OSSB Panther News
May 16, 2022
- 17 Goalball End of Season Celebration
- 18 Adapted Phys Ed Track Meet Northland High School 8:45am - 1:30pm
- 19 Mini Virtual Spring Music Performances
- 19 Final Girls on the Run Practice after school
- 19 Superintendent Virtual Coffee Chat with Families 6:30 -7:00 pm Dr. Maynus discusses the Biennium Budget with OSSB families
- 20 Dismissal at 2:30 pm
- 22 GOTR 5K race Downtown Columbus
- 23 Senior Focus Group Lunch with Dr. Maynus
- 26 Senior Trip
- 26 Elementary Art Festival
- 27 Elementary Bogart Car Race
- 27 Senior Graduation Practice 1:15pm
- 27 Spring Parent Teacher Staff Organization Meeting 2:45-3:30pm We will discuss the 2022-23 Fundraising Calendar for the PTSO. Click on the link to join.
- 30 Memorial Day/NO SCHOOL
- 1 Lions Club Track and Field Elementary event 9:00 - 11:00 am
- 1 Senior Graduation Practice 2:00 pm
- 2 Senior Breakfast with Dr. Maynus and Mrs. Wagner 8:00am
- 2 OSSB Graduation 10:00 am light refreshments will be served in the gym after graduation for families and graduates.
- 2 Last Day of School/Dismissal at Noon - Happy Summer!!
Thursday, May 19th 6:30 pm - Virtual Coffee Chat with Superintendent Maynus
Meeting ID: 890 6472 6232
Visual Bucket List Foundation Surprises Student at OSSB
They surprised Laylah with her own stuffed cheetah, and cheetah-inspired luggage and will be sending the family to California in June on a Safari! The Visual Bucket List Foundation is a 501(c)3 created to help children who have, or who will be faced with severe visual impairment or total loss of vision, experience lasting visual memories.
Mr. and Mrs. Myers presented Laylah with a Safari-themed cake, as well as plenty of cookies, cupcakes, and juice for elementary students to celebrate with Laylah and her family. We wish them a wonderful journey!
Girls on the Run Practice 5K - Preparing for this Sunday's GOTR 5K in Downtown Columbus
OSSB Celebrates Seniors
After graduation, Seniors will receive guests through a receiving line in the hallway just outside the auditorium, and then light refreshments will be served to students, families, and staff in the Gymnasium. Congratulations!
Photo shown is from graduation in 2009 and shows Senior Katie wearing a red cap and gown with a blue and red tassle and holding a rose, her diploma and award. Katie decorated her cap with a circuit board, and computer key caps that spelled out her name (she also attended the Delaware Area Career Center). She is accompanied by OSSB's own Mary Swartwout.
After School Adventures at Quarry Trails
OSSB Men's Goalball Season Wraps Up
It was once again a very exciting, educational, and extremely quick goalball season for our OSSB Men’s Goalball team. We traveled to the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired for conference which included Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, and Illinois. We picked up a bye for the first round so we did not play Friday night but unfortunately, we lost in the first round to a very good Illinois team 7-1. Later in the morning, we ended up losing to Missouri 5-4.
Our defense, communication, and our anxiety levels all improved during the two games, but we just could not secure a victory. Our returning player and Team Captain this year was junior, Garrett. Our new players this year were sophomores Jancel and Jayden and our group of seventh graders were Monty, Gage, and Carter.
Most Improved: Jayden
MVP: 2 MVPs
- Garrett (most blocks, great attitude, hard worker during practices)
- Jancel (most points scored)
Already looking forward to Goalball in the fall of 2022!
~ Coach Steve Grim
photo shows OSSB men's Goalball players on the court at the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired.
The April edition of the OSSB podcast is packed with all kinds of exciting events that have happened at the Ohio State School for the Blind. The annual beeping egg hunt, Our staff student goalball game, the 2022 Ohio Braille Challenge and more!
Ohio State School for the Bind Alumni Reunion
Friday, June 10th, 3pm
5220 North High Street
Hello OSSB Alumni members, I am very pleased to let you know that the 2022 alumni reunion will be held this year on Friday, June 10th through Sunday, June 12th on the Ohio State School for the Blind campus. Check-in time will begin at 3 pm Friday and we must be off campus by 12pm on Sunday. I would like to encourage the classes of 2020, 2021 and the upcoming class of 2022, to please register so you can get information about the upcoming reunion. I look forward to seeing all of you there. I would like to make this one of the biggest and best reunions that we have had in quite a while.
THE COST OF THE REUNION
$20.00 membership dues for two years
$75.00 which includes all five meals and lodging for the entire weekend.
If you want to stay in the cottage and eat off campus or eat the provided meals, but stay off-campus, it is still $75.00 dollars.
If you are a graduate for the classes of 2020, 2021 or the upcoming class of 2022, you will be our guest, so you will not be paying the $75.00 fee. But you will be asked to pay your $20.00 alumni membership dues.
Ohio State School for the Blind alumni president
For more information, please see attached documents below, or contact:
811 Findlay Street, Apt. 205
Portsmouth, Oh 45662
Phone (740) 357-9757
Check out the latest Facebook post where we spotlight our Seniors! Today we celebrate Jesse.
This 11x14 Acrylic Painting by OSSB Alum, Owen McCafferty will be auctioned off during the Alumni auction
Did you know that OSSB receives support from the OSSB PTSF, a Non-Profit Foundation? Find out more at www.ossbfoundation.org or click on this link.
Resources for Students and Families
Summer Camp and Sports
NFB BELL Academy in Ohio
The NFB BELL Academy is back in person this year, 08/07/2022 thru 08/12/2022, and provides children with braille and nonvisual skills instruction through fun, hands-on learning activities. The NFB BELL Academy—which stands for National Federation of the Blind Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning®—is a nationwide (United States and Puerto Rico) summer program that prepares blind and low-vision children to grow into confident and independent blind people who live the lives they want.
Who Should Attend?
Blind and low-vision children, ages four through twelve, who:
- Do not receive enough Braille and nonvisual skills instruction in school
- Could benefit from more Braille exposure over the summer
- Would enjoy connecting with blind role models
The Ohio NFB BELL Academy will offer a residential program from August 7-12, 2022 in Columbus. Meals will be provided. The registration fee is $100, and scholarships are available. Please contact Eric Duffy for more information.
Interested in volunteering? For older students who are blind or visually impaired, please contact Eric Duffy about volunteer opportunities during camp!
Program Coordinator: Eric Duffy
Information courtesy of the National Federation of the Blind of Ohio.
Envision Blind Sports Camp
Camp is being held on July 17th-23rd at Penn State Behrend in Erie, PA.
- Cost $500. Financial assistance is available.
- Camper Application: https://forms.gle/YdwvipLJCFa9KuLz8
- Counselor Application: https://forms.gle/LuQ1FsF7n6rbzTMYA
- The application deadline for campers and counselors is Friday, June 17, 2022. We will need time before camp to confirm facilities and order apparel so please make sure to sign-up ASAP
- for questions please contact Envision email@example.com
APH Webinars: ExCEL Academy - College Prep Webinar for Students - May 25th 6:00pm
May 25, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00 PM EST
College Prep Series
Academy Audience: High school and post-high school students
May 25: College Prep – How Do I Chose a Major and Other Important Questions
When you’re asked the question, what do you want to do after high school, it might be easy to say, “I’m going to go to college.” But just what IS college in 2022? And how can you make sure you have the knowledge and skills to really prepare for the changes that college-and life after high school, will ask of you. We will explore this and more in this Excel Academy series.
Attending college and entering the workforce with vision loss requires that you work now, to be the advocate and student that colleges assume you’re going to be. There are many ways to think about your post-high school education to help you meet your goals. This series will help you understand how to search for a college (they are not all the same!), consider the skills (academic and blindness skills) you need to meet the demands, and explore the pros and cons of college, including other ways to prepare for your life after high school, and entering the workforce. Topics will include college search, financial aid, choosing a major, the change in support from high school to college, and work, The key to all of it? Your own knowledge, skills, and determination to do hard things.
Register Here for College Prep Series
Information courtesy of American Printing House for the Blind
Webinar: Ohio Housing for People with Disabilities May 17th, 6:30pm
May 17th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Come and learn from our panel of experts as they share their organization, resources, and who may qualify for their housing services.
Jeannette Welsh Ohio Housing Manager, Department of Development
Kevin Clark Project Portfolio Manager, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Critty Buenconsejo Creative Housing President/CEO, Creative Housing/Creative Renovations
Jeff Pattison Assistant Director of Service Coordination, FCBDD
Rachel Rubey MSW, LISW-S Supportive Services Director, Community Housing Network
Reasonable Accommodations must be requested by 5/10 to Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-575-8055