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Autism Improvised!

Autism Improvised, Inc offers a variety of applied improv and theatre programs to help address the social challenges and rigid thinking of those who are mildly-to-moderately affected by Autism.

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Dear parents and students;

We hope you are all doing well and ready to celebrate Thanksgiving. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to share with your children on daily basis. I am also thankful Thanksgiving Break is coming up soon 🙂 .

Following is a short list of topics and subjects we have been working very hard on;

  • Using context clues to find the meanings of words and sentences.
  • Identifying details so that we can develop comprehension and retell a story. We have read  Because of Winn Dixie, How to Eat Fried Worms, Bridge of Terabithia.  We have used the chapter books and the adapted versions of them.
  • Solving linear equations with ONE variable. Identifying the value of X. We have used number lines to ease understanding.
  • Understanding congruence and similarities using models and learned terms such as; translation, slide, reflection, flip, rotation, turn.
  • learning about how temperature affects matter, solid, liquids, gas.
  • we are reviewing the 5 Physiographic Regions of GA.


Hope you all have a wonderful Break,

Cristina Moreno M.Ed.

Autism Unit

Hightower Trail Middle School.

Understanding the IEP Process

Tuesday, December 5, 2017        9:30 to 11 a.m.            Hawthorne Center

1595 Hawthorne Ave., Smyrna

Understanding the IEP Process

Presented by

Jessica Coleman and Kelli Cox

Assistant Director, Special Education

Supervisor, Special Education

VIP Morning Meeting hosted by Cobb’s Special Education Parent Mentors

 Your child’s education is a collaboration between the home and school, and as a parent, you play an important role in implementing an appropriate IEP for your child.  Join us for an overview of the IEP process and learn how to work with educators to develop a successful educational plan for your child.

Please reserve your spot for the program by calling the Special Education Parent Mentor office at 770-529-0046 or by registering at this link:

 This program is offered as part of CCSD’s bimonthly VIP Morning Meeting series being hosted by                            Cobb’s Special Education Parent Mentors. Questions? Call 770-529-0046 to speak with a mentor.







Want to know what to expect when transitioning to High School?

Dear Parents, this is important information about transitioning to high school.  A great opportunity to ask questions and learn about what to expect.

Transition Talks Hosted by Cobb County School District

Transition Resource Specialists (TRS)

October 17thCampbell High School

Topic-Guardianship 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm


February 13thPope High School

Topic-SSI 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm 


April 17thKennesaw Mountain High School

Topic-Waivers 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm


To obtain information about any of the sessions, please contact the TRS for your student’s school:

Teresa Clackum ([email protected])-Kell                                                  

Kennesaw Mountain, North Cobb & Sprayberry

Judy Hardin ([email protected]) & Lisa Leiter ([email protected])-Campbell, Osborne, Pebblebrook & South Cobb

Sarah Jones ([email protected])-Allatoona, Harrison, HAVEN at Skyview, Hillgrove & McEachern

Wendy Sorkin ([email protected])-Pope, Lassiter, Walton & Wheeler


Parent Information Night

Learn about growing issues in the East Cobb Community:

October 26th at 6:30 PM in the HTMS Theater

Please join us for an interactive discussion with Jeff Dess the coordinator of the Prevention Intervention Center of Cobb County Schools. Additionally, he is an author and inspirational speaker for young people and adults alike. He has been effectively working with kids, teens, and adults for over 25 years.

He will be at HTMS to address current trends facing our teens and to answer questions from parents on topics such as:

  • Bullying Behavior, Cyber-Bullying and Violence Prevention
  • Music and the Media
  • Stress
  • Suicide and Depression
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Drug Prevention
  • Internet Safety/Social Media


Travis Schmid

Hightower Trail Middle School

8th Grade counselor

504 Coordinator

770-578-7228 x 031


Updates!!!! Tomorrow early release!!!!

Image result for october    Dear Parents and Students,

We have been learning about:

2 Dimensional and 3 Dimensional shapes.  We are continuing to work with Place value Activities.  Please work with your children at home and point out the value of a ten (10), 2 tens is 20 etc..

We finished reading the book ” Because of Winn Dixie” and watched the movie the last day.  Also we began reading ” How to eat Fried Worms”. We are using many different approaches so that all the students are able to recall details, analyze characters and make inferences. Ask your children what is the book about.

In Science we have been making observations and exploring the world around us using our senses. We did a popcorn investigation ……. ask your kids what it looked like, sounded like ,smelled like, felt like and tasted like.  Practice this skill using other foods at home.

All of the students have been working on their  individual goals from their IEPs.

Have a great afternoon.

Cristina Moreno Espinosa M.Ed.

Hightower Trail Middle School

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Weekly Activities:


Monday 10/16
Red Ribbon Day
“Wear Red” – wear red
Red Ribbon Door Decorating Contest

Tuesday 10/17
“Stand up to Bullies”
Tie an end to bullying by standing up to bullies.  Wear tie dye and fun shoes.

Wednesday 10/18 
“Show Your Colors”
Wear Neon to show off your amazing colors.

Thursday 10/19
“Super Hero Day”
Save the day.  Dress like your favorite Super Hero.

Friday 10/20
“PAL Day” Dress like your PAL


CCSD Transition Services

CCSD Transition Services Invites you to attend our 

When:  October 10, 2017

Where:  Hillgrove High School

Time:  4:30PM-7:00PM

Don’t Miss the Breakout Sessions!*

4:30-5:00 Chattahoochee Technical College Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation FAFSA-

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

5:15-5:45 Inclusive Post-Secondary Programs Georgia State University Parent Mentor Panel
6:00-6:30 Cobb & Douglas Community Services Board Cave Springs and Roosevelt Warm Springs Georgia Highlands College

*Breakout sessions are subject to change due to speaker availability.

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before any sessions you would like to attend.


Please join us for a college and career fair designed just for students with disabilities.  Lots of vendors will be on hand to help you learn about what happens after high school and what resources are available to help you transition into the adult world.


For questions or more information, please contact the SSA at your student’s school.


Hello dear parents and students

Just a Little note about what we have been doing.

Your children have been really involved in independent work by using workboxes.  It is amazing to see them develop confidence while working alone. Most popular work boxes of the month have been the ones with subtraction, building sentences, multiplication and division .

Because of Winn Dixie, has been a bit challenging, nevertheless they are enjoying the book and completing all the activities.

We worked in our Science interactive notebook and added a unit about senses.  We will send these notebooks home during 9 week reporting period for you to look at their finished work.

We will read about Hispanic Heritage Month and learn about Latin countries.

In math and to cover Place value goals which are included in all of the IEP goals in our class, we will begin to work with addition and subtraction in expanded form. We have included a guide in your communication notebook so you can help us at home practice. We have also added 4 workboxes for independent practice.

Remember tomorrow is the East Cobb parade.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Cristina Moreno M.Ed.

Hightower Trail Middle School



Tennis players????

Lost Mountain Park is starting an ACEing Autism program and is still looking for tennis players to participate….


If you know of any students that would like to participate…please pass along the following information….or forward this email along to others in the county that might know of some students (if you don’t mind!)


Amy Bonner is the tennis coordinator/coach and her email is  [email protected]


And the website is: