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Greetings TSB Families,

It is hard to believe that this year is almost half over. As we head into the holiday season, I would like to express how thankful I am to have the opportunity to lead TSB. Without a doubt, we have the best students, families, and staff.  Collectively, we are dedicated to the success of the students we serve and want the very best for them while at TSB and beyond. 

As we move towards the end of the first semester,

I can say I am very proud of the progress our students have been making academically. Traveling through the halls and visiting classrooms, I see students who are engaged and teachers who are facilitating the learning process. I urge you to take an active role in your child’s education. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher(s). It is important to reinforce the skills gained at school within the home. Our teachers and staff can be great resources in how to accomplish this. Your child’s teacher is simply a phone call or email away.  
Our athletic program is in full swing. After successful track and goal ball seasons, we are now in the middle of wrestling and cheerleading. Our first pep rally of year occurred on Halloween, so you can imagine it was extra festive. Our school has a wonderful group of coaches who are dedicated to ensuring that TSB’s student athletes compete at their best and take away memories that will last a lifetime. If you can attend an athletic event, either at home or on the road, I urge you to seize the chance. 
I have acknowledged before and it bears repeating, our school is blessed to have many community partners that help make us successful in our mission. Those partnerships extend within the community and across the state.
Organizations like the Friends of the Tennessee School for the Blind, the Lions Clubs of Tennessee, the Dobie Gray Trust, our Work-Based Learning partners, and countless others assist us in creating opportunities for students.  Because of the generosity of so many, our students are afforded learning experiences which help set them up for success. 
A couple of reminders as we move through the winter season. Please make sure your contact information is up-to-date. If you change phone numbers or email addresses, please make the front office aware. It is important during the colder temps that your child comes to school prepared.  Layer clothing so it can be adjusted throughout the day according to the temperature. In the event the school’s schedule changes due to delay or closures, that information will be communicated through a robocall.
Be on the lookout for announcements concerning regional parent meetings. We will be holding three, one in each grand region.  It will be an opportunity to get lots of great information. Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education.

David Martin

Dr. David Martin, Ed.D.

Superintendent, TSB