April 19, 2018

Swimming with the fishes in Elementary


With the semester about to close and vacation coming elementary has been learning about various types of animal habitats from the frigid Arctic habitat to the warm habitat of the Rainforest.  Elementary students really focused on the Ocean habitat in anticipation for our field trip to the New England Aquarium.  We found that the Ocean habitat can be cold or warm and that many animals live there such as turtles, sharks, sting rays, various fish, plant life, and more! In some oceans there can be penguins as we saw on our field trip!  The students had an exciting time seeing the animals they were learning about especially looking over at the penguins and even pressing there faces up to the gigantic ocean tank!

April 18, 2018

Middle School is Springing into the Vacation Program

The Spring Fling Vacation program has begun! Winter may be overstaying its welcome, but the Middle School Division is taking a "fake it 'til you make it" approach to spring with a field trip to Webb Memorial State Park.

Students layered up for a walk along the waterfront where several commuter ferry boats and airplanes were spotted going across the bay to Boston. Birds were busy building nests despite the winds, and students enjoyed the sunny sightseeing. While spring may feel delayed, it has certainly sprung for the students in Middle School.

Elementary is rolling into Spring (March)

Elementary has been getting into the spring spirit even though we have had a lot of snow in March.  We have been learning about various habitats in Science and we will end with learning about the ocean and finish off with a fun trip to the aquarium. We are very excited to have a field trip see all the animals we have learned about in school!  We are also starting to learn about the plant life cycle within our Science, Math, and Language Arts classes.

Elementary has been rollerblading in PE, many of our new students have really picked up on this new skill that they have not done before.  Hopefully we can continue to build on our new skills and we will be hopping on our pogo sticks all the way to annual celebration.

April 10, 2018

What is your passion?

HSA had a fun moment creating what they like the most then ended up with these smiles at the vocational activity in the residence. At BHS, students have many opportunities to discover and nurture their potential. Ceramics is  one of them. Each student will gain skills with repetitious practice and I am very excited about it. So, what kind of skills do you want to explore while you are in Higashi?

March 29, 2018

The Winter Olympics Come to Middle School

After weeks of training and preparation, the Middle School Division held their own Winter Olympic Games, organized by art teacher Aya Kolwaite. The Middle School Olympians did not need to bundle up to race against each other in this Ice Luge event, but each student selected a nation to represent and decorated their sled to match just the same.

Students selected a country and made miniature flags. Aya taught the students to make luge sleds and racers out of wood and clay before painting them to match the flags. The sleds were trialed on several small tracks before the Luge Finals, where the sleds were put to the test on the large luge track.

The Elementary Division was an attentive audience as each Middle School Olympian sent their racer down the track. The final times came down to the millisecond, but in the end three students earned bronze, silver, and gold.

A special 'Thank You' to Aya Kolwaite for her creative approach to current events!

March 26, 2018

Formal dance is fast approaching!!

The EP division has been anxiously awaiting our formal dance, graduation and brunch. Our older EP classes have been highly focusing on our feelings towards graduation and appropriate ways to express these feelings. The younger EP classes have been focusing on some of the basics about formal dance and graduation focusing on Wh questions, such as where is formal dance being held and who goes to formal dance. We are looking forward to celebrating our successes with our families on the formal dance graduation night on the 12th of April!

March 23, 2018

Our PE Study was presented by Dr. Woodman at TILL!

One of our research consultants, Dr. Ashley Woodman from University of Massachusetts Amherst presented the exercise study that we conducted with our Junior High School students in Summer 2016. This International Exchange Symposium was held on March 19th, 2018 at Hilton Boston/Dedham and was hosted by the organization, Toward Independent Living and Learning (TILL). The theme of the symposium was "Sharing Innovative Ideas to Empower People with Autism Spectrum Disorder."

In her presentation, Dr. Woodman shared about the physical education program at Boston Higashi School, the findings from the exercise study entitled, "The Impact of Vigorous Exercise on Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)," and future research directions in this important area. The audience was drawn from various regions, states, and countries. Dr. John Maina, Director of Program Research, Evaluation, & Development, was also invited to participate in this event.