Hoops for Heart

At OSSB we are celebrating heart health and our friend Andrew Fleming and his family by participating in an American Heart Association event called Hoops for Heart. Students will work to learn basketball skills in PE while increasing their fitness, developing CPR/AED skills, and learning more about their circulatory system.

The PE department, along with Student Council and Leo Club, have set a school wide fundraising goal of $1000 to donate to the American Heart Association in Andrew’s memory. We will have a school wide Hoops for Heart event on March 31st in the afternoon. Students who fundraise will be invited to come participate in basketball skill contests, answer basketball trivia questions for small prizes, learn about CPR, and enjoy heart healthy snacks.

Andrew loved basketball and the Cavaliers, and we are looking to continue to celebrate his life with this event. Students will be encouraged to wear basketball apparel, and have fun putting their skills to the test!

Donations and pledges can be turned in physically to Mr. Nixon (knixon@ossb.oh.gov) or Ms. Brewer-Wood, (abrewer@ossb.oh.gov) along with any questions to their email addresses above. Thank you for helping us continue to celebrate this wonderful family!

Please use the following active web link: http://jumphoops2017gra.kintera.org/ohiostateschoolforblind

Thanks for your support!

2017 OSSB Summer Camp Offerings!

This summer OSSB will be offering a variety of exciting and educational summer camp opportunities. OSSB Summer Camp Offerings 2017
Camps are filled on a first come first served basis and is open to the first 16 participants. If you have any questions, please email SummerCampOSSB@ossb.oh.gov, or call Donna Trapani at 614-468-8869.

To register, please send completed forms (below) either by email to SummerCampOSSB@ossb.oh.gov or mail directly to:

Ohio State School for the Blind

Re: 2017 Summer Camp
5220 N. High Street

Columbus, Ohio 43214

When sending in registration materials, please make sure to select the camps in which you are interested in registering. All participants should receive a confirmation email within one week. If you have sent in registration, and not received a confirmation within the week, please contact 614-468-8869.

Registration Documents
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OSSB Summer Camps | Camps Interest Form | Summer Camp Registration | Media Release | Medical Forms | Medication Authorization

Transition to Life Camp

Transition to Life Camp is a 4 week camp running from June 4-June 30 (excluding weekends). This camp will be for young adults ages 18-22. Completed packets are due to Tami Fisher by February 17, 2017.
Transition to Life Camp Application 2017

Career Connections Camp

Career Connections Camp is a 2 week camp running from June 4-June 16 (excluding weekends). This camp will be for students ages 14-17. Completed packets are due to Tami Fisher by February 10, 2017.
Career Exploration Application 2017

OSSB STEP Program Application

OSSB STEP Program 2017-18 PictureThe Ohio State School for the Blind is excited to announce the job readiness program, STEP, for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. We have developed a year-long comprehensive job skills training and Expanded Core Curriculum program for students with visual impairments who have decided to defer their diploma. Job readiness is taught in the community at various internships selected based on the students’ interest and skill set. The students continue their skill development by living in dorms on campus during the week. We are looking for students who are motivated and want to be competitively employed upon completion of this program. Please click on the link for additional information and contact information.
OSSB STEP Program Application

Wrestling 2016-17

OSSB Wrestling 2016-2017This year's OSSB Panther wrestling team was 9 strong. We began our season in November. We traveled to Tennessee to compete in a 10 team tournament. We also hosted a day meet at our place and traveled to Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired for a day meet. The finale of the season took place in Louisville, Ky at the Kentucky School for Blind where the panthers "finished strong" in 3rd place.

This years team members:

This year, Caiden, Ryan and Thomas were able to practice some with The Whetstone braves wrestling team. This experience was invaluable and we thank head coach Tom Jones and the Braves for having us down for a few practices. We concluded our season with a pizza victory celebration get together with the cheerleaders. A special thanks to the cheerleaders, their coaches, our assistant coach Ron Heath. Our seniors this year are Asia, Ryan and Thomas. While we continue to build the future of panther athletics, we wish them good luck and all the best as they go out and build their future. Go Panthers and "finish strong."

Varsity Cheerleading 2016-17

OSSB Varsity Cheerleading 2016-2017The 2016-17 Cheerleading season was a huge success! We were happy to welcome back our returning cheerleaders and enjoyed having new students participate. The cheerleaders came to practice every day ready to work hard and have a TON of fun. This year the cheerleaders traveled to Tennessee, Indiana, hosted a day meet here at OSSB , and competed in our national conference in Kentucky! Members of the Varsity Squad this year include Leeann Nichols, Aujanee Bland, Anna Herrera, Kayla Garland, Autum Radcliff, and co-captains Connie Macrides and Sophia Larick. Members of this year’s pep-squad were Laiken Smith, Alex Schroeder, Casey Campbell, Chantel Reed, and Taylor Harding. The cheerleaders showed their Panther pride cheering on the wrestlers throughout the season, and did a wonderful job representing OSSB at the national conference. Captain Sophia Larick competed for the title of Outstanding Cheerleader and took home second place!

Coach Rachel Bailey and Assistant Coach Denise Reed are very proud of the cheerleaders and want to congratulate them on all of their accomplishments this season.

OSSB Podcast

Vocational students at the Ohio State School for the Blind have been hard at work creating a monthly podcast that is helping them learn skills such as interviewing, recording, editing and creating a final audio product. We invite you to check out our page for new and archived podcasts as new topics are covered each month. Listen to the podcasts at https://soundcloud.com/user-997236276

Goalball Teams

Dear Panther Fans:

The 2016 goalball season was exciting.  The OSSB goalball panthers participated in three goalball meets.  We traveled to Kentucky and Tennessee and held our NCASB conference in St. Louis, at Missouri School for the Blind.  The boys team finished fifth and the girls finished sixth.

OSSB Goalball TeamWe got to see students grow and mature on and off of the court.  They worked hard and were dedicated to becoming stronger individuals and increase the overall power of the team.  All of our athletes met or surpassed their personal goals.  We look forward to having another outstanding season in 2017.

Aiden Carter is a hard worker, always showing up to practice ready to go.  He contributed very much to the team with his enthusiastic attitude, and scoring a goal at the Kentucky day meet.  Cameron Conant has grown incredibly and worked hard during this goalball season and has placed specific focus on his running abilities. Awat Rage also did very well in practice and the Kentucky day meet.  He learned about making good choices to create great outcomes. Jason Tolle was one of the new faces on the varsity team.  He grew a lot this year and continues to focus on his strengths in anticipation of next season!  Caiden Hooks is very methodical in his approach to playing goalball.  He has set a goal to increase the power of his throw.  Caiden made some tremendous blocks this season.  Alex Crawford is always prepared when it is game time.  He did whatever was asked of him and always gave it his best.  Thomas Alfred worked hard all season.  He wanted to continue to specialize his skills and worked to master his skip throw this season. This hard work paid off and led to many goals for the Panthers.  Ryan Chandler led the team this year as center. He distributed the ball well and played a vital role in helping younger team members learn the rules of the game. His leadership was appreciated.  Our most valuable player Brandon Mason did whatever needed to be done.  His goals were to make the A squad or play center on the B squad.  Brandon was able to do both this year.

OSSB Women Goalball TeamFor the Women’s Goal Ball Team, we welcomed three new players! These new members  joined the veterans Yaqi, Maggie and Autum. Asia provided power at left wing, while Sarah excelled at right wing. Maggie was a key player in this group leading the Panthers to top quality play during games! Lalita provided scoring ability with those quiet balls she is so good at throwing. Our MVP and captain, Yaqi provided leadership, encouragement, knowledge and skill to a young developing team. Thanks girls for a great season!                                
To celebrate the many successes of the season, the goalball teams had a pizza party at OSSB.

Dan Kelley and Kim Picard

OSSB in CEC DVI Quarterly

Check out OSSB in CEC DVI Quarterly on pg. 38:Summer in Columbus at The Ohio State School for the Blind