BHS Parent Newsletter - May 28, 2021

Dates to Remember

May 31 - NO SCHOOL

June 3 - Graduation

June 4 - Last Day to order Yearbook

June 10 - Last Day of School (9-11)

August 15 - Family Open House

August 16 - First Day of School

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Graduation Week

Celebrate our seniors and student-athletes next week as we honor them with our Athletic Awards, Senior Awards, and 107th Commencement. This year, we will hold two commencement ceremonies for the graduating classes of 2021. The Blind High School graduation will be held on Thursday, June 3 at 11:00 a.m. The Deaf High School graduation will be held the following day on Friday, June 4 at 11:00 a.m. The ceremonies will be livestreamed so that additional family members and friends can have the opportunity to join in the celebration. Visit the webpages below for more information about each event.

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Commencement Reminder

Greetings Families of the 2021 Graduates in the Blind Department,

Graduation Ceremony

Time: Thursday, June 3rd at 11:00am

Locations: Kirk Auditorium, FSDB

Guests: Each graduate may invite up to 4 guests to the graduation ceremony.

Each senior has received up to 4 tickets.

Guest will enter campus via Palm Row, off San Marco and proceed to Kirk Auditorium. A picture of the Palm Row entrance is included.

The ceremony will also be live-streamed and recorded.

Bring the tissues!!!

Warmest Regards,

Carol Bogue


Front Gate Entrance to FSDB

Mr. Cosgrove's Corner

Justin Cosgrove, Assistant Principal - BHS

The year is quickly coming to a close. Every student and staff member has done an amazing job getting us through this unique year. With that said, the year's not quite over. We are wrapping up MAP testing on 5/28. Then, the excitement builds for graduation on June 3rd. Our senior sponsors, Mr. Crozier, Ms. Toledo, and Ms. Diaz have done a tremendous job in preparing for the event.

Please note, all student technology needs to be in on June 4. This is important as we must complete inventory and begin updates for the new school year. Seniors will turn their technology in on May 28.

We will continue to work hard right up until the last day, which is not too far off now. Thank you for your continued support.

A Message From Senior Class Sponsor James Crozier

To the families of the Class of 2021,

Congratulations on reaching this significant milestone in your graduate’s life. I know you all are proud of them and all they have accomplished; all the ways they have grown; and the strong foundation they have built as they begin their next chapter. I want to thank you for your sacrifices, all the miles traveled, so that your graduate could attend our school, and for all the support you have given them along the way. It has been an absolute honor “coaching” this class. We are very proud of all of them and on behalf of all that have worked with them along the way, thank you so much for trusting us and sharing your graduate’s life with us. It is my greatest hope that as you look back over the years, that it was worth every mile.

Congratulations again and we look forward to seeing you at graduation.

Order Your 2020-21 Yearbook Online

Melissa Fonda, Yearbook Adviser

Yearbooks are available to preorder online at the Memory Book site. Books are $25. If your family would like to purchase an ad, that can also be done at the same time. Ads are created by the purchaser using the Memory Book website. Please note that I am unable to proof or change any mistakes since what I receive is a PDF to add to the yearbook. Lastly, if you require a Braille book, send me an email requesting one. Braille books are complimentary with the purchase of a print book. Because graduation is included in the yearbook, the delivery will not arrive until the fall.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR SENIORS ONLY: Seniors who purchase a yearbook need to email me their address, so the book can be sent to them. I also need to know if a Braille book needs to be included.

Order Your Yearbook by following these steps:

Step 1: Visit

Step 2: Enter your school code 137162 then click "go to your school account login"

Step 3: Click on the link below your school name

Step 4: Login if returning or register as a "new user"

Step 5: Buy a yearbook for $25

Place an ad in the yearbook:

Half Page Ad: $60

Full Page Ad: $100

Order online through June 4, 2021.

If you have any questions about ordering your yearbook contact Ms. Melissa Fonda, yearbook adviser, at

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Workshops With American Idol Finalists James Durbin and Scott MacIntyre

The Music Department is thrilled to have partnered with Arts4All Florida to present a series of virtual workshops for some of our music students this month. The workshops featured past American Idol finalists James Durbin and Scott MacIntyre.

Scott MacIntyre spoke to our top high school music students about his life and experiences as a professional musician who is blind. He was the first blind contestant on the popular show and served as a trailblazer. His poignant interaction allowed for the students in attendance to ask questions about American Idol, music careers, and life skills as a blind adult. He spoke about his trials and tribulations and discussed how he focused on identifying his goals and then figuring out what he needed to do to get there, as well as how to overcome setbacks. The students were engaged and asked many questions, and as a teacher it was enlightening to peek into the minds of high school students who are blind talking to an adult who is blind and witnessing the synergy and je ne sais quoi. MacIntyre has expressed interest in speaking to our full school in the future after the pandemic.

James Durbin also spoke to the same group of high school music students about his life experiences. Durbin started off by telling the students about his disabilities of Asperger's Syndrome and Tourette's in a manner that modeled proper advocacy for our students. He then opened it up for each student to introduce themselves and talk about themselves. The Q & A period was focused primarily on the music industry and songwriting and performance. He then provided a mini-concert for our students.

FSDB is grateful for Arts4All Florida's financial support, coordination, and partnership in presenting these wonderful workshops at the end of a difficult year for the performing arts.

Line Dancing in Eurhythmics Class!

For our fourth quarter, the BHS Eurhythmics class studied line dancing. The students learned several songs, preparing for prom and a hopeful return to celebrations and get-togethers! We started with some old classics like the Chicken Dance and Hokey Pokey, moved up to the four-wall dances, The Macarena, Cupid Shuffle and the Sid Shuffle (from Ice Age Continental Drift), and ended with some tougher movement songs, The Cha Cha Slide and our favorite, The Git Up Challenge! This quarter, not only did the students have a lot of fun but we were able to attend to 24 different State Standards with this unit of study alone! Excellent job to all of the Eurhythmics students (and the band students who joined us for the final and allowed our Eurhythmics students to be the teacher)!
FSDB Eurhythmics Final

Performing Arts Concert

Due to the pandemic, the performing arts classes were not able to perform a concert this year. However, many of them did do a live recording of some of what they worked on this year, which will be shared in the usual FSDB social media methods. Please watch for their release sometime in June!
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Bright Futures Graduates

Congrats to these graduating seniors on earning Bright Futures Scholarships! These state scholarships pay for 75% or 100% of a student's college education. To earn the scholarships, students must complete 100+ hours of community service, a core group of 16-18 courses, and meet specific requirements on the ACT/SAT tests and GPA. For more information about Bright Futures, visit

Yassir Bohorquez

Brianna Cruz

Tre'Shaun Faison

Lance Gardenhire

Delayna Goodrich

Triston Ray

Thomas Rice

Chris Roberts-Cole

Jonathan Carver

Courtney Hawkins

Mr. Ward's Class Gone Fishin'

A group of senior students stand with fishing rods in their hands with the intracoastal river behind them

PBS Winners

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:

Tristin Vera is always willing to help complete extra duties in class. (Cowan)

Timothy Sousa helps other students and teacher every time he is in class. (Carden)

Timmy Sousa for showing a positive attitude and flexibility! (Lombardo)

Jose Giron-Reyes for helping and coaching his peers this week. (Maltese)

Lydia Hord for all of her effort helping set up for Prom (Jensen)

Jared Swann, Jason Lubin, and 7th period class for helping last minute with Prom setup needs (Jensen)

Maxx Ray for showing quiet compassion for another student. (Wohl)

Tiffany Sa for being genuinely empathetic to the needs of others. (Wohl)

Yassir and Chris have both been doing a lot of heavy lifting and doing a labor-intensive physical work to help the library to prepare for RIF. I appreciate the cooperation and responsibility of both these young men. (Carriger)

Tre’shaun Faison helped another BHS student learn his way around Kirk Auditorium to run an errand for me. The errand was complete and the student got to know a little more about this side of campus. Win win! (Carriger)

Tyler L for volunteering to clean up after the science experiments yesterday. (McCombs)

PBS - A special thanks to all the students who helped make RIF a success this week: Madison, Bailey, Natalie, Dejonae, Giunna, Gabe, Nik, Triston Ray, Taylore, Thomas, Christian, Chris and Yassir! Great teamwork everyone! (Carriger)

Prom Pandemic Style

Group shot of all of the 2021 Prom attendees

FSDB Photos

Don't forget to check your student's account for any photos from the school year!

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