February 12, 2021

Dates to Remember

February 15 - President's Day

February 16-26 - FSA Retakes

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Principal's Corner

We have begun our second half of the school year and are halfway between Winter break and Spring break. As we move into the semester, our Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports teams are analyzing student data to make sure that our students are progressing as they should. As they look at the data, if there are any concerns about student participation, grades, or progress, they will be reaching out to you to partner in developing interventions and supports. With the dual programs happening, Brick and Mortar and ILE, we need to make sure that our students are able to progress toward their IEP goals. Their updates on their goals have gone home with report cards. Know that if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress or need help accessing information on your child’s grades in Skyward, please contact the school office and we will be happy to assist. Always looking for ways to help our students do more, be more, and achieve more together with you!


Assistant Principal's Corner

Hello families,

A long weekend is coming up! President's Day was established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington. The holiday became known as Presidents' Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for American workers. It became a day to celebrate all presidents, past and present. Students learn about the history of our presidents throughout their K-12 years in the school system as part of the standard curriculum in the United States. What does that mean for you and your family this weekend? when you spend time with your son/daughter over the weekend, seize the opportunity to discuss the significance of President's Day, especially how did some presidents push toward the advancement in rights and education of individuals with disabilities, starting with President Gerald Ford signing into law the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142), now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Did you know that in 1986, President Reagan signed the Handicapped Children’s Protection Act, a law that gave parents of children with disabilities more say in the development of their child’s Individual Education Plan, or IEP? This was wrapped up with President George Bush signing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 opening doors to individuals with disabilities in settings other than education. Although rights for individuals with disabilities are far from equal, these milestones improved each one of our students’ opportunities in the world outside of FSDB. If you have not looked up Americans with Disabilities Act, and what it entails, grab the opportunity to look it up with your child and discuss their rights as individuals with disabilities, in areas such as employment, public entities/transportation, accommodations in public and commercial facilities, the utilization of service animals and auxiliary aids, and more! Knowing their rights will help them advocate for themselves better. As I said before, it takes a village to raise a child. We are in this together to support and enable our students to become independent as well as advocate for themselves.

Stay safe,

Dina Rae

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Staff spotlight - John Baroncelli

DSI Specialist Interview 2021

A bit of Math and Gallaudet in the Mix

Gallaudet University, the world's only liberal arts college for the deaf, is rich with traditions. One of its traditions involves the Bison Song during Homecoming events. The song has its own rhythm and clapping movements that have been passed on from generation to generation. In Ms. Binder's class, the song incorporated mathematical formulas to help students memorize these. Enjoy the video!
Formula Bison Song

Dance Troupe PSA

Compassion and gratitude are powerful yet easily overlooked. Thank you to the FSDB community and families! Enjoy the video from Ms. Ferrante's class.
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PBiS Theme of the Month - Compassion

It is the month of February and the color is... guess... red! Red stands for compassion, a powerful yet overlooked characteristic. Q and A session followed a video watched by students (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3ld9_p2bS0) to discuss, self-monitor, and apply compassion in situations occurring in one's daily life. How do you teach compassion at home? Feel free to send examples to me at paddend@fsdbk12.org

FSDB DHS Attendance Policy

Hello families,

I wanted to share with you the attendance policy that you are all familiar with via the parent handbook. Students may not receive credit toward graduation for any High School block 1.0 credit class in which the student has more than 8 unexcused absences, or for any 0.5 credit class in which the student has more than four unexcused absences. ASL version is below.

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From Mel Goodall - Director of Student Life

James Hall is recognizing Black History Facts for the Month of February. The girls will be supplied with a Black History fact each week during Curriculum for the month. We have posted a Black History Board with some notable names, pictures, and facts about some famous Black people. We are mainly focusing on Black women in History to show our young ladies, just because you are a woman does not mean you can’t make history.

This month in Rhyne Hall, we have our annual Superbowl party. We had burgers, hot dogs, and several kinds of deserts that the staff made. We streamed football game with projector on the side of Rhyne hall and cooked outside.

We took all the students’ PBiS tickets and put them in a basket and picked six winners. The winners received a $5.oo gift card to a local store. We have had several new staff join the dorm this past month, Jarman and Eva. Welcome aboard. We also had several new students join our dorm. All the boys have been very welcoming to the new faces in Rhyne hall. For curriculum and community service for this month we will be focusing on teaching the boys about COMPASSION.

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Virtual Parent Engagement Workshop

The fourth Parent Engagement Workshop (PEW) for the 2020-21 school year will be held on Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. via Zoom.

  • "McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act" by Chris Boortz

  • "Informed and Included" by Michael Johnson and Misty Porter

  • "Love and Literacy" by Joy Carriger and David Snow

  • "President Pop In" with Tracie C. Snow, FSDB President

To join the meeting, visit: http://bit.ly/FSDBParentEngagementWorkshop

The last workshop will be held on April 23. Be sure to add this date to your calendar!

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PBiS Incorporates Character Education

FSDB PBiS students are developing great character! Each month, FSDB focuses on a different positive character trait. This month we are emphasizing responsibility. Some of the phrases associated with responsibility that we are introducing to the students include: Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions and attitudes • Set a good example for others. Teachers and boarding staff are asked to include lessons that may fit into the curriculum naturally. We are excited with this character education emphasis at FSDB. We are hoping that our students continue to be their very best now and in the future.

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Helpful information

Tech Corner - Google Classroom

How does a student accept a Google Classroom invite?

A class code—Your teacher sends or tells you the class code. An email invite—Your teacher sends you the invite.

Accept the invite in Classroom

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

  2. Make sure to sign in with the correct account.

  3. On the class card, click Join.

Can parents/guardians have access to Google classroom?

Parents/guardians may access their child’s teachers’ Google Classroom in one of the following ways:

  1. From the school issued Chromebook, ask your child to login and launch the Google Classroom App. Please note that any activity in Google Classroom is documented under the student’s login and it would be inappropriate for a parent to communicate with the teacher or other students in Google Classroom. Parents should use their personal email to digitally communicate with the teacher.
  2. From any computer with internet access, click here and have your child login with his/her FSD1 Google Apps for education username and password. Please note that any activity in Google Classroom is documented under the student’s login and it would be inappropriate for a parent to communicate with the teacher or other students in Google Classroom. Parents should use their personal email to digitally communicate with the teacher.
  3. As a parent/guardian, you can receive email summaries showing your child's progress in the classroom.

Opt-in for Skyward Text Alerts

Want to Stay Informed? FSDB uses Skyward to send text messages about important school information and emergency alerts. It's very easy to begin receiving text messages: Text the word "Yes" to 67587 to opt in.
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DHS Amended Locker Policy Agreement


Please read this amended locker policy agreement and sign it so that your child may be assigned a locker to store their belongings. You may send a printed copy with your signature with your child(ren) or you may sign it electronically and email it to Jillian Rivera, DHS administrative assistant, at Riveraj@fsdbk12.org.



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