Kentucky School for the Blind

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I attended KSB for many years in the 70s . I just wanted to let everyone know that this is a great school. I learned a lot things that I still use to this day. I met a lot of people that I still think of. Parents worry about their kids especially who have problems. I am here to say this school is a great and safe place
I am looking for a lady who worked there in the recreation dept maybe 1977-1979. Mary Hunter. She got married but I do not know her married name. I am hoping someone will remember her. I worked with her in Michigan at the VFW home for children.
Please email [email protected] ASAP. Our contact on file is not responding. Thank you Contact not responding: [email protected]
SOAR or the Spread of Active reading is a podcast project that produces audible book trailers and adverts for the blind and those with impaired sight and anybody who is interested or wants to become interested or is ready to try to become interested, in reading. The idea is to offer recordings which act as trailers to books, similar to trailers for movies. These Book Trailers enthrall listeners and put seeds of curiosity into their minds, giving them the appeal to read books. SOAR also has bonus episodes of full short stories. Below are the links for some of the platforms for SOAR Apple Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/…/soar-spread-of-a…/id1503413788… Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/0DkaHpXOKOlPUjfaWBeYkb YOUTUBE CHANNEL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBARPFjwtCkn91RQ3dJN3CQ
Former KSB student graduating this year from Central! Proud of her! Thank you Jim Gilbert, Chris Brown, Shawn Canaday. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10220345605728965&id=1194338355
Southern hospitality in Louisville is now a little sweeter with 17 accessible restaurant menus. A more genteel way for folks with vision limitations to read menus using screen readers, low vision display settings and even braille displays. https://menus4all.com/louisville_ky/
Dear Administrators, Teachers, Transcribers, and Paraprofessionals, With the ever-changing landscape of public education in the digital age, and the adoption of the Unified English Braille code within the United States, those who teach students to read braille, and particularly those who transcribe and produce materials for students who are blind are faced with new challenges. The National Braille Association is the only national organization dedicated to providing continuing education to those who prepare braille. During October 30-November 1, 2019, our organization will be hosting a 3 day Professional Development Conference at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference will bring together braille transcribers and teachers of the visually impaired from the United States and Canada. Participants will be offered 25 different workshops providing education and instruction in various levels of expertise and disciplines. Leading experts from across the nation will be providing technical training and lectures on topics such as best practices for preparing electronic graphics, converting Nemeth textbooks from your libraries and archives into useful UEB files, music braille, computer-assisted transcription, as well as instructional resources and strategies found in Wayfinding Through Non-textbook Materials: Go Ask Alice, She’ll Tell You Why and Navigating Resources, just to name a few. NBA would like to extend a personal invitation to you, and those you work with, to join us in Phoenix for this opportunity to learn about the changes, increase your knowledge, perfect your skills, and network with other professionals and agencies, all in an effort to ensure student literacy across the nation. Please visit our website https://www.nationalbraille.org/professional-development-conference/ for complete details of workshop offerings and the conference agenda. Please feel free to forward this information to your specialized materials coordinators, braille transcribers, teachers, and paraprofessionals who may benefit from this information. Please contact me if you have any questions. We hope to see you in Arizona! Jana Hertz Chair, Transcriber & Educator Services
Camp Crescendo Vision Camp appplications are due June 1st.
Camp Crescendo still has room for campers in our camp for visually impaired youth. We are also looking for counselors to help make our camp great. Contact [email protected] for more information.
Hello, I am trying to contact the principal, admissions or marketing director of your blind school. If you could have them email me ([email protected]) I would greatly appreciate it! Cheers! Chris
I would like to wish the staff and students of KSB a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Hello, my dad Gary Hall went to school there from 1948 to 1957. If there is any way to contact any of the students he went to school with Please send me any information you may have

This is the OFFICIAL KSB page. It is for anyone interested in learning more about the Blind and Visually Impaired in Kentucky.

Mission: The mission of the Kentucky School for the Blind is to provide comprehensive educational services to all Kentucky students who are blind and visually impaired, birth to 21.

Operating as usual

Congratulations to our Students of the Week for the week of October 16 and October 23!

Week 7 (10/16/20)
• Danielle H. (High School)
• Colten P. (Middle School)
• Hailey H. (Elementary)

Week 8 (10/23/20)
• Brock F. (High School)
• Peyton P. (Middle School)
• Ethan B. (Elementary)

Students are chosen by staff for going above and beyond expectations and being exemplary models of our PAWS:
P - Positive Thinking
A - Act Responsibly
W - Work Hard
S - Show Respect

October 21, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have been sharing our plans with you on the reopening the Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) and we wanted to provide you with an update, as I value being a part of your child’s education and always want to ensure an open line of communication.

As you may know, the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing statewide, and that number is predicted to continue to increase with cooler temperatures leading to more indoor activities. The number of cases in Jefferson County is now in the critical stage.

Therefore, KSB is pausing plans to return to any in-person instruction at this time. Small group instruction also will cease until further notice. We will continue with virtual instruction for all students.

We are working closely with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and our partners in public health to design an alternative plan. We will provide more information when it is available.

We want to thank you for your patience and flexibility during this unprecedented time.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Respectfully,

Peggy Sinclair-Morris, Principal

Happy White Cane Safety Day!

White Cane Safety Awareness Day helps emphasize the critical role the white cane plays in the lives of individuals who are blind and visually impaired. The white cane is an essential tool that gives us the ability to achieve a full and independent life. It allows us to move freely and safely from place to place—whether it's at work, at school, or around our neighborhoods.

Check out the following links or visit and subscribe to the KSB YouTube Page to celebrate White Cane Day with us!

Elementary White Cane Day Celebration: https://youtu.be/2Jd_JYqUDlo

Middle School White Cane Day Celebration: https://youtu.be/_HL1CkZZo0c

High School White Cane Day Celebrations: https://youtu.be/fEcad7pQthI

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Don't Stand by. Stand Up! Stand Strong! Stand Together!

Sign the KSB Anti-Bullying Pledge to show support to others who have been hurt or harmed, treat others with kindness, be more accepting of people’s differences, and help include those who are left out.

https://www.pacer.org/bullying/pledge/

Congratulations to our Students of the Week for the week of October 9!

Week 6 (10/9/20)
• Logan A. (High School)
• Taveon T. (Middle School)
• Mikaela C. (Elementary)

Students are chosen by staff for going above and beyond expectations and being exemplary models of our PAWS:
P - Positive Thinking
A - Act Responsibly
W - Work Hard
S - Show Respect

October 12, 2020

Dear Wildcat Families and Students

We have an update for you regarding in-person return to school.

Small group residential instruction will begin October 25th.

In-person instruction for ALL students will begin November 9th. Dorms will open November 8th.

KSB will continue to offer virtual instruction for your child if you do not feel comfortable having them return to in-person instruction on November 9th. Please understand that if you choose for your child to remain virtual, your decision will continue through December, until winter break.

Please let us know by Wednesday, October 21st whether or not your child will continue with virtual instruction or will return to in-person instruction by filling out the following form

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4F5z9ns5BWdT9WOG1mV1aIWookaxnB-27Vet4a1-4w-sjlw/viewform?pli=1

OR by contacting Linda Spigelmire at 502-897-1583 ext. 0206 or
[email protected]

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Kentucky School for the Blind

Please subscribe to our Youtube Channel for fun and exciting ECC content and KSB Morning Message.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpkenIqeuOsWUx4GjvQyHGg?view_as=subscriber

youtube.com Welcome to the Kentucky School for the Blind YouTube channel! Here, we showcase all the great accomplishments and long history of the school. Be on the look ...

Happy Blindness & Visual Impairment Awareness Month! What do you want to celebrate about yourself this month?

While we serve students and adults all around the world, the heart of our operation is in the Bluegrass state. That's why we're so grateful to Governor Andy Beshear for signing a proclamation officially making October Blindness & Visual Impairment Awareness Month for the Commonwealth of Kentucky! Creating awareness is the first step to destigmatization, increased support, and growth of resources.

#BlindnessAwarnessMonth #TheFutureBelongsToEveryone"

[10/06/20]   It is National Bullying Prevention Day. October is National Bullying Prevention Month. We will be sharing ideas throughout the month on how to prevent bullying and standing up for others.

In honor of Bullying Prevention Day, give a classmate a compliment. Also, wearing BLUE lets others know you stand against bullying. Show us your support for National Bullying Prevention Day!

Congratulations to our Students of the Week for the week of October 2!

Students are chosen by staff for going above and beyond expectations and being exemplary models of our PAWS
P - Positive Thinking
A - Act Responsibly
W - Work Hard
S - Show Respect

Week 5 (10/2/20)
• Gracie S. (High School)
• Wyatt W. (Middle School)
• Zheng Kai T. (Elementary)

[10/02/20]   Happy World Smile Day KSB Wildcats! Show us those pretty smiles!!

The KSB Varsity Athletic Program would like to give a huge shout out to the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation for their help in purchasing new Track, Wrestling, and Goalball uniforms. We cannot wait to show off our Wildcat Pride!

[10/01/20]   KSB Varsity Athletes from the 2019-20 school year - Don't forget to fill out the Survey sent to your email by Miss B! Responses are needed by Friday!

Congratulations to our Students of the Week for the week of September 25!

Students are chosen by staff for going above and beyond expectations and being exemplary models of our PAWS

P - Positive Thinking
A - Act Responsibly
W - Work Hard
S - Show Respect

Week 4 (9/25/20)
• Erin W. (High School)
• Macy S. (Middle School)
• Addison C. (Elementary)

chfs.ky.gov

September 25, 2020

Dear Families and Students:

We were hopeful that students would be able to return to in person instruction on October 5th; however, KSB will continue with all virtual instruction at this time.

This decision was made through incorporating input from parents, staff (60% of whom are or live with someone in the high-risk category) and through use of the “COVID-19 Mode of Instruction Metrics for K-12 Education” published jointly by the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) and the Kentucky Department of Education.

https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/covid19/cv19ModeofInstructionMetricsforK-12Education.pdf

As of today, the county in which KSB is located and many counties where our students reside are still in the orange zone. We are continually monitoring the situation and working with the Louisville Metro Health Department to determine when we are able to return to in-person instruction.

We will be making another delivery of materials for students next week and will communicate the schedule to you no later than Wednesday, September 30th.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the administrative staff with any questions you may have.

Sincerely,
KSB Administrative Team

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Congratulations to our Students of the Week for the first few weeks of September!

Students are chosen by staff for going above and beyond expectations and being exemplary models of our PAWS
P - Positive Thinking
A - Act Responsibly
W - Work Hard
S - Show Respect

Week 1 (9/4/20): Tyera B. (High School), Vance L. (Elementary/Middle)

Week 2 (9/11/20): Caleb A. (High School), Mikah T. (Elementary/Middle)

Week 3 (9/18/20): Alex H. (High School), Gabby G (Middle), Isaiah S. (Elementary)

Happy National Play-Doh Day KSB Wildcats! Celebrate with this fun ECC activity!

Best Ever No-Cook Play Dough Recipe
You need:
• 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (baby oil and coconut oil work too)
• 1/2 cup salt
• 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
• 1 to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
• gel food coloring (optional)

Method:
• Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
• Add food coloring TO the boiling water then into the dry ingredients
• Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
• Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
• If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right

Happy Wildcat Wednesday!!

[09/15/20]   It's National Online Learning Day!

Show us your online learning skills and how you are staying Wildcat Strong!

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KSB Reopening Plan

Dear Parents,

KSB is in the final stages of drafting its reopening plan. We would like you to spend a few minutes of your time and take the following survey below. Your input is extremely important to us, so please complete the brief survey as soon as you are able

Thank you from the Administration Team

https://forms.gle/q9kwQUWARSrCtc799

docs.google.com Dear Parents, please take a couple of minutes and answer this brief survey. KSB is developing its reopening plan and needs your input. KSB's current scheduled return to in-person classes is October 5, but this may be subject to change based on your input, recommendations from the local health depart...

[09/10/20]   Happy National School Picture Day Wildcats! Show us your best NTI School Picture!!

[09/09/20]   We want to see you KSB Wildcats!

In honor of National Teddy Bear day, Let us see a picture of you and your Favorite Teddy Bear!

OR

Show us a picture of you working hard during NTI!

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Hello KSB Wildcat 7th – 14th grade families!

We hope everyone had a great first day back!

With the state of things, KSB Athletic Program will look extremely different this school year. To ensure that you are receiving the most up to date and accurate information possible, I would like to invite any student and/or family interested in our sports programs to an informational meeting, on Thursday, August 27th at 7:30 pm (EST) to discuss this year’s programs and answer any questions you may have to the best of my ability.

We will be using the virtual online platform, Microsoft Teams. The link to the meeting is: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_Y2E4MjEwMDEtYjYxYi00N2Y5LWIwOTctZTE3ZmU0NjIxZGRi%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%229360c11f-90e6-4706-ad00-25fcdc9e2ed1%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22c9ee6841-72bb-492a-bf77-cd4d0d2adf42%22%7d

If you have any questions you would like answered during the meeting, please feel free to send those ahead of time so I can ensure I have the most accurate answer! Email questions to [email protected].

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Jessica Belcher
Kentucky School for the Blind
Athletic Director
Phone: 502-897-1583 ext 6101

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[08/24/20]   Happy First Day of School to our students! KSB has the best students, families and faculty!

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KSB Athletic Informational Meeting

Hello KSB Wildcat 7th – 14th grade families!

As we enter the 2020-2021 school year, many questions and concerns have risen about KSB Athletics and what it will look like this year. As your Athletic Director, please know that Student Safety is my number one priority when entering into this athletic year! I am working diligently with athletic staff, administration, KHSAA, and member schools of The North Central Association Schools for the Blind (NCASB) to ensure that we can offer all of our Varsity Athletic programs this year, while providing the safest environment possible.

With the state of things, KSB Athletic Program will look extremely different this school year. To ensure that you are receiving the most up to date and accurate information possible, I would like to invite any 7th through 14th grade student and family interested in our Varsity sports programs to an informational meeting to discuss this year’s programs and answer any questions you may have to the best of my ability.

To ensure that we are providing the best time possible, please respond to the following Google Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeVU9UC6BsJNd_OPkQyaOMR6b5iKU_zNgeVT3LvieYWIZdB5w/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please choose any and all dates that work in your schedule, so that I may find the best time possible for all participants. If you are unable to access the Google form above, please let me know.

If you have any questions you would like answered during the meeting, please feel free to send those ahead of time so I can ensure I have the most accurate answer!

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.


Jessica Belcher
Kentucky School for the Blind
Athletic Director
Phone: 502-897-1583 ext 6101

docs.google.com Hello KSB Parents! We would like to hold an informational meeting about KSB Wildcat Athletics for the 2020-2021 School year. Please look at dates and times below and check any and all that you would be available to meet virtually. Meeting time will be set by majority of response availability. Please...

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Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s Aug. 14 letter to families | Kentucky Teacher

kentuckyteacher.org LeadershipCommissioner's Comments Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s Aug. 14 letter to families By Kevin C. Brown - August 14, 2020 0 127 tweet Dear Kentucky Public School Families: I know these are frustrating times for all of you. Since mid-March, the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has upende...

The KSB Short Course Program would like to welcome our newest additions, Kyle and Marianna. Our newest members are ready to help teach our students about proper hair care and grooming techniques.

The Short Course Instructors would like to give a huge Shoutout and Big Thank You to Empire Beauty School on Chenoweth and Shelley Barnhill for donating these awesome head mannequins and for their continued support of KSB!

[07/27/20]   July 27, 2020

Today the Kentucky Department of Education, based on guidance from the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, approved a plan for the Kentucky School for the Blind to start the 2020-2021 school year virtually. All KSB students will start the year on August 24th and follow the non-traditional instruction (NTI) plan. KSB’s full NTI plan will be released soon and available to all families.

The safety of students and staff is paramount in all decisions that are being made regarding the reopening of school. We will continue to monitor the latest COVID-19 health guidance and adjust our plans as needed to meet the state’s Healthy at School guidance, which outlines safety expectations and best practices for Kentucky’s schools.

The current plan is for KSB to return to in-person instruction on October 5th, 2020. We will provide more information on virtual instruction for your child well in advance of August 24th.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Sincerely,

The Kentucky School for the Blind Administrative Team

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Nineteen new students selected for 2020-2021 KDE Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council

Congratulations to Gracie Smith for being selected for the the Superintendent's Advisory Council. She will do a great job!
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/KYDE/bulletins/2968976

content.govdelivery.com (FRANKFORT, KY) – Nineteen Kentucky public high school students have been selected to join the Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council for the 2020-21 year, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) announced on July 20.

[07/17/20]   Staff, please check your email for a survey on returning to school.

[07/15/20]   Dear KSB Families

I wanted to introduce myself, my name is Peggy Sinclair-Morris and I am the new principal at KSB. I'm so happy to be in this position and look forward to meeting and talking with you all!

I know that these are very uncertain times and that there is a lot of anxiety around the opening of school in August. I wanted to let you know that we are currently planning to offer in person instruction OR online instruction for students beginning August 24th. We are working diligently on the specifics, but will keep you all updated as we plan. The decision to attend in person or online will be solely up to each individual family. Registration will be via mail/drop off or email this year.

Students that attend in person, will be required to wear masks (for those that can wear them), have daily temperature checks and socially distance whenever possible. Extra cleaning and sanitizing will be done throughout campus.

For students that receive instruction at home/online, they will attend class virtually. Again, details are being worked out as how to best do this for our students, ensuring that all instruction is accessible.

Please know that the safety and well-being of our students and staff are a priority and we will continue to follow guidelines from the Kentucky Department of Education and the CDC. Please know that guidelines change frequently and as a result, our plans may change before the beginning of school.

I will continue to update and share information as circumstances change.

Take good care!

Peggy

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