OSSB Panther News

May 16, 2022

Cover photo shows the OSSB graduating class of 2019.


MAY 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
JUNE 2022
  • 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

May 19th at 6:30 - 7:00 pm, we welcome Superintendent Lou Maynus as she invites OSSB Families to chat about Ohio's Biennium Budget and how it affects the Ohio State School for the Blind. Please join us for this quick half-hour session with Dr. Maynus. See you Thursday Evening!

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 890 6472 6232

Passcode: Family

Visual Bucket List Foundation Surprises Student at OSSB

On Monday, elementary students gathered in the Multi-purpose room with Laylah, a new student this year from Richland County. Visual Bucket List Foundation founders, Steven and Christine Myers came to OSSB to tell students a little more about the Visual Bucket List Foundation, and their daughter and other children who have benefited from special wishes provided by the foundation.

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!

The Visual Bucket List Foundation

Girls on the Run Practice 5K - Preparing for this Sunday's GOTR 5K in Downtown Columbus

Big picture

OSSB Celebrates Seniors

On June 2nd at 10:00 am, OSSB will hold a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2022 in the Scarberry Auditorium at OSSB! Students have worked so hard in their school careers to get to this point, and we are so proud of them! The day will begin with a Senior breakfast for these special students, their high school advocate, and the person walking them down the aisle at graduation.

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

Mrs. Williams and Ms. Haley took the Residential P3 and P6 students to the new Quarry Trails park last week where Mrs. Tanya(Metro Park Ranger) connected with us and taught them some facts on fossils, quarries, and boulders. Then students hiked down many stairs(just ask Joey as he thinks that hike can get him out of gym class!) They went across bridges to a zipline and climbing structure where some of the students had no fear, and explored past what they thought they could do. We all had a blast and are excited to be doing trips the next two Wednesdays as well! ~Mrs. Williams

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


  • 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.

A gymnasium floor is in the foreground, and bleachers with people sitting on them in the rear.  At the right of the photo is a goalball net, and three OSSB mens players are shown waiting for the goalball.
OSSB April Podcast

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

Columbus, OH

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.


$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.

Edward schwilk
Ohio State School for the Blind alumni president

For more information, please see attached documents below, or contact:

Tracey Boyd

811 Findlay Street, Apt. 205

Portsmouth, Oh 45662

Phone (740) 357-9757

Email teboyd11961@gmail.com

Ohio State School for the Blind Facebook Page

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

Acrylic painting of a blue panther head in front of a red background. Painting by Owen McCafferty, OSSB Alumni will be for sale by auction at the 2022 OSSB alumni reunion June 10-12, 2022.
OSSB Parent Teacher Staff Foundation Facebook Page

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

Disclaimer: The following information is being provided for informational purposes only. Listed events are not sponsored or endorsed by the Ohio State School for the Blind. OSSB does not guarantee the accuracy of the information or data provided at these events.

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.

To apply for this location, please visit the national NFB BELL Academy page.

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

Phone: 614-377-9877

Email: peduffy63@gmail.com

Click to fill out the online Application

Information courtesy of the National Federation of the Blind of Ohio.

Blind Soccer Activities with Katie Smith

Blind Soccer - Contact Katie Smith 513-460-9785

Blackburn Community Recreation Center, 263 Carpenter St. Columbus, OH 43205

  • June 9th - 4:30pm- 5:30pm Youth

Katie Smith


Information courtesy of Katie Smith.

Envision Blind Sports Camp

Camp is being held on July 17th-23rd at Penn State Behrend in Erie, PA.

- for questions please contact Envision envisionblindsports@gmail.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

“Ohio Housing for People with Disabilities: Featuring Panelists working with Various Federal, State, and Local Programs”

Virtual Meeting

May 17th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Registration link

Come and learn from our panel of experts as they share their organization, resources, and who may qualify for their housing services.
Panel Members
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 dpetermann@disabilityempowerment.net or 614-575-8055

ARC of Ohio Summer Conference 2022 Free to Family Members

Ohio State School for the Blind

Michelle Wagner, Director of Teaching and Learning

5220 N. High Street

Columbus, Ohio 43214



Questions about this newsletter? Please contact Lauri Kaplan, Parent Mentor at 614-806-2651 or lkaplan@osdb.oh.gov