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The Professional's Corner

TLC's Katherine Thomas School


July 2013
In This Issue
Teen Culture Club
Artist at KTS



Link to Summer Programs webpage.



Now offering transportation to No. Virginia!


KTS will be running a van to northern Virginia for students. The cost of transportation is $2,500 per student for the school year and a minimum of two students is required to run the van. Pick up and drop off location will be determined depending on the students enrolled.  


Link to more information.

Young Yogis
Summer Program


Rolling admission 

starting June 27th.


Link to information and registration
or contact Lisa Torvik
301.424.5200, ext. 6923, email ltorvik@ttlc.org 








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 A Note from Rhona, 
As we are preparing for the sixth class at KTS to graduate, I received this note from the parent of one of our first graduates...

"Just wanted to be sure you folks know that Adam (who graduated from KTS five years ago) finished up the requirements for an Associates degree at Montgomery College this semester and will be graduating on Friday. He worked really hard -- many of those courses were quite challenging for him -- and we are quite proud. I hope you all feel proud, too -- a big part of why he succeeded is because he is a conscientious student and KTS had a lot to do with that." 
I was so thrilled to hear about Adam's success.  This reinforces our belief that all of the hard work of our team of students, staff, and families during their school years enables our students to continue to take on challenges and  attain goals.
Congratulations to our graduates past and present, as well as their tremendously caring families and teachers who encourage miracles every day.  


High School Programs Director  


Katherine Thomas High School Graduation  
On June 10, 2013, Katherine Thomas High School Program hosted students, families and friends of TLC for a graduation ceremony and reception at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville. All seventeen graduating seniors spoke of their experiences at KTHS and how they have worked to overcome the challenges accompanied by their individual special needs. The audience of nearly 300 friends, families, staff, alumni, and special guests were visibly moved by these extraordinarily honest and heartfelt speeches. High School Director Rhona Schwartz supported students through their speeches with her usual warmth and caring.

Guest speakers included Ann Humphrey, representative from Congressman Chris Van Hollen's office, who presented students with Congressional Citations; Karla Nabors, Program Director for Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Montgomery College; and Gail Groboski, Social Worker at the high school. Patricia Ritter, TLC's Executive Director; Bruce Hunter, President of TLC's Board of Directors; and Gwenn Blau, High School Educat
ion Director had the honor of joining Rhona Schwartz to present diplomas to the graduates.

The class of 2013 is the sixth class to graduate from KTS. All graduating seniors have identified post secondary education as part of their transition. Students will be attending a variety of programs including: Kibbutz Program Center in Israel, Davis & Elkins College, Lesley University's Threshold Program, Montgomery College's Programs through Workforce Development and Continuing Education, College Living Experience, Howard Community College and Project Access, and Nova Community College's STRIVE Program.

Congratulations to the Class of 2013!
Celebrating the Arts at KTS
Congratulations to our talented KTS students. Earlier this month, they performed the musical "A Bear Went Over the Mountain" during our annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day. This event also showcased our students' talents in fine arts with an art show. 

Our students also did a wonderful job performing instrumental and choral pieces during our annual Spring Concert. Kudos to our music teachers Amy Gardiner and Chris Marousek, drama teacher Matt Ripa,  and art teachers Marit Gretz and Katie Broulllire who helped our students achieve so much!

Practicing  Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' 
Artsteam Partnership

Eight students learned puppetry, dance, improv, and music skills through Creative Arts Spring Sampler, an after-school performing arts class. This class was offered by The Treatment and Learning Centers in partnership with ArtStream, Inc., and supported by a Montgomery County Council Grant administered by the Department of Health and Human Services.  Students and had a great time and practiced important skills including eye contact, projection, diction, and focus.  

Thank you for your support of our school. Have a wonderful summer!


Rhona Schwartz, Director, KTS High School Program

Cathy Burgess, Director, KTS Lower/Middle School Program