April 2, 2021

Dates to Remember

April 4th - Easter

April 5th - NO SCHOOL

April 12th - 4th Quarter begins

April 13th & 14th - FSA ELA Writing (Grade 9 & 10)

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Hello, FSDB Families!

Wanted to let you know that you will soon be receiving the paper copy for the FSDB Parent Climate Survey next Friday, April 9th. The survey should take about 15 mins to complete and we would like all surveys returned by Wednesday, April 28th. We really want to learn from you!

Thank you for partnering with us so your children can do more, be more, and achieve more! Have a wonderful long weekend!

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Hello, FSDB Families – Parent Climate Survey Announcement in ASL
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Hello, FSDB Families – Parent Climate Survey Announcement in Spoken English
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Principal's Corner

Happy April Deaf Department Families,

The end of the third quarter is April 9th. Teachers are busy completing grades and IEP progress monitoring. As we wrap up the third quarter, we are planning end of the year activities for our students. Per our reopening plan, we are continuing to hold activities either on campus where social distancing is possible or virtually. Our traditional end of the year awards, programs, and honor events will be streamed virtually for you to view, rather than hosting events for families on campus. The one event in which we will invite a limited number of families will be our senior commencement ceremonies. Invitations will be sent out to those families with details.

Did you know you can view school photos of your child online? They are all in one place and you have options to purchase packages. Go to fsdb.zenfolio.com and click on find your photos. It will ask you for a gallery ID. The gallery ID is your child’s 5 number food service keypad number. If you need this number, please feel free to ask your child or reach out to the school.

I want to thank you for all of the support and encouragement you continue to give. It is taking a village to support our FSDB family through this year.

Have a restful three-day weekend,


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FSDB Valedictorian & Salutatorian Announcement for the Classes of 2021

Assistant Principal's Corner

Hello families,

Spring is in the air! Where did time go? We are now in the month of April, my favorite month of the year! Alas, some of the busiest months for our high school are April and May. Students are gearing up for end of year examinations, state examinations, assessments, and more. All the more important for them to attend school as much as possible. If you scroll down, you will see my attendance video and script explaining our policy. If you are taking your son or daughter to an appointment, be sure to send a signed note from that office/agency immediately to Christopher Lennon, our attendance liaison to ensure that your son/daughter's attendance is updated accordingly. His email is lennonc@fsdbk12.org

For these that are working online, If the connection is poor and affects their learning, it is best to upgrade or have your son/daughter attend here where we can provide high speed internet, ample learning opportunities, and multiple supports. We love our students and always will support them.

If you have not checked out the staff spotlight yet, check the one we had for Joseph Bingham, our ELA (English and Language Arts) teacher. One of his greatest challenges, if not the greatest, was access to communication, but despite all these hurdles, he got the opportunity to play under a famous coach and with sign language accessibility. This allowed him to thrive as an hockey player, playing for Deaflympics. This brings forth one of my favorite quotes:

"Deaf people succeeding in life is not inspirational. It is literally just what happens if you give them a fair chance and accessibility." As family and school stakeholders, we are fighting the same fight, and that is to provide students with opportunities to grow and succeed. That happens with sweat, grit, and accessibility to communication, whatever modality you choose. Families, gain this opportunity, if you have not already, to join other parents of Deaf/HoH children as they continue lobbying for accessibility for their son/daughter as well as other non-for-profit organizations doing the same. The more we speak out, the more ready the world will be for our children. It is not utopian, but a reality that needs to be shaped and made.

Enjoy your three-day weekend,

Dina Rae

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Staff spotlight - Joseph Bingham

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Ferrante's Forensic Class video

Lia Ferrante's class shared a video on how they are learning about Hair Analysis in their forensic class.
Hair Analysis Spring2021

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 (Deaf Dept)

For the Month of March, the young ladies of James Hall went to both Elementary dorms, in the blind and deaf department and gave the little ones Easter treats. The girls had bags that said Happy Easter from James Hall and they stuffed each bag with colorful eggs with candy treats inside. Our girls love to see the smiles on the elementary kids’ faces.

John R. our staff in Rhyne Hall set up a social-distancing exercise game outside for the boys to play. It is similar to CrossFit. The students expressed how much they enjoyed doing this. There were 10 students that participated in this event. This was also used as the PBiS objective for self-motivation the boys were not required to participate in this activity.

The boarding supervisor, Mr. Martinez took two boys shopping at Walmart. They were rewarded because of good behavior. The boys have also been enjoying the warm weather, sitting outside and socializing. They are happy that the weather is getting warmer so they can spend more time outdoors. We showed a movie that just came out “Godzilla vs Kong” with projector, and the boys enjoyed it.

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Learning how to Sign with us!

If you are interested in signing up for ASL (American Sign Language) classes, click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ParentASLSurvey

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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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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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