2017 OSSB Summer Camp Offerings! Registration Deadline Extended to May 26, 2017

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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Swim Season End Letter

OSSB Swimming Team of 2017The 2017 Varsity Swim Team had a very successful championship season! We had thirteen girls and nine boys on the team. They started the season with many practices of basic strokes and they progressively added more distance. On March 15th, we hosted a swim clinic at OSSB with the Kentucky School for the Blind joining us. Mr. Peterfish conducted the stroke clinic and it was a great benefit to the students from both schools. Thank you Mr. Peterfish!

On April 12th, the team traveled to Indiana for a day meet with Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The swimmers improved their times, we struggled with injuries and not having a full team and the swimmers worked so hard the event was a success!

OSSB hosted the Swim Conference championships on April 28th at the Worthington Pool. There were nine teams competing and they included Missouri, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, South Dakota and Indiana. With every swimmer contributing to the team effort, we placed 1st in the Girls, 1st in the Boys, and 1st in the Combined Team Scores! The team brought home many medals, ribbons and three first place trophies!!

They finished up the weekend by supporting the Forensics Team and having a Dance Social with all of the other teams on Saturday night! We would like to thank all of the students, staff, retirees, and alumni who worked the meet and cheered us on. The 1st Place Championships and Conference Weekend were both a huge success!

We team concluded the season with a special victory lunch celebration. Congratulations to the entire 2017 OSSB Swim Team! We are very proud of all your hard work!!

Coach Peirano and Coach Grim

Forensics Season End Letter

Hello Panthers,OSSB 2017 Forensic Team

We would like to take a moment to congratulate the 2017 OSSB Forensic team. It was an exciting, yet challenging, year with two new coaches and several first time competitors. This year Ohio hosted the conference, and our team took fourth place overall out of nine competing schools. Below is the list of students and their competition category.

Alex Crawford, a returning competitor, taking 2nd place in the eight-minute speech category with his topic Augmentative and Virtual Reality.

Jason Tolle, a first year competitor represented the school in the four-minute speech category with his topic Internet Security.

Maggie Tolle, a second year competitor, and Jacob Funk, a first year competitor, came in 2nd in the readers theater category with a piece from the play Wicked.

Autum Radcliff, a second year competitor, and Sophia Larick, a first year competitor, took 2nd in the Duo category with a piece called “Dibs.”

Cameron Conant, a second year competitor, brought all of his energy and enthusiasm to the impromptu category, but faced some incredibly challenging competition.

Annalicia Herrera, a first year competitor, took 4th place in the poetry category with her poems “Phenomenal Woman” and “The Beauty of a Woman.”

Casey Campbell, a first year competitor, took 2nd in the humorous interpretation category with her hilarious piece called Any Girl Would Do the Same.

Emily Wilson, a second year competitor, stepped outside of her comfort zone and took 3rd place in the serious interpretation category with an excerpt from Girl Stolen.

Alex Schroeder, a first year competitor, showed tremendous growth as he competed in the serious prose category with his selection Mystical Eyes.

Precious Thomas, a second year competitor, read a piece for the humorous prose category entitled And the Broom You Rode in On.

Yaqi Schumacher, a second year competitor, took 3rd with her incredible piece in the great speeches category.

Congratulations, team, we are proud of your hard work and dedication.


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


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

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

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!