The Guild provides community-based, special education day and residential school, and adult residential services. Learn more: www.GuildHumanServices.org.
In existence since the 1940's, The Guild is a residential school for students ages 6 to 22 years. The Guild serves students with mental health issues, autism, developmental disabilities, and emotional and behavioral challenges. Our unique curriculum spans a variety of subjects, including math, reading, language arts, budgeting, social sciences, personal growth and development, computer, vocational, and employment skills.
With eight residences in the communities of Billerica, Waltham and Watertown, students have many opportunities to regularly interact with neighborhood resources such as local banks, stores and restaurants to hone their social and interpersonal skills. Through this dynamic and supportive approach, each resident has the opportunity to demonstrate newly acquired abilities and learn to manage behaviors. Our goal is to prepare each student with skills they can use long after they graduate.
Take a look at some photos throughout the year!
Some great activities from over the weekend!
What a beautiful day for a turkey trot! 🌞🦃🍂
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The students had some fun yesterday on Halloween! 🎃👻
The Admissions & Outreach team debuting its new table look at the Administrators for Special Education Conference at Holy Cross.
We have another job fair coming up! Stop by on Thursday for more information!
Be sure to stop by The Guild on Thursday for our job fair! More information can be found on the flyer.
Happy First Day of Fall! 🍁🍂🎃
A big thank you to our CEO, Thomas Belski, whose last day at The Guild is today. With Thomas’ leadership, The Guild for Human Services has grown not only to be able to serve more students, but also to launch adult residential services for individuals after their 22nd birthdays.
Dear Thomas –
You’ve guided us to our new school in Concord, Massachusetts and you’ve shown us the way during the rapid expansion in residential services – from 6 student homes to 16 student and adult homes … and plans for more growth!
We are grateful that you have touched the lives of The Guild’s students, adults and their families as well as all of The Guild’s staff members.
We will all miss you. We wish you the very best in your next journey, which we know will be exciting and fulfilling!
Facebook friends – stay tuned for updates about new leadership in the coming weeks ….
Congratulations to our Residential Employees of the Month for August! They are Moses Osei, Mory Konate, Johanne Lundi-Tezil and Pierre Marseille!
It's field day! Lots of activities and games happening today!
Lots of things happening at The Guild! Check out our new sign!
It's Taco Tuesday! And we always have our fresh salad bar ready to go!
More pics from last Friday's Student Awards at The Guild School.
The Guild School Student Awards were held today. There was food and two ceremonies under the big tent on our upper parking lot. Here's a sneak peek at how it went - more to come on Monday!!
Everyone's pitching in today to help out with student awards at The Guild School. CEO Thomas Belski, Director of Health & Wellness, Doreen Mangini, and PE Teacher Kevin Jean joined Bob Barbosa and his staff in the Kitchen preparing a brunch for this special event. The tent is set up and we're just waiting for the award-winners to arrive!
Tomorrow's parent support group meeting will feature a workshop run by The Guild’s Expressive Therapists: Martine Colepaugh & Ashley Lemmonds! Ashley is new to the Guild and comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience using Dance-Movement Therapies with a wide array of populations. Both Ashley and Martine meet wide a wide array of students in individual and group settings.
The focus of the parent night workshop will be to provide an explanation of what Expressive Therapy is, who may benefit from Expressive Therapy, and the goals of Expressive Therapy. We will help differentiate between expressive arts education and expressive arts based therapy. Also, we will provide a brief overview of the different expressive modalities. In addition, we will provide/give examples of what individual sessions and groups may look like, so parents have a better understanding of the Expressive Therapy services provided at the Guild. Finally, we will facilitate and process some activities to provide a hands-on learning experience for parents/guardians.
Date: Wednesday June 14
Location: 521 Virginia Road, Concord, MA
Please RSVP by email for a dinner head count!
With 3 consecutive days of sunshine our vegetable nursery is going strong! We hope that our Guild School students will be planting these in our outdoor beds soon.
Guild School students from Maple House explored the historic Marblehead Lighthouse (circa 1895) and views of the harbor from Chandler Hovey Park.
Last week Guild School students learned about farming techniques at Gaining Ground Organic Farm in Concord. As volunteers, they helped prepare the fields for crops that will be donated to area meal programs and food pantries. This is a great mutually beneficial collaboration for our students who learn while doing community service.
Summer means sun, fun, and healthy eating to prepare for all the outdoor activities. The June Guild School Lunch Menu provides the kind of nutrition our students need to enjoy the very best of the seasonable weather.
Residential students from The Guild School are always on the move! Recently students from Maple House and Sassafras House did some hiking and sightseeing at places like Salem Willows, Breakheart Reservation, and Prospect Hill Park.
The clouds don't slow us down! Guild School students from Chris' classroom were out assembling a composting garden bed. This project is spearheaded by Susan Hayes, BCBA, head of our behavior dept. Starter plants have been growing inside and will soon be transplanted outside. The work involved teaches work skills and helps students understand concepts of responsibility, biology, and farming. We'll post more photos as our garden progresses.
The students and staff at The Guild School wish you a happy Memorial Day - we are mindful of the sacrifices so many Americans have made on our behalf. (US Flag project by students in Ben's classroom)
More pics from The Guild Spring Dance.
The first photos from last week's Spring Dance clearly show what a great time it was for Guild School students and staff. More photos from the dance coming soon...
It's College and University commencement season! The Guild School supports employee professional development and personal enrichment. We celebrate the accomplishments of the following staff for their educational and professional achievements this year:
Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
Master of Science in Developmental Psychology
Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis
Master of Science in Education
Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)
Congratulations to you all!
Guild School residential students from Sassafras House were communing with nature on a lovely walk along the Charles River yesterday after school.
Signs of impending warmth and sun are finally here! Despite the clouds this past weekend Guild School residential students visited Prospect Hill Park in Waltham.
At their annual Rose Ceremony last Sunday, Bay Path University recognized the following Guild School employees for their academic and professional achievements:
Applied Behavior Analysis Award
Recipient: Susan Hayes
Presented by Karen Weisz, Clinical Instructor, ABA Supervisor
The Graduate Psychology Professional Development Award
Recipient: Jake Valeri
Presented by Dr. Kristina Hallett, Associate Professor, Coordinator of Clinical Training
The Guild Award
Recipient: Tova Cotton
Presented by Dr. Julie Armentrout, Chief Quality Assurance and Education Officer
Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology
Inductees: Jake Valeri and Molly Weiner
We are fortunate to have these individuals, and our recent graduates, work at The Guild School. Congratulations to all of these dedicated professionals on their achievements.
Our next Support Group meeting for Guild School students' parents and guardians is scheduled for Wednesday. Please RSVP if you're planning to attend.
The Guild School will be represented tomorrow (Friday, May 5th) at the Massachusetts Association of Chapter 766 Private Schools (maaps) annual conference. If you're going, stop by the table and find out about the exciting new developments at The Guild.
On a recent day like today (with a rare appearance by the sun) some students from the Guild School's Pine and Maple Houses played a little soccer.
Chief of Admissions & Outreach, Katherine Canada (on the right), attended the Association of Children's Residential Centers annual conference in Portland, Oregon last week. While at the conference she won a $1,000.00 donation raffle for The Guild School! We're always very grateful for charitable contributions that help support the critical services and programs we provide for our students. To learn more about donating, click on the link below:
Happy May Day! We think you'll find our healthy and delicious Guild School lunch menu perfect for National Salad and National Strawberry Month.
The Guild School is co-sponsor of a fun event tomorrow - the Autism Alliance of MetroWest Family Kite Day in Framingham. For more information, click on the link below. Happy Flying!!
Parents and guardians of Guild School students came out for an open house last night. Our guests toured the new school building, saw their children's classrooms and support facilities, and took the opportunity to interact with teachers and staff. CEO Thomas Belski and Parent Support Chairperson Maura Peterson spoke to everyone about the wonderful opportunities for students at The Guild School.
Spring time activities for residential Guild School students move indoors when the weather doesn't cooperate. Under the colorful lights at Roller Kingdom everyone had fun gliding across the floor to some of their favorite tunes.
Guild School students from Maple House took a stroll through the woods at Cedar Hill Trails in Waltham this past week.
Outdoor activities are on the rise at The Guild School as the weather warms. Students love feeding the ducks or just taking a nice walk.
it was a glorious day to go outside and practice egg hunting skills! That's exactly what Guild School students did - Alex's class, Sarah's class, and Elise's class went out onto The Guild School grounds for this very important mission.
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Guild School classroom teacher Jake Valeri incorporates life sciences, biology, and environmental science into the daily activities for his students. They learn about sustainable eco-systems and animal care. Each student takes their responsibilities very seriously and also takes pride in the work they do to care for the small creatures that inhabit Jake's class. In these photos we see Jake working with Wes and Heather to learn about and care for a variety of small animals.
Last week one of our most cherished Guild School students graduated. Brianna is full of life - that was evident even as she danced at her graduation ceremony. She brightens the mood wherever she goes and we'll definitely miss her. Congratulations Bri!!
Our most recent Education Staff of the Month (for February) deserve a mention for their good work with our Guild School students:
Shaina Riley (Left) is a versatile staff who works well with a range of students. She is always willing to help in whatever situation she is asked to do so. She is incredibly consistent with student and implementation of behavior plans. Shaina has a positive outlook and always able to see the positive in a situation.
Ashley Reiner (Center) is extremely organized and provides a consistent and routine schedule for her students. Ashley is able to anticipate the needs of her students and plan accordingly which helps to decrease student behavior. Over the past few months Ashley has restructured on she runs lessons in the classroom which has proven to be effective for her students and his pushed them academically.
Mike Iozzo (Right) has shown that he is able to be versatile across roles at The Guild. Since starting in his new classroom, he has consistently sought out collaboration and is willing to help facilitate generalization across disciplines. Mike implements functional activities for his students and has been observed to be a supportive leader in his classroom.
April is almost here and Spring has got to be around the corner! May the April lunch menu for the Guild School prompt sunnier skies and warmer weather...
Members of the Admissions & Outreach Team from The Guild were exhibiting at the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) Annual Conference this past weekend. This year's theme was "Count Me In!" - a focus on acceptance and inclusiveness for people of all abilities. Entrepreneur Collette Divitto, owner of Collettey's Cookies, was there and stopped by to say hello to The Guild's Anna Thorpe and Steve Kaplan. To learn more about Collette and her story, click on the link below:
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