Magnolia Classroom: Academics, Socialization & Independence

Welcome to the Magnolia Classroom!

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     On our class page, you will currently find classroom information like the school calendar and the Magnolia supply list. Our goal this school year is to post our newsletters, field trip dates and special Magnolia events. We also want students of Magnolia to independently submit their best pictures/videos, work samples and publications!


*Meet Angelina, here, she is petting a baby alligator at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. 

“What We Do in Magnolia”

     The Magnolia classroom is currently designated for the oldest students in the Advance Academy. Many of the students in this classroom are in need of academic intervention in the area of language comprehension, socialization programming and independent living skills. The age range in the Magnolia classroom begins at 14 and ends at the age of 18. Many students transition into the public school system, where they can attend high school in a least restrictive environment until their 22nd year of life.


“Introducing Class Flow!”

This year, we will introduce Class Flow, a live and interactive software that allows students to annotate, contribute and answer questions using any classroom device. Check the video below.

*Meet Joe, posing for the camera at Publix during Community-Based Instruction, selecting items from a list.

“Meet the Teacher”

     Mr. Austin’s classroom mission is to continue to build a unified family-oriented learning environment to find pathways for teenage students diagnosed with Autism using evidenced-based practices published by the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder. Mr. Austin is a Georgia Certified Educator and a member of the National Association for Special Education Teachers with six years in special education classrooms. He is a former Speech-Language Clinician for the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System. His belief is: “Each one, Teach One”: when one succeeds all are lifted up.

His main goal in the upcoming school year, is teaching new behaviors needed to socialize appropriately with all peers in multiple environments. Some students are ready to work, and the central focus with those students is preparing them through community-based vocational instruction. We want to partner with businesses near our facility to help generalize skills outside of the special school environment.

“Classroom Procedures”

If your child is verbal and able to read: Discuss this document before the start of school.

Classroom Procedures


2017-18 Calendar
August 14th, 2017: School Supply List Quantity

Clorox Wipes 

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Febreze Fabric Spray

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Expo Fine-Tip Dry Erase Markers 

Expo&reg; Low Odor Fine Tip Dry-Erase Markers, Assorted, 8/pk (86601)

Composition Books

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Scotch Laminating Pouches 8.5 x 11″ 20pc

Scotch Laminating Pouches 8.5x11" 20pc


8.5 x 11 Dry-Erase Board

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iTunes Gift Card

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Used to purchase Research-based Apps to target IEP goals.


2″ Staples® Standard View Binder with Slant-D™ Rings



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We can always use wooden pencils, notebook paper and stick glue. Students will need a book-bag, lunch-bag and appropriate tennis shoes for Physical Therapy and daily Physical Education.


“Typical Magnolia Large Group Session”

In this video, I am facilitating Guided Reading. The book is used to prepare our students for a field trip to Oatland Island Wildlife Center by asking questions to draw meaning from pictures. The most recent Literacy research indicates that even typical middle and high school students should be answering explicit and inferential questions from picture books. Our world is very visual. Students with Autism need as much exposure as possible to make meaningful connections to logically comprehend surrounding stimuli in our everyday lives. Additionally, other students are being taught new behaviors to participate in group instruction. Many students with Autism require one-to-one instruction, and many of those students have difficulty learning how to participate in group learning sessions. Take a look!   


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