OSSB Panther Paws News

Monday - May 17, 2021



  • May 3-27 - Little NC Afterschool sports
  • May 19 - Junior/Senior Prom
  • May 31 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day


  • June 3 - Graduation 10:30am - Seniors and families only - Livestreaming for everyone else! Watch future newsletters for the live stream link.
  • June 4 - Last Day of School
  • June 7 - 18 - Extended Learning Plan - more information coming soon!

OSSB Low Vision Expo

On Thursday May 13th, students at the Ohio State School for the Blind were able to try out a variety of pieces of low vison equipment. We welcomed our new representative from Humanware, Brian Goemer, to the school. Mr. Goemer brought a variety of desktop and portable magnifiers and some braille devices. Throughout the day, students came down to the multipurpose room in small groups. Brian did an excellent job of providing orientation of the devices to each group, and there was plenty of time for students and staff to get hands-on experience using the devices.

The highlighted pieces of technology students and staff saw, were the Reveal 16, Explore 5 handheld magnifier and of course for some, the eSight glasses. OSSB high school student, Garrett said "This is amazing, crystal clear. I love it," when talking about the Prodigy Connect. Lariah from Mrs. Peirano's class said "This is way cool!" Students in Mrs. Riggs class said they loved the CCTV's. High School senior, Emily, said "I can see my hand 6 feet from my face with these eSight glasses."

We want to thank Brian Goemer for his time and expertise, and thank all the students and staff for participating in OSSB’s low vision expo day. It was a truly magnifying experience for all! ~ Mr. Dan Kelley

Photos show Mrs. Wagner checking out a CCTV, Carter exploring with the eSight glasses, and Mr. Goemer and a group of students around a table exploring a low vision device. Photo above shows Brenna reading a book with the Explore 5 magnifier. Photos courtesy of Emily McLaughlin and Michelle Tolle.

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OSSB Cafeteria Menu - May 10, 2021

Download Accessible OSSB Menu PDF Here

OSSB Health Classes Explore Erika’s Lighthouse curriculum

Mrs. Brewer-Wood's students have started to use Erika's Lighthouse, a middle school and high school depression and suicide awareness curriculum. She has included here a Parent Handbook resource that is available free to parents.


Senior, Peggy, is Dressed and Ready for Senior Lunch!

It's that time of year, where we start to celebrate our graduating Seniors. Last week, it was the Senior Lunch. Teachers and Juniors in Independent Living Skills classes worked to prepare an Oriental themed luncheon. When the food was ready, students from the vocational culinary program loaded the van and delivered the food to the Outdoor Recreation shelter near the track. Teacher's aide, Ms. Cecil took orders, Ms. Val Kirk provided the costumes, while Juniors Kurtacee, Maddie, Nolan and Emmie helped prepare and serve the delicious meal to the Seniors. ~Mrs. Cindi Swisher
Peggy is shown wearing a beautiful red kimono in the ILS classroom.
Circle of Security Image Parent Program coming to OSSB - contact Amanda Pickerill for more information pickerill@osdb.oh.gov

Circle of Security Parent Program - for OSSB Elementary Parents!

Tuesday, June 8th, 9am to Friday, June 18th, 10:30am

This is an online event.

Are you at your WITS END with parenting your child?

Do you desire to have a more CONNECTED relationship with your child?

Tuesday June 8th- Friday June 11th and

Tuesday June 15th- Friday June 18th

9:00 am to 10:30 each day

Join OSSB School Psychologist, Dr. Amanda Pickerill and Lauri Kaplan, OSSB Parent Mentor for this 8-part ZOOM workshop on Parenting with Circle of Security.

During these classes:

· learn how to be attuned to your child’s needs

· learn ways to maintain your own emotional state while responding to your child’s needs in a healthy way

· see a decrease in problem behaviors, and an increase in attachment with your child


Please contact Amanda Pickerill at pickerill@osdb.oh.gov, or by calling 614-387-0183.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Panther Paws Newsletters - 2020-21 Archives

Did you miss one of our weekly newsletters? Find all 2020-21 issues on our website.

Final Fitness Friday Session

The final session for Fitness Friday will be held on Friday, May 21. Join in the fun for one last time! Thanks for joining us throughout this school year!

Physical Education Class Zoom Meeting

Zoom Link:


Meeting ID: 998 911 7625

Passcode: Fq36nR

~Mrs. Henry

OSSB Social Media

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 and Workshops 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 veracity of the information or data provided at these events. In no way is OSSB instructing students and families to participate in the described events.

Lighthouse Guild Tele-Support Programs for Parents and Teens

Support is a Phone Call Away!

A strong support network can be vital in helping you through tough times, whether it is receiving news of a vision diagnosis or coping with vision loss. For many people, a vision-related support group may fill a gap between medical treatment and the need for emotional support. Medical professionals may not provide the type of emotional support you need. Family members may not fully understand the impact of a vision diagnosis in your life. Participating in a tele-support group among people with shared experiences can help.

During this past year, Lighthouse Guild’s Tele-Support Network has become an emotional and social lifeline for many parents of children with vision loss, teens, young adults, and adults from all over the country. Participants in the tele-support groups share everyday struggles, offer advice on coping with vision loss and stay informed about helpful resources. All while feeling supported by others going through similar experiences. Parenting a child with vision impairment can feel isolating, and navigating a world filled with new obstacles can be overwhelming, but you do not have to face it alone. For more information, please call 212-769-6318.
APH Virtual ExCEL Camps

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is preparing to offer the Virtual ExCEL Camp from mid-June through mid-August. The Virtual ExCEL Camp will include a live hour at 2:00 ET, Monday through Friday, and is free to all registrants.

Newsletter Background Photo shows an up-close view of a Perkins Brailler. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Kaplan.