My students are creative and loving. They have joyous personalities and show up each day to learn. The majority of the students are on the autism spectrum and are working to increase their inclusion in general education classes (though they still have some special day classes throughout the week.) In our resource rooms, the students receive individualized attention to support them both socially and academically. In these smaller spaces, they can be themselves, laugh with peers who understand their humor and share their interests.
Our school is small which allows the students in our special education program to be part of a larger, supportive community.
The students participate in grade level activities such as year-long projects, field trips, and internships. While our school offers unique opportunities, it still faces challenges. We are a Title I school in an urban area and our school district is currently experiencing a fiscal crisis. In the middle of this unrest, our staff works hard to create a supportive and safe environment for our students.
I am requesting Chromebooks to replace the current state of technology at our school. Six years ago, our district purchased one cart of Chromebooks for our high school of over two hundred and forty students and since then, they have not replaced this cart. Computers are missing keys, three have cracked screens which have been taped to not cut students and many have broken track pads. This is not because of misuse, but simply the wear and tear of daily use.
Our students are researching, writing essays, blogging, keeping online lab journals and graphing on these devices and it is simply time to update them.
They deserve better and deserve the resources to allow them to be successful. Six-year-old computers would be unacceptable at other schools and districts, but with the current state of our district budget, there is nothing my school leadership can do, so we are turning to you!
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