OSSB Panther News

February 14, 2022


February 2022

  • 17 - No Little NC Practice
  • 17 - Dismissal at 2:30 pm
  • 18 - NO SCHOOL/ Records day for teachers
  • 21 - NO SCHOOL/ Presidents Day
  • 22 - Braille Challenge Day at OSSB
  • 24 - Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00 pm. Conference Sign Up Form
March 2022
  • 4 - Dismissal at Noon
  • 17 - Little NC Meet at OSSB
  • 28 thru April 1 - NO SCHOOL/Spring Break

** Calendar change: Please note that there has been a change to our calendar in May.
  • May 12 - Dismissal at noon
  • May 20 - Dismissal at 2:30 pm

OSSB Virtual Parent Teacher Conference Night - February 24th, 4 - 8 PM

Hello OSSB Families, It's time to sign up for Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences Thursday, February 24th.

  • Elementary teacher time slots are for 30 minutes
  • high school, specials, and related services staff members are scheduled for 15-minute time slots
  • If time slots are open, team meetings can be scheduled with multiple staff members

After hitting submit, a confirmation email will be sent to you and the school. In addition, there will be an option to download a confirmation PDF.

Teachers will send a reminder email with a Zoom link on or before the meeting.

If you need support signing up, please reach out to your student's teacher, advocate, or the front office at (614) 752-1359.

Michelle Wagner and Alison Brewer

Director and Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning

Rocks and Minerals

Mrs. Peirano’s class is studying rocks and minerals to learn how to identify and classify them. They are shown using their observational and investigative skills to chart their data and learn about the different properties. Students worked together in small groups to finish the task. Photos show Danny and Jonah, Brian and AJ, and Bryanna and Josh working at their tables. They have a chart and braille materials as they study 5 different samples.

OSSB Lunch menu for the week of February 14th. Valentine's party tonight!

Happy Valentine's Day, Friends!

Mrs. Hamlin, K-1 Teacher at OSSB spearheaded a creative volunteer opportunity for her students last week, and many other young artists at OSSB joined in! Students created heartfelt Valentine messages for seniors living at Wesley Glen Retirement Community, neighbors of the Ohio State School for the Blind! Many of the messages were written in both print, and braille. Mrs. Hamlin dropped off over 60 handmade valentines for the residents of Wesley Glen to brighten their Valentine's Day!

Photos below show Wesley with a special message that says "You are special like a fuzzy blanket", Mrs. Hamlin's students standing outside their classroom with handmade Valentines - left to right are LaShawn, Wesley, Kayden and Miles; and Miles is shown with his Super Valentine!

OSSB Cheer Season 2021-22

Returning Varsity Cheerleaders Kurtacee and Maddie (both seniors) were accompanied by seniors Sara “Bill” and Sumaya, eighth-grader, Byata, and our seventh-grade Outstanding Cheerleader, Kynnedi for the 2021-22 OSSB Cheer season. Led by Coaches Traucht and Knight, the team met daily beginning November 1 and the end-of-season competition was held virtually on January 27.

Our cheerleaders learned and created new cheers for basketball, and displayed excellent teamwork to develop a routine to a musical mashup. Another challenging year was overcome with consistency and dedication!

Due to the nature of a virtual submission, we do not yet have the results of our standings. However, the substance of our care and compassion for one another cannot be quantified.

Coach Traucht and Knight, coaching together for years, feel extremely proud of the team and all their efforts.

Black History Month - Martha Louise Morrow Foxx

Martha Louise Morrow Foxx was born in 1902.

Blind from eye disease in infancy, Martha Louise Morrow went on to graduate from the Overbrook School for the Blind. At the age of 18, she started working at the Piney Wood School, while continuing to study at several colleges during the summer, eventually earning Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees.

As a teacher, Mrs. Foxx taught students to read braille and large print and insisted on students learning to be self-sufficient in order to have successful careers after graduation. Her curriculum was adopted by the “white” school for the blind in the late 1940s and many teachers visited the school to learn her teaching techniques.

She taught as a primary teacher at the Piney Wood School from 1929 to 1942 when she became the principal of the school. When the school moved to Jackson Mississippi and became the Mississippi School for Blind Negros, she served as director until she retired in 1969.

~Mrs. Sunny Kallstrom, OSSB Librarian

Source: https://visionaware.org/blog/visionaware-blog/for-black-history-month-learn-about-two-pioneering-african-american-educators-in-the-blindness-hall-of-fame/

Little NC's Elementary After School Practice Schedule

Little NC's February Calendar schedule of practices

The EDGE Program - Accepting Applications for 2022-23 School Year

The EDGE (Employment Development Growth Education) Program at OSSB is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 Schoo Year. This is "a year-long program for young adults with visual impairments as they enter into post-secondary life." The program, housed at the Ohio State School for the Blind works with students who have chosen to defer receiving their high school diploma until after this final year of post-secondary education. For more information please contact Mrs. Tamara Fisher. Applications are due by March 4, 2022.

EDGE Flyer 2023.docx

2022-2023 EDGE Applications.docx

OSSB February Residential Calendar

Each month, the OSSB Residential Department puts out a calendar of events for students living in the dorms. Our dorms are P1, P2, P3, P5, P6, and P7, depending on the age of the student, they are placed in the appropriate boy's or girl's dorm. If your student is living in the dorms and you have any questions about the calendar or any other matter, feel free to reach out to Mrs. Taylor Crokie or Mrs. Nikki O'Bryan! We hope to share photos from tonight's Valentine's Party in a future newsletter!
OSSB February Residential Calendar
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 accuracy of the information or data provided at these events.

State Support Team #11 Shares Resource Directories for Students and Families

Did you know that Ohio has 16 regional State Support Teams (SST's) working with families and districts across Ohio? In Central Ohio, "State Support Team Region 11 provides high-quality professional development and technical assistance to school districts and families in the Central Ohio region. These supports focus on compliance with federal and state laws related to the education of children with disabilities, and assistance in improving the academic achievement of all students." SST 11 recently shared their Resource Directories for families:
  • 2022 Summer Resource Directory
  • 2022 Colleges-Universities Resource Directory
  • 2022 Family Resource Directory

Need help finding your local State Support Team? Look for your Family Engagement Specialist and team on the Ohio Department of Education Website.

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Interactive Video Series Featuring Michelle Motil

Register for “Yes We Can: Journey Towards Independence,” a new, interactive video series on Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. Join Michelle Motil and her guide dog, Tonne, for a new, interactive video series designed to show how she lives an independent, quality life as a person who is DeafBlind. Each 30-minute episode includes pre-recorded segments, followed by a live dialogue with Michelle, who is eager to share her experiences and connect with viewers. Tying these episodes together is Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC), which includes foundational skills essential for people with disabilities.

Information courtesy of the Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness


Updates from Katie Smith - BVI Winter Sports for the Blind in Columbus ARCHERY, HOCKEY and SKIING

Happy Valentines Day! Just a reminder that we have Archery this Wednesday, February 16th, from 5 pm-7 pm for everyone! Please let me know if you plan on attending.

Location: Ottawa lodge 3200 Indian Village Rd. Columbus, OH 43221.

Feel free to sign up at the google link

BVI Winter Activity Sign-Up

Columbus Recreation and Parks-Therapeutic Recreation would like to thank you for participating in our activities. Please fill out this form to sign up below for activities.


Learn to Serve with our Tennis Series

Clovernook Center's Adaptive Sports Program tennis clinic was such a hit, we decided to bring it indoors for the winter! In partnership with Cincinnati Tennis Foundation and TriHealth, there will be two more free clinics for blind and visually impaired children to learn tennis techniques – from serving to volley on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. We'll be using brightly colored, audible tennis balls along with specialty-trained coaches to go at your child's pace. We can't wait to join you on the courts! Sign up for any or all events with the link below.

Register Today

Clovernook Ski Clinic at Perfect North Slopes

Hit the Slopes with our Ski Clinic

Join Clovernook Center at Perfect North Slopes Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022. A morning and afternoon session will be led by specially trained ski instructors and includes the equipment rental. No experience is necessary - and the event is free! Space is limited and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis so sign up today with the link below.

Register Today

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