School for the Blind

Welcome to the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, School for the Blind

In the short video above, Principal Jamie Lugo introduces the program goals and objectives for staff and students in the School for the Blind.

Principal Jamie Lugo
Administrative Assistant Kathy Bristol


What’s Happening?

January:

January 7 Professional Development Day, No School for Students

January 8 Students back on Campus: Happy 2019

January 10 CSDB Board Meeting on Campus

January 14 Winter Assessments begin

January 17 CSDB Braille Challenge on Campus

January 18 End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester

January 19 Children of Color Conference in Colorado Springs

January 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School

January 27-29 Vail Ski Trip

January 31 1st Semester Awards Ceremony on Campus

February:

Dental Hygiene Event: Date to be Announced

February 1 Oratorical Contest on Campus

February 2 Diversity Conference in Denver

February 3-5 Vail Ski Trip

February 6 Accountability Meeting on Campus (parents are strongly encouraged to attend)

February 10-12 Vail Ski Trip

February 14 CSDB Board Meeting on Campus

February 14 Parent Teacher Conferences on Campus

February 15 Professional Development Day, No School for Students

February 18 Presidents’ Day, No School



Independent Living Skills

On September 13th, our Board of Trustees had the opportunity to sample some home-grown CSDB applesauce. Some folk did not know our campus has apple trees. There’s one west of Gottlieb, two on the southwest corner of Argo, and one south of the Adams Building. Our Independent Living Skills class noticed that apples from these trees were dropping and being left to rot, and this didn’t seem like a good use of our resources, so we decided to harvest some apples and make applesauce.

We picked the apples by hand or, in the case of some higher ones, by cane. Once we had enough we went to Ritter Hall to prepare them. After washing the apples, the members of our class took turns peeling the apples with a potato peeler. To make clean up easier, we covered the table with paper before we began peeling. Afterwards, we just rolled up the paper to remove the mess.

Once the apples were peeled, we cored them. Bad parts of the apples were removed and thrown away. The rest went into a pot with some water and got boiled for about 20 minutes, until tender.

We drained the apples with a colander. Next, we placed them in a bowl with some sugar and cinnamon and began mashing them with a potato masher. Once we got a smooth consistency, we were able to place the applesauce in storage containers and chill it.

Mashing apples

Mashing apples is hard work.

During our applesauce project we touched on several areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum. We practiced orientation and mobility skills while seeking the apple trees, independent living skills as we measured and cooked, and even sensory efficiency as we took in the colors and the aroma of the cooking apples.

And the Board of Trustees opinion of our applesauce? They loved it….and want to know what treat we’ll be preparing for them next month!

 

 

 

 

The above videos show students learning to stay on topic, listen, and take turns in a conversation. Both videos are described for the benefit of people who are blind or visually impaired and captioned for the benefit of people who are deaf or hard of hearing.