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October 25, 2021 - Ohio State School for the Blind - Weekly



  • 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

A Tasty Snack Cooked By the Sun!

The 5th grade made solar ovens and cooked pizzas for an afternoon snack last week. Solar ovens helped us to understand solar energy and power as well as how to better understand how our own atmosphere holds heat onto our planet and how that differs from other planets. The students were excited to take them home to try to cook other things as well! ~Mrs. McCumber

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

The sixth graders are learning about ancient civilizations and so far have studied Mesopotamia, India, and China. They have discovered how early settlements started around rivers, allowing them to move from being hunter/gatherers to farmers and craftsmen. Having crafts to sell or trade led to the journeys along the Silk Road which connected China to other regions of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Mrs. Peirano's students studied how the Chinese made paper and their unique writing system which AJ and Dhevon are practicing in the picture.

OSSB Cheer/Pep Team Starting Soon!

Hello Panthers!

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)

Color Home www.home.color.com

Permission to stay after school form.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Traucht or Ms. Knight at atraucht@osdb.oh.gov or nknight@osdb.oh.gov. 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.

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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

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.

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:

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

Meet Michelle

October 27, 2021, 4-4:30pm

Get 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

Download flyer below for more information

American Council of the Blind of Ohio Statewide Conference, October 29-31, 2021

American Council of the Blind of Ohio - Statewide Conference Information

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

National Federation of the Blind of Ohio - Statewide Conference Information


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

Website: http://eyeretreat.org/

Phone: 919.813.0393

Email: alan.chase@eyeretreat.org

Happenings at Highbrook - Highbrook Lodge Newsletter

Check out the latest Highbrook Lodge Updates and News. Not familiar with Highbrook Lodge? They provide recreation and overnight events for youth and adults who are blind or visually impaired. Happenings at Highbrook Newsletter
Photo shown in the newsletter background is the new OSSB playground. A new surface will be poured this week, and the playground will be ready for students very soon!

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