Support + Preperation

These resources can be used during any grade as long as prerequisites are met.

Resource Bell
Academic Pathway: General
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 elective credit

The purpose of the Resource Room is to provide the opportunity for students with disabilities to receive the specialized instruction to meet their individualized annual goals as laid out in their IEP/ISP. During this time, students will also receive support in the general education curriculum, organization, testing accommodations, as well as their related services (i.e Speech, Title I, etc.).

MUSP (Marianist Urban Student Program)
Academic Pathway: General
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 elective credit

Each MUSP student receives a MUSP class bell designed for skill enhancement and enrichment.   Students receive additional academic support in the form of tutoring/mentoring. Students can bring in coursework/assignments from other classes. Students are also taught soft skills necessary for successful completion of high school and success in college and/or career. Students must apply and be accepted into MUSP at the beginning of the school year.

LPP (Lavatus Powell Program)
Academic Pathway: General 
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 elective credit

Each LPP student receives an LPP class bell designed for skill enhancement and enrichment. Students receive additional academic support in the form of tutoring and mentoring. Students can bring in course work/assignments from other classes when extra remediation is needed. Students are also taught soft skills necessary for successful completion of high school and success in college and/or career. Students must be accepted into LPP.

CISE Support (Catholic Inner-City School Education)
Academic Pathway: General
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 elective credit

The CISE Support bell allows the CISE Advocate to work directly with students each day. Students focus on areas such as reading, writing, note-taking, exam preparation, presentation skills, homework, and follow-through. Students learn how to effectively use their Purcell Marian resources to manage their time. Mentors and tutors are available to help facilitate and enhance the learning experience.  

***Available to students from the eight CISE Grade schools***

Communication Class
Academic Pathway: General  
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 elective credit

This course provides students with an understanding of human behavior. Interpersonal skill development is incorporated to help students recognize and enhance skills that are essential for building and maintaining relationships. To develop these skills, students are encouraged to share their ideas, thoughts, and feelings with their peers, as well as participate in group-interaction activities in authentic settings. Each quarter we will have a guest speaker, a field trip, and outside activities to further understanding of topics discussed in class. These activities will also allow students to practice socializing in appropriate ways. In order to meet these goals, students must enhance their interpersonal skills that are essential for building and maintaining relationships including trust, communication, acceptance, and conflict resolution. 

All students in this course will participate in a human relations curriculum utilizing a college-level textbook. As a participant in this class, the students will earn 1 elective credit towards graduation and will be required to take part in all assignments and activities. There will be a total of 8-10 students in this elective. Comm Class is a year-long course and there will be a non-traditional final exam at the end of each semester.

Course Topics

Trust and Team Building, Self-Awareness, Self-Acceptance, Disclosure, Relationships, Conflict Resolution, Communication Skills, Stress Management, Social Etiquette, Life Transitions

Participants

This course consists of two groups of students: target students and peer coaches. Target students and peer coaches will be partnered together (one target student with one peer coach) for all activities and assignments for the course.

Target Students

The target students are individuals who have been diagnosed with high-functioning autism or have been identified as benefitting from intentional social skills training. While these students are in classes with their peers, they might struggle with everyday communication in social situations. The purpose of this course is to provide these students with a safe environment to learn about and generalize social skills with peer coaches as social models.

Peer Coaches

Peer coaches are students who exhibit strong social skills, character, empathy and work easily with a variety of students. Each of the peer coaches will be hand-selected for this important role. Peer coaches are also expected to attend an important one-day training session during the summer. This session will cover the characteristics of autism and train the students to be effective peer coaches. Failure to attend the training will result in dropping the class.

ESL Support
Academic Pathway: General 
Term: Year-long course
Credit: 1 elective credit

This resource bell is structured for students who live in homes where the principle language is spoken in Spanish. This class is geared towards the tutoring and mentoring of such students with the assistance of a certified English/Spanish teacher, Spanish teacher, and Native Outreach coordinator/Spanish Teacher.