2015 Summer Camp Programs

The Ohio State School for the Blind, in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children will be hosting five summer camps. Through this collaboration, we will be offering educational experiences at no cost to school age students in the State of Ohio who are blind or visually impaired.

The following camps will be offered during summer 2015:

Enrichment Camp


Student’s Grade & Ages

Braille Immersion

June 7-12, 2015

Entering Grades 3-7,
Ages 8-12 in Fall 2015

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

June 7-12, 2015

Entering Grades 8-12,
Ages 13-18 in Fall 2015

Sports Camp

July 5-10, 2015

Entering Grades 8-12,
Ages 13-18 in Fall 2015

Math and Movement

July 12-17, 2015

Entering Grades 3-7,
Ages 8-12 in Fall 2015

Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC)

July 12-17, 2015

Entering Grades 8-12,
Ages 13-18 in Fall 2015

For information on individual camps, please click the links belows:

Camp Descriptions | Application

Applications can be filled out and submitted via email, fax, or printed out and mailed in to OSSB.

The application forms must be completed and returned to the Ohio State School for the Blind by Friday, May 29, 2015.  Participants will be notified of their acceptance by mail along with a registration form and medical form to be completed and returned.

If you have any questions, please contact the Superintendent’s Office:

Angela Scott-Owens
Ohio State School for the Blind
Fax: 614-752-1713

OSSB 2015 Summer Work and Learn Program

OSSB will again be providing a 5 week summer paid work program for young adults who are blind or visually impaired. This is a residential program that provides community work experience along with employability skills, activities of daily living, assistive technology instruction, orientation and mobility lessons, social skills, and recreation and leisure opportunities. Applicants must have a BSVI counselor to participate.

If you are interested, please open each of the following links for more information and invitation, fill out both the application and questionnaire and follow directions for submission of documents. All documentation must be in by April 24th, 2015. For more information, please contact: Ann Pilewskie, 614-468-8894; apilewskie@ossb.oh.gov. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Invitation | Questionnaire | Application

OSSB 2015 Plant Sale - May 7 & 8

Dear Friends,

Now is the time to place your order for all those wonderful plants that will be delivered just in time for planting in May. Please turn your orders in to Kim Picard or Sarah Moore. Share your order forms with family, friends and neighbors. Feel free to copy this form or ask us for extras. The form can be emailed to us.

Orders and payments are due by April 16th. Checks should be made payable to OSSB-PTSF PLANT SALE.

If you have any questions you may reach Kim Picard at 614-468-8875. Or you may e-mail us at kpicard@ossb.oh.gov or smoore@ossb.oh.gov. If you prefer to fax your order to us, the OSSB’s fax number is 614-468-8888.

Thank you for your support!

Order Form

OSSBMB 2015 Band Camp August 2 - 7

Band Camp is a requirement of all members in the OSSB Marching Band, the ONLY Blind Marching Band in the World!!! OSSB students entering grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 (or are “seniors plus”) may see Mrs. Agler to gain entrance into the OSSB Marching Band. Those needing assistance with mobility will have a marching assistant who will guide the musician through the show or in parades. The marching practices in the fall are on Thursday evenings 5:30-7:30 p.m. Most performances are on Thursday nights. There will be one band weekend sometime in the fall where the band will perform in multiple locations.

A typical Band Camp Day includes:

There will be a show for families and the public Friday at 2:30 p.m. followed by an awards assembly and an exchange of information for parents and students.

All marching assistants must have BCI and FBI background checks within the past 2 years on file at OSSB. Volunteers interested in becoming a marching assistant should see Mrs. Carol Agler.

Required Forms:
Registration | Permission | Medical | Media | Facebook | Emergency

Adapted Physical Education Workshop - FREE!

The Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children in conjunction with The Ohio State School for the Blind will be presenting an adapted physical education workshop. This will be held on Monday, May 4 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss pertinent topics as it relates to the adapted physical education field. In addition, important current updates will also be provided. Registration is open through STARS using your SAFE Account. Up to 75 participants can be accommodated. The closing date for registration is Wednesday, April 29. For questions about your SAFE Account, please contact Safe Account Administrator at safe.admin@education.ohio.gov or (877) 644-6338, option 3. All other inquires can be sent to Lisa Lyle Henry at lhenry@osdb.oh.gov.

OSSB in CEC DVI Quarterly

Check out OSSB in CEC DVI Quarterly on pg. 38:Summer in Columbus at The Ohio State School for the Blind

2014-2015 School Calendar

Registration at Noon Monday, August 18, 2014  
First Day of School Tuesday, August 19, 2014  
Labor Day Monday, September 1, 2014 No School
Columbus Day Monday, October 13, 2014 No School
Veteran's Day Monday, November 10, 2014 No School
Thanksgiving Break Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Early Dismissal at Noon
Thanksgiving Break Continued November 27-28, 2014 No School
Winter Break December 22, 2014 - January 2, 2015 No School
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 19, 2015 No School
President's Day Monday, February 16, 2015 No School
Professional Day Monday, March 16, 2015 No School
Spring Break Friday, April 3, 2015 Early Dismissal at Noon
Spring Break Continued April 6-10, 2015 No School
Memorial Day Monday, May 25, 2015 No School
Graduation/Last Day of School Friday, May 29, 2015 Early Dismissal at 12:30 PM

If you would like to download a copy of the OSSB 2014-2015 school calendar please click on the link below.

2014-2015 School Calendar

OSSB Bell Schedule

To view the OSSB Bell Schedule please click the link below:

OSSB Bell Schedule

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the New School and Residential Dorms!

December 2013

Click here for more pictures from the ceremony.