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Greetings TSB Tigers!

It is hard to believe that the end of the first quarter is quickly approaching. It has truly been a pleasure getting to know the students, parents, and staff here at TSB.  Without a doubt, I can honestly say this is a fantastic place to call home. TSB provides a supportive atmosphere for students and families, and the success of our students is our number one priority.
  
We are making great strides and progress as we work collectively to make TSB the best school for the blind and visually impaired in the country. As I mentioned in last month’s article, we are working on significant improvements in our cottages. The project to replace the HVAC systems in cottage 1 is complete. We are also having the air ducts in each of the cottages cleaned and sanitized over the next several months. Tim Taylor, the Director of Operations, is working with the residential staff and maintenance to create a schedule for painting and replacing the carpets in all the cottages. We hope to have this project starting in the next several weeks, and it should take approximately six months to complete. Students will be shifted between cottages during this time as two cottages are currently not in use. This allows us to complete the work in a more expedited manner. I ask that our students and families have patience with us during this process.  A little inconvenience now will have a great impact on the overall quality of life for our students and staff.  
Academically, our students continue to make significant progress. Our Response to Intervention (RTI) program is going very well, with students receiving specific support in either math or reading. Teachers are working to ensure these interventions are targeted, and they are assessing to ensure they are effective.  Our faculty and staff continually meet and collaborate to ensure we provide the best educational opportunities possible for students.  
We are currently preparing for an AdvancED external review in March of 2018. This visit will allow us to renew our school’s accreditation, a process that happens every five years. The faculty and staff recently looked at many indicators dealing specifically with teaching and learning. This exercise allowed us to examine some of the practices we have in place in relation to the AdvancED standards. I will be discussing this process more in the months to come. Our newly installed teacher leadership team has been taking an active role in this process and is planning many activities to involve our stakeholders.  Please be on the lookout for opportunities to become involved in setting the direction of our school.  
We take pride in providing a well-rounded educational experience for our students. TSB offers many extra and co-curricular activities. I had the opportunity to attend two track competitions this month that brought together other blind and visually impaired schools from across our conference. I was blown away by the amount of effort our students showed and very proud of the way they performed. The sportsmanship and comradery shown among and between the teams was like none I have ever seen before. We all can truly take pride in being a Tiger!
Finally, I want to once again thank everyone for being so welcoming as I begin my tenure as Superintendent. I urge you to be involved with our school as much as you can.  Please work to keep the communication lines open with your children’s teachers.  Working together is
how we truly make a difference in the 
lives of our kids.  Go Tigers!
 
Have a safe and happy October!

Dr. David Martin

Dr. David Martin, Ed.D.

Superintendent, TSB