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Braille and Academics Challenge Students Roar of the Tiger Roar Tiger Volume 6, Issue 10 June 1, 2018 T E N N E S S E E S C H O O L FOR THE B L I N D Inside this issue: Special School 2 TSDN Opening 2 Principal’s Pen 3 New Staff 3 Field Trips 3 TSB Prom 4 Mini Prom 4 Cottage Corner 5 Athletics 5 Robots 5 On the Ball 6 Poetry 6 Glitz 6 Music 7 Recreation 7 Clinic Minute 8 Conference 8 Scholarship 8 RCVI Riches 9 Deep Music 9 Senior Trip 9 Events Calendar 10 “You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” Imagine Class of 2018 Receives Diplomas The Tiger swim and Forensics teams made their way to Claytonville, Ohio on April 27th to compete in the 2018 NCASB Swim and Forensics Conference Competition. They were joined by eight other schools. After arriving on Friday afternoon, the teams grabbed a bite before the swim team dove headlong into their races.
Making the swim travel team this year for the girls were Alyssa Aydelott, Taylor Clarke-Vandermark, Isis Noneman, Ella Brown, and Kayla Cross. The girls gave a great effort! Ella and Kayla placed 1st in the code relay. Taylor finished 6th in the 500 freestyle race. Isis and Alyssa also contributed points as the effort from the small girl’s team was good enough to give them a 6th place finish overall. Boys team members making the trip were Anthony Bonetti, Avery (cont. pg. 8) Tigers Swim to the Top at NCASB Conference of the The nine students making up Tennessee School for the Blind’s Class of 2018 were excited to have finally met all the criteria, and finally be ready to become alumni of the school. Commencement exercises were held on the 1st day of June at 10:00 a.m. in the school’s auditorium. The occasion was full of excitement and tradition. With the school’s annual Alumni Weekend beginning that afternoon, the campus was buzzing with visitors and friends of the school.
This commencement exercise marked the first graduating class under TSB Superintendent Dr. David Martin, and one could sense his excitement. It was easy to tell he took pleasure in overseeing the creation of “contributing, participating members of society.” The 2018 class roll consisted of Christian James Black of Murfrreesboro, Carlos Daniel Medrano (Valedictorian) of Gallatin, Esperanza Monzalvo of Woodbury, Abigail Saige Pace (Salutatorian) of Hendersonville, Leighton Taylor Ramsey of Elizabethton, (cont. on pg. 10) Maria Morari shapes a clay character used in the project. TSB’s Class of 2018 pause for a photo amidst graduation rehearsal. For several years,TSB art students have collaborated with students from MTSU’s Art Ed. Dept. creating stop-motion animated movies. Last year’s project was recently submitted to The International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts (ICEFA). Established in 1967, ICEFA commemorates the lives of child victims from the Czech village of Lidice murdered by German Nazis, as well as all children who died in wars. The ICEFA annually holds an international fine arts exhibition to celebrate life. Children's art from around the globe is entered in hopes of being chosen for the exhibit. An international panel of experts saw over 30,000 entries from 60-70 countries around the world. TSB’s art instructor, Monica Leister, has received word that TSB’s received “Honorable Mentions” for their entry. Way to go, TSB! Artwork Receives International Honor Maria Morari shapes clay used in the project
Roar of the Tiger Speaking of a Special School Greetings TSB Families, I cannot believe we have reached the end of the school year. This year has literally flown by. As I reflect on all that has been accomplished, I find myself truly humbled by the support I have received in my first year as Superintendent. I learned very quickly that TSB truly has a family like environment that is student focused. It is hard not to be focused on our students as they are some of the best young people I have ever had the opportunity to work with. Working together, I believe we have made significant strides in developing a climate and culture at TSB that values inclusion of ideas from its stakeholders. Working with parents, community members, and faculty and staff, the school has increased the ability for everyone to have a voice in the process. Our work in this area is not done. We will continue to work to ensure voices from our stakeholders are included in the decision-making process. We hope to provide more “virtual” opportunities for our parents who live far from the school to receive information and participate in meetings. We want to continue to increase communications so that everyone with a vested interest is up-to-date with what is going on at TSB. I encourage you to reach out to me or any member of the leadership team if you have ideas on how we can make this happen.
We have made significant improvements to our campus and continue to work through challenges to create an environment that is clean, inviting, and conducive to learning. Working to maximize our resources, I allocated over $200,000 in cottage renovations, outdoor lighting fixes and upgrades, and IT infrastructure. We also reallocated custodial resources and through their hard work, our school is cleaner than it has been in years. Our maintenance department is continuing to be proactive and address issues as they arise. With an aging facility, this is a constant battle that is being fought by a very dedicated staff. We have also completed several safety and security evaluations and working with our internal team and external partners within the state, we are updating procedures and infrastructure to make our school safer.
The school continues to receive tremendous support from our community partners. Our work-based learning program has grown by leaps and bounds because of the support from local businesses. The Friends of the Tennessee School for the Blind continues to support opportunities for students both in class and around campus. We are thankful for our long partnership with the Lions Clubs of Tennessee and the support they provide our school. These, along with countless other organizations and individuals, make it possible to do great things for students.
Finally, I want to take a moment to thank the entire faculty and staff here at TSB for making this year successful. I have never had the opportunity to work with a staff that is so dedicated to the well-being and education of students. Every person on the campus plays a part in the education of blind and visually impaired students from across the state, whether they attend school here or we serve them in their home district. I was overwhelmed by the number of moving pieces that allow this school to operate. Our staff can make it look effortless, but I assure you, each works hard to ensure our students have what they need to be successful. This dedication, paired with outstanding support from families and community, ensures we have a recipe for the success of our students.
Thank you all again for a fantastic first year. I can’t wait to start my second! Dr. David Martin, Ed.D. Superintendent, TSB Do you Hear What I Hear: TSDN Opening in Fall of 2018 The evening of Thursday, March 3rd, brought together members of the school and community interested in knowing more of the details in the formation of Tennessee School for the Deaf, Nashville Campus. (TSDN). The 6:00 p.m. meeting saw the school’s PD Atrium fill to capacity as around 100 visitors packed the room anxious to hear and be heard. Tracy Dunkin interpreted for the hearing impaired in attendance, which represented a good percentage of the crowd. A good number of TSB alumni and former staff also joined the current staff of the school to learn more about future plans.
After a brief explanation of the purpose for the meeting by Representative Darren Jernigan, he turned the microphone over to Department of Education Deputy Commissioner Kathleen Airhart. Dr. Airhart introduced additional members from the department and school before giving a brief history of events leading up to plans to open TSDN this fall on the TSB campus. She spoke of the residential Tennessee School for the Deaf (TSD) in Knoxville (East Tennessee) and the day-use TSD in Jackson (West Tennessee) in laying out the need for a regional center to be opened in Middle Tennessee.
Dr. Airhart told how families in our area, in need of hearing services for their children, began contacting department personnel around 18 months ago. The search for a solution to meet the need was assigned to DOE staff Allison Gould. State Senator Gressum spoke with her about providing services for the deaf students in the Nashville area. In Allison’s search for a solution, legislation passed by the TN State Legislature in the 1970s was discovered. Although passed, it appeared the legislation had never been enacted. Representative Jernigan has asked and received an audio archive of the legislative minutes and expressed (cont. pg.3) 2
Gloria Armstead Volume 6, Issue 10 From the Principal’s Pen June, 2018 Another school year has ended, and what a spectacular year it’s been! I congratulate our graduating class of 2018! These young women and men have made an impact on the life of our school and have demonstrated great determination and focus this year! Thank you, parents and guardians, for the privilege of teaching your children this school year. Serving our students is an honor, and we do it with pride and joy. Additionally, as the principal, I am so fortunate to work in a school with dedicated faculty and staff who work diligently each day for the benefit of our students. Our teachers are relied upon to help us maintain the spirit of high achievement and academic growth, a focus on rigor, along with a culture of support and enthusiasm! As we approach summertime, a break from our regular routines is well deserved for each of us! It’s a time to TSDN Opening in Fall of 2018 (cont.) his intention to listen to the original documentation. He was interested not only in the details of the writing but in anything reflecting the bill’s intent. The bill, as written, states: Legal requirement of T.C.A. 49-10902(b), School for the deaf children– West Tennessee and Davidson County There shall also be a branch school for the deaf located in Davidson County in connection with the Tennessee School for the Blind.
Knowing the value and urgency of providing hearing-related services at a young age, Dr. Airhart is eager to meet the need. Finding funds currently within the TSD budget and locating available space on the TSB campus, TSDN would be able to begin serving students in the fall without the need to immediately petition state legislature for new funds. This is key to the school being able to start up. TSDN is slated to open as a day-only school and in its first year serve those in pre-k through 2nd grade. Although on the same campus as TSB, the two schools will operate separately, share limited facilities, and retain their own entity. Dr. Airhart turned the meeting over to Allison Gould, who presented attendees with a power point outlining the key factors of her findings. Covered also were the department’s details for opening the school this fall. The presentation was followed up with a lengthy question and answer session. Members of both the blind and visually impaired community and those deaf and with hearing impairments were able to address their concerns.
The meeting was streamed live and is currently available on the school’s You Tube channel for those unable to attend. unwind, rest, revitalize, celebrate, and enjoy time with family and friends. As we look to the new school year, 2018-19, our Registration and Family Day is scheduled for Sunday, August 5, followed by the first day of classes on Monday, August 6. Registration packets have already been mailed to families. If you have any questions about registration materials, please call Ms. Cassie at 615-231- 7326. Again, thank you for entrusting your children to us now and in the future!
Everyone, please enjoy a restful and safe summer. In closing, I’d like to challenge our student scholars to read a book this summer. Your local library can assist you in getting access to books in braille, auditory formats, and large print. Enjoy your summer! All the best, Tonja Dandy Dr. Tonja Dandy Principal, TSB RCVI Gains New Staff in May Gloria Armstead- Gloria joined the Resource Center for the Visually Impaired staff (RCVI) during the month of May. As an ASA2 she will be reporting to Dr. Kathy Segers and fills the position vacated by the retiring Melonie Gordon.
On-Campus Field Trips Going Places Life Skills students were exposed to opera music for the first time through an On-Campus Field Trip featuring singers Jessie Neilson and John Logan Wood. Both Jessie and John are professional singers and gave a great performance. For many this was their first exposure to opera and they were surprised at how the singing could fill the atrium. The final On Campus Field Trip was the Alison Brown Band. This trio played piano, banjo, and guitar. Everyone enjoyed the bluegrass music and modern twists to an old time sound. The program concluded our third year of this successful endeavor.
We are forever grateful to Ms. Lori Casteel for scheduling these events. 3
Roar of the Tiger Juniors and Seniors receive Royal Treatment Dancing with the Stars Juniors and seniors at TSB spent the As the graduating afternoon of Thursday, May 10th, in a seniors returned to scurry of beautification. With the prom campus, they just hours away; there were eyelashes, stepped out of the and liners, and lip stick, and make-up, limo to walk a red and hair spray, and styling, and curling carpet strewed with irons, and braiding, and gowns, and cheering fellow formals, and students and “fans.” tuxedos, and The school’s a world full of gymnasium had details, too been transformed many to into a huge dance mention. long limo and party bus arrived to floor with a starry sky. A DJ’s transport the anxious teens to thunderous musical requests rocked With the McNamara’s Irish Restaurant. A dinner the walls as the young ladies consisting of coastal chicken with two “paparazzi” all dolled up sides, included Scotch Eggs as an flashed their and the cameras at the young men dancers. Amidst looking refreshments, sharper than excitement, and a pocket a starry night knife, the atmosphere, students memories were began to being made. mingle in the school lobby. Through a great collaboration on the part of parents, TSB staff, and local appetizer, and businesses, a bread pudding or wonderful cobbler for evening of dessert. Irish dining and singing and entertainment music provided was coming by the pub’s together for the owner created a students. The royal court for the evening festive consisted of Carlos Medrano, Demi It wasn’t long atmosphere of Richards, Savannah Copithorne and before the fun. Eh Gay.
Youngsters Transported Back in Time During Mini Prom While the “big kids” were “Dancing with the full swing to transport the kids back in time to Stars,” the remaining kids on TSB’s campus the 1950’s. “Rockin’ at the Sock Hop” became were not about to be denied an evening of the theme of the evening as youngsters fun! The cottage and recreation staff went into enjoyed the live music of alumnus Tony Hailey and his band. The décor and attire for the evening, in the 50’s words of Residential Dir. Michelle Cormier “were really swell.” She went on to say ”You guys are the bees Madison Alvarnaz & Miguel Jose Caelan Sarabia Garrett Meeks & Ella Brown Cody Thompson Hunter Lynch & Dad Photo of the Royal Court Trenton Smith & Rachael Haynes Christian Black Staff set up 50s Cafe for swell treats Tony Hailey and band perform knees!” Students dance to the tunes 4
Volume 6, Issue 10 June 2018 And that’s a wrap! What a year we have had at TSB! It’s always crazy to me how quickly time can slip by, and here we are again bidding farewell to yet another group of fantastic graduates! They will be very missed, but we are looking forward to seeing all that they accomplish! Our last month in the cottages was full of very fun events! Prom kicked it off with a night of “Dancing with the Stars!” Again, we are deeply grateful to Glitz Formal Wear for providing such glamorous attire for our students! They all felt like stars! In addition, the ladies of Delta Gamma ensured all of the attendees were adorned with corsages and boutonnieres! Thank you!
Mini Prom was a 50s-themed “Sock Hop” and the staff and students truly had a great time with this! Awesome decorations, poodle skirts, slicked-back hair, and a sundae bar made this event really special! Thank you to the YSW staff for all the time and donations that were contributed, and to our Recreation Coordinator, Ms. Charity Christian, for planning such a hip event! As a grand finale, the Madison Church of Christ again threw us an epic end-of-the-year bash! Students enjoyed pizza, chips, inflatables, face painting, and many other activities! Even more than the great games and food, they brought many volunteers to hang out with our students! This is always so special for us, and we are grateful for their generosity and kindness! It’s a fantastic way to kick off summer! From all of us in the Residential Department, THANK YOU for entrusting us with the care of your child! We have enjoyed working with them this year and look forward to next year! Have a great summer!
Michelle Cormier Michelle Cormier, Director of Residential Services 2017-18 Athletic Achievements Recognized Robots to the Rescue The terrific TSB Tigers ended up honoring 75% of the student body at their athletic banquet. That’s the percentage of students who participated in the school’s athletic programs this year. A banquet and awards ceremony was held in their honor on May 17th. Local sports news celebrity Rudy Kalis was the evening’s guest speaker and brought a powerful, motivating message for the students. He encouraged them to reach for the stars. Honors were given out for the following: Goal Ball Most Valuable Boy – Craig Heggie Most Valuable Girl – Isis Noneman Cheerleading Cheerleader of the Year – Ella Brown Most Improved – TaMyah Jordan Wrestling Horizon Award – Lee Smith Most Improved – Eh Gay Most Valuable – Miguel Jose Swimming Most Improved Girl– Kayla Cross Most Valuable Girl – Ella Brown Most Improved Boy – Parker Delph Most Valuable Boy – Adam Carpenter Forensics Most Improved – Christian Herrerra Most Valuable – Ella Brown Outstanding Athlete Female – Ella Brown Male – Carlos Medrano Beyond the honors given, additional highlights of the evening included assistant coach and alumnus Joe Gray presenting the school a shadow box with his uniform and first gold medal from his days as a Para-Olympian. Joe will be moving to North Carolina after the finish of the school year. The program was streamed live and is available for viewing from the school’s You Tube channel.
Fran Mandrell’s Life Skills 4 class finished the year with an exciting science project! After learning about the uses and functions of robots, the class got some hands-on experience with the real thing. These battery-operated robots encourage recycling by utilizing empty soda cans as their bodies and bendable straws as arms. Life Skills 4 learned robots are part of our everyday life. Robots can help clean, build things, or do jobs too dangerous for humans. They learned also that sometimes… they are just fun to play with, too!
Roar of the Tiger Students On the Ball with AVID Nine elementary students at Tennessee School for the Blind have taken advantage of the opportunity to learn the game of golf. Have they ever been excited to learn! Over the past 11 weeks, on Mondays and Wednesdays, the students have been hard at practice. With direction and assistance from Dr. NeSmith, they are gaining a great comprehension and learning the skills of the game. Two-time national blind golf champion Dr. Chad NeSmith has started a National Golf Training Academy at TSB. It’s the first academy of its kind in the United States that gives young blind students exposure to the game of golf.
This spring’s lessons were culminated with the students on Monday, May 14th. The golfers were split into two teams, and with the assistance of Dr. NeSmith's personal coaches, wife, parents and other volunteers, they all played a 3-hole scramble game. The students all received a hat, glove, golf bag and clubs, and even a shirt embroidered with their name in print and braille. Dr. NeSmith gains donations through a non profit he and his wife Patricia started called AVID "A Vision in Darkness.” More can be learned about the organization through their video on You Tube, entitled AVID: "A Vision In Darkness" - Introduction Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vWt7AW-4FY Nevaeh Malachi Lexi Carson Tederrel Mason Naijyana Ryan Levi Valdes Tate Nicholes Umphrey Brooks Downard Hudgens Mayberry Dykes Poetry From Our Students Glitz Comes Up BIG “The Unblind” by Abigail Saige One sees intelligence and smiles The other sees heart and soul Why do people analyze and criticize Everyone likes to segregate and I am not one of the biased nature idolize I have great feeling and heart towards The sighted are the survivors the sighted and the blind, both Some people think and feel that way But I also feel for the unsighted and We all must have the energy required the unblind To look beyond the surface of sight The sighted aren’t bad Sight is just a word The sighted are good With a meaning you’ve never heard The sighted are well It takes seeing the deeper light The sighted are swell To know true sight The sighted are friendly The sighted are glad and proud The sighted are the ones who deserve The sighted are helpful and strong the accolade For sight is just a significant part The blind are different Of determined minds and tenacious The blind are unique hearts The blind are special The blind are successful When speaking music One sees notes The sighted are us The other sees color The blind are us One sees gold The sighted have sight The other sees silver The sighted have blind One sees compassion and The blind are sighted selflessness The blind are blind The other sees passion and beauty We are all one One sees strength and weakness The sighted are unsighted The other sees kindness and The blind are unsighted goodness The sighted are unblind Once again, our friends at Glitz Nashville came through in a huge way! The company offered and provided formal wear and much more for the TSB students attending prom. Girls from Delta Gamma Sorority at Tennessee Tech also provided corsages and boutonnières for the students.
Volume 6, Issue 10 Spring at TSB is Full of Music There is a song in the hearts of those around Tennessee School for the Blind this time of year. Musical notes are also flying out of the band room, floating around the auditorium, and just about everywhere else. The school celebrated its Spring Concert on May 11th. The program was a showcase of the school’s complete music program. The venue allowed students learning from Ms. Seay, Ms. May, and Mr. James all to exercise their various talents. Under the direction of Ms. Seay, Life Skills 1,2, 3 & 5 students performed “When the Ants Come Marching In.” The elementary students then performed “B A Rockstar” on their recorders. This was followed by three more songs; “Follow my Lead” (harmony sung by LS 4), “Spicy Hot”, and “Sand Castles” (a duet featuring Titus Sage & Nevaeh Valdez).
A cute musical skit entitled “The Cat Came Back,” and directed by Ms. Seay, was then performed with the following cast: Cat: Levi Dykes Mr. Johnson: Preston Taylor Man from Bombay: Mason Downard Man from out West: Carson Umphrey Dogs: Lola Ho, Malachi Tate, and Aubrey Sparks Space Creature: Brooklyn Faulkner Solos were performed by Ryan Mayberry, Naijyana Hudgens, Jamerius Turner, Makayla Boutz, and Danny Brown The Life Skills 6 students next performed under the direction of Mr. James and Ms. May. They sang “If You’re Happy and You Know It” (solos by Andres Martinez-Lopez, Malik Williams, Dylan Johnson, and Zach Lee). The duo continued by directing Life Skills 7 & 8, as they sang “Everybody” (Solos by Johnny Stiles, Ishaque Khan, Lizzie Harris, Alexa Culver, Marquelan Hudson, Alex Hunter, Barry Cannady, Jessie Walton, and Corban Galaviz).
Mr. Everett James then brought to life the TSB Jazz Combo. They performed “Footprints”and “Uptown Funk” as the choir prepared to sing. The TSB Concert Choir, under the direction of Ms. May, then performed “Swing Low, Swing Down Chariot” and “Cool Moon.” To close out the program, Mr. Everett returned to the stage with the TSB Concert Band and performed “Queen On Stage”, consisting of their hits “Another One Bites the Dust” and “We Will Rock You.” The Spring Solo Recital was held on Thursday, May 17th. The 12:30 p.m. performance allowed the music students the opportunity to show the public all they have been learning.
Performing this year were: Naijyana Hudgens playing “Kumbaya” (Traditional) Rachel Haynes playing “Quiet River” Samantha Leech playing “Fanfare” Maliyah Green playing “Music Box Rock” Carlos Medrano playing “Jericho” Titus Sage playing “Toccatina” (Robert Vandall) Anthony Bonetti playing “Prelude in C” (Bach) Parker Delph playing “Bass Line Medley” (”Another One Bites the Dust,” “Come As You Are, “Another Brick in the Wall,” “Snow” (Hey Oh)) Trenton Smith singing “Ring of Fire” (Johnny Cash) Abbey Pace singing “Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen) Woovens Scruggs singing “Smile” (Tony Bennett) Maliyah Green singing “Blue Skies” Rachel Haynes singing “Arms of the Angels” Savannah Copithorne singing “May it Be” Lexi Williams singing “La Vie En Rose” Cody Thomas singing “You’re Not Alone” Recreation Celebrates with End of Year With the end of the school year in sight, TSB recreation collaborated with folks from the Madison Church of Christ to throw an end-of-year bash. With this year’s unpredictable weather, the event was planned for the school’s gymnasium. How surprised the kids were to find the gym filled with inflatables and ready for their enjoyment. The evening event saw church members provide everyone with pizza, chips, fruit, and sodas. Additionally, there was cotton candy, snow cones, cake walk, and face painting. A DJ provided musical entertainment throughout the evening, and each child received a sweet goody bag to take with them when they left.
The Roar of the Tiger Minute BEAT THE HEAT AND SUN Heat-related illness happens when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. Infants and children up to four years of age are at greatest risk. Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather. For heat- related illness, the best defense is prevention. ● Never leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open. ● Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light- colored clothing.
● Schedule outdoor activities carefully, for morning and evening hours. ● Stay cool with cool showers or baths. ● Seek medical care immediately if your child has symptoms of heat- related illness. ● Just a few serious sunburns can increase you and your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors. ● Cover up. Clothing that covers your and your child’s skin helps protect against UV rays. ● Use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection every time you and your child go outside.
Triumphant Tiger June Carlos Medrano Tigers Swim to the Top at NCASB Conference (cont. from front cover) Mayberry, Carlos Medrano, Garrett Meeks, Austin Rogers, Donnie Sands, Craig Heggie, Parker Delph, and Adam Carpenter. Carlos placed 1st in the 200 medley relay, 4th in the 50 freestyle, 6th in the 500 yard freestyle, and 1st in the 400 freestyle relay. Garrett finished in 1st place in the 200 medley relay, 2nd in the 50 freestyle,1st in the 100 free, 2nd in the The outstanding 100 back, and 1st in the 400 free relay. effort was Adam placed 2nd in the 200 IM, 2nd also enough to earn in the 500 freestyle, 5th in the 100 back the boys team a stroke, and 1st in the 400 relay. 1st place finish Avery finished in 1st place in the 200 at conference, medley relay,1st in the 200 freestyle, and place the 2nd in the 100 freestyle, 3rd in the 500 team overall in freestyle, and 1st in the 400 relay. 3rd. Craig placed 1st in the medley relay, 5th in the 200 IM, 4th in the 100 fly, and 4th in the 100 breaststroke Anthony finished 1st place in the co-ed relay. Parker finished in 6th place in the 200 freestyle as well as 1st place in the coed relay.
Austin and Donnie both had personal bests in the 50 free. The outstanding effort was enough to earn the boys team a 1st place finish in the conference. “I couldn't be prouder of how hard these kids have worked this season,” said girls coach Kari Harold, “We look forward to big things from this group of athletes over the next few years.” The TSB Forensics Club helped out their schoolmates with the swimming competition on Friday. Making the travel team for the Tigers were Anthony Bonetti, Ella Brown, Korey Nettles, Avery Mayberry, Abbey Pace, and Carlos Medrano. On Saturday, the students competed in different Forensic categories.
This year’s open category was Story Telling. Both Ella Brown and Carlos Medrano took advantage of this fun category. Ella Brown and Anthony Bonetti participated in the Impromptu Speaking category. Abbey Pace participated in Poetry, memorizing two William Shakespeare pieces, Korey Nettles participated in the Four-Minute Speech, and Avery Mayberry's Eight -minute speech topic was on gun laws and safety. Carlos and Korey received praise for writing a great original piece for duos. The topic was of a radio host pretending to be a telemarketer that was harassing a customer. It was all a joke on the radio host’s end as the customer refused to allow the audio to air on the radio as he hung up the phone numerous times. Carlos played the radio host/telemarketer while Korey played the disgruntled customer. This duo received many laughs from the audience. Next time, we will be sure to publish their piece!
TSB Forensics took 6th place at Conference with Avery Mayberry taking 2nd in the Eight- minute speech, Anthony Bonetti taking 4th in Impromptu Speaking, and Korey Nettles taking 4th in the Four-minute speech. Great job, Forensics!!! Medrano Receives Scholarship On Thursday, May 3rd, Carlos Medrano was honored with a scholarship from the Stones River Woman’s Club. The organization was impressed with his application, his essay, and quite frankly, with Carlos. He received a $1,000 scholarship to use toward his college education. Accompanied by his mother and TSB teacher Ms. Dunne, Carlos was recognized in a ceremony at the Two Rivers Mansion, along with three other worthy, outstanding applicants from the Donelson area. Following the presentation, everyone was treated to a delicious Southern-inspired lunch. Well done Carlos! 8
Volume 6, Issue 10 Riches from the Resource Center June, 2018 On April 27, 2018, an interagency agreement between the Tennessee Department of Education, the Tennessee Department of Corrections, and Tricor Prison Industries was approved to create a braille program to produce braille for students in the state of Tennessee. This program will be housed at the Riverbend Maximum Security Men’s Prison in Nashville. It will be a joint effort between the above- mentioned agencies. First steps are to select the offenders who will participate in the program. Then it will take about a year for them to become Library of Congress Certified in Literary Braille. Hopefully, first transcriptions will begin in the fall of 2019. As the group increases their braille skills and adds additional certifications in Nemeth Code and braille music, they will eventually provide most of the new braille transcriptions for students in Tennessee. The program is slated to begin on July 1, 2018.
Future plans are to expand the program to include production of large print and digital media formats, as well as repairs of Perkins Braillewriters. We need your help! We need a name! Please help us think of a snappy name for our braille program that does not identify it as a prison braille program. Email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org Kathy Segers Dr. Kathy Segers Director of Accessible Instruction Materials and Outreach ON OUTREACH Patrick Rich- Outreach Teacher Middle Tennessee Patrick Rich will join the RCVI Outreach Team for the 2018- 19 school year. Patrick will be providing O&M services at TSB two days a week and working in the field three days a week providing TVI, O&M, and assistive technology services. Patrick writes the following about himself: Hello, my name is Patrick Rich. I have recently graduated from Florida State University with my master’s degree in Orientation and Mobility. I have lived my whole life in Tampa and Tallahassee, Florida and look forward to new adventures working with you all in the great state of Tennessee as a part of the TSB Outreach program. I grew up with my mother, who was an excellent TVI herself, and my father, who was a principal in Tampa. I have spent a summer working at the Florida Instructional Materials Center (which is the Florida version of our RCVI). I look forward to meeting and working with each and every one of the awesome Outreach staff! Patrick Rich Music could be heard resounding from below the surface of the earth on Monday, May 14th. Instrument sounds and voices were coming from the TSB Chorus and Jazz Combo and the location, Cumberland Caverns. It wasn’t the school’s first trip to the 29 miles of winding, underground trails located just outside of McMinnville, TN. The Warren County Lions Club and Bob Davenport have been instrumental in having the students perform underground a number of times in recent years. It makes an exciting time for the students to be able to go places and enjoy experiences out of the ordinary, and from the smiles and joy expressed through club members the excitement is mutual. After the students performed the Lions treated the group to a wonderful mix of home cooking and fancy desserts, all underground. It’s sure to be a night of memories that those involved with will not soon forget. The night’s music was recorded and is available on the school’s You Tube channel. Students Go to Great Depth with Music The graduating seniors who had not been on a ski trip had the opportunity to participate in an alternate activity. On Tuesday, May 8th, Demi Richards, Leighton Ramsey, and Sean Weinheimer went to Paradise Ranch in Springfield and spent an hour riding horses. First they mounted and rode around the arena to get the feel of their horse and then they went out on a wooded trail. The weather was beautiful and the volunteers at Paradise Ranch were fantastic. The students were accompanied by Mrs. Hedrick, Ms. Luttrell, and Ms. Rawson. After riding, the students had lunch at O'Charleys in Hermitage before returning to school.
Creating Contributing, Participating Members of Society 115 Stewarts Ferry Pike Nashville, TN 37214 TENNESSEE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND Class of 2018 Receives Diplomas(cont. from front page) Demi Orine Richards of White House, Cody Lewis Spicer of Springfield, Sean Dallin Wenheimer of Mt. Juliet, and Courtney Amethyst Wilson of Murfreesboro. The order of the program was as follows: Processional “Pomp and Circumstance”…Elgar “Graduation Day”… Lyrics and Music by The Beach Boys “Benediction”…Lyrics and Music by John Conahan Pledge… Abigail Pace Remarks… Ms. Theresa Nicholls, Assistant Commissioner, Special Populations and Student Support Farewell Address…Carlos Medrano Holmes Award… Ms. Debbie Propst, President, Alumni Association Frank DePriest Award…Mr. Jim Oldham, President, FTSB Inc. Introduction of Speaker…Dr. David Martin, Superintendent Class Address…Dr. Candice McQueen, Commissioner of Education Presentation of Seniors…Dr. Tonja Dandy, Principal Presentation of Diplomas…Dr. David Martin, Superintendent Phone: 615-231-7300 Tennessee School for the Blind is a state special school established in 1844 to meet the unique needs of visually impaired students living in the state of Tennessee. The school provides academic and professional services tai- lored to benefit students placed in its care through the Local Education Agencies across the state. Beyond a tradition of academics, TSB specializes in the instruction of expanded core-curricular areas such as braille, mobility, technology, career education, and independent living skills. Students at the school also enjoy the opportunity to participate in team sports, campus clubs, organizations and many leisure-time activities. In addition, the school provides outreach services to visually challenged students, their parents, teachers, schools, and other agencies assisting the visually challenged. Ringing of the Bell…Mr. Frank Alexander, Former TSB Staff Member Recessional, “Pomp and Circumstance”…Elgar Congratulations to the 2018 graduates and their families! Upcoming Events Calendar M June 4 Teacher Organizational Day TSB M-F June 10-15 CDC/Life Skills Camp – June 10-15, 2018 TSB M-F June 10-15 Elementary Camp – June 10-15, 2018 TSB M-F June 17-22 Middle School/High School Camp June 17 -22, 2018 TSB M-F June 17-22 Orientation and Mobility Camp (Middle/High School) TSB M-F June 24-29 Middle School/High School Sports Camp TSB S Aug. 5 Registration/Family Day TSB M Aug. 6 Classes Begin for Fall Semester TSB Th Aug. 9 Thursday Busing TSB F Aug. 10 No Classes TSB