May 25, 2021

Dates to Remember

5/28: US History & Biology EOC

5/25-6/10: MAP Testing

5/27: High School Prom


6/4: DHS Graduation


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FSDB 107th Commencement Ceremonies

View a special announcement from Tracie C. Snow, FSDB President, about this year's graduation plans in ASL and Spoken English. You can also read the full announcement below the videos.
FSDB 107th Commencement Ceremonies Announcement in ASL

Hello FSDB Classes of 2021 and their families,

I am pleased to announce that our 107th Commencement Ceremonies will be held in Kirk Auditorium at FSDB. I want to share important dates for you to remember:

  • Thursday, June 3rd at 11:00 am is the Blind High School Class of 2021 graduation.
  • Friday, June 4th at 11:00 am is the Deaf High School Class of 2021 graduation.
  • Wednesday, June 2nd will be graduation rehearsals for seniors wearing their caps and gowns as well as having photos taken.

Both ceremonies will be viewable via live stream at www.fsdbk12.org/graduation and since they will also be recorded, you will be able to watch these later.

With ongoing health and safety challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FSDB administration has decided to exercise caution in honoring this year’s graduates and celebrating their achievements. Our decision to hold in-person ceremonies with assigned seating will be monitored on a daily basis. Should a change of plans become necessary, we will promptly notify graduates and their families.

Now I want to share with you updated information. Each graduate will now be able to bring up to four guests to their commencement ceremony! Families will register online using Eventbrite to reserve their tickets. The registration link will be sent to each graduate’s family via email.

  • Registration opens: Saturday, May 1st at 8:00 a.m.
  • Registration closes: Friday, May 28th at 4:00 p.m.

Reserved seating for both commencement ceremonies will be assigned in clusters of four on a first come, first serve basis. Graduates and their ticketed guests are expected to follow COVID-19 guidelines such as physical distancing, wearing a mask or cloth face covering and - equally as important - staying at home if experiencing fever, cough or related symptoms. We are grateful to our graduates and their families for their patience as we navigate the challenges presented by the pandemic. We are also so proud of our graduating students and their perseverance this year.

I would like to mention one more thing. This year’s graduates will be able to decorate their caps if they wish to do so. I look forward to seeing creative and inspirational designs. More information and details about cap decoration will be shared with graduates by the senior class sponsors.

Congratulations to the FSDB Classes of 2021! We look forward to celebrating you along with your families and friends!


Tracie C. Snow


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Assistant Principal's Corner

Hello families,

Where did time go? Our last Sub SAC meeting occurred last Friday, our high school prom is happening on 5/27, and then after a long and restful weekend, we have the graduation! I am excited, and at the same time, sad to see the seniors leaving the nest we call Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind and embarking in their own journeys out in the big world. Let's congratulate Josiah Roberson (Valedictorian) and Fernando Dopico Fernandez (Salutatorian) again if you see them! For the high school prom, if your son/daughter are attending the prom, please be sure to pick them up from Gobble Pavillion at 9:30 p.m. timely and not from the boarding program if they are day students. If they are boarding students and you would like to pick them up for whatever reason, you can do so from the boarding program. Please ensure that the boarding program is aware of the pick up by sending email to the supervisor on duty ahead of time. I am looking forward to a beautiful and dazzling prom, graced by amazing entertainers, Melissa Yingst and Renca Dunn.

Did I say our last Sub SAC meeting was on Friday? Yes! Our next one will occur in August. If any of you, parents, want to be part of it, it will be virtual, via Zoom. The meetings will occur once a quarter and focus on the five goals listed in our school improvement plan, including parent involvement, instructional data, professional development, collaborative instruction, and socio-emotional support for students. If you need a voice interpreter, we provide! If you need Spanish to English interpretation, we provide! Please reach out to me at paddend@fsdbk12.org if you would like to join.

Now, on another note, students are gearing up for end of year examinations, state examinations, assessments, and more. All the more important for them to attend school as much as possible. If you scroll down, you will see my attendance video and script explaining our policy. If you are taking your son or daughter to an appointment, be sure to send a signed note from that office/agency immediately to Christopher Lennon, our attendance liaison to ensure that your son/daughter's attendance is updated accordingly. His email is lennonc@fsdbk12.org

For these that are working online, If the connection is poor and affects your son/daughter's learning, it is best to upgrade or have your son/daughter attend here where we can provide high speed internet, ample learning opportunities, and multiple supports. We love our students and always will support them.

Pages 21 and 22 of our Parent-Student handbook provide clear explanations of our attendance protocol in respect to the state of Florida attendance mandate, Subsection (3) of Florida Statute 1003.27(7), requiring parents/legal guardians ensure that their child attend school regularly and on time.

Have a good weekend!

Dina Rae Padden - Assistant Principal

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Hola familias

¿A dónde se fue el tiempo? Nuestra última reunión de Sub SAC ocurrió el viernes pasado, nuestro baile de graduación de la escuela secundaria se llevará a cabo el 27 de mayo, y luego, después de un fin de semana largo y reparador, ¡tenemos la graduación! Estoy emocionado, y al mismo tiempo, triste de ver a las personas mayores dejar el nido que llamamos Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind y embarcarse en sus propios viajes por el gran mundo. ¡Felicitemos nuevamente a Josiah Roberson (Valedictorian) y Fernando Dopico Fernandez (Salutatorian) si los ve! Para el baile de graduación de la escuela secundaria, si su hijo / hija asistirá al baile de graduación, asegúrese de recogerlos en Gobble Pavillion a las 9:30 p.m. oportuna y no del programa de internado si son estudiantes diurnos. Si son estudiantes internos y te gustaría recogerlos por cualquier motivo, puedes hacerlo desde el programa de internado. Asegúrese de que el programa de embarque tenga conocimiento de la recogida enviando un correo electrónico al supervisor de turno con anticipación. Espero con ansias un baile de graduación hermoso y deslumbrante, agraciado por artistas increíbles, Melissa Yingst y Renca Dunn.

¿Dije que nuestra última reunión del Sub SAC fue el viernes? ¡Sí! El próximo ocurrirá en agosto. Si alguno de ustedes, padres, quiere ser parte de él, será virtual, a través de Zoom. Las reuniones se llevarán a cabo una vez por trimestre y se centrarán en las cinco metas enumeradas en nuestro plan de mejora escolar, incluida la participación de los padres, los datos educativos, el desarrollo profesional, la instrucción colaborativa y el apoyo socioemocional para los estudiantes. Si necesita un intérprete de voz, ¡se lo proporcionamos! Si necesita interpretación de español a inglés, ¡la proporcionamos! Comuníquese conmigo en paddend@fsdbk12.org si desea unirse.

Ahora, en otra nota, los estudiantes se están preparando para los exámenes de fin de año, exámenes estatales, evaluaciones y más. Es muy importante que asistan a la escuela tanto como sea posible. Si se desplaza hacia abajo, verá mi video de asistencia y el guión que explica nuestra política. Si va a llevar a su hijo o hija a una cita, asegúrese de enviar una nota firmada de esa oficina / agencia inmediatamente a Christopher Lennon, nuestro enlace de asistencia para asegurarse de que la asistencia de su hijo / hija se actualice en consecuencia. Su correo electrónico es lennonc@fsdbk12.org

Para aquellos que trabajan en línea, si la conexión es deficiente y afecta el aprendizaje de su hijo / hija, es mejor actualizar o hacer que su hijo / hija asista aquí, donde podemos proporcionar Internet de alta velocidad, amplias oportunidades de aprendizaje y múltiples apoyos. Amamos a nuestros estudiantes y siempre los apoyaremos.

Las páginas 21 y 22 de nuestro manual para padres y estudiantes brindan explicaciones claras de nuestro protocolo de asistencia con respecto al mandato de asistencia del estado de Florida, subsección (3) del Estatuto de Florida 1003.27 (7), que requiere que los padres / tutores legales se aseguren de que su hijo asista a la escuela. con regularidad y puntualidad.

¡Que tengas un buen fin de semana!

Dina Rae Padden - Assistant Principal

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Robotics Galore!

In partnership with RIT Regional STEM center, Alabama Institute for the Deaf and the Blind, our robotics team has been attending competition virtually this year. Our star, Jacob Ellis, a junior, has tapped into his coding and building skills to make his robot drop balls in baskets, move as per his commands, and more! If you know your son or daughter is interested in coding, programming, building things, Lego, Mine Craft, and more, let them know about our robotics club, ran by Monica Cambron. If you have any further questions or want to sign your daughter or son up, email her at cambronm@fsdbk12.org.

robótica en abundancia!

En asociación con el centro regional RIT STEM, el Instituto de Alabama para sordos y ciegos, nuestro equipo de robótica ha estado asistiendo a la competencia virtualmente este año. Nuestra estrella, Jacob Ellis, un estudiante de tercer año, ha aprovechado sus habilidades de codificación y construcción para hacer que su robot arroje bolas en canastas, se mueva según sus órdenes, ¡y más! Si sabe que su hijo o hija está interesado en codificar, programar, construir cosas, Lego, Mine Craft y más, hágales saber sobre nuestro club de robótica, dirigido por Monica Cambron. Si tiene más preguntas o desea inscribir a su hija o hijo, envíele un correo electrónico a cambronm@fsdbk12.org.
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FSDB DHS Attendance Policy

Hello families,

I wanted to share with you the attendance policy that you are all familiar with via the parent handbook. Students may not receive credit toward graduation for any High School block 1.0 credit class in which the student has more than 8 unexcused absences, or for any 0.5 credit class in which the student has more than four unexcused absences. ASL version is below.

Ley de asistencia

Hola familias

Quería compartir con ustedes la política de asistencia con la que todos están familiarizados a través del manual para padres. Los estudiantes no pueden recibir crédito para la graduación por ninguna clase de 1.0 crédito del bloque de la escuela secundaria en la que el estudiante tenga más de 8 ausencias injustificadas, o por cualquier clase de 0.5 crédito en la que el estudiante tenga más de cuatro ausencias injustificadas. La versión de ASL está a continuación.

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From Mel Goodall - Director of Student Life (Deaf Dept)

On June 2nd James Hall will be having their End of the Year Dorm Party. We will be giving Positive Behavior awards and “silly” awards. We plan to have food, games, and fun activities for the girls.

The high school girls welcomed the incoming 9th graders with an ice cream social. The girls were able to ask questions about high school and hang out with the high school girls.

Rhyne hall boys went out dinner and paid for their own dinner. This was part of our curriculum activity. They learned to figure out how to split the tab and calculate giving the waitress her tip. The boys made cookies for community service to hand out to the different departments on campus. Last week was staff appreciation week and they wanted to let everyone know they appreciate all that they have done for them this year.

Parents we would like to give you heads up; your child will be bringing home some of their belongings before summer break. We would appreciate your assistance with this. Remind your child to bring home their things these next few weeks. Thank you.

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Learning how to Sign with us!

If you are interested in signing up for ASL (American Sign Language) classes, click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ParentASLSurvey

¡Aprendiendo a firmar con nosotras!

Si está interesado en inscribirse en las clases de ASL (lenguaje de señas americano), haga clic en este enlace: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ParentASLSurvey
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PBiS Incorporates Character Education

FSDB PBiS students are developing great character! Each month, FSDB focuses on a different positive character trait. This month we are emphasizing responsibility. Some of the phrases associated with responsibility that we are introducing to the students include: Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions and attitudes • Set a good example for others. Teachers and boarding staff are asked to include lessons that may fit into the curriculum naturally. We are excited with this character education emphasis at FSDB. We are hoping that our students continue to be their very best now and in the future.

PBiS incorpora educación del carácter

¡Los estudiantes de FSDB PBiS están desarrollando un gran carácter! Cada mes, FSDB se enfoca en un rasgo de carácter positivo diferente. Este mes enfatizamos la responsabilidad. Algunas de las frases asociadas con la responsabilidad que estamos presentando a los estudiantes incluyen: Haz lo que se supone que debes hacer • Planifica con anticipación • Persevera: ¡sigue intentándolo! • Haga siempre lo mejor que pueda • Use el autocontrol • Sea autodisciplinado • Piense antes de actuar - considere las consecuencias • Sea responsable de sus palabras, acciones y actitudes • Dé un buen ejemplo a los demás. Se les pide a los maestros y al personal del internado que incluyan lecciones que puedan encajar naturalmente en el plan de estudios. Estamos entusiasmados con este énfasis en la educación del carácter en FSDB. Esperamos que nuestros estudiantes sigan siendo lo mejor posible ahora y en el futuro.
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Tech Corner - Google Classroom

How does a student accept a Google Classroom invite?

A class code—Your teacher sends or tells you the class code. An email invite—Your teacher sends you the invite.

Accept the invite in Classroom

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

  2. Make sure to sign in with the correct account.

  3. On the class card, click Join.

Can parents/guardians have access to Google classroom?

Parents/guardians may access their child’s teachers’ Google Classroom in one of the following ways:

  1. From the school issued Chromebook, ask your child to login and launch the Google Classroom App. Please note that any activity in Google Classroom is documented under the student’s login and it would be inappropriate for a parent to communicate with the teacher or other students in Google Classroom. Parents should use their personal email to digitally communicate with the teacher.
  2. From any computer with internet access, click here and have your child login with his/her FSD1 Google Apps for education username and password. Please note that any activity in Google Classroom is documented under the student’s login and it would be inappropriate for a parent to communicate with the teacher or other students in Google Classroom. Parents should use their personal email to digitally communicate with the teacher.
  3. As a parent/guardian, you can receive email summaries showing your child's progress in the classroom.

Opt in for Skyward alerts!

Want to Stay Informed? FSDB uses Skyward to send text messages about important school information and emergency alerts. It's very easy to begin receiving text messages: Text the word "Yes" to 67587 to opt in.

Inscríbase para recibir alertas de texto hacia el cielo

¿Quiere mantenerse informado? FSDB usa Skyward para enviar mensajes de texto sobre información importante de la escuela y alertas de emergencia. Es muy fácil comenzar a recibir mensajes de texto: envíe un mensaje de texto con la palabra "Sí" al 67587 para participar.
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Contact Us

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