Classroom Programs
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...Welcome to our classroom programs page. BLaST IU17 operates a number of interdistrict programs for children from various school districts in Lycoming County. Working closely with our partner districts, our goal is to provide meaningful educational programs designed to meet the unique learning needs of all our students. We currently operate six categories of programs serving children from 5 to 21 years of age.
 
...These programs include: Life Skills Support, Learning Support, Emotional Support, Hearing Support, Multi-disabilities Support and the educational component to Partial Hospitalization Program. For more information about our programs, click on the corresponding link on the left side bar.
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With
Sara Welshans, Guidance Counselor

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Life Skill Support
      These programs are specifically designed for students who require a concentrated focus on independent living skills. Functional academics, communication, social, and vocational areas are also stressed. Currently BLaST IU 17 operates four Life Skills Support Programs for students ranging from 5 to 21 years of age. These programs are as follows: Primary Life Skills for grades K - 3, Primary Life Skills for grades 3 - 6, Intermediate Life Skills for grades 6 -9, Secondary Life Skills for grades 9 - 12.
 
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Learning Support Classrooms
      Learning Support programs are designed for students who require more specialized academic instruction/support to meet their individual learning needs. Academic instruction is provided within the Learning Support Classroom with opportunities for mainstreaming based upon each student's interest and functioning level. Currently, BLaST IU 17 operates two Learning Support Programs for Middle and High School students. These programs are as follows: Middle School Learning Support for grades 5 - 8, High School Learning Support for grades 9 -12.
 
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Emotional Support
      BLaST IU 17 operates an interdistrict Elementary Emotional Support Program for students whose behavior interferes with their academic achievement in the regular classroom setting. Students receive academic support, as well as, anger management, coping skills, problem solving, stress management and social skills.
 
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Multi-disabilities Support
      These programs are specifically desgined for students who require education/training in basic life skills. Communication, gross and fine motor development, self help and independence are also stressed. Currently, BLaST IU 17 operates four Multi-disabilities Support Programs for students 5 to 21 years of age.
 
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Hearing Support
      BLaST IU 17 operates an interdistrict secondary Hearing Support program for deaf and hearing impaired students whose hearing loss adversely affects their academic performance. These students receive specialized academic instruction to meet their individual learning needs.
 
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Partial Hospitalization - Educational Component
      BLaST IU 17 provides the educational component for an elementary partial hospitalization program for students from 7 to 12 years of age in Lycoming County. Counseling is provided by Behavior Specialists, Inc. Partial Hospitalization Programs are designed for students whose intensive behavior or social needs are beyond that can be provided in the public schools. These programs are off campus programs run in conjunction with agencies providing intensive counseling.
 
 
 
  by Sara Welshans,
Guidance Counselor
 
 

   Hello, I'm Sara Welshans. I am a high school guidance counselor assigned to Bishop Neumann High School in Williamsport. I have written what I call "8 Basic Steps to Academic Success." I use these with middle and high school students, but they can easily be modified to use with elementary students. Talk about these with your children and help them develop learning habits not only for school years but for adult years also. These steps aren't new or earth shattering, but, if practiced, they work.

 
8 Basic Steps to Academic Success
These are several key ingredients for success in school. Now is a good
time to review your study habits and make improvements.
Here is a list of the best practices.
   
  • Set Specific Grade Goals (In Writing). Set a specific grade goal for each class. What is reasonable for you? "Reasonable" means that by observing the following steps, what grade should you be able to achieve? For some of you, a 75 is reasonable, for others it might be 80 or 90. The goal could vary by subject. Write your goal someplace where you will see it every day and be reminded. Research has shown that students who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them than students who don't.
  • Write It Down. Use your agenda daily. Write down homework assignments, special projects, upcoming tests and report due dates, appointments, practices, games, etc. This is an organizational key for students and adults.
  • Organize Class Notes and Homework. Date all class notes and number the pages. Always keep homework in the same place. I always kept mine in my textbook.
  • Be Prepared For Class. Have everything you need for class when you arrive. Have your textbook, notebook, pens, pencils, homework, etc.
  • Pay Attention In Class. If your mind tends to wander, take notes on what the teacher is saying even if notetaking is not required. It is the easiest way to keep from being distracted.
  • Do All Homework Every Day. See the teacher after school the same day you didn't understand something in class. Just ask the teacher after class if you may come in for help after school (or before school the next morning).
  • Use A Timer When You Study At Home. Set a kitchen timer for 10 or 15 minutes (no more) at a time when you study. Tell yourself that, until the timer rings, you are going to concentrate on nothing but ............(History, Science, etc.,) for the next 10 minutes. When the timer rings, take a break for a few minutes, then set the timer and study the next subject. This is study time beyond homework!!!
  • Use Note cards For Information You Have To Memorize. Educational research has shown that information goes into long-term memory when we study small amounts of information in short bursts of time. Therefore, going over information on a few note cards for a brief time several times a day works better than spending a long time on a whole paper containing all the information.
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