This grant was awarded by the Bergen County Utilities Authority in recognition of our outstanding recycling program. This is our third year receiving this prestigious award and we couldn’t be more proud. Our program has benefitted greatly from these grants, which have allowed us to purchase a new shredder for our Career Awareness Center, a greenhouse for our elective program, and a portable tent which serves as our staging area during our school-wide clean-ups.
Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan and representatives from the Bergen County Utilities Authority were on hand to present this award. Representing Bleshman at the Check Presentation Ceremony were students Taryn, Andrew, and Lynn; Dr. Howard Lerner, Superintendent; Tara Bohan, Supervisor of Instruction; Angela Cupo, Principal; and, Giordano Rodriguez, Community Integration Coach.
Congratulations everyone for all you do everyday to keep our environment and community clean and healthy.
Message from the Principal
N. A. Bleshman Regional Day School
Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,
At Bleshman, we continue to provide a comprehensive school program to students, ages, three through twenty-one with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. Programming offers an exciting academic/ functional/ career-based curriculum that includes an integrated therapy approach to instruction. Community-based instruction provides our students with opportunities to continue to achieve exposure to workplace skills as well as aspects of industry in their surrounding environment.
As a means of expanding the use of technology in engaging our students in the learning environment, NAO humanoid robots have been incorporated into our functional academic programming. Teachers/therapists along with our District Instructional Technology Coach utilize Choregraphe, AIR NAO and ASK NAO (Sepcial Education software) in presenting academic lessons that incorporate therapeutic (Physical, Occupational and Speech) IEP objectives/acitivities. Teachers utilize this software in order to design lessons and support instruction that is individualized to meet all students' needs. Affectionately named Bob, Max, Viola and Norman, the NAO robots support student engagement, i.e., academic, social and prevocational goals/objectives, in the educational setting. At varying levels, students are engaged via exposure to basic robotic interactions through basic programming practices.
We look forward to an exciting year filled with academic, cultural, social and therapeutic events and activities. Please check back for program updates throughout the school year.