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October 25, 2021 - Ohio State School for the Blind - Weekly
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
- 25 - End of 1st Quarter
- 27 - Residential Life Presents 'Trunk or Treat' <<<<<Sign up Here
- 27 - OSSB Marching Band performs Halftime Show at Trunk or Treat
- 28 - Elementary Trick or Treat
- 28 - Early Dismissal at 2:30 pm
- 29 - NO SCHOOL/Staff Records Day
- 1 - First Day of Cheer Season
- 12 - NO SCHOOL/Veteran's Day
- 15 - NO SCHOOL/Scope Day for Teachers
- 23 - Early Dismissal at Noon
- 24 thru 26 - NO SCHOOL/Thanksgiving Break
Statewide ADA Coordinator, James Clinkscale visits OSSB Career 12 class
Mrs. Kallstrom and Ms. Kirk’s Career 12 class had a special virtual visitor Wednesday October 20th. Mr. James Clinkscale, Statewide ADA coordinator with the Department of Administrative Services. He spoke with students about their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
The focus was on employment and higher education. The students enjoyed his visit and found the information very helpful. Jonathan M.S. said “It was good to go back and review some information we had already learned in class, and to learn new things.” Mr. Clinkscale told the students how to take control of a job interview, to make sure that the focus of the interview is on how they are the best candidate for the job, not on their disability.
Maddie said “I really liked the advice about interviews. I get nervous about that kind of thing, what he had to say helped alleviate that.” Qua also liked what he had to say about the interview process, especially how and when to disclose your disability. Kurtacee and Sara appreciated the stories he shared about other Ohioans facing similar situations. They valued his frank and realistic description of the job interview process and how it might be more difficult for people with disabilities. Mr. Clinkscale enjoyed talking with our students and is interested in visiting again next year.
~Ms. Val Kirk
Photo shows speaker, Mr. James Clinkscale.
OSSB Jr. High and High School Sports Schedule - Open to students in grades 7 thru 12
All events are subject to change - Open to students in grades 7-12
Virtual Forensic season October 4 - December 9, 2021
- November 8-10, OSSB host virtual one round practice
OSSB Swim Season October 4 - December 9, 2021
- December 9, Swim Final Meet for OSSB athletes
Wrestling and Cheerleading November 2021 - January 22, 2022
- January 21-22, Conference Competition in Kentucky
Goalball season March 14, 2022 - April 29-30, 2022
- NCASB Conference Championships at ISVI
OSSB Marching Band preparing for the Circleville Pumpkin Show Parade Last Thursday
Marching Band Uniforms Ready for the Parade
Maya Playing Fight The Team Across the Field
The OSSB Marching Band Practicing before the Circleville Pumpkin Show
A Tasty Snack Cooked By the Sun!
EDGE Program Participants Around Town
Caroline Karbowski - OSU Senior, See3D Founder, OSSB 3D Model Club Volunteer and More!
OSSB has been lucky to work with Caroline Karbowski of Cincinnati since her Freshman year at the Ohio State University. Caroline has described teaching herself to read braille as a youngster, so she could read in the car without getting dizzy! In high school, she learned about 3D printers and eventually created See3D, a non-profit corporation that makes and distributes models to people who are blind or visually impaired. Read more about Caroline in this OSU article.
OSSB elementary teacher, Mrs. Ceil Peirano, and Mrs. Lauri Kaplan, Parent Mentor, began working with Caroline and OSU student/See3D Board member, Garrett Carder in the fall of 2018, developing OSSB's 3D Model Club. The club is offered as one of the 21st Century Community Learning Center's (CCLC) after-school programs at OSSB, thanks to a 21st CLCC Grant. During COVID, students and staff met virtually through Zoom,and students also used Slack to interact with other students and staff about Model Club.
Each Wednesday, students can be found loading filament in the school's 3D printers, researching 3D models on websites like Thingiverse, loading prints via SD cards, or using a website, Polar3D, to manage new 3D models. Teachers and staff are able to request models for use in their classrooms, and students create models for fun! Special thanks to Caroline for her support with OSSB's 3D Model club, and congratulations on making an impact!
~Mrs. Lauri Kaplan
Residential Life Invites Students and Staff to Trunk-or-Treat Night - October 27th
The OSSB Residential Department would like to extend an invitation to all OSSB staff, students, and families to join us for Trunk-or-Treat night on Wednesday, October 27th at 6:45 PM. If you are interested in attending, please take a moment to fill out the Google Form below. We hope to see you there! ~Mrs. Taylor Crokie
Studying Ancient Civilizations
OSSB Cheer/Pep Team Starting Soon!
Coach Knight and Coach Traucht welcome you to a brand new year of CHEER! Come be a part of our Cheer/Pep team during the 2021-22 school year. Your coaches expect you to attend all agreed-upon practices. We will practice Monday through Thursday each week (as determined by the school calendar). Your coaches expect you to communicate effectively and work together. We are a team and will act as such to create a squad that supports one another. Coaches expect you to come prepared for each practice.
Please wear athletic gear and appropriate footwear as we will be active each day. November 1, 2021, is the official first day of cheer. We will hold practice in the gym from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. You are required to wear a mask. The cheerleading season runs from November 1 – January 22. We have a conference competition tentatively scheduled at KSB from January 21- 22nd.
Please ensure that all Final Forms are complete before our first practice. To participate, your athlete will have to sign up for Color Home (see link below)
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Traucht or Ms. Knight at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck! We look forward to seeing you on November 1, 2021, at 3:30 p.m.
Photo shows a previous years' OSSB Cheer team striking a pose. In front is Amina, second row: Sumeya, Kayla, Maddie, Jayla, Makayla, and Nolan, third row: Assistant Coach Swisher, Autum, and Assistant Coach Knight.
White Cane Safety Day at OSSB
Students and faculty celebrated White Cane Safety Day to promote independence and safety for the blind. Last week at OSSB, there were opportunities for our staff and students to learn something. Staff were giving white cane tune-ups, there were White Cane Day crafts, White Cane Day obstacle course, and a panel Zoom session from Pilot Dogs about the importance of strong O&M skills.
White Cane Day is a national observance in the United States, celebrated on October 15 of each year since 1964. The date is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired, and the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane. White Cane Safety Day was established by Lyndon B. Johnson to raise awareness of white cane user. The white cane is a recognized tool for independence for those who are blind or visually impaired.
~Jonathon M.S., OSSB Senior
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 & WORKSHOPS FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES
Parents - Check out this Opportunity!! State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children (SAPEC) Accepting Applications Through October 31st
OSSB Parents - Please consider getting involved with Special Education at the State level by applying to be a member of the State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children (SAPEC). They are accepting applications through October 31, 2021. See more information below provided by the Ohio Department of Education's Office for Exceptional Children!
The State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children (SAPEC) is accepting applications for membership through Oct. 31, 2021 for the 2022-2023 school year. The panel is seeking members to represent the categories of parents of children with disabilities and individuals with disabilities. For the membership application and additional information on the panel, visit the Ohio Department of Education website (http://education.ohio.gov), search SAPEC or click here to access the application.
For more information please contact:
- Parise Callahan at Parise.Callahan@education.ohio.gov or
- Sandy Kaufman at email@example.com.
Information courtesy of the Ohio Department of Education's Office for Exceptional Children
Four Part Series Features OSSB Alumna, Michelle Motil’s Journey Towards Independence
October 27, 2021, 4-4:30pmGet to know Michelle and hear her disability story, one that is similar to that of many other families. Michelle, her mom, and sister will share their authentic perspective of their disability experience, including their challenges and successes. Come share your story as well! Follow Michelle on her Journey towards Independence. First episode airs on October 27th. Register for this series here.
Fall Sports and Events in Columbus for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
American Council of the Blind of Ohio Statewide Conference, October 29-31, 2021
Do not need to be a member to attend convention or participate in local Chapter meetings.
ACBO State Convention
When: October 29-31, 2021
Where: Crowne Plaza North
6500 Doubletree Ave, Columbus 43229
Registration $80, includes 3 meals on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday
Zoom links will be provided to registrants who do not attend
Mask wearing recommended
National Federation of the Blind of Ohio Statewide Conference, November 5-6, 2021
NFBO State Convention
When: November 5-6, 2021
Where: Online Via Zoom
Registration is Free
Envisioning Youth Empowerment One-Day Retreat
13TH Annual Envisioning Youth Empowerment Retreat
(also introducing our 2nd Annual Parent Retreat!)
When: November 13, 2021 10:30am - 4:30PM
Where: Columbus Metropolitan Library Southeast Branch
3980 S Hamilton Rd, Groveport, OH 43125
Student Topics: college, employment, independence and self-advocacy
Parent Topics: IEP's, transition, co-advocating, etc.
Student and Parent Application Link: https://forms.gle/DShH3uH8UJQHr2Bs6
Registration Closes November 5, 2021
Happenings at Highbrook - Highbrook Lodge Newsletter
Ohio State School for the Blind
Michelle Wagner, Director of Teaching and Learning
Alison Brewer, Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning
Lou Maynus, Superintendent
Al LaBarre, Executive Director of Statewide Services