. Kmetty at 708-687-4971
ext. 301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help us make this year’s Braun Book
Fair another READING success!
Way to Go, Johnny Harris!
We are so incredibly proud of our Braun High School
Student Johnny Harris!!! He showed such bravery and
intelligence when he did a presentation in front of
Illinois State University staff and students! Along with
his fantastic Illinois State Student Teacher,
Ms. Jillian Hickey, Johnny explained how
Ms. Hickey's interventions helped him to have successful
school days! Johnny answered questions from Illinois
Staff and Students after the presentation! Johnny is
supported in POD 3 by Ms. DeBiasio, Ms. Mayo, Ms.
Hickey, and Ms. Ruggio!
Walk4Hearing A Great Success!
The SWCCCASE Deaf/Hard of Hearing program recently
participated in the Hearing Loss Association of
America's (HLAA) annual Walk 4 Hearing. The Walk4Hearing
is the largest walk of its kind taking place in multiple
cities across the country. Every spring and fall
thousands of walkers - children and their families,
young adults, young at heart and everyone in between -
form teams and walk in their communities to increase
public awareness about hearing loss, help eradicate the
stigma associated with it and raise funds for programs
SWCCCASE formed of a team of over 50 participants
(staff, students, and families) and became the top
fundraising team in Chicago! A grand total of $12,
055.00 was raised by this very awesome group of people!
Kudos to staff member Carole Altmann who was the
fearless captain of the team, she rallied the team to
beating its own goal repeatedly! 60% of the proceeds go
to HLAA for National and Local Programs and Services for
people with hearing loss and their families. 40% of the
proceeds from the SWCCASE team goes directly to the
program for the same purpose. Congratulations SWCCCASE DHH
Braun Staff Takes a
Stand Against Bullying
On Saturday October 3rd, members of the Braun staff took
a stand against bullying and walked in the Bullying Ends
Here Community Walk in Orland Park. 10 staff people and
1 student helped raise $1,500 to support the Bridge Teen
Center where free after school programs and events are
available to students in 7-12th grade from the
surrounding areas. This is the third year of the event,
and the second year that Braun has been the highest
fundraising team. Thanks to those who have chosen to
give local, and support the students not only in the
classroom but out in the community as well.
Transition Supports the Troops
This summer Amy Lendy's ESY class prepared care packages
and hand painted them red, white, and blue.
All their well wishes had not gone unnoticed! They
recently received a thank you gift! They received a
thank you card, certificate, and flag. The flag was
flown aboard a U.S. Army helicopter over the skies of
Afghanistan during a combat mission!
Ms. Lendy and the Transition Program students are so
proud and thankful to receive this token of
Please join us in celebrating
some of our staff members who have demonstrated one
extra degree of effort to achieve results:
Celebrating a Year of Achievement
On May 6th, the
Communication Development Program at Victor J. Andrew
High School held our annual Student Achievement Night.
This program recognizes our students accomplishments
over the course of the school year. Our students were
honored for their participation in various clubs,
sports, and general education classes. Our CD staff
members shared about our students’ success within their
academic class work, exhibiting strong character, and
leadership amongst their peers. Our graduates gave their
Senior Speeches to the crowd. They gave heartfelt
accounts of their growth within the Communication
Development Program and expressed their gratitude for
those that have helped them on their journey.
Mrs. Granato Wagner presented the
first annual Sharron Santefort Student Award. Mrs.
Santefort is a beloved CD teacher who demonstrated grit,
perseverance, and held herself and her students to high
expectations. Mrs. Santefort passed away earlier this
school year, but her influence and memory lives on. This
award is a tribute to her memory and recognizes students
who embody her spirit.
Mr. Janzon and Mr. Deacy gave a
music and movie presentation highlighting our students’
learning experience and encouraging our graduates to
“Change the World.” We expect they will! Congratulations
to the Class of 2015.
Thank you to our CD volunteers and
sponsors, Mrs. Kellermann and Mrs. GranatoWagner, for
hosting this special event for our students and their
A big DESTINY Plus 1 goes out to
Kelsey Broughton who was able to secure a very nice toy
shelf for her classroom with a little extra effort.
Broughton posted a request for such toy shelf on the
She had to submit a
justification outlining why her students would greatly
benefit from the shelf and how it would allow a more
accessible environment for her learners.
Ms. Broughtons proposal was
sponsored with just two weeks left in its publication.
Great job Ms. Broughton!
Kempke is DESTINY's +1
A big PLUS ONE goes out to
Karyn Kempke for accompanying the parent of one of her
8th grade students to visit potential high school
placements. Karyn's willingness to accompany the parent
has helped to reduce the stress and anxiety that comes
with a child transitioning from middle to high school
and into a completely new program.
Thank you, Karyn, for going above and beyond for our
students and their families!
Gerhardt and Wegner Inspire Future Educators
Oak Forest High School Project
Manager Mallory Platt announced today that the OFHS
Guidance Department sponsored a presentation about
teaching special education.
Featured speakers were Southwest Cook County Cooperative
DESTINY program special education teachers Brianna
Gerhard and Elizabeth Wegner, who teach in a special
wing at Oak Forest High School.
Gerhard and Wegner told students what a typical day
looks like in the special education program classroom.
Also, they discussed their likes and dislikes and
challenges they faced in their profession.
Another topic of the presentation was the educational
track they took to become special education teachers and
what materials and technology they used daily in their
jobs. Brianna Gerhard said that the most common pieces
of technology she uses daily in his classroom is an iPad.
Students use an app on the iPad that allows students who
have difficulty verbalizing answers because they can
press a button.
Also, Gerhard and Wegner discussed opportunities with
the special education career field and related careers.
Gerhard Takes on Homebound Student
A big "Plus 1" recognition goes out
to the DESTINY Program's newest special education
teacher, Ms. Brianna Gerhard. Ms. Gerhard has taken on
the Homebound Teacher role for one of our students
throughout the Winter months.
Because of Ms. Gerhard's dedication
to the success of our DESTINY students, this student
will receive high quality instruction even though the
weather prevents her from attending school. Thank you
Ms. Gerhard for your care, commitment and willingness to
give of your afterschool time!