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Lots to Celebrate at the Theresa Paplin School

July 18, 2023 / Independent Youth News

SCO’s Theresa Paplin School (TPS) celebrated the end of the year with traditional culmination activities with a twist: an End of Year Dance (PROM), Field Day, and Moving Up Ceremony (Graduation.)

This year’s Prom was held in the Theresa Paplin School auditorium. Students enjoyed an afternoon of dancing and delights as they listened to the musical talents of TPS’ very own in-house DJ, Behavior Support Specialist James Hamilton. The dance was an opportunity for both residential and school staff to come together to celebrate the students in an upbeat, party atmosphere. Two students were elected Prom King and Queen. The candidates were selected through a review of the criteria relating to TPS’ school core value of DREAM—these two students have demonstrated an overall “Drive to Respect Education with an Attitude for Maturity.”

Field Day consisted of various team building activities. Students were treated to a special surprise after lunch with the arrival of a mobile video game truck! They got to play some of the newest video games on the market as well as experience some vintage games, like “Pac-Man.”

The Prom and Field Day were hosted by the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) committee. The PBIS Committee ensures that TPS sponsors school-wide events to support and facilitate a more positive atmosphere for learning.

Theresa Paplin School’s “Moving Up” ceremony was hosted by TPS student, Ash. Ash’s progress has been remarkable. Ash has transformed from an individual with crippling social anxiety to the MC of choice…all within a year’s time!

All students received individual awards and certificates reflecting their social, emotional, academic, and personal growth. TPS also celebrated two graduates, Jeremiah and Jaden, who will be fully transitioning to Community Residences upon discharge from SCO’s Ottilie Residential Treatment Facility.

This year’s “Moving Up” ceremony was attended by a record number of family members who came out to celebrate with their children on a successful school year!


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