OSSB Panther News

April 4, 2022


APRIL 2022

  • 4 Classes resume
  • 6 and 7 Signs of Suicide Training for OSSB High School students
  • 14 Dismissal at 2:30
  • 15 and 18 No School
  • 29-30 Varsity Goalball travels to ISVI for NCASB Championships

MAY 2022
  • 5 OSSB Prom
  • 12 Dismissal at Noon
  • 13 No School
  • 19 Elementary Art Festival
  • 20 Dismissal at 2:30 pm
  • 30 Memorial Day/No School

SOS Training Coming to OSSB This Week

We are partnering with Nationwide Children's Hospital to provide students in grades 6-12 with the Signs of Suicide Prevention Program on April 6th and 7th. Students will learn to recognize warning signs of suicide in a friend as well as an appropriate response. OSSB teachers will provide instruction for one period each day. Our CAST (Care and Support Team) will be on hand to support students with concerns. Please download the link below to learn more about this training for students and staff, or contact Mrs. Alison Brewer, Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning.

Immersive Art Experience

OSSB Art Students recently had a great trip to the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibition. It was a very unique and interesting experience. The entire exhibition takes place in one giant room that has projections on the floor and ceiling accompanied by a soundtrack. During the field trip, students enjoyed walking through the exhibition, taking pictures in front of the mural, and visiting the gift shop. The middle and high school art students had previously learned about the life of Vincent Van Gogh and his artwork as part of a unit about artists who use an impasto style of painting. Impasto means applying paint thickly to a surface so it leaves a raised texture. ~Mrs. Rachelle Smith, OSSB Art Teacher

Photos show a silhouette of Nolan looking at a portrait projected on the wall. Nolan, Hope, and Makayla wander through the room with visiting artist, Claudia Retter, and a group of students stand in front of a yellow landscape mural with sunflowers. Newsletter background also shows the silhouette of Nolan at the Immersive Exhibit.

2022-23 OSSB Calendar Now Available Below

All About IEP's - Book Club May 11th

It's IEP season! Are you ready? Whether you need a brush-up review, you're joining us for your first advocacy learning session, or you consider yourself an expert advocate this Book Club Meeting is designed just for you! Join OSSB and OSD Parent Mentors, Lauri and Tabby and families throughout Ohio. A limited number of books are available and will be provided at no cost.

All Ohio families and advocates of children who are visually impaired, blind, deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind are invited to join us virtually on May 11, 2022 at 7:30 to 9:00 pm.

Registration is NOW open at:


Registration closes on April 8th.

Space is limited, so don't delay, register today! Contact Lauri Kaplan for more information

Student Council Sponsors Spring Fling

Facebook Link - OSSB Volunteer Opportunity - April 30th

See the information below, and register to help staff, parents and friends raise funds for the OSSB Parent Teacher Staff Organization and the OSSB Foundation

OSSB PTSO Volunteer Opportunity Available!

After two years of postponement, the Cap City Half Marathon is back in person this spring!

The OSSB PTSO has the opportunity to volunteer at an aid station at Mile Two this year. For each volunteer we have, we will receive a donation toward our organization. Volunteers will cheer on runners and walkers and help hand out water and Gatorade. Don't worry - you won't have to complete 13.1 miles!

When: Saturday, April 30

Time Commitment: 6:15 AM - 9:30 AM

What: Share your spirit! Cheer on the runners and help pour and distribute beverages.

Where: 65 S 4th Street

We need at least 30 volunteers to staff our station. The more people we have, the more we will earn!

How: I thought you'd never ask!

If you'd like to sign up, please click the following link. There is no cost associated with volunteering. If we get 30 volunteers registered, we can have them increase the limit, so please feel free to recruit your friends and family members!


If you have any questions, please let me know! I'm happy to help answer them or help register anyone! I can't wait to cheer with you!

~Mrs. Nicole Parrish

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

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

Blind Soccer Activities with Katie Smith

Blind Soccer - Contact Katie Smith 513-460-9785

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

  • April 21st - 4:30pm- 5:30pm Youth
  • May 12th - 4:30pm- 5:30pm Youth
  • June 9th - 4:30pm- 5:30pm Youth

Katie Smith


Information courtesy of Katie Smith.

Outdoor Education Fun!

Outdoor Education- Contact Kasey Sutton if attending kesutton@columbus.gov

  • April 27- BVI Tree Planting
    • Wyandot Lodge (3228 Indian Village Rd. Columbus, OH 43221)
    • Time: 5 pm -7 pm


Functional Vision Assessment: An Introduction - The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness

April 6, 10-11 a.m.

This free, one-hour webinar is designed to provide introductory information on the basics of a functional vision assessment, why it matters, who conducts it, and resources to support teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs), families, administrators, related service providers, and general educators.


  • Christine Croyle, Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness at OCALI
  • Danene Fast, The Ohio State University
  • Megan Flowers, Ohio Department of Education
  • Karen Koehler, Shawnee State University
  • Al LaBarre, Ohio School for the Deaf and the Ohio State School for the Blind
  • Staci Wills, Wills Mobility

Audience: Administrators, TVIs, special education directors, families, related service providers, general educators, school psychologists, and ESC supervisors.

Register Now

Information provided courtesy of the Outreach Center at OCALI

Parent Connect: A Family Support Group

April 6th - 7:30 - 8:30 pm

APH FamilyConnect and The Chicago Lighthouse are pleased to offer this virtual support group for parents and families of children who are blind or visually impaired. These monthly sessions are for families to connect with and learn from each other about the joys, challenges, and adventures of raising children with visual impairments and blindness. These sessions are open to families. Register Here

Information courtesy of American Printing House for the Blind

OCALICONLINE 2022 - FREE when you Register between April 18-30th

Do you want to attend the premier autism and disabilities conference, OCALICONLINE 2022? How would you like it if you could attend it for free?

Now is your chance!

For two weeks only, you can register to attend OCALICONLINE 2022 for free. No strings attached, no gimmicks. You just have to register between April 18-30. Held conveniently online November 15-18, 2022, free registration includes access to both the live event and on-demand.

The conference features breakout and networking sessions by state and national leaders and experts on important topics and issues across the lifespan. Join colleagues and peers from Ohio, across the U.S., and around the world to learn, connect, and share research, best practices, and resources to support the needs of all learners and lifelong challenges and opportunities for people with disabilities.

Welcome to the community. There’s a place for you here. And you can have your very own FREE front-row seat!

To learn more visit ocalicon.org.

Youth Leadership Forum for Juniors and Seniors interested in self-advocacy and leadership development

YLF Flyer and Outreach Event on April 23rd

Transition Information

OCECD Website

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities Updates Website!

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OCECD Quarterly Newsletter

Important Decisions to Consider When a Child with a Disability Transitions to Adulthood

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