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Greetings TSB Families,

What a fantastic start to school we have had at TSB!  This first quarter has just flown by. I am grateful for the support that our school receives from our families and stakeholders.  As I walk through the halls and into classrooms, I see students engaged in learning and staff working hard to meet the unique needs of our students.  

Our first big event of the year was our annual
Career Day. It was a resounding success. Our students were given the opportunity to listen to speakers and meet with folks from a variety of career fields. Transition from school to post-secondary opportunities is a big focus at TSB. I would like to thank Robin Bush for taking the lead on planning this event and all the speakers and presenters who attended. 
Our athletics program is in full swing. We just finished up our track and field season. Due to the timing of writing this article, I do not have the results from the NCASB meet, but I can report our student athletes showed true dedication to the program. Because of the typical temperatures during track season, our students and coaches get up very early in the morning for practices. This makes for a very long day for all involved. I would like to thank all the coaches and volunteers who made track season possible. Without the support of these folks, our students could not receive the immense benefits that sports provide our students. I would like to also give a special thank you to all of those who volunteered the weekend of September 13-15 and helped us host blind schools from around the region during our own track invitational. As we move into the goal ball season, I look forward to the continued success of our students. Our athletes exemplify teamwork and good sportsmanship.  
We continue to make improvements around the campus and our operational team is working hard to ensure a safe, clean environment for all. Recently, we completed auditorium upgrades that included a new sound system donated by the Friends of the Tennessee School for the Blind. We are grateful for the Friends organization and all the support they offer our school. We have also completed some HVAC upgrades across the campus.  HVAC projects will continue to be a focus as we work to replace and repair aging systems. I have met with Assistant Commissioner Elizabeth Fiveash about the operational needs of our school. Ms. Fiveash is a true advocate for our school, and I am confident we will continue to make significant progress on projects that will create a top-notch learning environment for our students.  
As we move forward through the school year, I urge you to be active and engaged with your child’s learning. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher(s).  The education of our kids is truly a team effort. We also invite you to be active on campus whenever possible. We are working to make meetings and other events more accessible to those who live outside of the commuting area of school through online options and video streaming. Please follow us on our school’s Facebook page and on our website to keep up with all the events happening here at school.  
Best,

David Martin

Dr. David Martin, Ed.D.

Superintendent, TSB