OSSB Panther Paws News

Monday - February 1, 2021

IMPORTANT DATES *Friday = Distance Learning

  • 11 Parent-Teacher Conferences 4-8 pm
  • 12 NO SCHOOL
  • 15 NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day
  • 29 - 31 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
  • 1 - 2 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

E.D.G.E Application Period NOW OPEN





The EDGE program is now accepting applications for the 2021-22 School Year. EDGE is a post-secondary experience tailored to assist students in preparing for adult life. Our staff works with students who have already completed their high school graduation credits to become young adults, more prepared for the world outside OSSB. Our team will work with EDGE students on vocational, social, communication, and independent living skills to enhance independence. Applications are due back on February 12, 2021. See application attached to this newsletter!

OSSB Students Study Plant Growth

Mrs. Peirano’s sixth-grade class is completing a unit on Plant Growth. Kynnedi and Chris are shown in the photo examining their flowers’ petals, pistil, stamen, and other plant parts. Students are trying to determine if their plant is a monocot or dicot and other fun things about plants. The class is also monitoring an experiment with seeds and their growth in five different environments. Mrs. Welsh, an Ohio State University student studying to be a Teacher of the Visually Impaired, assists a student in the photo.

Send in Your Favorite Chocolate Dessert recipes

Just a reminder to send chocolate recipes to lyoung-dove@osdb.oh.gov by February 8th for the 26th annual OSSB Chocolate Fair recipe 'book'. Thanks for your help keeping the Chocolate Fair tradition going in a new way this year; hopefully, next year we will be back in full swing!

~ Mrs. Young-Dove

The Mayflower Was How Big??

Ms. McCumber’s class recently learned about the size of the Mayflower by measuring out the approximate feet of its length and width. They then used that information to calculate the entire square footage. After that, they calculated the square footage that each passenger had on the ship. This then led to a discussion about how that area would be further decreased by different factors such as the supplies, provisions, and cargo, seasickness, or if weather forced everyone below deck. Photo shows the students outside OSSB with their winter coats and hats, taking notes and calculating square footage of the Mayflower. Dorms and the original building are in the background.

OSSB Sponsors Webinar for Families . . .

Register here for Free Webinar - February 10, 6:30 pm!

Come visit with Derek Graham, of Resch, Root, Phillipps, and Graham. Derek will present to OSSB Families and the Community on Special Needs Planning. Join us on Zoom - February 10th at 6:30pm, and ASK those questions you need answers to.

After School Clubs/Dorm Rec Update

This quarter, our after-school clubs are off to a great start. We have a total of 8 clubs happening virtually, and in addition, there are opportunities for students to participate with their dorm pods, and enjoy some rec room activities.

We recently spruced up the residential recreation room and now have a video game area, space to socialize and play board games, bumper pool, basketball shootout, and also air hockey. This gives the students an opportunity to still practice being socially distant AND engage in activities outside their dorms. We even had the opportunity to take a couple of students, one at a time, out to ride the adapted bikes throughout the school. Shown in the photo is OSSB Senior, Wyatt riding a green adapted bicycle.

Make sure to check out the OSSB Podcast included in this newsletter, to hear students in the OSSB After School Podcast Club and to learn more about the clubs available to OSSB students.

OSSB is once again hosting Ohio State University students who are going to become future Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI's), and those students are leading virtual activities with dorms on a weekly basis. ~Ms. Sally Williams

Zoom Into Physical Fitness Friday

OSSB staff are offering Fitness Fridays on Zoom. Each week, new and exciting exercise routines will be offered to participate in. To maximize the health benefits, full and active participation is a must. Be ready to sweat! The sessions will start at 9:30 am and run for approximately 45 minutes. Proper dress is required – tennis shoes and exercise clothes. You may want to keep a water bottle nearby during the activity. We encourage everyone to join - it will be a fun time! Photo shows Mr. Lee circa 2017 spinning a basketball on his finger in the OSSB gym.

Mrs. Henry, Ms. Gilliland, Mrs. Kallstrom and Mr. Lee

Physical Education Class Zoom Meeting

Zoom Link:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 998 911 7625

Passcode: Fq36nR

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.

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.

Blind Winter Sports

Interested in learning to ski, skate, or play hockey? Adaptive Sports Connection is hosting events listed below for families. Please contact Katie Smith katharineatkinso6@gmail.com with any questions, or visit Adaptive Sports Connection for more information.

Blind Ski Dates

  • Feb 6th - Snow trails or Mansfield
  • March 6th - Snow Trails or Mansfield
    • $10
  • Envision Ski Weekend Feb 27th & Feb 28th
    • Price TBD
    • Email Katie for more details

Blind Hockey/ Skating Dates:

  • Feb 5th, Feb 19
    • Location Easton Chiller: 3600 Chiller Ln. Columbus OH 43219
    • Time: 5:45pm-6:50pm
  • Feb 21
    • Location- Chiller North: 8144 High Field Dr. Lewis Center, OH 43035
    • Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
  • March 12
    • Location Easton Chiller: 3600 Chiller Ln. Columbus OH 43219
    • Time: 5:45-7:50pm
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