Latest Event Updates
On Wednesday, October 21, the LABBB Vocational Program held its annual Parent Open Night which includes all LABBB Programs at the Lexington High School and Minuteman Technical High School and the LABBB worksites. One of the exhibits was our Career Directions Program which is located at Minutemen Career and Technical High School in Lexington. One of the Highlights of the Career Directions exhibit was the Civil War presentation by Brenda Wells, Classroom Assistant Teacher.
On Friday, October 23rd, the LABBB Behavioral Intervention Program (BIP) held its first professional day workshop. One of the speakers for the workshop was LABBB Behavior Consultant Lisa Gurdin, who is also a Professor at Northeastern University. The Workshop was on Foundations of Behavior Analysis.
LABBB’s Behavioral Intervention Programs are located at Arlington High School, Ottoson Middle School in Arlington and the Wellington Elementary School in Belmont. The BIP programs work primarily with students on the Autism Spectrum.
Please click on the link below to listen to a short clip of Lisa’s workshop for our BIP Staff .
Bonnie Singer was back for our Brain Frames training this year. The focus was on using Brain Frames for Reading comprehension. This is the first Professional day for staff from our Lexington, Bedford, Belmont and Career Directions High School programs, and our Chenery and John Glenn middle school programs.
Below are some examples of Brain Frames that were done by LABBB staff
On September 18th, Francis Wyman Elementary School in Burlington had its grand opening ceremony for their new state of the art playground. This has been in the works for the past three years, organized by Mary Sweeney, Susan Astone, Francis Wyman Principal, and people in the Burlington community
LABBB Collaborative has 3 Classrooms in the Francis Wyman Elementary Program, our 2 multi-handicapped classrooms (IDEAL) and our Developmental-K classroom. Classroom Teacher, Maria Cormier, was a big part of working with the architects of the playground to make it accessible to all LABBB students.
The Francis Wyman playground committee dedicated a Maze for Marisol O’Brien, a LABBB student who passed away last December. Marisol was a student from Lexington who attended the LABBB IDEAL Program at Francis Wyman Elementary school.
Below is a video of Mr. O’Brien who spoke at the ceremony. This was a very emotional speech which I wanted to share with you. Please listen I think you will find it very moving. The Audio is a little hard to hear at some points in the video but most of it is clear.
Susan Astone, Francis Wyman Principal, introduces Mr. O’Brien.
Please click on the video below.
On June 18 , 2009 LABBB helds its high school graduation ceremonies. The LABBB Graduation is an evening “Dinner Dance” where students, families, friends, and LABBB staff enjoy the graduation ceremonies, a formal dinner and then celebrate with dancing.
The LABBB graduation Dinner dance is one of highlights of the LABBB events during the year. LABBB had 27 High School graduates this year. The ceremonies began with speeches from three LABBB graduates and a keynote speech by Joseph O’Connor who has been working for the collaborative for 31 years.