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October 2011

Galloping The High School Newsletter

“Reach New Heights” and “Be The Difference!” That

was the recurring theme we emphasized to students and

staff during the first week of school, We’ve had a terrific first week of school as students had the opportunity to meet their teachers for the first time, review academic and behavior expectations, see old and new friends and much more. We welcomed 30 9th graders and 13 new students as well as old upperclassmen.


have been busy every day since the first day of school and here are some examples.

During the first week, students met their homeroom advisory

John Serrano presenting “Reach New Heights” and he’s certainly being different!

teachers for the first time and this year, our primary goal is to maintain and strengthen teacher/student relationships and be your child’s advocate. You should be expecting to get an email or a phone call from your child’s advisory group teacher sometime soon. One of our goals this year is to build a better bridge between school and parents so this is one of many ways to achieve this.

We reviewed the Student Code of Conduct including dress code changes with students. We’ve set up students’ TSD email accounts; which will be primarily used for school communication (sending homework assignments via email to teachers, etc.). The email address is set up like this: Advisory Group teachers also reviewed TSD laptop expectations and distributed laptops to students.

Another exciting development in High School is that we’ve finally printed the High School/CTE Catalog; which contains essential information about HS/CTE courses, graduation plans, transition plans and other academic-related topics. The purpose of this catalog is to have all the information regarding academics and transition planning in one place that can be used during ARD meetings. We will post the catalog online for your viewing and we will inform you with more details as soon as we post it online.

Based on the high level of motivation and positive vibes I’m seeing from students, teachers and staff, it’s going to be a fantastic year because it will be the year when we all will reach new heights and be the difference together.

Career & Transition Services Team

For example, if one were to want to become an “Auto Body Technician” after graduation, what do you think the student’s class selections should look like? What kind of work experience should the student seek when s/he is in the Career Preparation 2 course? All of this information should be part of your Transition Plan.

The students will also have the

My Choice, My Future, and Making Informed The “Reaching New Heights” theme could not be more appropriate for Career & Transition Services’ newest program: College and Career Readiness workshops. From the very first day of school to winter break, there are 24 twenty-minute and 5 sixty-minute long workshops designed to help High School students to make informed and better decisions about their future after graduation.

The Transition Plan is part of your ARD and is required by the federal and state law for all students who are 14 years old and above. We cannot emphasize enough on how advantageous this transition plan is for the students. This allows you to develop a plan for your own future and numerous checkpoints for yourself.

Throughout the advisory period and workshops, the students will have the opportunity to learn more about themselves; their values, interests, skills, and learning styles. Once the selfassessment part is done, the students will be able to set their employment, post-secondary, and independent living skills goals. Your goals after TSD graduation should be connected to your self-assessment results.

opportunity to develop their own personalized Transition PowerPoint slides for their upcoming ARD meeting in the winter. During the Transition Plan part, the student will give a presentation about her/his self-assessment results and goals after graduation.

We want to see our students reaching for heights by being empowered with their transition and career decisions. This includes taking control and making your own decisions!

We would like to share an African Proverb: “For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it now” Be well, Daniel P. Veit Transition Specialist Career and Transition Services

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Barbara Hussey High School Language Arts Teacher Texas School for the Deaf

project, the teacher will post pictures and send thanks to the donor. If this sounds simple, it is because it is. To find out about this website, go to


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Interns From Across The Nation At Texas School for the Deaf

Tyler DeShaw

Tyler DeShaw. He was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He mainstreamed at a hearing school and when he graduated, he decided to pursue English Education at Gallaudet University. After he graduated, he went onto seek his graduate education at Boston University. He’s expected to graduate in December, 2011. Currently, he is interning with Barbara Hussey as his mentor at Texas School for the Deaf. Galloping Rangers (GR): How or why did you choose to intern at Texas School for the Deaf? Tyler DeShaw: I chose Texas School for the Deaf because it has a strong bilingual program, since I’m into teaching English. GR: What has it been like interning in a classroom? TD: It’s been great! Barbara Hussey has been amazing! I have been having a positive experience here. It’s been rewarding! GR: What has been challenging for you? TD: Learning who students are and the routine. GR: What are you looking for in an education internship? TD: Real world experience, and expand on English Language Arts. GR: Has the experience of internship changed your perspective since you’ve been having an in-class experience? TD: See me in ten weeks! GR: Sure, will do! Nice to meet you, and good luck with your journey.

Danielle Goyette

Danielle Goyette. She was born in Oklahoma, at age 6, she moved to Wisconsin. She moved to California enrolling at California State University, Northridge. After she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, she set her eyes on Gallaudet University. She was informed that she was required to earn a Bachelor of Arts in General Education before she would be accepted into the graduate program; Deaf Education. She persisted with her passion. There, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Education. Currently, she’s interning with Ann Meredith as her mentor at Texas School for the Deaf. Galloping Rangers (GR): How or why did you choose to intern at Texas School for the Deaf? Danielle Goyette: Gallaudet placed me here, but I have heard a lot of positive things about TSD. I do like the city of Austin. GR: How did you decide on a career in Education? DG: I grew up loving to read and write. I want to pass that passion onto children, since I’ve been made aware that the younger generations are not as enthusiastic as I have been. I want to change that. GR: What are you looking for in an education internship? DG: Texas School for the Deaf has a great program. I hope to gain experience as a teacher and a student. I drive to learn how to relate with students more. GR: Is there anything you’d like to say to TSD? DG: Thank you for making me feel welcomed here! :-D

Interns From Across The Nation At Texas School for the Deaf






After School Activities





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Students Return

Volleyball 5:30 / 6:30 p DSC Social 8 - 9:15 p Church 8 - 9:15 p

DSC Social 8 - 9:15 p Church 8 - 9:15 p

Breast Cancer




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Football Varsity






ASL Film @ Aud 7 p

DSC Social 8 - 9:15 p Church 8 - 9:15 p

Football Varsity 7 p

17 Family Night

Awareness @ Koen Hall 8 p

7 p

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7:45 p

(Last Home Game)

Halloween Party @ DSC 8 p

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New Employees at Texas School for the Deaf Pia Marie Paulone

I'm a first year teacher coming to TSD fresh out of Indiana University, where I got my Masters' of Science in Environmental Science. I got my undergraduate degree in Biology from Gallaudet University, where I graduated with University Honors. While at Gallaudet, I played four years of volleyball, and during my senior year, our team went to the NCAA Sweet 16. I also dabbled in basketball and track. I'm also a former College Bowl

competitor, and continue to work with the Gallaudet College Bowl team every other year. Prior to Austin, I was living in Whistler in British Columbia, Canada, where I went snowboarding nearly every week. It's quite a nice change of scenery, moving from the snow and mountains of BC to the oaks and heat of Austin.

Bruce Letzelter

Born and Raised in Wheeling, WV. Born hard of hearing and my parents wanted me to have the best speech therapy program available within the region. Our local audiologist referred us to DePaul Institute in Pittsburgh where I started my education at 18 months old. Because of my father's construction business, we could not relocate to Pittsburgh so my mother closed her beauty salon to drive me 2 hours round-trip each day. I recall our

routine where we stopped for an ice cream sandwich on the way home and how often I would nap in the backseat of my mother's car.! High School days, I went to Mount Lebanon High in Pittsburgh where we had our own ice rink on campus for an intense Varsity hockey program. Mario Lemieux used our rink during offhours for practice. Junior year, I entered the hockey tryout for the first time and made it on the team. I was appointed as the Asst. Captain for JV. Senior year, I was drafted for the

Varsity team and we made it to the playoffs all the way to the champion round. The champion game was hosted at the Pittsburgh Penguins Igloo. Unfortunately, we lost 3-9 as our team got too nervous to focus on game play.!The following year, I went to Ultralight Flying school over the summer prior to Summer Vestibule Program at NTID/RIT. Due to several bad weather incidents during the months of June/July, I was unable to complete the program in time to graduate before leaving to attend SVP. From there, that's where my network of deaf and hard of hearing peers grew. NTID/RIT is also the college where I met several co-workers of TSD such as Cal Balogun, Shelley Oishi-Fink, Amy Baxter and Paul Stropko, just to name a few.! I went to RIT for Bachelor degree in Biomedical Photographic Communication and a Masters in Print Media before I went to the working world off campus. I have worked at Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, GA as a Biomedical Photographer, PrintWorks at American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, CT as a Print Production Assistant, and the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester, NY as a Medicaid Service Coordinator. Now I am a Printing / Imaging Teacher here and proud to work and see Ranger Press expand so that our students can be exposed a variety of modern Printing technology and learn of future printing trends.! Come and see what we at Ranger Press have to offer in our print shop. We have competitive pricing and provide the highest quality prints through teaching.! Scan this using your smart phone via QR scanner Cheers and thank you for reading my bio, Bruce Letzelter

Language Planning Language Planning at Texas School for the Deaf is included in one of the 2011-2016 strategic planning goals under the focus area of Curriculum and Instruction. The plan is to ensure that students develop strong academic foundations in American Sign Language and English as part of their ongoing language development.

The mission of Language Planning at TSD is the implementation of a bilingual and multicultural learning approach with an emphasis on ASL and English to help our community of learners achieve linguistic and cultural self-actualization in order to become contributing members of society.

We believe that the most effective way for Language Planning to contribute to the educational development and learning of our learners is through the use of the CASA (Corpus, Acquisition, Status and Attitude) Framework.

We also believe that these components must work

interdependently to support communication, language development, and mastery.

We plan to achieve these beliefs by engaging in the following: •

Implementing corpora to be used by our educators and students by focusing on the collection, development, creation and sharing of resources;

Focusing on acquisition of language by conducting language assessment and providing language models in order to meet the needs of our learners to become effective communicators and users of language;

Emphasizing status of language, which focuses on policies that concern curricula and the assessment of academic and social language/communication within the TSD community;

Ensuring positive attitudes towards diverse cultures, adaptive language uses and learning styles within the community.

Several divisions, including Instructional, Residential, Administration, and Student Support, will have opportunities for professional development trainings and participation in professional learning communities this academic year. We are exploring deeper issues of language planning and how it best fits our diverse student population.

TSD students need high-quality instruction in ASL and English in order to become effective, balanced bilinguals using social and academic language. need to be evaluated and implemented, as appropriate.

Current research and best practices Through our Language Planning efforts,

we are working towards achieving that goal. High School English Language Arts teacher and ASL Mentor, Barbara Hussey, was asked to reflect upon her experience with Language Planning thus far.

She explained, “As a teacher, I have found

language planning inspiring. ! It has given us time to get together with colleagues to discuss strategies and exchange ideas. !As a department as a whole, we have become more aware and reflective of our students' strengths and needs because of this process.�

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