OSSB Panther News

April 11, 2022


APRIL 2022

  • 13 Beeping Easter Egg Hunt at OSSB 2:00pm and 2:30pm
  • 14 Student Staff Goalball Game! 1:15 - 2:15 pm
  • 14 Dismissal 2:30
  • 15 and 18 NO SCHOOL
  • 29-30 Varsity Goalball travels to ISVI for NCASB Championships
MAY 2022
  • 4 Senior Dinner at OSSB
  • 5 OSSB Prom
  • 11 Year End BASH! Evening, all students are invited - more information coming soon
  • 12 Dismissal at Noon
  • 13 NO SCHOOL
  • 20 Dismissal at 2:30 pm
  • 26 Elementary Art Festival
  • 27 Senior Graduation Practice
  • 30 Memorial Day/NO SCHOOL
JUNE 2022
  • 2 OSSB Graduation 10:00 am
  • 2 Dismissal at Noon

OSSB Graphics Class Visits Almendinger Sawmill, Johnstown

Our Graphic’s students recently took a field trip to the Almendinger Sawmill in Johnstown, Ohio. Jana, Garrett, Maddie, Jayla, Sara and Jonathon were given a tour of the property so that they were able to explore the sawmill operations. Large logs are brought in to the sawmill and from there the wood is sorted by type of wood, debarked, sawed into various widths and lengths, and kiln-dried for anywhere from 6 months to a year. Nothing is wasted and the wood is sold in all forms: piece-size and type, mulch, sawdust, and firewood. At the end of the tour, we were able to buy several board feet of walnut to make trophies for our NCASB sports. – Mr. Grim

OSSB lunch menu - today is Pizza, Tuesday Chicken Tacos, Wednesday Johnny Marzetti and Thursday Turkey Wraps. No school on Friday

It's Not Too Late To Order Your OSSB 2021-22 YEARBOOK!

Just a reminder that yearbooks can still be pre-ordered on the Treering website and the cost is $20.59. If you would like to order a braille yearbook, please reach out to Yearbook Editor, Mrs. Rachelle Smith

Here is the link and passcode for ordering:


passcode: 1015036723664214

O&M Instructor Rachel Smith Featured in ACB's Ohio Connections Newsletter

Recently, OSSB's own Mrs. Smith, Certified Orientation and Mobility Instructor, shared information with readers from the American Council of the Blind of Ohio about teaching her students during a Pandemic. Open the Spring 2022 Ohio Connection Newsletter and scroll down to Mrs. Rachel Smith's article!

Exciting News from OSU Students/OSSB 3D Model Club Volunteers

Last week, 10 Teams of OSU Students competed for The President’s Buckeye Accelerator Pitch Finale. One of those teams included members who have worked tirelessly each week for the past four years with students from the OSSB Afterschool 3D Model Club!

In their pitch last week, Garrett Carder of A Cubed Design – explained how they aim to create low-cost braille displays in order to reduce the braille literacy crisis. Through an expandable device, A Cubed Design plans to build a user ecosystem in order to combine the process of learning and using braille in everyday life. We are excited to announce that Garrett, Caroline and teammate Enan were chosen as one of six winners, and will receive $50,000 to bring their pitch to life! More information can be found by watching their video pitch. Read more about the pitch finale here. Congratulations to Garrett and Caroline and thank you so much for your commitment to the students and staff of OSSB during these last four years. We are so proud of you! ~ Mrs. Lauri Kaplan

Information courtesy of The Ohio State University

2022-23 OSSB Calendar Now Available Below

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!

The OSSB PTSO has the opportunity to volunteer at an aid station at Mile Two of the Cap City Half Marathon this year. We will receive a donation for each volunteer we have. Volunteers will cheer on runners and walkers and help hand out water and Gatorade.

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!

Please sign up today by clicking the following link.


If you have any questions, please let me know!

~Mrs. Nicole Parrish

OSSB Alumni Wyatt, Troy and Terri meet up at Marion Tallgrass Trail!

Three people are shown on a paved trail. Wyatt wears a blue jacket and holds his long white cane, Terri smiles from her wheelchair and wears a black jacket, black pants and white shoes. Troy leans over the back of Terri's wheelchair with his arms around her shoulders. All three smile. photo shared by Wyatt's mom, Jodi Dennis

From The Hagley Film Archives. . . OSSB in 1954!

Check out the second short film produced at the Ohio State School for the Blind and follow new student, Barbara, and a day in the life of a young blind student in the mid 1950's in Ohio.
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.
Easter Egg Hunt at Whetstone Community Center

This Easter Egg Hunt is for children with disabilities including visual impairment, regardless of age. The hunt is conducted indoors. No child leaves empty-handed! The Easter Bunny will be making an appearance!

Local Easter Egg Hunts Scheduled for Saturday, April 16th

Multi-Sensory Art Show, April 29th - May 1st in Dayton, Ohio

When Molly became a newly blind person, she quickly learned that museums would no longer hold the same enjoyment as they did before. She decided to change that and is sponsoring her "first art show with local artists, all designed to be touched, heard, smelled and tasted." For more information on this unique experience, check out the Facebook page or Beyond Vision Art's website www.beyondvisionart.com. Molly looks forward to seeing you there!

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


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

OACB Life Map

a comprehensive guide to help readers understand how people with developmental disabilities access services and supports in Ohio's DD service delivery system.

American Council of the Blind of Ohio Scholarships - Apply Online


ACB-Ohio will offer three scholarships for the academic year 2022-2023. The application and reference forms may be downloaded from www.acbohio.org or requested by calling our office at 614-261-3561 or 800-835-2226. We have scholarships for entering freshmen, undergraduates, and graduate students.

An applicant must be an Ohio resident or attend an Ohio school in a two-year or more post-secondary degree program, be legally blind, have a 3.0 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale, and be willing to attend the 2022 ACB-Ohio convention in the fall. Send the completed application packet to ACB-Ohio Scholarship Committee, 3805 N. High Street, Suite 305, Columbus, OH 43214, or via e-mail to acbo.director@gmail.com with “Scholarship Application” in the subject field.

The scholarships include:

    Presented to a blind or visually impaired entering freshman in any field of study.
    Presented to a legally blind undergraduate student in any field of study.
  • $5,000 JOANN FISCHER-LINWOOD WALKER SCHOLARSHIP Available to a legally blind graduate student in any field of study.

The scholarship application deadline is June 15.

Information courtesy of ACB-Ohio.

Visionary Scholars Program Scholarships

Great news! The application deadline for the Visionary Scholars Program has been extended to April 30, 2022. Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired has teamed up with Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI) to create the Visionary Scholars Program, which offers educational scholarships for students with vision loss who are planning to attend an accredited university/college. The program will offer up to 10 scholarships — five $5,000 scholarships and five $1,000 scholarships in its inaugural year. Learn more about the scholarship on WVXU 91.7.

They will be offering up to 10 scholarships — five $5,000 scholarships and five $1,000 scholarships to those who meet the following criteria:

  • High school junior or senior
  • An individual diagnosed as legally blind or severely visually impaired; or a team of individuals at least one of whom is legally blind or severely visually impaired
  • Resides in one of the following counties in Ohio: Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, Warren OR one of the following counties in Kentucky: Boone, Campbell, Kenton

Apply Now

Information courtesy of CABVI and Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

OCECD Website

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

Covid-19 Funeral Assistance Through FEMA

No Deadline to Apply for up to $9000 in Funeral Assistance through FEMA. More Funeral Assistance questions answered in the document below.

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

Newsletter Background Photo

Annie and the Beeping Easter Egg, photo captured in 2016!