Karen M. Siegel Academy will be celebrating paraprofessional (para) appreciation week from February 20-23.  Our staff is comprised of about 60 paras who are dedicated to educating our students.  For para appreciation week, we are hosting a barbecue luncheon for our paras as a thank you for their hard work and dedication.  Horace Mann, an insurance and financial company dedicated to helping educators, will also be providing a chocolate fountain for our paras to enjoy.  Additionally, classroom teachers are going above and beyond to make this a special week for the hard work of their assigned paras.  We would like to acknowledge all of the paras in education who help make schools a safe and secure learning environment for our students.


bus driver appreciation

KMSA celebrated bus driver appreciation on February 14, 2018.  According to the Polk County Public Schools website, PCBS’s buses transport around 49,000 students on a daily basis and travel 41,667 each day.  Our bus drivers go the extra “mile” to ensure our students get back and forth from school to home safely.  Each classroom at KMSA made personalized thank you cards for a bus driver and bus attendant.  Each bus driver and attendant also were given a special treat to enjoy.

campus-wide reading: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

For the month of February, KMSA will do a campus-wide reading of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  The book was published in 1964 and became the basis for the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  In 2005, a Tim Burton film adaption was released having the same name as the original novel.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions for almost 50 years.  We are excited to read this great adventure and maybe have a little chocolate along the way.

Starting off the new year right. pictures of PECS training

On February 6th and 7th, a select group of teachers, paraprofessionals, and support staff received Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) training.  This elite group of trainees represented classrooms from all over campus, working in classrooms with a wide range of abilities.  The Picture Exchange Communication System is a research-based communication program owned by Pyramid Educational Consultants inc.  The program is broken down into six phases and is based on applied behavior analysis.  Many of our students have benefited from the program over the years and continue to do so.  We look forward to teaching our students these indispensable communication skills so they can become independent and valuable members of our community.