School for the Blind
Welcome to the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, School for the Blind
|Ski Trip||2/13/17 – 2/16/17||All Day||Selected CSDB students and staff||Off Campus|
|Parent Teacher Conferences||2/16/17||4:00 p.m.||CSDB staff and parents of CSDB students||On Campus|
|Professional Development Day||2/17/17||All Day||CSDB Staff only (no students)||On Campus|
|Presidents’ Day||2/20/17||All Day||School closed (no staff or students)||On Campus|
|Ski Trip||2/22/17 – 2/26/17||All Day||Selected CSDB students and staff||Off Campus|
|Oratorical Regional Contest||2/23/17||5:00 p.m.||CSDB 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place district winners||Library 21C|
|Audio Description Training||2/25/17||9:00 a.m.||CSDB staff||On Campus|
|Professional Development Day||3/24/17||All Day||CSDB staff(no students)||On Campus|
|Spring Break||3/27/17 – 3/31/17||All Day||School closed (no staff or students)||On Campus|
Middle School/High School Language Arts
Every year secondary students in the Adams Building at The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind participate in the Oratorical Contest hosted by the Optimist Club. Each year the Optimist Club puts out a topic that serves as the focus of students’ speeches. This year’s topic was: What the World Gains from Optimism. Students spent months reviewing the elements of a speech as well as reviewing other speeches that served as models for inspiration. Students rehearsed and practiced their speeches for peer feedback.
Ultimately, seven students participated in the official contest. Students talked about optimism’s positive effect on the environment; famous role models, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Thomas Edison; brushed on historic events, such as the Civil War and South Africa’s apartheid; and related the topic back to their personal lives. Overall, the judges were extremely impressed with how prepared students were this year and the tough decision the speeches presented.
All students received recognition for participating, but three students received medals and get to advance to the next round. Shaylin Peterson, a seventh grader, placed third; Jackson Lambert, a freshman, placed second; and, Alacia Bates, also a seventh grader, received the first place medal. All three students are advancing to the next level which will be held Thursday, February 23rd at 6:00 p.m. at Library 21C in Colorado Springs.
Teacher: Whitney Sandoval