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TSB Graduates Largest Class in Forty-four Years

Members of the second largest TSB graduating classes in recent history walked the aisle and turned their tassels on the morning of Friday May 27th. Twenty students became members of the school’s alumni, which is more than in any other one year for the last forty-four years. In 1972, TSB graduated one additional student for a total count of twenty-one.DSC 6893R

With over 60% of this year’s class pursuing higher education, the fall semester will see the graduates scattered throughout various schools in Tennessee and other states. Class Valedictorian, Corgan Waters has her sights set on the University of Tennessee.

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Chamber Honors Students and Teacher of the Year

16 IshaqueK SOY16 NathanD SOY16 Tanner SOYThe Donelson- Hermitage Chamber of Commerce recently honored three students and a teacher from Tennessee School for the BlindAt their meeting on May 12th, representatives from the Chamber honored teachers and students from local schools who were chosen as teachers and students of the year.16 Fridgant TOY Representing TSB were: Tim Tanner- High School Student of the Year, Nathan Desmarais- Middle School Student of the Year, and Ishaque Kahn- Life Skills Student of the Year. The TSB teacher receiving Teacher of the Year accolades was Ms. Donna FridgantDirector of Instruction Dr. Kathy Segers and Assistant Directors Dr. Tonja Dandy and Ms. Kelly Benton, were in attendance at the event. Also in attendance were various family members. Congratulate this year’s winners!


Waters Recipient of NFB Scholarship


TSB senior Corgan Waters has been selected as one of the 138643064thirty finalists for the 2016National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program. This July, Corgan will attend the NFB convention in Orlando, Florida where she will be presented her scholarship.

According to their website, https://nfb.org/scholarships, the scholarships are awarded for the following reason:

To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty merit-based, national-level scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000. All scholarships awarded are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership.

Eligibility requirements include:

Must be legally blind in both eyes, and

1. Must be residing in the United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico, and

2. Must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in a degree program at a United States institution in the 2016 scholastic year, except that one scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time, and

3. Must participate in the entire NFB national convention and in all of its scheduled scholarship program activities.

4. In addition to a scholarship, each winner will receive assistance to attend the 2016 National

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PBIS: Your Ticket to a Good Time!


In 2014, TSB introduced its new Positive Behavior, Intervention & Support (PBIS) program, “Find the Good,” designed to encourage and reward positive student behavior. With a focus on being safe, respectful, and responsible, students discussed a new theme every Monday with their teachers and fellow classmates. Themes included courtesy, kindness, being a good sport, being patient, using good judgment – any topic related to the three points of focus. Throughout the week students “caught” practicing the theme, or other positive behaviors, were given a “Tiger Ticket,” Tiger Ticketexchangable for fun items and privileges every other week at the Tiger Ticket Shop.

This year, in addition to continuing the themes of the week, class discussions, and Tiger Ticket rewards, TSB has put in place an anti-bullying campaign. “To stop bullying, we have to present a clear definition of what it is,” said Pauletta Frailey, TSB Pupil Services Coordinator. According to the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, which TSB is implementing, “Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself.” Pauletta reported that bullying has sometimes been reported; the administration is taking a strong stand against this kind of behavior, “because it is so damaging to the individual being bullied,” said Ms. Frailey TSB saw a significant rise in positive student behavior last year, said Ms. Frailey. “Teachers noticed students being more attentive in class, helping classmates, and being kind to one another. The whole atmosphere of

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Coming from the Classroom

Made in Japan Takes on Tasty Meaning
Made in Japan Takes on Tasty Meaning

Recently Ms. Ann Frensley's consumer math class enjoyed an unusual morning snack. While it may not be unusual to snack on a chocolate Kit Kat candy bar, it was quite unusual for the Tennesseans to snack on one from Japan. This was especially the case when the Japanese bars set aside the customary chocolate flavor from Hershey, and replaced it with popular flavors from Asia... green tea and strawberry! The popular green tea is the number one flavor for desserts in Japan. Its flavor can be found in anything from ice cream to pies. The strawberry bars could become a...

The Inside Scoop in the Life Skills Loop
The Inside Scoop in the Life Skills Loop

If you wander near Atrium Two on a Thursday afternoon you are very likely to hear some beautiful music. The Life Skills On-Campus Field Trip program has delighted students and staff with a wide variety of musical genre and instruments. With the assistance of a local volunteer and musician, Ms. Lori Casteel, the program is nearly a year old. Ms. Casteel has extended the invitation to her friends in the music industry to play a short performance at TSB. It has been a tremendous addition to the curriculum for the Life Skills students. The brainchild of teachers Deedra Finch and Vic-ki DeSalvatore,...

Art Students View "Ink, Silk and Gold" Collection
Art Students View

On January 7th, high school students from Monica Leister’s art classes took a fieldtrip to the Frist to view the “Ink, Silk, and Gold: Islamic Art from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston”. The Frist’s education department created a multisensory tour especially for this exhibit and invited TSB to take this special guided tour. The Ink, Silk, and Gold exhibit presents nearly one hundred works of Islamic art spanning the eighth to the twenty-first centuries from the impressive collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This exhibition offers a look at the splendor and richness of Islamic art from Spain...


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Travis Fulfills Role as Interim Superintendent

On the 21st of June, Nathan Travis announced to the staff that his responsibilities as Interim Superintendent at Tennessee School for the Blind would be finished on June 30th. He stated that He “was transitioning back to the department as the

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Hello All,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very happy and restful holiday season. With the holiday season upcoming, regardless of your beliefs, this is a time for love, joy, and hope for all people. There are many in our world that need to feel love,

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Hi Everyone! 

As we wrapped up October, the Residential Department celebrated Halloween in style! Thanks to Ms. Parker and her family, we had a fun tactile “Haunted House” with ooooey-gooey things to touch and feel! With the lovely warm weather, we were able to celebrate

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The time of year has rolled around again and for me, this makes the 41st time I have prepared for a seasonal change at TSB. That first year in my Building 11 classroom, I marveled at the big maple tree in front of Building 14. Fall escorts the leaves of radiant

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