Alan Dunlavey graduated from McCann Tech on June 5, 2013 (he not only passed the MCAS, but was on the honor roll). The day before the graduation there was a party at one of Alan's favorite places, the Lickety Split Café at Mass MoCA, to celebrate all the people - teachers, paraprofessionals, therapists, idols, "persons of interest", grandparents - who had contributed so much to making Alan's success possible. Alan is a very hard worker, and has made the most of his strengths, but without the help he received from so many his accomplishments would not have been possible.
Pat's pictures from the party, the graduation, and the family ice cream gathering after the graduation can be found here.
We had some posters mounted at the party to help us all remember the stages of Alan's years in the school system, and they can be viewed by clicking on the links below. It was fascinating to go over the old materials - writing samples, drawings, progress reports, IEP goals - and see how they formed a coherent narrative. The observations and recommendations ring true years later, bearing witness to the insights and careful observations of those who wrote the reports. Alan's enthusiasms, apparent at an early age, are also fun to track as they evolved over the years!
Early years (Side x Side, Kindergarten, Grades 1-2)
BB and Consequences (Grades 3-6)