DHS DRAGON PRIDE
Oct. 2, 2020
Dates to Remember
Sept. 28-Oct. 8 - MAP Assessment
Oct. 9 - Parent Engagement Workshop (10 a.m.)
Oct. 12 - No school (long weekend)
Oct. 13-16 - Pre-ACT (Sophomores)
Oct. 26-30 - ACT (Seniors)
I am so grateful for our FSDB students, families and teachers for such a positive start for the school year. Given all of the challenges of these unique times, the responses during this first quarter have exceeded expectations. Everyone has come together so well to ensure the best learning environment for our students. Our teachers have learned to provide instruction while having students in the classroom and at home (no easy task). We have had an increase in the number of students returning to campus for instruction. Our students have done well complying with the extra pandemic restrictions and they understand the importance of staying safe. They are resilient, and I am so proud of them!
Given that things are going well currently, FDSB is not planning to initiate any protocol changes related to our pandemic processes and procedures at this time. We look forward to ongoing success and we are grateful for the opportunity to work with each of our students. Thank you, parents and guardians, for continuing to entrust us with your child. We are grateful for your partnerships as we continue forward together.
Deaf Department Principal
Assistant Principal's Corner
I was reading a book by author Thiel, From 0 to 1. It basically talked about innovation, shaking the ground with new technology, which is not necessarily limited to computers. I am still half-way through the book, which provides nuggets of wisdom like there is no tomorrow. As I was reading about the innovation component, I was reminded of Steve Jobs' quote, "We are here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?" Now, here is where you probably are pausing and asking how on Earth is that related to our children's education? Innovation is what made our deaf/hard-of-hearing education possible in the era of the pandemic. Thanks to Zoom, Microsoft, Google and numerous other NASDAQ member companies, D/HH students are now able to cross the bridge of communication, whether at FSDB or elsewhere. We are blessed to make such strides in technology enabling D/HH students to have access to communication. I remember the days when I had to enlist my mother to make a call to my friends to come and hang out. Yes, my mother! I remember the days of TTY, where GA and SK were the common code words and the whir of the paper printed out the conversation. I remember holding my first Blackberry, and being thrilled about using VRS relay on it (I still miss the Qwerty board on it and the clicking vibrations as each button is pressed in rapid fashion). Now, D/HH people can call hearing people using video relay, text relay, FaceTime, text, Google Hangouts, and more. Are we there yet? No, we are not. Thus, it is our job as educators to empower our D/HH children to know what is available and to innovate, innovate, and innovate in the future, creating more amazing, or "sick" as the youngsters say, technology to support our community. Our educators at the high school teach our students to think, not to just get the answer, but to think about the different possible ways to get different answers. If one could think of a famous analogy, our educators teach our students to fish, not just giving them the fish. This... is a powerful tool that will serve them well in the days of tomorrow as they leave high school. As families, you are also a pivotal part of your child's education. We are in this together, and I thank you for working with us, trusting us with your child, and being part of our community.
Dina Rae Padden, MBA/M.Ed
Deaf High School Assistant Principal
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Campus Safety and Drill Notifications
FSDB takes a proactive approach to ensuring the safety and security of students and their families, staff members, volunteers, contractors and visitors. Our emergency preparedness efforts as well as response protocols are designed to prevent or reduce adverse impacts of potential or real critical incidents. FSDB has a comprehensive preparedness plan and protocols for a variety of crisis and non-crisis situations. Our intention is to provide a swift and decisive response to issues occurring that are not part of normal school operations which may result in one of the following:
Shelter in place – the action of seeking safety within the building that a person already occupies
Lockdown – ordered to contain an incident by controlling the movement of people on/off campus
Evacuation – the transfer of students and staff from the campus or a partial area of campus to a safe area off campus or a safe area within campus to mitigate or prevent injuries
Reunification – process by which students are released to their parents/guardians in the event that routine dismissal is not possible due to an emergency situation.
Florida schools are required to practice emergency response procedures by conducting practice drills throughout the academic year. FSDB has modified some of our drill procedures so that we may meet our requirements while maintaining social distancing and other health measures. If you arrive at FSDB campus during a drill, you may be asked to wait outside the campus until the drill concludes. If you are on the campus during a drill, you will not be able to leave the campus until the drill concludes. Parents/guardians will receive a Skylert notification typically the day of a drill (or night before depending on the time of the drill), specifying the type of drill and the time. Our next drill will be a campus-wide lockdown drill on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. Should you have any questions, please contact Lt. David Moore, school safety specialist, at 904-827-2315 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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International Week of the Deaf
FSDB celebrates International Week of the Deaf
The International Week of the Deaf (IWD) is an initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and was first launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy. It is celebrated annually by the global deaf community during the last full week of September to commemorate the same month the first World Congress of the WFD was held. IWD activities and events welcome the participation of all members of deaf communities, which include families of deaf people, professional and accredited sign language interpreters, peers, as well as the involvement of various stakeholders such as national governments, national and international human rights organizations, and Organizations of Persons with Disabilities. This year's theme is “Reaffirming Deaf People’s Human Rights.”
Ms. Geary's ASL class
Dye the Masks Activity
Culinary Program - Taste of the Middle East
Katherine Pittman - Educational Diagnostician
It's already been a month since students returned on the campus. DHS students have been busy in the dorms. The Rhyne Hall boys managed their time well for study hour, supper, free time, and recreation activities. We had a group of boys go fishing on the pier and the dock on campus. They caught many fish. They learned something cool about fishing, like discovering the names of the different kinds of a fish that they caught. How they reel in the fish properly and which bait they put on their hooks. They were truly excited; they even took off quickly to the dock right after dinner time. In James Hall, the staff have started our PBiS program by giving the girls the yellow PBiS tickets for showing, cooperation, respect and responsibility. They can use their tickets in our PBS store that is set up in the dorm. The store has a variety of chips, cookies, candies, drinks and other various snacks. Our store is open two days a week, on Sunday and Wednesday after 4 p.m. Our girls have really been showing all the traits of positive behavior. Rhyne Hall and James Hall have planned our PBiS kick-off party for Tuesday, Oct, 6. We have food, fun and games planned for our students.
If you have any questions or you need to reach out to the boarding supervisors, here are their contact numbers: James Hall Supervisor, Mechelle Johnson, 904-827-2635 or 904-201-4485 (VP) and Rhyne Hall Supervisor, Jashua Martinez, 904-201-4565 (VP).
Director of Student Life for the Deaf Department
The Apartment Program students are getting to jump into learning independent living skills full force this week. Cooking lessons are incorporated with safety and hygiene lessons. Shopping trips have been altered to ensure students are in small groups and are able to social distance at the grocery store. None of this prevents the students from creating some amazing meals, including ham steak with baked beans and mashed potatoes, fish and chips, baked chicken with mac and cheese, and three-layer taco casserole.
Director of Student Life - Apartment program
Fall sports conditioning available
Our fall sports coaches are holding conditioning and small group skill-development drills for student-athletes (grades 6-12) after school (brick and mortar/BAM). ILE students may condition at home doing exercises while having the opportunity to communicate with coaches.
Both BAM and ILE students must have sports physicals (EL2) and consent forms (EL3) completed, signed and on file with FSDB before student-athletes may participate in these development drills. Forms may be found below.
Questions may be directed to Athletic Director Donna Johnson at email@example.com.
Parent Engagement Workshop
The first Parent Engagement Workshop (PEW) for the 2020-21 school year will be held on Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. via Zoom!
Special needs trusts, guardian advocacy, guardianships by Kimbely Soto, Soto Law Office
Florida's Disability Savings Program by John Finch, Director of ABLE United
Love and Logic by Rhonda McCahill, FSDB School Counselor
We hope you can participate in this event. Click here to join the meeting.
Opt-in for Skyward Text Alerts
FSDB encourages parents/legal guardians of enrolled students to regularly log onto the Skyward Family/Student Access portal to keep their contact information up-to-date.
Skylert (School Messenger) is the system that FSDB uses to send out automated phone calls, text messages and email notifications families for general purposes ann case of emergencies.
Opting in for automated Skylert text notifications makes it possible for FSDB to quickly inform families about situations that may impact their child/family (e.g., weather, safety and bus alerts) as well as other school-related information. To opt-in, text "Y" to 67587.
Virtual Parent Sign Language Classes
FSDB Parent University is hosting two virtual sign language classes for FSDB families starting the week of Sept. 21, 2020 and continuing weekly through the end of October. Beginner and intermediate classes are available, both from 4-5 p.m. No advance registration is required and classes will be held via Zoom. Click here for dates and more details.
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.
Disasters Don't Wait. Make Your Plan Today!
National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be prepared for an emergency. The Department of Homeland Security has great checklists and other resources. Make your plan today!
DHS Amended Locker Policy Agreement
PLEASE SIGN & RETURN TO DHS FRONT OFFICE
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.
Health Care Center
James Hall (Girls Dorm)
Rhyne Hall (Boys Dorm)
Apartments – Boys (Seniors)
Apartments – Girls (Seniors)