September 15, 2018

Vocational Popped Bubble Art

Residential students from Middle School and High School A, enjoyed a bubble art activity. This was a really fun activity and pretty easy to easy to put together! You simply take bubble mix and add in some watercolor paints then blow bubbles onto  the paper! As the bubbles land and pop, they create unique beautiful paintings.
This happened in the Vocational class at residence so these students are not only making art but more importantly they are making products! These beautiful bubble art paintings will become wonderful greeting cards! How cool is that!?

Zack is showing us how to blow bubbles effectively!


September 12, 2018

Trip to IKEA for Young Adults!

Our Young Adults division in residence had the chance to get over to IKEA to see what they might want for their newly renovated space. A big trip out like this always starts with preparation! First during assembly the boys learned their schedule for the day was going to include a trip to IKEA and what the expectations were. Once the group was aware, they could get their things ready and head out! While at IKEA our boys showed off all the furniture and art that they loved! Looks like they had a great time spending the day shopping!

September 04, 2018

Be brave and make friends!

The new school year has started and students and teachers are trying hard to adjust to the new environment. They had time to relax and have some fun with their friends. They are ready to show their bravery in the new school year.  

First Day of the New School Year

Here we are with a new school year already! Can you believe it? Our students were more than excited to get back to school to continue learning!

We have a new theme for the year and that is to Be Brave! 

We welcomed two new students this morning and they showed us right away how brave they can be when they got up to say hi to the whole school! We are all looking forward to what stories of bravery will come of this year. So stay tuned to Higashi, it's going to be a great year that you won't want to miss!

August 31, 2018

Young Adults is ready for the new year!

Only a few more days left before the new school year begins! Our Young Adults division is already gearing up for the new school year with their new and improved assembly meetings. They've done a great job of incorporating our technology into their daily routines. They get the chance to get up and sing the song of the month before heading off to their planned activities! Young Adults is showing us that even routine meetings can be fun!
After assembly come the activities! Here they went rollerblading in the gym, played Nintendo Switch, and topped the day off with a nice cookout before Summer is gone.

August 28, 2018

End of Summer Sizzling Rockets!

As the summer ends here at Higashi and we all get ready for a brave new school year, students took a moment to have some fun at camp. In the art classes with Ethan, students had the chance to make some vinegar & baking soda rockets. Everyone had a BLAST shooting these high flying rockets off the celebrate the ending days of summer!

August 22, 2018

A Look Inside Our World!

Today during our final camp of the year our students were visited by Bridgewater State University and their giant inflatable globe called EarthView! What makes EarthView so exciting is that it is a scale map of the Earth's surface, showing us satellite images from around the world. Staff from BSU came to tell us all about the countries we were looking at. Not only that but the students had the chance to get inside the world and look up at all of the continents around them! This was an exhilarating way to learn about the world around us.

August 14, 2018

Bikes and Trikes Galore!

During our PE curriculum this summer, the Emergence students have been practicing their bike riding skills.  It's our hope that the skills our students learn can transfer to fun and enjoyable activities to do when they transition. Every summer our students and staff enjoy showing off their skills during our bike race between the 6 EP classes. The students and staff design their own class shirts together every year and jointly come up with a team name. This year A class was the Higashi Hills 02368. B class was Alice In Chains. C class was the Chain Gang. D class was The Matrix. E class was Saved By The Bell. F class was the Bike Street Boys.  When the students are finished with their class races, then the staff enjoy some racing as well using either tricycles or tandem bikes. Everyone had a great time cheering each other on(including the staff!) Congratulations to the F class Bike Street Boys who took the win by close margin.

August 11, 2018

Saturday Good Vibes

Residential students from HSB and Girls division made Hair Ties which can fit on your Kimono. 
Limited supplies, but Available at Bon Dance Festival!

"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." --Henry Ford

August 10, 2018

Japanese Festival in Rhode Island

Hayato and Nori from Emergence Program participated in Black Ship Festival at Independence park in Bristol, Rhode Island. 
We were invited by Japan America Society of RI. 
Customers kept coming to our booth and we were pretty busy, but could also enjoy listening the orchestra, seeing martial arts and checking other unique booths.
The best part was...we sold many ceramics! 
Students are so proud of being the representatives of Higashi Studio! 
Customers often asked a student that which one he made and they purchased what he pointed.
This experience motivates students to make more ceramics/arts with their creativity!

August 01, 2018

Summertime Sweetness: A Special Art Project in Middle School

The Middle School Division and the Day Care students are spreading the love this summer with another great unit from Middle School Art teacher, Aya Kolwaite. Aya lead the students in a cooperative effort to produce and display their latest project, Kindness Rocks. To celebrate a successful installation of the Kindness Rock Garden, Aya organized a field trip to Quincy Creamery. Sweet!

The Kindness Rocks Project is a nationwide art collaboration with participants of all ages. The purpose of the project is to spread positivity to others, as well as allow students to participate in bettering their community. Students write uplifting messages or paint positive images on the rocks and leave them in the designated garden. Friends, family, and students of Boston Higashi School are encouraged to take a rock if they need a pick-me-up or leave a rock for the next person who needs encouragement. The garden can be found near the Day Program Main Entrance.

Of course, no project is complete without a celebration! After the installation of the garden, the Middle School students took a field trip to Quincy Creamery to enjoy a much deserved treat.  

Thank you, Aya, for always finding creative ways for us to be productive members of our caring community! 

July 27, 2018

EP Summer Fun!

The EP division has taken a day off from the academics and job sites to enjoy the beautiful summer weather! Each class has visited Access Sports in Canton where we have learned to canoe, kayak, paddle board and windsurf with instructors. There is no "can't" in our vocabularies! All students (and staff) have had a great time.

July 23, 2018

Family Day Fun at Higashi

During the summer families tend to have cookouts, go swimming, play sports, and enjoy each other's company outside. That's exactly what Higashi did as we hosted our own annual Family Day event to celebrate the closing summer days. Our students and staff worked hard to put together the best cookout we could have asked for. 

Students had the chance to show off their skills playing sports with their divisions. Middle school taught their parents how to play kickball. Junior High and High School B continued the world cup fever and played games of soccer with their families. High School A showed off their moves when playing dodgeball. Young Adults invited their family members to a competitive game of volleyball. The Girls division had the chance to introduce their siblings to the great sport of disc golf, while showing off their perfect form!

A cookout and sports games easily could have been enough to fill an afternoon but not for our ambitious students! They had the chance to ride horses, go on a hay ride, relax in the pool, and even get some work done while washing cars! 

As if that wasn't enough! Our students worked very hard with the residential music team of Ken and Hitomi to finish off our Family Day event with a musical piece full of performances done by each division. Family was invited up on stage to help the fun keep going! We ended the day with everyone in attendance coming together in song and dance before posing for a fun group photo in the gym!