Alternate Learning Center

Welcome to The Alternate Learning Center, a PBIS award-winning program!

 

PBIS Gold Award
The ALC has received the GOLD PBIS award from the Ohio Department of Education!

 

The ALC philosophy is holistic. We address the emotional, behavioral, physical, and social growth as well as the academic attainment of every student. Students and staff work on a daily basis to achieve and emulate our building-wide expectations of BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE, and BE SAFE. Our goal is to provide students with the academic and behavioral skills to become successful throughout their educational careers.

Mr. Marc Opsincs, Director
Alternate Learning Center
3939 Wrenwood
Toledo OH 43623
Telephone: 419.473.3442
Fax: 419.473.3445
Email: mopsincs@esclakeeriewest.org

Director's Monthly Newsletter

September 2017

The school year is moving along as Fall quickly approaches. Fall state testing will be next month for 3rd graders and high school students. 

Our continued goal here at the ALC is to provide the necessary tools for student success so students may acquire emotional, behavioral, physical, social, and academic growth. We invite all of you to work with us as we challenge and support our students through individualization and team work. We are looking forward to a strong, positive, and productive school year.

Our school will continue to expand the implementation of the Positive Intervention and Support Program (PBIS). Our emphasis will be on the prevention of problem behavior, development of pro-social skills and the use of data-based problem solving to support the interventions provided throughout the school. PBIS will continue to provide a foundation for utilizing researched best practices with school-wide, classroom, and individual interventions. The ALC has three major guidelines throughout the school; BE SAFE, BE RESPECTFUL, and BE RESPONSIBLE. These guiding principles will remain our focus across all levels and settings of the school.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Respectfully,

Marc Opsincs

Director of the Alternate Learning Center
3939 Wrenwood
Toledo OH 43623
Telephone: 419-473-3442
Fax: 419-473-3445
Email: mopsincs@esclakeeriewest.org

Most students enrolled at the ALC are identified as having special needs entitling them to individualized accommodations designed to aid in their educational success. On the continuum of special education options defined by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), students referred to the ALC have been identified as being best served in a separate educational facility. Our goal is to assist all students in acquiring the necessary emotional and behavioral skills to return to their home schools.

Students progress through a tiered level system demonstrating their ability to accept greater responsibility for their actions. As students progress through the levels, they earn more privileges. Progress is monitored in several ways including periodic case reviews, school team meetings, and a daily goal sheet.

Click here for a schedule of our fees.

Please review the ALC Handbook for more detailed information about our program.

ALC Handbook

ALC Calendar for 2017-2018

Parents need to follow school closings and delays for both the ALC and their home school districts. As a result of inclement weather, there may be occasions where an individual home school district has a delay or are closed with no buses running. When buses are not running and the ALC is open, parents may provide transportation for their child that day.

When the ALC is closed or delayed due to severe weather or emergency conditions, announcements will be made on local TV stations. The announcements will specifically state:

EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTER OF LAKE ERIE WEST (ALC)  or ALC WEST

Stations reporting cancellations and/or delays are TV stations Channels 11, 13 and 24. The ESC will also post an announcement on their website.

If the home district is closed due to inclement weather, transportation will NOT be provided to the ALC. If the home district is delayed, the ALC transportation will be provided at the announced time (meaning if a 2 hr. delay then transportation will be 2 hrs. later than normal).

Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS)

PBIS is a system that encourages a school-wide approach to preventing and responding to school discipline problems. PBIS develops school-wide systems that staff uses to teach and promote appropriate behavior in all students. PBIS has been incorporated into the ALC program in order to establish a safe and positive school environment for your child. At the ALC there are three major components to this system throughout the school year - BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE, and BE SAFE. These themes will be carried out in all areas and grades of the school and will be posted throughout the school on our school-wide matrix (see below).

Students will be instructed on the major components of the PBIS school-wide system through activities, lessons, demonstrations, videos, and role-playing. Our school-wide goal is to have all students implement the PBIS components on a daily basis creating a truly positive learning environment.

PBIS BEHAVIOR MATRIX

PBIS GOAL SHEET

All students, administrators, teachers, staff, and all other school personnel share responsibility for avoiding, discouraging, and reporting any form of unlawful harassment. Harassment, intimidation, or bullying behavior by any student and/or school personnel at the ALC is strictly prohibited, and such conduct may result in disciplinary action.

If students witness, or are victim to, what they believe to be an incidence of bullying, the Bullying Reporting Form can be completed and submitted to our school counselor, Mrs. Theiss. The incident will be investigated by the Leadership Team who will determine if the incident constitutes bullying.

Bullying Reporting Form

The Alternate Learning Center participates in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program (NSBL). The types of meals provided with the school meal program encompass standards as defined by the Dietary Guidelines. All meals are provided through an outside vendor and are planned following standards of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Students order lunch through their homeroom teacher and, when applicable, the families are billed through the ESC of Lake Erie West Treasurer's office.

Free and reduced price lunches are available to students who qualify and meet the eligibility guidelines. Applications are available through the main office or you can place a request to have one sent home. Applications are also available through theESC of Lake Erie West website under Services/Alternate Learning Center/Documents and Forms.

Applications are accepted any time during the school year. Families who have any change in employment or income during the school year may apply for benefits. At no time is any child discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age, or handicap. Please note that the student will be charged full price for meals if the school does not have a current application on file. Students who qualified last school year are automatically qualified for the first 30 days of the school year. However, a new application must be completed for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year within 30 days from the start of the school year for the child to continue on the program. Please contact the main office if you have any questions.

Parents may use the PowerSchool Link  to access ALC grade books

PowerSchool

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Name

Position

Phone

E-Mail Address

Marc Opsincs

Director

419.473.3442

mopsincs@esclakeeriewest.org

Mary Mowka

Administrative Assistant

419.473.3442

mmowka@esclakeeriewest.org

Marilyn Gibson

Health Coordinator

419.473.3097

mgibson@esclakeeriewest.org

Effi Theiss

Mental Health Professional

419.471.0385

etheiss@esclakeeriewest.org

Shane Broshius

School Resource Officer

419.473.3090

sro@esclakeeriewest.org

Amy Jozefowicz

Intervention Specialist

419.473.3442

ajozefowicz@esclakeeriewest.org

Leanne Meiring

Intervention Specialist

419.473.3442

lmeiring@esclakeeriewest.org

Darby Persson

Intervention Specialist

419.473.3442

dpersson@esclakeeriewest.org

Cindy Sigg

Intervention Specialist

419.473.3442

csigg@esclakeeriewest.org

Kim Tyrrell

Intervention Specialist

419.473.3442

ktyrrell@esclakeeriewest.org

Amy Tiefenthaler

Physical Education Teacher

419.473.3442

atiefenthaler@esclakeeriewest.org

Kimberlie Todd

Art Teacher

419.473.3442

ktodd@esclakeeriewest.org

LaKedria Lozano

Music Teacher

419.473.3442

llozano@esclakeeriewest.org

Karen Huntley

Speech Language Therapist

419.473.3442

khuntley@esclakeeriewest.org

Tom Schutte

School Psychologist

419.473.3442

tschutte@esclakeeriewest.org

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