A.I.S. -(Academic Intervention Services) is an after school extra help program. This program provides academic support for Viscardi students grades 4 – 12, and includes Regents and RCT prep. The program takes place in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Academic Intervention also teaches students how to develop better study methods, how to manage time, and how to prioritize work…all of which are essential life skills.
Basketball – The Henry Viscardi School Wheelchair Basketball Program was created to allow children of all levels of physical disabilities to play together as a team and to reach their highest potential as athletes. The program gives children a chance to have fun, learn to respect individual needs, as well as learn good sportsmanship and teamwork. Our goal is to encourage individuality, heighten self-esteem, and provide a safe environment for each member of the team. Our basketball league consists of two teams: “Cubbies” for grades 2 – 6 and “Cougars” for grades 7 – 12, as well as students in the RAMP program. The Cubbies focus on skills and drills, and the Cougars are more competitive and play in tournaments with other local area wheelchair basketball teams. The Henry Viscardi School Wheelchair Basketball Program hosts an annual tournament every December and also participates in the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged in the Spring. Our Basketball program culminates in an annual awards dinner in June.
The Cougar Chronicle – Our student newspaper reports on news and events from around Henry Viscardi School. Its coverage recently branched out to include mini video segments, produced right here in the Viscardi Multimedia Learning Center’s studio. Read the latest issue of The Cougar Chronicle.
Friday Night Rec – Friday Night Recreation provides a transition recreation experience for students in grades 4 through 12.
Natural Helpers -Natural Helpers is a nationally known program that is based on the simple premise that when a student has a problem they often turn to friends or someone they trust for help. The Natural Helpers Program seeks to identify these helpers and provide them with training and support. High School students identified by their peers as good listeners are eligible to be part of Natural Helpers along with student nominated staff members.
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Project R.A.M.P.- (Reaching All My Potential) is a project-based program which focuses on increasing the student’s experiences and knowledge of their communities. This is accomplished through group and personalized projects, business ventures, weekly swimming and cooking sessions. Field trips out into the community are planned around specialized projects. Teachers, teacher assistants, and therapists work as a team to maximize each student’s potential and independence.
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Student Council – a prominent student government organization, gives students a voice in determining school activities and environment. It helps promote activities for the entire student body at Henry Viscardi High School and fosters a positive climate throughout the school.
Being a member of student council is both an honor and a challenge. Members must maintain high academic standards and also plan and organize social events such as Spirit Week, and maintain the Viscardi school store. Student Council conducts a holiday food drive for Island Harvest. No doubt, Student Council encourages students to increase responsibility and take pride in their school and community. Student Council representatives are elected in each class for a one-year term. They meet monthly during lunch periods, where polices are discussed and plans are established for activities throughout the year.
Viscardi Independent Living House – The Independent Living overnight program provides Henry Viscardi School students in grades 11, 12, and R.A.M.P., with the opportunity to spend time away from their homes in a supervised atmosphere. The students must work together using a pre-determined budget to provide for their needs during the overnight. Some of the activities include shopping for the dinner and breakfast to be prepared by students, establishing appropriate duties for each individual, and arranging for an approved activity in the afternoon. This program has been a tremendous success at Viscardi. Students have an opportunity to hone their independent living skills, as well as to confront and resolve real life challenges.