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What's Happening in the School for the Deaf

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February 2024

Remember last week when students, in the School for the Deaf, entered the Romero Britto art competition? Congratulations to Dania for winning the Valentine's art competition, using his prints and adding her own design.
[Image: Dania holding her prize handbag, with ASL shapes "WINNER" and "Dania" around her picture. Lower section shows her artwork full of hearts, a 1st Place ribbon and text saying, "Dania is an awesome art student!"

Dania holding her prize handbag, with ASL shapes "WINNER" and "Dania" around her picture. Lower section shows her artwork full of hearts, a 1st Place ribbon and text saying, "Dania is an awesome art student!"
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February 2024

In the School for the Deaf, last week, students had Valentine's votes for the best Romero Brito-inspired Valentine's art. The winner received an art prize from Rachella Ortiz, Art Teacher. Students also learned about Yago Partal the Zoo Portraits artist. K-2nd grade students made sweater bears while 3rd through 5th grade made Yayoi Kusama-inspired Valentine's hearts. The display has polka dots around it, to match her art style.

seven portraits of bears - each wearing a unique sweater

valentine's hearts displayed vertically and surrounded by polka dots

17 heart art pictures with the text "Valentine's Votes".
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January 2024
 
The students, in the School for the Deaf, are practicing as a pair to present, the Ella Mae Lentz poem, “The Dogs” to the class this week. Students have been learning about the importance of poetry in Deaf Culture class.
[Image: photo of a male and female student, who is using ASL, working with a laptop in a classroom.]

A male and female student, who is using ASL, working with a laptop in a classroom.]
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November 2023

Thanks to this CSDB family for instilling the importance of community service in their children! In this video, Hollywood, a student in the School for the Deaf, explains how he is preparing food for people in need. The family gave service to homeless people over the holiday break. Great job!!

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October 2023

Students in the School for the Deaf Physics class are learning all about the states of matter, changes between states, physical and chemical changes, and changes in thermal energy all while making delicious vanilla ice cream. Who says learning about science isn't messy?

Written by Bryan Zigler, Middle/High School Science Teacher, School for the Deaf

 

Seven students perform a group experiment around a science lab table.
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Class of 2023-Mariah Gonzales

May 2023

Celebrating a member of the Class of 2023, Mariah Gonzales. Congratulations!
 

Mariah Gonzales Graduation Announcement 2023
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Class of 2023-Daisy Martin

May 2023

Celebrating a member of the Class of 2023, Daisy Martin. Congratulations!

Daisy Martin Graduation Announcement 2023
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Magic Multiplication

February 2023

In the School for the Deaf, Alma Sicinski’s elementary students use magic analog clocks as a magic multiplication strategy to learn the multiplication facts 3-8 quickly.

Two students explore an analog clock and point as they learn multiplication
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Musicians!

February 2022

Oh yeah, we think outside the Bach’s. (a music pun :))

Yesterday, our music therapist, Julie, and our music therapy intern, Adrianna, presented their School for the Deaf middle school musicians. The performance included a student keyboardist playing Beethoven, two duets with electric guitar and drums, and drum soloists. It was a joy to be in the audience and to receive the gift of music.

upper left, female student on the keyboards; upper right, male student on electric guitar; lower left, Julie and Adrianna stand and smile; lower right, one student plays drums while another plays electric guitar
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Library Visit

January 2023

Students, in the School for the Deaf, are now visiting our new location for the CSDB library. Tracy Ross’s English classes will be going weekly in order to check out books! This was our first week visiting and checking out books to use during our D. E. A. R. (Drop Everything And Read) time in class. The students are excited to read the variety of books that are available.

four students and one teacher stand in front of library book shelf
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collage of five pictures with students using gestures to imitate the presenter

Figurative Language

December 2022

In the School for the Deaf High School English classes, students have been learning about figurative language, personification, and metaphors oh my! In these photos, the class is practicing their poetry and personification skills by mirroring an ASL poem by Ian Sanborn called, "Caterpillar". The smiles and enthusiasm are contagious as the students also play handshape games and have fun with their language.

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"I Love You"

November 2022

Sweet!

Young student, in the School for the Deaf, proudly holds up his heart art that has three "I Love You" handshapes coming out of the heart. Student grins happily.

Young student, in the School for the Deaf, proudly holds up his heart art that has three "I Love You" handshapes coming out of the heart. Student grins happily.
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Bulldog Space Center

 top left, student in an astronaut costume works on the floor with a teacher in a space helmet; top right, costumes and play space capsule displayed in the room; lower, far photo of the room with planet photos and models, space rug, cubbies and full book rack.]

 

November 2022

Bulldogs Space Center! Introducing our new theme for the School for the Deaf Play-Based Learning Center - the Bulldog Space Center, where our Little Dippers can learn through space exploration. -School for the Deaf Instructional Coaching Team.

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Fall Fun!

top left: Mom slides with daughter; top right, kids on haystack; center, families during hayride; lower left, Halloween costume parade group; lower right, 5 students using various ASL signs

November 2022

In the School for the Deaf, Kindergarten and 1st grade class, students have been enthusiastically learning about farm animals, where we get our food and milk, and what life is like on a farm! We concluded our learning by attending the Colorado Kids Ranch located in Monument on a field trip! There were farm animals and the kids got to feed the chickens and goats! There were even pretend cows so students could get a feel for what it would be like to milk one! We took a hay ride, explored the haystack tower, the obstacle course, the tube slide and even a playpen filled with corn kernels!

The students absolutely enjoyed Halloween dressed in their fabulous costumes, participating in our annual CSDB parade and we went trick or treating around the campus! We had a wonderful storyteller, Jennifer Mclellan, share a Halloween story with K- 5th graders!

We moved on to learn about the Day of the Dead. Families sent in a photo of an ancestor and students were busy making tissue paper colorful picture frames for them. They learned what an ofrenda is and made craft flowers and candles to set one up. Students decorated sugar skull cookies and set them on the ofrenda as well before gobbling them up for their afternoon snack! The pumpkins that were brought back from the farm, students enjoyed bedazzling and painting skeleton faces on them! To wrap up our learning students sorted Halloween and Day of the Dead symbols into a Venn diagram to see visually what is different and the same between the two holidays!

We will be moving onto exploring places in our neighborhood and community heroes and there is even a play-based Bulldog Pizzeria set up in our classroom! Come in for a visit, they would love to take your order, make your pizza just how you like it and then of course, demand that you pay the cashier working that day!

by Ms. Rachella Ortiz

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Halloween Costume Parade

October 2022

Check out our Halloween Costume Parade, CUTE!

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Music Therapy Strategies at CSDB

October 2022

Written by Julie Harrison, CSDB Music Therapist

A young woman holding a guitar meets a student at her school bus. The student finds it difficult to transition into the school day, and music is one of the supports she needs. The woman plays songs the student has come to associate with easing into the day. Erin smiles and begins to pat her legs. She rolls into the school building in her wheelchair.

Music therapy is a research-based health profession in which a board-certified music therapist uses music interventions to reach non-musical goals in a non-threatening environment with people of all ages and abilities. Music therapy can benefit in any setting, such as academic settings and medical settings. Music therapists work towards academic, communication, cognitive, behavioral, social and motor goals.

Music therapists, such as the one in the above story, are trained to utilize the captivating elements of music to help students with non-musical tasks such as transitions, learning the braille code, utilizing their assistive communication devices, and reinforcing Orientation and Mobility, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy goals. 

CSDB has one certified music therapist who serves as our music educator, and a music therapy intern serving students until January.  The educator/therapist often co-treats with other professionals at the school and supports academic teachers with their IEP goals. She serves the School for the Blind and the School for the Deaf. This month, she will serve the Outreach department by supporting their family programs.  While we do not currently provide one-to-one music therapy services, we incorporate music therapy strategies in all music education settings. Music is a powerful tool for many of our students and can help our students thrive and achieve at CSDB.