The Friday Letter

October 11, 2019

Dear friends of USDB,

We hope you enjoy this snapshot of the great work underway and success stories from across the State of Utah.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Joel Coleman 

USDB Superintendent

Today is White Cane Day 2019! 

Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind is hosting an event at the state capital for the community and families with students who are blind or visually impaired on October 11 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. “The event will have a historic capitol theme and will be held in the Hall of Governors. State officials and families will have the chance to experience what it is like to have a variety of visual impairments, including blindness. People who are sighted can even get in on the fun, and with a blindfold, they too can attack the mobility challenges and orientation activities. “We’ll have entertainment, exhibits, and we won’t just be entertaining the crowds, the crowds don’t just watch. They dive right in. This event is huge, it means a lot to our students. The crowd gets bigger every year,” shared Robbin Clark, the coordinator of the event for the Utah School for the Blind. 

Hundreds of students, their parents, and friends participate in the event. Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind provides outreach programs in the local schools throughout the entire State of Utah.

Please come join us tonight!

The Council of Schools and Services for the Blind (COSB) is a consortium of specialized schools and agencies in Canada and the United States whose major goal is improving the quality of services to children who are blind and visually impaired.

Our USB leadership team attended the 2019 Leadership Institute: Laying a Foundation and Building Change and represented the Expanded Core Curriculum. It was also a bonus to see former blind school director, Kate Borg!

USD Girls Volleyball

Fall volleyball season is wrapping up as the team played Wendover this week!  Our girls have been working and practicing hard to be competitive this season.  Come and support their efforts by attending their final games!
Schedule is available HERE
Space Camp!
USB sent five blind/visually impaired Utah students to Huntsville, Alabama for a NASA hosted Space camp. Our Utah students joined 186 students from 12 countries and 25 states to experience space like never before.
Five USB students from Outreach had the amazing opportunity to spend one week at SCIVIS (Space Camp for  Interested Visually Impaired Children) held in Huntsville AL. These Utah students were part of a group of 185 students with vision impairments from 12 countries and 25 states. They were a part of Advanced Academy where they simulate mission scenarios that actual astronauts go through in their training including dressing in space suits while hanging from cables and working on repairs on the space craft. The most important things gained from the camp are friendships and the confidence to achieve their dreams even if they are out of this world.

JMS Goes Gaga for Gaga!


Gaga is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. The more players the better! Dubbed a kinder gentler version of dodge ball, the game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees. Players need to keep moving to avoid getting hit by the ball. Fun and easy, everyone gets a serious workout.

Easily addictive, people can't wait to get back in the pit. The games move quickly...after a few short minutes, the action heats up with a second ball, sure to get even the best players out within minutes. Once the game ends, everyone is back in for the next round.

This week JMS students played Gaga Ball. Gaga means "touch-touch" in Hebrew, because they touch the ball and try to get it to touch another student's legs. This game really got the students active and involved! When students got out, they enjoyed watching the other students play until they went back in for the next game.

Tracy Aviary Exploration

This last week our Salt Lake Preschool classes had the opportunity to take a field trip to the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City. Students heard from an amazing teacher that taught us all about birds. Students had the opportunity to touch different bird feathers and hear all different sounds.
Classes - Mr. Mike, Ms. Cathy, Ms. Madelyn, Ms. Paige 
Pumpkin Patch Outing in Utah County
Our Utah County Preschool classes had a great trip this week to the Hee Haw Farms in Pleasant Grove. This is Sandra Peppin and Jerri Henderson's Preschool at Westmore Campus.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars! USDB is hosting a spooky party on October 23rd.

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

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