June 13, 2019 by HCDE Communications
Academic and Behavior School West held “Graduation Recognition” on June 5 with 29 students being recognized for their achievements. Twelve students graduated from high school and will go on to job training programs and career opportunities. Other students celebrated their promotions to middle and high school.
Achievements, both small and large, are emotional milestones at ABS West, a school for students with behavioral challenges and intellectual disabilities.
Assistant Superintendent Jonathan Parker thanked faculty, staff and parents for contributing to the students’ success.
A special presentation was given to teacher and coach Tamara Powers, an 18-year employee at ABS West. She thanked her students for giving her almost two decades of personal growth.
“We learn so much from them every day,” she said, accepting a special plaque from principal Victor Keys.
Senior Andrew Isadore wants to train in the Job Corps so he can work and make money. He aspires to be a car salesman and later attend school to become an engineer.
“The school has helped him with his behavior and his attitude towards life and towards helping him achieve his goals,” said his mother Kim Isadore. “His whole attitude and behavior has changed for the best, and I’m happy they have helped him here,” she said.
Students ended the afternoon with hugs, tears and graduation cupcakes. A celebratory “Celebrate Good Times” dance provided closure after the turning of the tassels.