OSSB Panther News

January 24, 2022


January 2022

  • 24 - MAP testing for high school students; ELA, Math, and Science
  • 28 - Varsity Cheerleading wraps up with a Virtual Conference
  • 28 - High School Basketball wraps up
  • 31 - Little NC's Sports Begins
February 2022
  • 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 evening

** 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

Thank You OSSB Families!

A great big thank you to all of the OSSB families who pivoted quickly with us when we switched to remote learning last week. Thank you for helping your student attend Zoom classes and for all of your support. It's not an easy job, and families really "stepped up to the plate." We truly appreciate you and are happy to be back in person this week.

Chatting with Superintendent, Dr. Lou Maynus

Last Wednesday, OSSB parents had an opportunity to listen and talk with Dr. Lou Maynus on Zoom during her Coffee Chat held during the day and again at 7 pm. One of the major topics was Covid and our schools. Mr. Daniel Custer, Director of Afterschool, Student Health Services, and Athletics, shared information about the Mask to Stay, Test to Play, and other Covid policies that have recently been updated on the OSSB website. Special thanks to our Superintendent for being available to listen to families' concerns!

We look forward to chatting again soon.

More information in the letter below from Dr. Lou Maynus to the OSSB Community.

A Message About Winter Weather

Dear OSSB Families,

With this latest batch of snow, I want to share information about winter weather and OSSB. Typically, your child will follow your local district’s schedule. If your district is closed or on a delay, follow their schedule (since they provide transportation). OSSB does not typically close, but sometimes the weather makes it such that students are not able to get here. When that happens, it is always documented as a district closure or delay, and never counted against your student’s attendance. If you have any questions about attendance, please reach out to the front office at 614-752-1359. Thank you!

~Mrs. Michelle Wagner

lunch menu for the week of January 24th.

Family Book Club - All About Tests & Assessments by Pete Wright

Join OSD and OSSB Parent Mentors and families from across the state, to learn more about evaluations, test scores, assessments, and more. Book club will be held on March 9th, from 7:30 - 9:00 pm via Zoom. Registration closes on January 31st. Click here to Register

Changing Speed and Direction

Students in Mrs. Hamlin's Kdg/1st-grade classroom recently explored how a push can change the speed and direction of an object. They experimented with this concept by using a straw to blow/push a ping pong ball.

The photo shows student, D'Andre, kneeling on the carpet in Mrs. Hamlin's classroom. He uses a straw to blow the ping pong ball across the carpet. Photo is also shown as the background for the newsletter this week.

A Little Bit of OSSB History

I recently came across a couple of short movies shot in 1955, just after the Ohio State School for the Blind opened in the current location in North Columbus. These videos are part of the Hagley Digital Archives at the Hagley Museum and Library in Delaware state, and they give a glimpse into students' education at OSSB in 1955.

You may recognize the original entrance and steps in the video, the auditorium, and even the large tactile globe still used today! It's interesting to see the types of vocational training taught that included broom making and chair caning, along with traditional academics.

~Mrs. Kaplan

Click on The Ohio Story: School for the Blind link below to watch the video.

ThermoFisher Scientific - Testing in Schools

See data below showing how regular Covid 19 testing may reduce infection and increase confidence in parents and students.

OSSB Annual Report

Attached is information found on our website, with our latest Annual Report. "Starting in March of 2020, the 2020-21 school year was like no other we could have imagined. This OSSB Annual Report demonstrates the resiliency of our students, families, and staff in overcoming obstacles and challenges that were placed in our path and how we succeeded."
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.

Blind and Beyond Radio Show, Orlando, Florida

"Our weekly, live, talk/variety radio show is the only national, commercial radio show for the blind and visually impaired with more than a million listeners across the country. In April, 2022, we will celebrate our 7th anniversary on the air. We like to say that we are the bridge between the sighted community and the blind community.
Our mission is to inform, educate, entertain, and to present employment opportunities to the blind community. We are proud to have sponsors such as Lighthouse Central Florida (7years). Foundation Fighting Blindness, Spectrum Communications, AARP, and Vision Serve Alliance support the show.

Showtime: Every Sunday evening from 7 pm to 9 pm EST.

Stream the show live on Tunein Radio or just click on the Listen Live button on our home page at www.blindandbeyondradioshow.org. Just tell Alexa to play WOKB 1680 am or WFTL 850 am for immediate access to the program! Trivia prizes and much more each week!
If you would like to be a guest on the Blind and Beyond Radio Show, please call Kristine at (407) 416-6108.

Blind and Beyond - Facebook


AT&AEM Center Offers 12 Week Basic Braille Course Online

This 12-week online Basic Braille course will provide an opportunity to improve braille skills while addressing the needs of students who are blind, visually impaired, or deafblind. Knowledge of the braille alphabet is a plus. The course will introduce the braille alphabet, capitalization, paragraphing, punctuation, cardinal numbers, one-cell whole-word contractions, whole-word contractions, part-word contractions, ordinal numbers, whole-word lower sign contractions, part-word lower sign contractions, short-form words, and some formatting. Students will participate in independent and group work and will apply their knowledge as they read and write with a Perkins Brailler and/or Perky Duck and proofread literary braille materials. The course will be taught by Mr. Dan Kelley, OSSB Technology instructor, and retired OSSB teacher, Mrs. Robin Finley.

Click Here for more information and to register.

Interactive Video Series Featuring Michelle Motil

Register for “Yes We Can: Journey Towards Independence,” a new, interactive video series on Jan. 26 and 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

Ohio Center for Deafblind Education Upcoming Webinars - All Are Welcome

Better Together: Supporting a Successful Transition to Adulthood

Dates: February 1, 2022

Time: 4-5:30 PM or 7-8:30 PM (ET)
Speaker: Katie Scheetz and Allison Meloy, Opportunity for Ohioans with Disabilities
No Cost

Click here to access the event flyer and registration link.

Exploring Transition-Age Services for Deafblind Youth

Dates: February 2, 2022

Time: 4-5:30 PM (ET)
Speaker: John Filek, Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youth and Adults
No Cost

Click here to access the event flyer and registration link.

Information courtesy of the Ohio Center for Deafblind Education

See more OCDBE Updates below


Winter Sports for the Blind - Click on Flyer below for more information

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

The colorful background photo was taken by Ms. Mandy Reid in Mrs. Hamlin's room. The student is blowing a ping pong ball across the floor using a straw.