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The Professional's Corner

TLC's Katherine Thomas School


May 2012
In This Issue
Summer Programs!
Transition Advocacy
Grandparents Day
Science Fair and Art Show

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TLC's Summer Programs

Programs for children ages 3-13 and grades 9-12, who have special needs in the areas of speech, language, perceptual motor, sensory processing, academic development, and/or skill maintenance.




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June 5, 2012

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A Note from Cathy,

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
     -Christopher Reeves

"Do you have a hero?"  These few words have echoed through our halls here at KTS during the last month as our students focused on the challenges and strengths of real life heroes.  Hearing inspirational stories of young and old who have overcome a variety of obstacles in their lives, our students embraced both diversity and the concept of "disability" with  new awareness and compassion. 

As I reflect on this seemingly simple activity, I am truly touched by how each and every student and  staff  member here are my heroes.  As I watch them daily work through the ups and downs of the rigors of academics and social interactions, and see us all reach outside of our comfort zone with endless hours of dedication and patience to provide our families and community with talent show performances, extraordinary art, Academic and Science Fairs, Grandparents Day and the upcoming Spring Concert, I am reminded of the words of Helen Keller who wrote, "Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is."

So, if you are in need of  a bit of good news, or  just a reminder how wonderful life is, then there is no better place to be than here at KTS.  Here, heroes abound  everywhere and it will only take a moment to before you are inspired too!
Lower and Middle School Programs Director  
Transition Advocacy ProgramJoey
TLC's Outcomes Service is proud to introduce a new Transition Advocacy program to support adults with disabilities seeking a more independent lifestyle through greater success in employment, education and community integration.
Transition Advocacy is intended for individuals who are not eligible for other public funding sources, but still need supports after graduation. Individuals are able to choose what types of service they receive, unlike many other funding sources that only provide funding for certain predetermined services.  Transition Advocacy services include a wide range of assistance including Job Development and Job Coaching, Academic Achievement, accessing Community Resources, Travel Training and Case Management.
Learn more about the program by attending the Transition Advocacy Program Presentation on Tuesday, June 5, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at  2092 Gaither Road, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850.  To R.S.V.P. or set up an initial consultation, call Sarah Bretz at 240.813.6903 or email sbretz@ttlc.org.
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GrandparentsGrandparents and Special Friends Day at KTS
KTS students and staff shared heart warming day filled with performances, Academic Expo projects and activities with loved ones on May 11. As always the musical performance led by KTS Music Teachers Amy Gardiner and Chris Marousek delighted everyone in the auditorium. Students presented a song, dance, and instrumental collection of performances including Hey Jude (Beatles), One Moment in Time (Whitney Houston), and Happy Grandparents Day.   

Academic Expo projects included a wide range of science projects. "It's Not Easy Being Greeen," "Shake Rattle, and Roll," and "Fruit vs. Mold."  The students' hard work and understanding of subject matter was apparent from every display.

Grandparents and special friends took part in many varied classroom activities.  Physical Education class hosted a great game of freeze dance. Drama students shared a video in the KTS Zourdos Black Box Theater. In some classrooms students were able to share a typical day. 

All in all, grandparents and special friends were able to connect with their student's day in a new way, through particpation.  Special thanks to Christina Bernabe, Education Director, for organizing this special day!
High School Science Fair and Art Show Capture the Imagination
May has been a busy time for KTHS students and staff!  Students presented innovative and imaginative projects at the Sceince Fair and Art Show.   
Gauging the success of the High School science fair by the pride of the students and comments of the judges, this year was a complete success! Sixty students participated in the May 10th science fair. Each student completed their experiment and presentation board by following the scientific method.  The students then presented their projects to volunteer judges from the community, who also provided feedback to the students for future projects.   Seeing the students shine throughout this challenging and rewarding project was wonderful for everyone.  The winners of the 2012 Science Fair are Sabrina Giraudo (third place), Demba Cisse (second place) and the first place winner is Christina Cooley. Congratulations to all of the participants for a job well done!
The KTHS spring art show, held May 17 and 18, was a colorful showcase of our high school students' many art talents.  This spring students studied the techniques of printmaking as well as landscape drawings and ceramics. Claes Oldenberg inspired pop-art ceramics and John James Audubon inspired bird paintings were among the many beautiful and whimsical pieces that graced every inch of wall and table space, some of which were also for sale.


SeanEach year, KTHS also enters several of our students' pieces in the Congressional Art Competition, a juried show sponsored by Congressman Chris Van Hollen at the VisArts building in Rockville. Two students had work that was selected this year: Sean Koczot, whose work received an Honorable Mention, and Alex Fieden. All students with artwork in the show were invited to a reception with Van Hollen. Congratulations to Sean and Alex and all the students who together with art teachers Marit Gretz and Joyce DeMond created another outstanding art exhibition.

Thank you for your support of our school. We welcome your feedback! 


Rhona Schwartz, Director, KTS High School Program

Cathy Burgess, Director, KTS Lower/Middle School Program