BHS Parent Newsletter - April 30, 2021
Dates to Remember
May 5-6 - FSA ELA (Grade 9)
May 7 - Mental Health Training Day (3rd period)
May 10 - NO SCHOOL
May 12-13 - FSA ELA (Grade 10)
May 12 - Band Recording (HS Band Class)
May 14 - Mental Health Training Day (6th period)
May 17-18 - Algebra 1 EOC
May 19 - Drumline Recording (4:00-5:00)
May 19-20 - Geometry EOC
May 21 - Mental Health Training Day (5th period)
May 24 - US History EOC
May 25 - Biology EOC
May 26 - Jr/Sr Prom
May 26-27 - Reading is Fun (RIF)
May 28 - Mental Health Training Day (8th period)
May 31 - NO SCHOOL
June 3 - Graduation
June 10 - Last Day of School (9-11)
FSDB 107th Commencement Ceremonies
Hello FSDB Classes of 2021 and their families,
I am pleased to announce that our 107th Commencement Ceremonies will be held in Kirk Auditorium at FSDB. I want to share important dates for you to remember:
- Thursday, June 3rd at 11:00 am is the Blind High School Class of 2021 graduation.
- Friday, June 4th at 11:00 am is the Deaf High School Class of 2021 graduation.
- Wednesday, June 2nd will be graduation rehearsals for seniors wearing their caps and gowns as well as having photos taken.
Both ceremonies will be viewable via live stream at www.fsdbk12.org/graduation and since they will also be recorded, you will be able to watch these later.
With ongoing health and safety challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FSDB administration has decided to exercise caution in honoring this year’s graduates and celebrating their achievements. Our decision to hold in-person ceremonies with assigned seating will be monitored on a daily basis. Should a change of plans become necessary, we will promptly notify graduates and their families.
Now I want to share with you updated information. Each graduate will now be able to bring up to four guests to their commencement ceremony! Families will register online using Eventbrite to reserve their tickets. The registration link will be sent to each graduate’s family via email.
- Registration opens: Saturday, May 1st at 8:00 a.m.
- Registration closes: Friday, May 28th at 4:00 p.m.
Reserved seating for both commencement ceremonies will be assigned in clusters of four on a first come, first serve basis. Graduates and their ticketed guests are expected to follow COVID-19 guidelines such as physical distancing, wearing a mask or cloth face covering and - equally as important - staying at home if experiencing fever, cough or related symptoms. We are grateful to our graduates and their families for their patience as we navigate the challenges presented by the pandemic. We are also so proud of our graduating students and their perseverance this year.
I would like to mention one more thing. This year’s graduates will be able to decorate their caps if they wish to do so. I look forward to seeing creative and inspirational designs. More information and details about cap decoration will be shared with graduates by the senior class sponsors.
Congratulations to the FSDB Classes of 2021! We look forward to celebrating you along with your families and friends!
Tracie C. Snow
The Principal's Office
Greeting Blind High School Families,
The BHS Junior Class will be hosting the 2021 Junior/Senior Prom:
Night of 1,000 Lights
Place: FSDB Event Lawn
Date: Wednesday, May 26th
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Dress is formal
Seating is limited
*Juniors and Seniors who will be attending the prom contact Brigit Jensen in Bryant Hall.
Mr. Cosgrove's Corner
Justin Cosgrove, Assistant Principal - BHS
Another month is in the books. With us almost to the finish line, please make sure to encourage your students to finish strong. We have FSA and End of Course exams coming in May and the students will need to be at the top of their game. We will also be having MAP testing at the end of May. Before we know it, the year will be over, and it is my hope that we can reflect on how we continue to stay positive, focusing on doing the best we can for our students and staff each day. Thank you all for your continued support.
Southeastern Guide Dogs National Walkathon Day
FSDB is a signature sponsor of the Southeastern Guide Dogs National Walkathon Day on Saturday, May 1st. Grab your leash and get out there to celebrate by walking your four-legged friends. Your support makes an impact on people with vision loss, veterans with disabilities, and children with significant challenges.
For more information and how to participate visit: https://www.guidedogs.org/national-walkathon-day-2021/
Students As Teachers
Joy Carriger, Media Specialist
Best friends Bailey and Madison have been working in the library all year; one as an OJT (On-the-Job Training) student and the other earning community service hours toward scholarship requirements. Recently, an elementary teacher reached out for help on a pilot project to teach one of our littlest learners to read books in braille using an Assistive Technology Device. Bailey and Madison, who are both avid readers and veteran members of Middle School and High School Book Clubs, were both volunteered to help provide instruction to first-grader Maely. During the first session, while the librarian was reading the technical directions for how to find a book on the machine, the experienced high school students, who use these devices daily, jumped in and started teaching the six-year-old the short cut commands to make it easier. Maely was thrilled to immediately start reading The Unicorn Academy series on her Braille Note. The Braille Note is a device that allows students to read and write in braille. Maely is the youngest of our students to receive one incorporating technology with beginning literacy. Bailey and Madison are demonstrating the idea of how powerful children are as teachers for each other.
Orientation and Mobility in the Classroom
Jennifer Enache and Samantha Lang
On Saturday, April 17th, several teachers from the blind department participated in a class about Orientation and Mobility in the Classroom. Each teacher had hands-on opportunities to learn about sighted guide, room familiarization, tactile graphics, importance of verbal descriptions, and how sensory overload can affect our students. Each teacher used a blindfold while learning about each of these topics. Teachers loved the hands-on experiences and had a better understanding of orientation and mobility! The huge take away from class was, “Everyone has a piece of the puzzle to help our students become the independent, successful individuals they are destined to be!”
Problem of the Week and Fluency Challenge
Problem of the Week and Fluency Challenge is a weekly problem solving and fluency challenge for FSDB Students K-12. The goal of this campus wide project is to increase opportunities to engage in making sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
Students submitting 5 solutions are awarded math games!
Please check out the new FlipGrid platform we are using to make problem solving opportunities more accessible and engaging!
Try them by following this link: https://flipgrid.com/mayo6758
Questions? please email Math Specialist, BJ Mayo, at email@example.com
Look for this graphic in FlipGrid
Students who submit 5 solutions can choose one of these games!
Congratulations to the following students for being recognized over the past two weeks for their efforts in demonstrating PBS (Positive Behavior Support) expectations. The teacher/staff member who recognized the student is also listed beside the nominated student:
Jacob F. - for being kind towards others when noticing another student struggling (Alexander)
Bailey T. & Madison W. - for agreeing to help teach an elementary student to read books on a Braille Note. They both have strengths and are impacting their expertise to one of our littlest learners, demonstrating all three B's. (Carriger)
Tim S. - for showing flexibility about changing plans at the last minute! (Lombardo)
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