December 12, 2017

EP Boys Division (Res) is ready to take flight!


The young men in the Emergence Program at the residence went to see airplanes in action at Hanson Airfield. They saw airplanes taking off and landing at ground level! It was cold outside but students got so excited to ask questions to the pilots, touch actual planes and look inside the cockpit. Who knows, a Higashi pilot maybe in our future!





December 02, 2017

Holiday Sibling Day a Hit!



On December 2nd, we held our Holiday Sibling Day. Our sibs spent a fun morning having a “snowball fight” in the gym, team building with a scavenger hunt around the school building, and ending with everyone’s favorite, making gingerbread houses! Each sibling made an individual gingerbread house, which we put on display in our lobby, along with a handwritten note to their brother or sister that attends Higashi. When their own house was finished, they collaborated on a huge house that will be the centerpiece of our holiday lobby display - just in time for Winter Music Festival at the end of the month. ‘Tis the season!

Check out more photos on our Facebook page!

November 14, 2017

Junior High Res Honors our Vets

On Tuesday, November 14th, students from the Junior High School Residential Division visited the Brockton Veterans Hospital in order to show appreciation to veterans of military service.  Henry P., Mark S., and Jayson I., along with several staff, delivered a poster to veterans served by the hospital during their dinner.  The poster featured letters written by the students describing military veterans in one word.  It also featured quotes by some of the military’s most famous leaders.  This project was part of a weekly class taught by Jared Faircloth called “Salute to Military Service” where the students were taught about the branches of the United States Military and what they do. Thank you veterans!

October 03, 2017

Elementary Learns to Conduct!

“Leading the Way” is the school theme of this year.  The Elementary Division has been learning how we can lead the way during music class by singing along with the song “Leading the Way.” We are also learning how conductors lead the way with music. A conductor leads and directs an orchestra or musical group using hand movements and a baton.  They help set the tempo, shape the sound and unify the group. We learned time signature 2/4 last month, this month we'll learn 3/4! Look at us conducting!

September 27, 2017

Back To School Night a Success!

Welcome Back Night for parents was a HUGE success! We had over 75 parents attend and participate in various activities with the Division teachers (shout out to the MS parents for their dance moves!). Parents had the opportunity to meet not only all of the staff within the division, but also the Clinical Staff, and more importantly, got to meet each other! What a great way to start off the new school year! Stay tuned for next month - we'll be having a "Welcome to the Residence" where parents and family members will have the same opportunities to meet all of the staff that work with their child.

Remember Parents: We have a monthly Parent Training (listed on your Higashi Calendar), and we'd love to see you there!



September 24, 2017

Faculty Softball Team Brings Home Championship Trophy

Staff members from the Boston Higashi School (BHS) participated in an annual softball tournament hosted by the Japanese Association of Greater Boston (JAGB) this past Sunday, September 24th, at Danehy Park in Cambridge.  This was the 29th year the JAGB has hosted this historical tournament.  The JAGB is one of the largest non-profit organizations for the Japanese community in the greater Boston, currently boasting over 2,000 members and dates back to 1908. Their mission focuses on the networking and support of the local Japanese community through various activities. 

This year, BHS brought home the championship trophy for the second year in a row, adding to an impressive 7 total championships for the school from the JAGB softball tournament. The staff played a total of four games, winning all four in impressive fashion.  An MVP was also selected at the end of each game by the opposing team. The individuals selected for MVP's at the close of each game included Jason Hurlock, Frank Okoye, Johnny DePippo, and Corinne DeJoseph, who also marked the first female in tournament history to be awarded an MVP title. BHS staff proudly represented their school at the JAGB's event and plan to return next year with hopes to secure another championship.

 




September 21, 2017

Continuing Adult Education Program (CAEP) Fall 2017 Started!

The CAEP Fall 2017 started on Saturday, September 9th with 37 former students and their parents/caretakers. This is the third year since we launched this alumni program and the number of participants has been growing year by year.

This time, the participants will be enjoying swimming, art, music/jazz band, cooking, and Zumba/yoga in a group. The Fall session will be held from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm every other Saturday until November 18th (6 times in all).

On November 18th, the last day of the Fall session, participants will showcase what they have learned in the past five sessions and celebrate their achievement.

We greatly appreciate the Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation for giving the full-year scholarships to 10 former students and supporting program operation. Their generosity made a big difference to those former students and their families.

We will post the information about the Winter/Spring 2018 session this November on our school website. Please check it out!