Deaf Elementary FCAT Pep Rally Video

Over the next two weeks, students from the third to twelfth grades at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) will be taking The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). In preparation for the testing, third, fourth and fifth grade students and teachers in the Deaf Elementary School, produced, shot and edited a video to encourage students for the upcoming assessments in mathematics, reading, and science. Good luck to all the students taking the FCAT!

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About FSDB

Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is a fully accredited state public school and outreach center available tuition-free to eligible pre-K and K-12 deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired students. Comprehensive educational services at FSDB are individualized, specific to the unique communication and accessibility needs of each student for independence and lifelong success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. To visit the school or to learn more about eligibility for enrollment, contact 1-800-344-3732. For more information, visit www.fsdb.k12.fl.us.

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ASL, O&M and First Aid Classes for FSDB Parents

The FSDB Parent Services program is offering three different classes for parents and caregivers – an American Sign Language class (several sessions), an Orientation & Mobility Class, and a First Aid & CPR Certification class. 

American Sign Language classes will be held at 3:05-4:05 pm on April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 9, 16, 2014 in Moore Hall. Learn ASL and practice with other parents.

The FSDB Parent Services program is offering an Orientation & Mobility class for parents and caregivers at 4:00-5:30 pm on April 3, 2014 in Moore Hall. Learn what it is like to walk in your child’s shoes by wearing vision loss simulation goggles as you tour the school campus. 

FSDB parents and primary caregivers are also invited to attend a First Aid & CPR Certification class at 9:00-11:30 am on April 4, 2014 in Moore Hall. Learn life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillator (AED) and first aid skills.

RSVPs are strongly encouraged, as space is limited. Travel reimbursement is available for registered parents from outside St. Johns county. For more information, contact Misty Porter, 904.827.2988 or 904.201.4527 VP. 

Contributed by Misty Porter, Parent Services Program

About FSDB

Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is a fully accredited state public school and outreach center available tuition-free to eligible pre-K and K-12 deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired students. Comprehensive educational services at FSDB are individualized, specific to the unique communication and accessibility needs of each student for independence and lifelong success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. To visit the school or to learn more about eligibility for enrollment, contact 1-800-344-3732. For more information, visit www.fsdb.k12.fl.us.

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2014 FSDB Summer Programs Announced

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) will offer three camp programs for eligible students for the summer of 2014. Camps include Summer Quest (June 15-20), Summer Explorers Camp (June 22-27), and Summer Day Camp (June 16-27). The programs are free of cost to Florida residents, who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired.

For more information about the different camps and eligibility requirements, visit the Summer Programs webpage here.

Application deadline is Monday, June 9, 2014

FSDB Summer Camper zip-lining at the Alligator Farm.   FSDB Summer Campers standing in front of a kayak wearing life jackets and holding oars.   FSDB Summer Campers riding on the conference bike

About FSDB

Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is a fully accredited state public school and outreach center available tuition-free to eligible pre-K and K-12 deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired students. Comprehensive educational services at FSDB are individualized, specific to the unique communication and accessibility needs of each student for independence and lifelong success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. To visit the school or to learn more about eligibility for enrollment, contact 1-800-344-3732. For more information, visit www.fsdb.k12.fl.us.

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FSDB Wins Conference Championship Titles

While most students head towards warm weather during spring break, the FSDB Goalball teams headed in the opposite direction, traveling to Boston to participate in the Eastern Athletic Association for the Blind (EAAB) Conference Goalball Tournament. The girls sought to keep their 10 consecutive conference title streak alive while the boys hoped to grab the title for the first time since 2009.  

The FSDB Girls Goalball team opened the tournament against the Perkins School for the Blind, the hosting school. After a long trip and having not been on the court for 10 days due to spring break, the girls got off to a sluggish start. Perkins, with home crowd advantage, led the first half, which resulted in FSDB being down 2-3.  During half time, the girls were determined to get back on track. They did so during the second half by scoring 5 goals to 0 by the opposing team. The final score was 7-3.  This momentum continued through their next 3 games as they defeated West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (12-0), New York State School for the Blind 8-0, and Maryland School for the Blind (10-0).  As teams progressed through pool play, quarterfinals, and semifinals action, FSDB took on New York again for the gold medal game. This was a tightly contested competition, with FSDB leading 2-0 at halftime.  After scoring another goal midway through the second half to go up 3-0, New York brought the score to 3-1 with their goal. FSDB scored 2 more goals to win a close fought game 5-1, capturing their 11th consecutive conference championship title. “The girls played outstanding,” said Head Coach James Crozier. “And as usual, they represented FSDB well. It was a great cap to an excellent season.”

The FSDB Boys Goalball team sought their first conference win since 2009. “Sometimes moments come along that define and shape a team and the people involved. This trip was one of those times,” said Head Coach Carl Jacobson. In preparation for the trip, the decision was made to take only three athletes — Chase Blackburn, Malakai Godley, and Emmitt Johnson – all three being young and having the experience needed to play every minute of every game. In their first game, they were matched up against Perkins School for the Blind. They got off to an early lead and never looked back, winning 12-0. Their closest match of the tournament came next as they took on Maryland School for the Blind, where they escaped with an 8-6 victory. They went on to defeat Overbrook School for the Blind (11-3) in the quarterfinals and Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (11-1) in the semifinals. “We were excited for a chance to compete in the championship game, although a small part of us had a fear that we would come home again with a second best finish,” said Head Coach Carl Jacobson. “This has been their little ghost, their spook, what the teams calls “Casper the Friendly Ghost,” ever illusive, and whispering, “You just are not good enough to win the whole enchilada.” Still, the boys overcame their fears and won the championship title with a score of 7-3, defeating New York State School for the Blind.   

Girls Individual Statistics and Recognitions
Cortlinn Pay – 8 goals scored, 1 goal allowed, named to EAAB All-Star Team
Ashley Centimole – 15 goals scored, 0 goals allowed, named to EAAB All-Star Team
Aaliyah Gisondi – 13 goals scored, 1 goal allowed, named Honorable Mention for All-Star Team
Heather Hunt – 6 goals scored, 2 goals allowed, named Honorable Mention for All-Star Team  

Boys Individual Statistics and Recognitions
Chase Blackburn – 19 goals scored, 3 goals allowed, named Honorable Mention for All-Star Team
Malakai Godley – 16 goals scored, 2 goals allowed, named Honorable Mention for All-Star Team
Emmitt Johnson – 14 goals scored, 8 goals allowed, named to EAAB All-Star Team 

Contributed by James Crozier and Carl Jacobson

See also Goalball Offers Chance To Compete For Students At Perkins School For The Blind

About FSDB 

Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is a fully accredited state public school and outreach center available tuition-free to eligible pre-K and K-12 deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired students. Comprehensive educational services at FSDB are individualized, specific to the unique communication and accessibility needs of each student for independence and lifelong success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. To visit the school or to learn more about eligibility for enrollment, contact 1-800-344-3732. For more information, visit www.fsdb.k12.fl.us.

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CBS 60 Minutes Segment To Feature Marcus Roberts

CBS’s 60 Minutes will air a segment on Marcus Roberts, a world-renowned jazz pianist and graduate of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) at 7:00 pm Eastern / 6:00 pm Central on Sunday, March 30, 2014.  Part of the segment will feature his visit to the school where he spent the day talking about his life and performing a jam session alongside his mentor, legendary jazz musician Wynton Marsalis for FSDB students, teachers, alumni and staff. 

Marsalis is currently the cultural correspondent for the CBS Morning Show. He wanted to do a segment on his old band mate, but 60 Minutes felt it would be better suited during a primetime broadcast. The producers of the show contacted the school administration in June 2013 to see if it would be possible to videotape an interview and jam session with the two musical artists. On August 6, 2013, a production crew rolled into campus with their lights and video cameras. They spent the morning shooting interviews in the Wilson Music Building. In the afternoon, Roberts and Marsalis performed a jam session with FSDB students, alumni, parents, teachers and staff in attendance. This was followed by a question and answer session. “How do you become a successful musician?” asked one of the students. “The most important thing is the way you distinguish yourself by developing good character traits,” said Roberts.  A couple of current students and a former alumnus got a once in a lifetime opportunity when they were given the chance to play songs alongside Roberts.

At the end of the day, students involved with the FSDB Music program got to put on their own jam session for Roberts and Marsalis. “It was inspirational to watch Marcus Roberts, a 1981 FSDB graduate who is a highly successful jazz pianist and university professor, and Wynton Marsalis, a world-acclaimed jazz musician, interact with students from the FSDB Blind Department,” said FSDB President Dr. Jeanne Glidden Prickett. “The genuine interest and caring of these two extraordinary professional musicians will be something the students will remember for a lifetime.”

More information about the background and accomplishments of Marcus Roberts can be found here.

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View the CBS 60 Minutes segment that aired on Sunday, March 30, 2014

About FSDB

Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is a fully accredited state public school and outreach center available tuition-free to eligible pre-K and K-12 deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired students. Comprehensive educational services at FSDB are individualized, specific to the unique communication and accessibility needs of each student for independence and lifelong success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. To visit the school or to learn more about eligibility for enrollment, contact 1-800-344-3732. For more information, visit www.fsdb.k12.fl.us.

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