Welcome to Visions Paramus Middle School
Visions Middle School Paramus, located in the Westbrook Middle School in Paramus, educates students with physical and/or multiple disabilities in a barrier-free school. Serving Students in grades 5th - 8th. Children are taught in a supportive yet challenging environment designed to maximize inclusion opportunities in a traditional Middle school setting. Therapeutic and Assistive Technology supports are provided to optimize student participation and success.
Snapshot of Our Day
A Message from the Principal
IMPORTANT RE-ENTRY INFORMATION
Visions Paramus Elementary and Middle School instructional schedule for September, 2020 is as follows:
- INSTRUCTIONAL PLAN: Students and staff - In –person, 5 days/week with remote students (as per parental choice) using zoom to join class lectures. In-person hours for students 8:15 am - 12:15 pm- remote afternoon hours 1:30 pm-2:45 pm
- Teacher and teacher assistants will further support remote students with additional computer-based lessons as well as activities through google classroom and on-line curriculum programs
- No mainstreaming into general education classrooms until further notice, physical education and art classes will take place in our Visions Classroom
The district re-opening plan is an on-going process and subject to change as directed by the New Jersey Department of Education or as dictated by changing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the VISIONS Integrated Middle School Program located in the barrier-free Westbrook Middle School in Paramus. Our innovative program for students with multiple disabilities affords students in grades first through eighth the opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment. Alongside their grade-level peers, students receive the intensive instructional adaptations, assistive technology, augmentative communication, and environmental supports they need to ensure academic success in a typical school setting. Our ultimate goal is for each student to work to his/her potential, while still feeling part of a school community.
Our curriculum is aligned to the grade-level New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Instruction is provided by a highly-trained and experienced staff, who works collaboratively with the general education faculty to ensure an optimum educational program for each and every student. In addition to academic subjects, students receive speech, occupational, and physical therapies, as dictated by the IEP. On-going assistive technology evaluations by our staff ensure that students are utilizing the latest technology in order to fully participate in group and individual instruction.
Another key component in our classroom is our daily use of technology to help the students complete many activities independently through the use of a laptop or an iPad. We use a variety of programs to help enhance their writing skills called Clicker 6 and Clicker sentences which can be created with each students personal needs. We also use an app called Bitsboard Pro which helps my students master vocabulary words/spelling words through the use of picture cues.
The students attend art, library, music, physical education and character education in their general education classrooms. The students also participate in any special event happening at their individual grade level such as a field trip or special program as well as school wide assemblies.