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PHOTO GALLERY: Graduation 2015 Snapshots

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Here is a collection of snapshots from this year’s graduation ceremonies at some of our campuses. More will be added soon! Share your graduation snapshots on with us on social media by tagging yaleschoolnj on Facebook or @yaleschool on Twitter. Congratulations to all of our graduates this year! Keep an eye on our website or subscribe to our e-newsletter for future announcements. View photo galleries

PHOTO GALLERY: Ellisburg campus welcomes Cherry Hill Police Department

officer visit 3This month Officer Renee Houlihan, community relations officer for the Township of Cherry Hill police department, visited the Y.A.L.E. School Ellisburg campus to meet our students. Officer Houlihan met with Ms. Lynn’s and Ms Saha’s elementary classrooms. Officer Houlihan spoke with the students about all of the things that police officers do in the community. She explained to the children that they should not be afraid of police officers, but should go to them when they need help! She then spent about 20 minutes answering questions from the students. The students asked why she joined the force, what her favorite part of her job is, and whether she had ever been in any dangerous situations. At the end of the visit, Officer Houlihan passed out free CHPD pencils and bookmarks for the students as a gift for welcoming her. View photo gallery

Y.A.L.E. School Chess Club, Cherry Hill HS West Chess Team Share Tactics, Teamwork

IMG_0438Creating opportunities for interaction with typical peers is one of the areas where Y.A.L.E. School is on the forefront of private special education. So it was not unusual for the students in Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill’s Chess Club to sit down with three varsity chess team members from Cherry Hill West High School over several afternoons in April for some competitive and educational matches.

The three students from Cherry Hill West are all advanced chess players, and it was team member Brandon Kueny who originally proposed the idea of mentoring the Y.A.L.E. club to his mother, Y.A.L.E. staff member Jennifer Hicks. The young chess players from the Y.A.L.E. School team range in age and experience from beginners to experts in the game of strategy and tactics. Read More »

Y.A.L.E. Student Chess Prodigy To Compete in World Open

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You may want to keep your king in the back row if you’re brave enough to challenge Jared Groder in a game of chess. Groder, a Yardley PA resident and a junior at Y.A.L.E. School’s Cherry Hill campus, has been playing chess since he was 11 years old. When asked about his inspiration for getting into the game of chess, he explains: “I started all because I saw my dad playing one day.” With his father as motivation, a game he knew nothing about became an activity he now calls his favorite hobby. Read More »

Medford campus students collect tabs for Ronald McDonald House in Camden

can tab groupThis year Y.A.L.E. School Medford campus students in Ms. DiMarco’s class participated in a year-long service project. Students collected tabs from aluminum cans to donate to the Ronald McDonald House of South Jersey. Tabs were brought in by students and a collection bin was also placed in the Kirby’s Mill School teachers’ lounge. View photo gallery

VIDEO: Guest Author Marc Tyler Nobleman Shares Secrets Of Comic Book Heroes For Read Across America Celebration

This year, as part of our annual Read Across America celebration of literacy, author Marc Tyler Nobleman visited our Cherry Hill campus where he presented an assembly for our students about the history and significance of comic book superheroes and the regular real-life people who first created them. Read More »

PHOTO GALLERY: Medford campus poetry jam

image9For the past two weeks the students in Ms. DiMarco’s class at the Y.A.L.E. School Medford campus have been learning about poetry. Each day the students learned about a new type of poem and then created their own. They learned about: Haiku, Diamante, Acrostic, Autobiographical, Cinquain and Limerick poems. To wrap up the unit on poetry students got to put together their own poetry book featuring their poems. Students were able to design the cover for their book to feature the topics they wrote about. View photo gallery

Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill students and staff featured in Philadelphia Inquirer article

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Who says teens don’t pay attention to the news?? Here’s a wonderful article about the “10 for 10″ Currents Events Challenge at our Cherry Hill campus in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer South Jersey section. Kudos to our teachers and students (and parents), who have some great quotes in the story.

Christie Prushinski said she has seen a change in son Bobby, 15. Since the challenge, they’ve had conversations they hadn’t had before.

“He never cared about politics,” Prushinski said. “If it didn’t happen in our house, he didn’t care.”

Having discussions in class also seems to have matured his perception of events. In past, bad news would have been too disturbing for him.

“Before, he couldn’t handle it,” his mother said. “Now he comes home talking about it.”

Read the full article at philly.com (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Meet the Y.A.L.E. School Professionals: Nitsa Mavromatis

IMG_1871On April 30, 2015, Stockton University’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences designated Y.A.L.E. School Northfield counselor Nitsa Mavromatis as their 2014-2015 Field Instructor of the Year. Ms. Mavromatis received this recognition as a result of her ongoing contributions to and support of the Social Work program at the university. Read More »

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Official Opening of Y.A.L.E. School’s Ellisburg Campus

5D9B7996Cherry Hill, NJ–Y.A.L.E. School, serving more than 500 students with a range of disabilities, has announced the opening of its newest campus in the Ellisburg section of Cherry Hill. The new campus, located at the former Queen of Heaven parochial school on Connecticut Avenue and NJ Route 70, serves students 5 to 21 years of age with learning, emotional and behavioral difficulties.

At a ribbon cutting ceremony held in early May, school owner Chris Sarandoulias thanked community leaders for welcoming Y.A.L.E. School.

“We are thrilled to bring our program here to this beautiful campus, and wish to thank our friends and new neighbors for the warm welcome,” said Sarandoulias.

State Senator James Beach presented a proclamation praising Y.A.L.E. for its work and the important role of private schools for students with disabilities. Read More »