OSSB Panther News

January 31, 2022


February 2022

  • 17 - Dismissal at 2:30 pm
  • 18 - NO SCHOOL/ Records day for teachers
  • 21 - NO SCHOOL/ Presidents Day
  • 22 - Braille Challenge Day at OSSB
  • 24 - Parent-Teacher Conferences evening

** Calendar change: Please note that there has been a change to our calendar in May.
  • May 12 - Dismissal at noon
  • May 20 - Dismissal at 2:30 pm

Unique Boutique Valentine's Day Special!

This is the Horticulture class with an announcement from the student-operated business, Unique Boutique. We are having a Valentine’s Day special! For a limited time, you can get a gift set with a heart-shaped rose bath bomb, a rose oil roller, and a valentine’s day card for $7. You can get it all in a seasonal gift box for $10. The valentines' cards come in print and braille and can be bought individually for $1.50. Order online using the link below. Thank you and have a relaxing day.

"These student-made bath bombs are some of the fizziest, longest-lasting, moisturizing bath bombs I've ever purchased! Great job!" - a satisfied OSSB staff member


-The Horticulture Class

Joey, Helena, Jonathan, Allen, Jayden, Trevon, Brady, Junior

OSSB Student Council Elected

Congratulations to our newly elected 2022 Student Council Officers!

President- Kurtacee G.

Vice President- Maddie C.

Secretary- Adyah N.

Treasurer- Byata D.

The OSSB student council is student lead governing body that acts as a liaison between the students and administration. In addition to voicing needs and advocating for students, the group also completes service projects, plans social events and coordinates daily announcements.

~Ms Yolanda Johnson

Weekly OSSB Menu Below - Dates Changed to This Week


Celebrating Braille at OSSB

By Emmie B., OSSB Senior

"We celebrate the fact that [Louis Braille] was able to develop the braille code and that we are able to use it to teach visually impaired students to read," said Mrs. Peirano in her January 2022 interview with OSSB student Emmie B.

Like the braille code, World Braille Day allows students to foster collaboration, literacy, and community. Through the events we are participating in, OSSB is highlighting the impact that these concepts have on students' everyday lives. "It's an opportunity for our students to learn who Louis Braille was. Not everybody realizes that Braille was his last name and until he invented it, that it didn't exist," Mrs. Peirano stated later in the interview.

Louis Braille laid the foundations for the Braille reading system we have today. He lived in the early to mid-1800s and invented it based on his knowledge of previous writing methods and codes, such as Night Writing and Morse Code.

To celebrate the work of this remarkable man, OSSB will be participating in several events during the months of January and February. These include the Ohio Braille Challenge, and the Braille Readers Are Leaders contest.

  1. Braille Readers Are Leaders: December 1, 2021, to January 21, 2022. This contest encourages students to read as many minutes as possible. After registering for the contest and logging their minutes online, students have the opportunity to win prizes and receive custom T-shirts. During this contest, students have the opportunity to compete against students from across the country.
  2. Braille Challenge and other activities: On February 22, 2022, OSSB students will be participating in the Ohio Braille ChallenStudentsents will compete in several different categories during the braille challenge, including those for proofreading, reading comprehension, charts/graphs, and speed/accuracy. In addition, to the many fun contests held during the Braille Challenge, there will be other activities/games for the whole school to enjoy on the day of the challenge, according to Mrs. Peirano.

Last Chance to Join March Book Club - All About Tests & Assessments by Pete Wright

Join OSD and OSSB Parent Mentors and families from across the state, to learn more about evaluations, test scores, assessments, and more. The book club will be held on March 9th, from 7:30 - 9:00 pm via Zoom. We will welcome OSD and OSSB School psychologists to discuss the book as it relates to students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired and deafblind. Registration closes TODAY. Click here to Register
OSSB Cheerleaders stand on a blue and white mat.  They are wearing a white long sleeved shirt, black leggings, and a blue skirt with white trim.

OSSB Cheer Team Last Week Before Virtual Competition

OSSB Parent Teacher Staff Foundation Facebook Page

Did you know that OSSB receives support from the OSSB PTSF, a Non-Profit Foundation? Find out more at www.ossbfoundation.org or click on this link.


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 accuracy of the information or data provided at these events.

State Support Team #11 Shares Resource Directories for Students and Families

Did you know that Ohio has 16 regional State Support Teams (SST's) working with families and districts across Ohio? In Central Ohio, "State Support Team Region 11 provides high-quality professional development and technical assistance to school districts and families in the Central Ohio region. These supports focus on compliance with federal and state laws related to the education of children with disabilities, and assistance in improving the academic achievement of all students." SST 11 recently shared their Resource Directories for families:
  • 2022 Summer Resource Directory
  • 2022 Colleges-Universities Resource Directory
  • 2022 Family Resource Directory

Need help finding your local State Support Team? Look for your Family Engagement Specialist and team on the Ohio Department of Education Website.


Ohio Center for Deafblind Education Upcoming Webinars - All Are Welcome

Better Together: Supporting a Successful Transition to Adulthood

Dates: February 1, 2022

Time: 4-5:30 PM or 7-8:30 PM (ET)
Speaker: Katie Scheetz and Allison Meloy, Opportunity for Ohioans with Disabilities
No Cost

Click here to access the event flyer and registration link.

Exploring Transition-Age Services for Deafblind Youth

Dates: February 2, 2022

Time: 4-5:30 PM (ET)
Speaker: John Filek, Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youth and Adults
No Cost

Click here to access the event flyer and registration link.

Information courtesy of the Ohio Center for Deafblind Education

See more OCDBE Updates below

Strategies to Help Engage Struggling Readers with Learning Differences - with Bookshare and Understood.org

FEBRUARY 8, 7:00 pm EST

With school closures, classroom quarantines, and staffing shortages, how can you ensure your child with learning differences can continue to develop reading skills and learn?

Join Bookshare, Understood.org, and two students with their parents, to share reading strategies, tips, and resources that can support students with learning differences such as dyslexia, in the classroom and at home.

This webinar is intended for parents of children who struggle to read and is open to the public. Bookshare is a FREE ebook library funded by the US Department of Education that empowers students with reading barriers such as dyslexia, cerebral palsy, visual impairment, and blindness to read in ways that work for them.

Register Here

Interactive Video Series Featuring Michelle Motil

Register for “Yes We Can: Journey Towards Independence,” a new, interactive video series on Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. Join Michelle Motil and her guide dog, Tonne, for a new, interactive video series designed to show how she lives an independent, quality life as a person who is DeafBlind. Each 30-minute episode includes pre-recorded segments, followed by a live dialogue with Michelle, who is eager to share her experiences and connect with viewers. Tying these episodes together is Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC), which includes foundational skills essential for people with disabilities.

Information courtesy of the Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness


Winter Sports for the Blind - Click on Flyer below for more information

Middle School Summer Camp - For Students Served by Eastland-Fairfield Technical Schools

Ohio State School for the Blind

Michelle Wagner, Director of Teaching and Learning

5220 N. High Street

Columbus, Ohio 43214



Questions about this newsletter? Please contact Lauri Kaplan, Parent Mentor at 614-806-2651 or lkaplan@osdb.oh.gov

The colorful background photo was taken several years ago at the OSSB swimming pool during Little NC's sports for elementary students.