OSSB Panther Paws News

Tuesday - June 1, 2021



  • June 3 - Graduation 10:30am - Seniors and families only - Livestreaming for everyone else! Photo shown with permission, is 2009 OSSB graduate, Val and her family.
  • June 4 - Last Day of School
  • June 7 - 18 - Extended Learning Plan - see more information below!

Principal’s Message to OSSB Families

Dear Students and Families,

As this very unusual school year draws to a close, I would like to take a moment to share a few thoughts & sentiments. None of us imagined that this school year would be so fluid, back and forth between virtual and in-person learning. I find myself reflecting on the unprecedented year that is ending and already looking forward to the fall.

I want to thank you for your kindness, grace, and cooperation as our faculty and staff members worked to provide quality learning experiences for our students and to support their efforts to learn both online and in person. We have been amazed by the flexibility, tenacity, and creativity that our students have shown as they have navigated this new and different way of accessing their education. They are resilient, and we know that they will come through this difficult time having learned important lessons about themselves as learners and as young adults.

I am honored to be the principal at OSSB and happy to be a Panther. I wish you a safe and healthy summer and look forward to seeing our students again in the fall.


Mrs. Wagner


OSSB 2021 Varsity Swimming

Covid-19 forced some major changes to our swim season (shortened weeks of school, multiple sports at the same time, no travel, social distance swim, etc…) but our students persevered! We held our virtual conference swim meet on Monday, April 26th and all of our times were submitted to the conference to decide results: First place boys, First place girls, and First place combined!

Led by seniors Evan (1st place, 2nd place, 2nd place), Ian (1st place and 2nd place) and Peggy (5th place, 6th place), our team scored more than 3 times the points scored by all of the teams. For the boys, our remaining three swimmers are all first-time varsity: Philip (1st place, 1st place, 2nd place), Ely (2nd place, 6th place), and Jacob (1st place, 1st place, 1st place).

The girls were led by Sara (1st place, 1st place, 1st place), Maddie (1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place), and Jana (1st place, 3rd place, and 5th place). Great job swimmers! Photo courtesy of Erin Biehl.

Thank you for the great attitude and commitment all season; including an impressive mile swim completion and morning swim practice participation. Already looking forward to swim season 2022! ~Coach Grim and Coach Welch

OSSB Graduation CLICK HERE to Watch 6/3/21 10:30 am

Join the OSSB 2021 Graduation Ceremony LIVE at 10:30 am on June 3, 2021

Extended Learning Program at OSSB

Govenor DeWine has asked us to extend our learning this school year. We have all missed out on learning opportunities, and social and emotional growth opportunities. These two weeks of extended learning will help to close that gap! OSSB Extended Learning will be held June 7 thru June 18th. Some fast facts:

  • Day and Residential Students arrive on Mondays at noon (residential students may arrive at 11:45am) and will go straight to lunch, learning thru 3:15 pm
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are 8:00 am until 3:15 pm
  • Friday's are from 8:00 am until noon (lunch is at 11:15 am)

These two weeks will be filled with learning and fun activities! We will continue to help our students grow within our core subjects: Math, English/Langauge Arts, Science, History, as well as fun activities in other subjects such as Art, Technology, Braille instruction, Spanish, Library skills, and so much more!

Some Highlights:

  • Theme: Summer Olympics! We will start the two week session with “Opening Ceremonies” and have a “Closing Ceremony” to close out our two weeks.
  • “First Tee” Golf Outing to Blacklick Golf Course (Elementary: Wed 6/16. High School: Thurs 6/17)
  • Quiz Bowl!
  • Picnic and local outings
  • Field Day Fun!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Principal Wagner!

OSSB 21st CCLC International Club ‘travels’ to 28 countries!

During our 21st Century Learning Community afterschool clubs this year, the International Club, led by Mrs. Lisa Johnson, expanded students horizons as they 'visited' and learned about countries across the globe! The students loved asking questions about transportation systems, food/desserts, weather and natural disasters that occur in these countries. Many times, they had live guests with connections to these countries, whether they were originally from the country or had lived there for some time.

Mrs. Johnson, a world traveler herself, lived in Liege, Belgium for two years; she enjoyed the chance "to share the world with the students this year and the opportunity to invite guests from around the world into the classroom! We all had fun!" They visited 28 countries overall! Click on the links in blue below, to listen and watch the International Club visits to Sara in Ireland, Sanjay in Jamaica, and Lara Jane and the Phillippines. Photo shows a Zoom Screenshot from the club meeting. Ms. Lisa is shown in the bottom left corner of the photo.

Countries visited include: England - Algeria - Australia - France - Ireland - India (West Bengal) - Belgium - Yugoslavia - Macedonia - India (Meghalaya) - Turkey - Togo - Brazil - Hungary - Argentina - Norway - Germany - Jamaica - Philippines - Ethiopia - Spain - Japan - Nepal - Lebanon - Bangladesh - Lithuania - Colombia - China

OSSB’s Early Learning Center

Last week we finished up our Ocean Theme by talking about scuba diving. We were able to explore swimming masks and we made one of our own. This week we will have our end of the year program and we will soon be saying GOOD-BYE to some great friends! They will be missed!

Have a great summer everyone! ~Mrs. Kimberly Brinkman

Limited Spots Available for OSSB Preschool Day Camp

The Ohio School for the Deaf/Ohio State School for the Blind at the Early Learning Center (on OSD campus) is offering thematic educational learning opportunities that include new concept and vocabulary development, hands on learning activities and experiments, language development opportunities and BIG ADVENTURES for preschool aged Blind and Visually Impaired children.

Click here to register preschool students who are blind or visually impaired for camp. Limited spots available!

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Resources and Workshops for Students and Families

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 veracity of the information or data provided at these events. In no way is OSSB instructing students and families to participate in the described events.

The Family’s Role in Building Better Schools with LeDerick Horne

State Support Team Region 11 is proud to host LeDerick Horne for a one-hour, virtual event focused on how families can help support their children with disabilities in school and beyond. Participants will be given strategies and tools that will empower them to support youth and young adults transitioning into adult life. And, families in the audience will explore their role in building more inclusive and equitable schools.

When: Monday, June 14th 7pm

Register here

VIRTUAL Multi-sensory Summer Art Classes for children ages 6-12

Eye Matter is hosting its Multi-sensory Summer Art Classes for children ages 6 - 12 with vision loss during the month of July for free! Our team is working extremely hard to make this camp environment inclusive, social, exciting, fun, and engaging for the children involved!

Upon receiving student registrations, all materials (free of charge) for the activities in the camp will be shipped out to the students prior to the start of camp. More information can be found on the informational document linked here. If anyone would like to listen to the audio version of this information, they can click on this link. Anyone who wishes to register, can use this link to confirm a spot in our camp! Due to the shipping of materials, spots are limited, and will be given based on a first come first serve basis, and registration ends June 15th!


Anjal Jain

Founder of Eye Matter

Inviting Families and Teens with VI to Share About Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Penny Rosenblum from the American Foundation for the Blind announces Focus Group information:

As the school year comes to an end, there is a group of researchers who want to collect reflections from many individuals involved in the education of children with visual impairments during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are doing focus groups and brief surveys for youth 13 years or older, family members, early intervention providers, paraprofessionals, general ed teachers, special ed teachers, administrators, and of course TVIs and O&M specialists. We know it is a busy time of year and people are tired, but this is a very important study. Some of our focus groups for families will be conducted in Spanish. Follow this link to learn more, sign up for the study, and find flyers in English and Spanish to share widely.

APH and CSB to Offer Coding Camp for Students Across the Nation

APH and the California School for the Blind are offering a summer Coding Course where students will learn the basics and principles of coding in HTML and CSS. A Windows computer (with JAWS if you use a screen reader) will be used to access the curriculum to create a website using Google Drive, Notepad, and a lot of creativity.

This coding course runs for seven weekdays, June 22 through June 30, 2021. Full group and small group lessons will be held every day from 1–3 pm Eastern (10 – 12 am Pacific), with opportunities for 1:1 meetings for extra support on your project, a chance to ask questions, to troubleshoot, or to dig deeper into the world of coding.

The target audience is middle school, high school, and transition age students with vision loss and an interest in foundational coding concepts to get started in coding. Students are expected to be proficient in using JAWS (if applicable); navigating, accessing, uploading and creating documents in a Google Drive; switching between three open programs on a computer; and saving documents. Students do NOT need a background in coding!

This opportunity is at no cost to the student or district but there is limited space. Apply soon! Registration link. Information provided courtesy of American Printing House for the Blind, and California School for the Blind.

APH Virtual ExCEL Camps

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is preparing to offer the Virtual ExCEL Camp from mid-June through mid-August. The Virtual ExCEL Camp will include a live hour at 2:00 ET, Monday through Friday, and is free to all registrants.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Family ECHO series for Parents

Nationwide Children's Hospital Family ECHO uses ZOOM technology to connect you with a team of interdisciplinary experts for presentation and discussion on topics related to

  • improving and managing behaviors
  • family supports
  • executive function
  • self-care, and
  • healthcare for children and youth with developmental disabilities including autism.
Family ECHO follows the ECHO model offering an “all teach, all learn” environment and provides resources and session recordings for participants.

Who can participate in Family ECHO:

  • Parents, family members and caregivers of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.
  • Parent / professionals working in the disability field
  • Healthcare professionals working directly with families

Link to register for JUNE: https://is.gd/FE_June2021

Link to register for JULY: https://is.gd/FE_July2021

Participants will:

  • Earn certificates of attendance through this interactive, case-based learning series
  • Learn with interdisciplinary providers
  • Participate in a 60-minute session using a virtual platform
  • Review case vignette presentations and participate in interactive discussion and recommendations.

Blind Sports Updates from Katie Smith

I wanted to reach out on a few updates. We have changed a few dates for the run/walk program to expand the outreach of participants and gather more volunteers. All date changes are on the flyer and google form link. You still are able to reach me via email below.

We also have an amazing opportunity to Try Golf on June 27th from 12:30-4PM at Champions Golf Course. Look forward to working with some of you this summer.

Finally, If you want to get out and do more outdoor recreation activities there is an amazing program called the Adaptive Sports Connection. They have cycling, kayaking, water skiing, rock climbing, paddle boarding, sailing, and boating. If interested here is their website: https://adaptivesportsconnection.org/sports-programs/

Blind Sports Sign up link: https://forms.gle/YX1ZQziY95cjpT388

Adaptive Golf Try it sign up link: https://forms.gle/9VL7Fv8jCLEYr2ev8

Katie Smith


Newsletter Background Photo shows OSSB's auditorium during Graduation, 2019. Photo courtesy of Ms. Erin Biehl.