It may still be winter but yesterday sure felt like spring! Our residential students enjoyed spending their afternoon outside in the beautiful weather.
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students and staff playing outside. one girl throws a football with staff. some student are playing on playground
female student on porch swing
group of students on a merry go round
female student on a porch swing
School Counselor Appreciation Week post 3: Spotlight on Alysha Scott! Alysha is originally from Ohio but has been in Virginia for several years now and we are SO GLAD she has found her way to VSDB! Her position is new to VSDB because she works in the afternoons and evenings to support students who reside on campus during the week. Although she has only been at VSDB for a few months, she has quickly developed strong relationships with the students and they appreciate her ability to joke and make them smile. She is a fun-loving person and brings that fun with her into counseling to make groups fun! Thank you, Ms. Alysha, for everything you have done so far to support our students and we're so glad to have you on board!!
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portrait of woman’s head and shoulders in front of a stone wall
School Counselor Appreciation Week post 2: Spotlight on Becky White! Becky is from Alabama but has made VSDB her home for the past 8 years. She primarily serves students in the Deaf department. Staff and students appreciate Ms. Becky for making space for our feelings and her compassion for everyone. Thank you Ms. Becky for everything you do for us at VSDB. We truly appreciate you!!!
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photo of a smiling woman with long brown hair
Our Pre-K students are learning about Community Helpers. This week, they are focusing on mail carriers. They have their own mailbox set up outside their classroom to receive mail. If YOU would like to mail something for our pre-K students to enjoy (even beyond just this week), please mail it to VSDB Attn. pre-K P.O. Box 2069 Staunton, VA 24402 Our pre-K program has Deaf and DeafBlind students, so if you can include some visual and some tactile elements, that would be great!
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pre-K student reaching into a large mailbox
pre-K student standing in a hallway and taking a card from an envelope
pre-K student sitting in the hallway and holding a card
Three of our students have been raising money for Special Olympics Virginia and participated in the Polar Plunge in Virginia Beach this past Saturday. Their team raised over $5,000!! Great job Jacob, Naomi, and Nikita!!! #vsdbproud
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three young adult students wearing inflatable inner tubes designed as a frog, a giraffe, and a bird. each student is also wearing a wide brimmed hat. two students are holding canes
three young adult students wearing inflatable inner tubes designed as a frog, a giraffe, and a bird. each student is also wearing a wide brimmed hat. two students are holding canes
Our school counselors are the BEST! This week is National School Counselors Appreciation Week, so we’d like to recognize them specifically this week, but we appreciate them every day! Thank you Ms. Alysha, Ms. Becky, and Ms. Beth for the work you do for our students and staff!
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mind map of “National school counseling week” in a white bubble and various attributes surround it. motivation, advice, success, direction, coaching, support, goal, training
School picture day is scheduled for Wednesday, February 8. Bring your favorite shirt and your best smiling face! A code to view and purchase pictures will be sent to families when we receive it.
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text at the top of the page “Wednesday February 8” with an image of a camera underneath. the view screen of the camera has text “school picture day"
Our school staff used yesterday’s early homegoing to participate in professional development. The Deaf department had a workshop on Language Development Milestones yesterday. Today, the Blind Department left early this morning to tour VRCBVI and VIB.
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staff getting into two white vans. the sun is rising in the background
staff getting into two white vans. the sun is rising in the background
group picture of staff standing in the lobby of a VSDB school building
The dusting of snow may have melted quickly, but that didn’t stop Ms. Lynn’s Independent Living Skills class from having a snowball fight before they started cooking! Students and staff joined in the fun
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students and staff throw cotton balls resembling snowballs in the classroom
one male student throws a cotton ball snowball while two female students stand out of the way
one female student throws a cotton ball snowball
one female staff sits on a chair using her arms to protect herself from the incoming cotton ball snowballs
Will we have 6 more weeks of winter or an early spring? Either way, winter weather at VSDB is beautiful - and fun! Yesterday morning we had a thin layer of snow on the ground and ice on the tree branches. Our students went out to explore and enjoy.
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snow covered mountains create a backdrop for two flag poles, one with the American flag and one with the Virginia state flag
a girl holds a small clump of snow in one hand and holds it up to her face. her cheeks are puffed out, ready to blow the snow
a male and three female students stand in front of the outdoor basketball court with their arms outstretched
an early morning shot of the snow covered grass at VSDB
We love our community! VSDB goes beyond our campus, current students, and current staff. Today at halftime of the boy’s basketball game against ENCSD, current students and visitors from the community joined in the spirit cheer!
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students and visitors lined up on the basketball court cheering
VSDB high school student, Brianna, participated in the 2022 InSights Art Competition sponsored by the American Printing House for the Blind and just received her certificate for her submission “Two Halves Equal A Whole”. Brianna worked hard on this piece and we are proud of her!
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female student with short curly blue colored hair smiles standing next to her art piece. red colored foam pieces separated by a paper mache hand signify the two halves of the brain
female student with short curly blue colored hair smiles while holding her art piece. red colored foam pieces separated by a paper mache hand signify the two halves of the brain
We celebrated Ms. Hannah, our Orientation and Mobility Intern, today as she completed her final day at VSDB. We will miss her but we are also so excited for her future as she heads to Massachusetts to begin a job at the Carroll Center for the Blind as their O&M Specialist!
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young woman walks through a hallway lined with students and staff as they applaud and cheer
large group of students and staff smiling
Staff Spotlight - Kim Dayhoff Kim is the fabulous VSDB Admissions Coordinator! She loves meeting prospective students and their families and she gives the BEST tours of our campus. Kim is always happy to answer questions about VSDB and share information about our TEMP program, eligibility to attend, and the admissions process. (Did you know VSDB accepts applications at any time throughout the year?!) Contact Kim at 540-332-9004 or [email protected] with any questions or to schedule a tour!
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dark-haired woman wearing a black short sleeve shirt stands, smiling, in front of a white stone wall
PreK students learned about igloos in the winter time. They learned how to build one out of jugs with the help of Art Teacher Tammy and worked on it for almost a month. Now that it is finished, they love climbing in and seeing the lights!
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igloo made out of empty plastic milk and water jugs, lights strung around and lit
photo from the inside of the igloo made of empty milk/water jugs with multicolored caps looking up to the top of the igloo.
two pre-k students throw fake snowballs from inside the igloo
That’s a wrap!! Spirit week was a blast! Thank you everyone for all the fun, laughter, memories, and new experiences!! (Blind department is planning big things for their Homecoming week from February 13-17. Stay tuned for more information!)
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elementary students wearing black T-shirts with a cardinal logo posing for a picture with the cardinal mascot
elementary students and elementary teacher making funny faces at the camera
several students stand near a table to pick up their cardinal designs
Pre-k students, teacher, and intervener pose for a picture with the cardinal mascot
Deaf Department Homecoming pep rally and basketball games were on Wednesday, January 18. During the pep rally, our homecoming court was announced and the King and Queen were crowned. Congratulations to them all! During the pep rally, our students performed the VSDB Fight Song, skits developed by each class, creative group activities, and more!
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homecoming court. students are all dressed in formal attire and lined up on the stage
a student runs in front of the crowd sitting on the bleachers to lead the human wave
a group of elementary students perform their skit
the spirit team shares a group hug after completing the VSDB fight song
Our principal, Lindsay Burris, is “simply the best” and we wanted to show her just how much we appreciate her today as part of Virginia School Principal Appreciation Week. Join us in thanking her for ALL she does for our students and staff.
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principal, wearing a grinch onesie, given a black sash that’s says “best principal ever” and posing with superintendent Pat Trice
large group of students sitting in the lobby and lining the stairs. they are holding various signs in appreciation of the principal
students lining the upstairs balcony and holding banners and streamers in support of the principal
principal Lindsay with her arms full of cards, posters, and streamers. more students surround her cheering and giving her more cards
Thank you to WHSV for your article covering our Deaf Department Homecoming Basketball Games. We are also so thankful for our Athletic Director and Basketball Coaches!! https://www.whsv.com/2023/01/19/virginia-school-deaf-blind-brings-students-opportunities-through-sports/
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Two of our Blind Department students, Nikita and Amayah, are at Page County High School this weekend. They are rehearsing for a concert to be performed by all of the students in district choir. The concert is Saturday at 1:00 pm at Page County High School.
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two students sitting in an auditorium with a few other students scattered in other seats
group image of many students standing on risers and looking at sheet music