OSSB Panther Paws News

Friday August 28, 2020 - Countdown to Classes

Parent Zoom Call with Principal Wagner

Monday, Aug. 31st, 10am

This is an online event.

Hello Parents and Guardians -

Teachers and staff have been busy polishing their technology skills and getting materials ready for students and our first day of school online - September 8th. I am requesting your presence at one of two parent sessions on Monday, August 31st at 10 am or 7 pm to discuss the new school year and some of the expectations for students in this unusual time. I want to share information and be available for questions.

Join me August 31st at 10am or 7pm

The zoom link to attend these meetings is:


Meeting ID: 915 1736 2676

Passcode: 183410

Phone: +1 646 558 8656

I appreciate your attendance at one of these meetings. Thank you so much and I look forward to meeting with all of you.


Michelle Wagner



Thanks for sending in your Registration Packets!

Remember, OSSB registration packets are due now, along with all medical forms for our nurses. If you have any questions, call the front desk at 614-752-1359.

First Day of School 2020-21 Remember this will be virtual!

Tuesday, Sep. 8th, 8am

This is an online event.

OSSB Athletics - Forensics First!

Hello Panthers!

Athletics for OSSB will be a little different this year. COVID-19 has limited our ability to be in school, practice, and travel for competition. The NCASB has worked together to re-arrange our sports schedule in hopes that we can hold more traditional practices and competitions later this school year.

The fall athletic schedule, as of now and subject to change, is as listed below.

Forensics - Coaches Traucht and Johnson

All practices and events are held via Zoom.

Letter attached for more information regarding this season

Aug. 31st & Sept. 2 Try-Outs

First practice Sept. 8

NCASB Virtual Championship November 16-19 in the evening.

Wrestling and Cheerleading will continue to be revisited but no detailed plans as of now.

Track and Goalball have been moved to the Spring before Swimming begins. Details are COVID dependent.

Please remember to update FinalForms at https://ossb-oh.finalforms.com/

Students will not be allowed to participate in practices or competitions without Final Forms completed.

I look forward to being creative and flexible this year with our Panther student-athletes,

Alison Brewer


A note from your Librarian, Mrs. Sunny Kallstrom

Welcome back everyone! I know we were hoping to see everyone in person this fall for the start of a new school year, but we are all doing what we can to keep everyone safe and end this pandemic. Let’s stay positive and use this opportunity to learn more about our virtual resources!

If you have not yet registered for Free Library Services through the National Library Service, OLPD, and the State Library of Ohio, here is a link to the application.


You can return this application to the address listed on the bottom, or scan and email it to me and I will file it for you. I am able to sign off as the certifying authority as your librarian.

If you are interested in receiving books delivered to your home, or coming to campus to pick up books, there will be more information coming out soon! For now, feel free to send me an email to let me know you are interested.

You can access our school library catalog from home! Just follow this link and you’ll see all the materials currently housed in our library.


There are many more resources I would love to share with you, so keep an eye out for more news from your friendly librarian!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OSSBLibrary

Email: AKallstrom@OSSB.oh.gov

Phone/Text: (614) 323-6313

Virtual After School Programming - Information and Registration

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers, in connection with The Ohio State School for the Blind, is hosting after-school activities for 6th-12th grade students, starting September 14th. There is no cost for these opportunities, and they will be instructed by experienced and knowledgeable club leaders, youth leaders, and teachers. We will be providing options for drop-in tutoring, Social and Emotional Learning groups and hang out sessions, Fitness Club, International Club, Panthers at your Service (Community Service) club, 3D-Model club, and Spanish club for all OSSB students.

We are also working with OSU to provide a Space/Science Mentorship for all students who are blind or visually impaired students throughout Ohio in grades 8-12. There is a maximum of 30 students for this opportunity.

If your student is interested in these activities, or you would like more information, please click on the link below. The link will provide information, and at the bottom will take you to the registration page.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Sally Williams at swilliams@osdb.oh.gov or at 614-398-1414. We look forward to seeing your students take advantage of these extra opportunities.

Information and Registration


Exciting options for learning a 'Touch of Braille'!

Two options for families hoping to learn a bit about braille:

California School for the Blind's Beginning Braille, a 6 part webinar series for parents, caregivers, and paraprofessionals. Participants will learn alphabetic braille, numbers, basic punctuation, alphabetic word signs, and some of the most common short form words and initial letter contractions. Each lesson includes a description, examples, and independent practices with answers, using a wonderful resource, Dots for Families.

You can view the full series at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYwqRS8JwdkoW7Kp5IVHoElBAEUz-OrQb

The other virtual option is on September 18, 2020

A Touch of Braille
September 18th
8:30am - 12:00pm

This introduction to braille workshop was developed to assist those who support students who are visually impaired by providing an introductory level of understanding braille.

More Info & Registration »

Ohio State School for the Blind Facebook Page

Click on the link to take you to the OSSB Official Facebook Page!

OSSB Foundation Facebook Page

Did you know that there is an Ohio State School for the Blind Foundation that supports educational programming at OSSB? Check out this non-profit organization by clicking this link.

Photo in the background shows a set of red school lockers.