DMS Newsletter

April 14, 2022

Dates to Remember

  • April 22nd: Deaf Firefighter/EMT presentation (during the school day)
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FSDB School Climate Survey for Parents

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

At FSDB, we strive to do more, be more, and achieve more – as part of our continuous improvement journey. Your feedback is important to us. The information you share helps us understand what we are doing well and points out opportunities for improvement. Each year, we reach out to parents/guardians, staff members and students as our valued partners.

Our annual FSDB School Climate Survey for Parents will take about 15 minutes of your time. We know how important confidentiality is to you. I want to assure you that your survey responses will be fully protected. FSDB will not use your names or related identifying information as part of our data collection and analysis process.

Please complete the FSDB School Climate Survey for Parents using the link below by Friday, April 29, 2022. If you have more than one child attending FSDB, please complete a separate survey for each child.

I appreciate your time in completing the survey and for sharing your feedback. Your thoughts and opinions are especially important to me and to the school. I thank you for choosing FSDB to educate your child(ren). I thank you for partnering with us to ensure the FSDB experience is a positive one for all students.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Julia Mintzer, Administrator of Business Services at 904-827-2301 or via email at You may also reach out to me at 904-827-2210, 904-342-1213 videophone, or via email at


Tracie C. Snow
FSDB President

From the principals banner

Ms. Newton's Notes

Hello DMS Families!

MAP Testing

This week is MAP testing. Students will be taking their end of the year tests in Reading, Language Usage, Math, and Science to show how much they have grown this year. Testing continues next week as well!

Karen Newton

Assistant Principal

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Mathew Ward, Assistant Director of Student Life and Wendy Williams, Mental Health Counselor from Deaf Middle School gave a workshop to the girls this month. The topic of the workshop was to discuss the difference between bullying behaviors, being mean, or rude. They discussed positive behaviors and how to help your peers and negative behaviors can impact others and how others perceive you. There was a video presentation and some role playing to help the girls identify the difference. They also worked in groups discussing a list of different situations. They had to discuss and decide whether it was bullying behavior, being mean, or rude. They were surprised to find that some of the situations had more than one possible answer, and that it would be the time to ask staff or an adult for guidance.

Our 6th grade girls have been working on their money skills, learning to identify and add coins and bills. Later the girls will practice their skills in a store. 7th and 8th grade girls have been in the kitchen learning some cooking skills. They prepared a hearty Italian dinner for the dorm and have also made personal pizzas. They enjoyed cooking, and really enjoyed the end result.

Middle school boys are excited about the new Jr. football team that will be starting practices at the end of this year. The Jr. football team will have games the school year of 2022 – 2023. The boys have been practicing almost every day with throwing, catching, running and general exercises. One of the high school boys comes out to do community service and teach the middle school boys appropriate exercises and ways to practice. It is a good way to get outside and get moving.

One of our campus police officers came to the dorm and did a workshop with our 8th grade students about preparing for high school and making good life choices. Our presenter also spoke about what to do in conflict situations and how to resolve issues with others. We were happy to collaborate with our campus police and the students enjoyed the presentation.

The boys have been making more trips off campus with the warmer weather. We visit places such as Dunkin Donuts and Subway. It is a good way for students to practice traffic/pedestrian safety with a staff to monitor them and to also work on their social skills and ordering food outside of the dorm setting. If you would like your son to participate in off campus walks as a treat for the end of the year, please send some pocket cash with him to use on outings.

The boys are still having fun cooking. The different groups have made things such as cookies, cupcakes, muffins, spaghetti dinner, cheese bread, and hotdogs. They have also been practicing how to set tables and clean up after family meals. They are enjoying making, and eating, all their special treats in the dorm.

Just to remind everyone Long-weekend is coming up soon. No school on Friday the 17th and the boarding students return on April 18th. Students are running low on their personal hygiene items in the dorm. Please check with your child and send them back with some supplies.

As we come to the end of our third quarter 2021-2022 school year, we want to thank you for your collaborative efforts for helping us to keep our children happy and healthy. We wouldn’t be able to do this without your help.

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Contact Us

DMS Office

PH: 904-827-2530

VP: 904-201-4600

Health Care Center

PH: 904-827-2410

VP: 904-201-3910


PH: 800-992-8747

Gregg Hall (Girls Dorm)

PH: 904-827-2628

VP: 904-201-4506

McLane Hall (Boys Dorm)

PH: 904-827-2624

VP: 904-201-4562

Parent Services

PH: 904-827-2212

VP: 904-201-4527

Campus Police

PH: 904-827-2315

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, political opinion, affiliation, marital status, genetic information, disability, veteran status or any other basis as mandated by federal and state law in its educational programs, services or activities, or in its hiring or employment practices. FSDB also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups as required by law.

Contacts for questions, complaints, or requests for additional information are as follows:

Student Discrimination/Harassment

FSDB Boarding Program Administrator

PH: 904-827-2603

Requests in writing can be sent to:

Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind

207 San Marco Avenue

St. Augustine, FL 32084