April 05, 2017

BHS Leaders Invited to United Nations

Pictured (from Left to Right): Dr. John Maina,
Director of Program Research, Evaluation, and
Development, Deborah Donovan, Principal,
Michael Kelly, Executive Director
Each April, the United Nations (UN) recognizes Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) by bringing together leaders in the field to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day. For the second year in a row, representatives from the Boston Higashi School, Mike Kelly, Executive Director, Deborah Donovan, Principal, and John Maina, Director of Program Research, Evaluation, and Development, were invited to attend the UN's day-long seminar. This year, the theme of the event was "Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination," a topic strongly related to BHS's goals of empowering its students to lead fulfilling lives. One speaker the event included Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen, who has been a long-standing front runner in the field. Our team is very proud of its leadership and is thrilled to see that others recognize the true magic of our program!

Kelly, Maina & Golden visit the Organization for Autism Research

Pictured (from Left to Right): Dr. John Maina, BHS Director of Program
Evaluation, Research, and Development, Michael Maloney,
OAR Executive Director, Rebecca Golden, BHS Assistant
Clinician, Michael Kelly, BHS Executive Director

Michael Maloney, Executive Director of the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) in Arlington, Virginia, welcomed Boston Higashi School (BHS) staff members Mike Kelly, John Maina, and Rebecca Golden for a groundbreaking meeting on March 28, 2017. Founded in 2001, OAR is an organization lead by family members of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and uses science to address the social, educational, and treatment concerns of self-advocates, parents, autism professionals, and caregivers. During the meeting, the two teams exchanged stories about successes and discussed overlapping values about the importance of high-quality research studies that generate meaningful outcomes for individuals with ASD and their families. By focusing on the practical value of research, OAR empowers programs to determine best practices for ameliorating the symptoms of ASD and creating the best lives possible for its constituents. It was a great honor for the BHS staff to meet Mr. Maloney and his team and looks forward to collaborations in the future.

Check out the OAR website for more information on this amazing organization!

Research Team Travels to Tokyo

Members of the Mushashino Higashi Gaukuen Parents
Associations hosted a party for visitors from
the Boston Higashi School.
In February, members of the BHS Research Team, John Maina, Yumiko Mori, and Rebecca Golden took the trip of a lifetime. Over the course of nine days, the team had a full schedule, comprised of a myriad of events. From tours of the Musashino Higashi Gaukuen Schools and the opportunity to attend the absolutely amazing Happyokai (Annual Celebration) and meetings with the Parents Associations (see photo), every minute was educational and astounding. The Research Team was especially honored to have the opportunity to present its recent work to Michiko Okubo and Akirhiro Takamatsu in a meeting at the Musashino Higashi Center for Education and Research.

The team wishes to thank the administration of Boston Higashi School, especially the Executive Director, Mike Kelly, and Principal, Deborah Donovan, who made this opportunity possible. In addition, the team expresses sincere gratitude to the faculty, staff, and students, of the Musashino Higashi community, especially President Kinji Terada, Executive Manager Katsumi Suzuki, Assistant Director Michiko Okubo, and Assistant Director Akihiro Takamatsu, who were wonderful hosts. It was a trip that we will never forget!

February 24, 2017

February Sibling Day

Sibling Day was a lot of fun with our families! From academic activities in the classroom, PE assemblies that tested our endurance, music making, and even some social games, the morning was action-packed. Even though our sibs were on February break, the fun goes year-round at Higashi, as we were still in session. We had an amazing turnout, and we always love having our siblings visit!

The most enjoyed activity was probably the game "Cake Splat" that was played during Elementary D-Class' Communication time. Check out our Facebook page for some great game photos! Who got a whipped cream SPLAT, and who escaped a messy end? Take a look!

February 03, 2017

Elementary Launches Rockets!

On Friday our Elementary Division held a science fair style contest to see how far their rockets, built during Art classes, would fly! Classes competed one at a time, and two-by-two, students took turns launching their rockets, using math to determine how far each had flown, and charting the distance on a poster on the wall for all to see. The atmosphere in Marble Hall rivaled that of any Super Bowl event, as both students and staff cheered loudly for their friends, used noisemakers, and high-fived the competitors for a job well done. Congrats to Ben J, whose rocket flew the furthest, clocking in at 16 feet. He received a medal for his win, and he was truly excited that his rocket traveled so far!

Congrats, Elementary staff and students!

Check out the photos on our Facebook page here!

January 26, 2017

CAEP Spring 2017 Kick Off

This past Saturday, the Continuing Adult Education Program kicked off with some serious strength! BHS welcomed 38 alumni, their parents, and their caretakers back to campus for a day filled with fun activities. Classic classes like music, art, and swimming were complimented by new activities like yoga and Zumba. Everyone had a great time and put forth their best effort! We can't wait for the remaining five sessions of this semester. If you want to learn more about this program, please e-mail BHSalumni@bostonhigashi.org.

December 23, 2016

Cookie Decorating in the Residence!

The residential students got a chance to spread some seasonal cheer - and frosting! They baked cookies during Culinary Arts classes, then got a chance to decorate them with their own snowman design using frosting and icing tubes. Great job to the teachers and residential activity leaders for making such a fun activity possible!

Check out the photos on our Facebook page