OSSB Panther News

March 21, 2022 - Updated March 22nd


MARCH 2022

  • 21 Varsity Goalball Practices, Monday through Thursday
  • 23 OSSB Annual Stakeholder's Meeting - All families are Invited 9:00 am - 10:30 am Click on this Zoom Link on March 23rd.
  • 24 Little NC's End of Season Celebration, lunch
  • 24 Pep Band Practice, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  • 25 Safer Ohio Tip Line Zoom Chat for 7-12th grade, 12:00 pm
  • 25 Student Council Spring Fling Dance, 7-12th grade, 12:45 - 2:15 pm
  • 28 thru April 1 - Spring Break/No School

APRIL 2022

  • 4 OSSB classes resume
  • 14 Dismissal at 2:30
  • 15 No School
  • 18 No School
  • 29-30 Varsity Goalball travels to ISVI for NCASB Championships

MAY 2022
  • 12 Dismissal at Noon
  • 13 No School
  • 20 Dismissal at 2:30 pm
  • 30 Memorial Day/No School
Coaches Heath and Mascarello and basketball students stand against the brick wall in the OSSB gymnasium after the basketball/cheer event on March 17th. Text says Thank you, Little NC families. We are so grateful for your support!

2022-23 College Credit Plus - Reach Out to Mrs Hunnewell and Mrs Margolis!!

Reminder: Students and Families interested in participating in College Credit Plus courses for the 2022-23 school year, please contact Mrs. Hunnewell shunnewell@osdb.oh.gov and Mrs. Margolis tmargolis@osdb.oh.gov ASAP to set up a time to talk. Intent forms need to be signed by 4/1/22!


OSSB Marching Band Hits The Streets of Downtown Columbus - St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 23rd 9:00am Virtual Stakeholder's Mtg - JOIN HERE

Join OSSB Superintendent, Dr. Lou Maynus and OSSB staff during this Virtual Stakeholder's meeting - March 23rd 9:00 - 10:30 am.

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OSSB Summer Camp Registration Deadline Extended thru April 15th

2022 Summer Camp registration is open until April 15, 2022, or until sessions are full.

If you have any questions, email OSSBsummercamp@ossb.oh.gov

OSSB Summer Offerings

Zoo Adventure Camp: June 6-June 10 (Grades 3rd-4th), STEM Camp I: June 6-June 10 (Grades 5th-7th), STEM Camp II: June 6-June 10 (Grades 8th-12th), Measuring Up with Math Camp: June 13-June 17 (Grades 3rd-7th), Theatre Camp: Making a Musical: June 13-June 17 (Grades 7th-12th), Eco Braille Camp: June 27-July 1 (Grades 3rd-7th), Sports Camp-Water Wars: July 10-July 15 (Grades 9-12th), ECC/ADL Camp: July 18-July 22 (Grades 7th-12th), Sports Camp-Water Wars: July 25-July 29 (Grades 6th-8th)

Band Camp: August 1-August 5 (Grades 7-12th)

*must have Band Director's permission if not an OSSB student*

Click Here for Registration Link

Safer Ohio School Tip Line Chat for Students on March 25th

All OSSB 7-12th grade students will chat with Lonnie Pitt and Jason Franklin about the Safer Ohio School Tip Line on March 25th. Download the Word document below to see what that tipline offers.

The OSSC encourages reporting on:

· Bullying and cyberbullying incidents

· Self-harm or suicidal behaviors

· Withdrawn student behaviors

· Verbal or written threats observed toward students, staff, or the school itself

· Weapons/suspicious devices on or near school grounds

· Gang-related activities

· Illegal drug use

· Unusual or suspicious behavior of students or associates

Questions? Contact Mr. Jason Franklin, Director of Social Emotional Learning and Child Nutrition

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.

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

The Center for Disability Empowerment flyer about a training for parents on speaking to their child about their bodies and sexuality.
Registration Link for: If Not You, Then Who? Webinar

See Flyer above - March 30th 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Click Here to Register

Blind Soccer Activities with Katie Smith

Columbus Crew Event (Please email me or text me if you plan on attending for our crew video and/or introductions)


  • The Columbus Crew has chosen us as the community leader spotlight for the April 16th youth soccer match. They will be creating a video for everyone who is involved in soccer and our BVI programming!
  • ** March 24th Introductions to some of the crew staff
    • Blackburn Community Recreation Center 263 Carpenter St. Columbus, OH 43205
    • 4:30pm- 5:30pm Youth
  • *******March 31st CREW VIDEO FOOTAGE!!!*******
    • Blackburn Community Recreation Center 263 Carpenter St. Columbus, OH 43205
    • 4:30pm- 5:30pm Youth

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.

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

Outdoor Education Fun!

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

  • **This week - March 23 – BVI Hike**
    • Scioto Audubon (500 W Whittier St, Columbus, OH 43215 )
    • Time: 5 pm -7 pm
  • April 27- BVI Tree Planting
    • Wyandot Lodge (3228 Indian Village Rd. Columbus, OH 43221)
    • Time: 5 pm -7 pm

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