Dean Ritter Scholarship Recipient
Michelle Guo, a senior at A. A. Stagg
High School is a recipient of the The Dean Ritter Trust
for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Scholarship. Michelle
has received Hearing Itinerant Services throughout her
Michelle Guo, DHH Student
She has grown to be a confident
self-advocate who is aware of her personal strengths,
needs and rights as a hearing impaired individual. She
is assertive when advocating for herself, she uses
appropriate strategies to make her needs known. She will
seek out appropriate personnel and suggest reasonable
steps that should be taken in order for her to receive
access to and comprehension of information presented in
Did you know? April is Autism awareness month. To
support, CD teacher and therapist team, Denise Ford and
Quinn Hendrickson, sponsored a charity event which
raised over $1,400 for Autism Speaks. This dynamic duo
educates early elementary learners with ASD in our
Communication Development program.
They support our CD families, advocate for our students'
needs, and celebrate our population's exceptionalities;
everyday is Autism Awareness Day to Mrs. Ford and Mrs.
Orientation Date Set for Next School Year
Please be advised that the Orientation date for the
2017/2018 school year has been set for Friday,
August 11, 2017. Orientation is a mandatory work
day. Please plan accordingly. More details to follow.
DESTINY Celebrates PBIS Kick-Off
In October, Destiny classes held their first Positive
Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Student
Kick-Off. Students visited different areas of the school
to learn and practice the three PBIS expectations: Be
Safe, Be Responsible, and Be Respectful. They got their
"passports" signed by a staff member. at each location.
After getting all their passport stamps, students were
able to attend a celebration. The students at Kerkstra
Elementary celebrated with a dance party including a
piñata and a limbo game.
Water Test Results for Braun
and Transition Buildings
In response to Senate Bill 0550, signed by
Governor Bruce Rauner on January 16, 2017, requiring that all schools
test for lead in water used for drinking and cooking; SWCCCASE
contracted with the Environmental Consulting Group, Inc. (ECG) to conduct
the water sampling and analysis.
Below please find the April 3, 2017
reports for the Braun Education Center and Transition building which
conclude that both are below all EPA/IDPH standards on all potable
water samples taken at both schools.
Braun Educational Center Building Results
Transition Building Results
CD Community Outreach
Mrs. MacLeod's and Ms. Deopere's Communication
Development classroom visited Brookdale Senior Living
Facility this month. Our group brought games and cheer
to the center. Strengthening social interactions and
language skills are the cornerstone of the CD Program.
This experience offered our students the chance practice
these skills with new language partners. Moreover, we
were able to make new connections within our community.
Our CD students were asked back to visit... monthly!
CD Rocked ESY....Literally!
The CD program hosted Rock Your Speech, a music project
geared to increase language acquisition for students
with ASD. Rock Your Speech was founded by Alison and Tom
Peterson (bass player of the rock group Cheap Trick) and
inspired by their son Liam. It is this group's mission
to help all kids to "find their voice through music."
SWCCCASE hosted this groups' FIRST school assembly
during ESY with the CD Program.
Students made instruments, sang along, and danced! We
had a great time hearing our favorite tracks, like
"Alphabet City" and "Blue," live with Rock Your Speech
artists. It was an engaging event for all attendees.
Oak Forest Fire Department
Visits DHH ESY Program
Oak Forest Fire Department was able to come help cool
down the summer heat by visiting Southwest Coop's Deaf
and Hard of Hearing ESY Program. On July 26th, Nick
Smith from the Oak Forest Fire Department came to the
DHH ESY Program to talk about fire safety and
prevention. Students practiced how to check a door
safely, learned how to create an escape plan, and heard
first-hand experiences and stories from a fire
Afterwards, all the students were given a private tour
of one of the Oak Forest fire trucks. Students learned
facts like how many gallons of water a truck holds and
what kind of tools firefighters keep on the truck. They
even had a chance to sit in the cabin! Southwest Coop
would like to thank the Oak Forest Fire Department for a
day of learning and fun. A special thanks goes to Nick
Smith for organizing the event and for his