VSDB Music Group to Honor Martin Luther King

VSDB’s music group, The Jammers, will be performing at the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Celebration at First Presbyterian Church in Staunton on Monday, January 20th from 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

The program will celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King. Our blind and visually impaired middle and high school students will be participating as part of the Community Gospel Choir.

We’d love to see you there!

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“’Twas the Night Before Christmas” Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA

Register nowVA Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired, VA Hands & Voices,  VA Association of Parents of Students with Visual Impairments, VA Hands & Voices and VSDB Outreach Services co-host a theater event!

When?       Saturday, December 7, 2019, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Who?         For students grades 1 through 12 who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired from any school in Virginia. Students must be accompanied by at least one parent from 9:30 – 1:30, and are welcome to bring up to three family members (for a maximum of 4 people total attending per family). Limit: 45 people.

What?        View the play, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” (not like the poem) with pre- and post-show sessions, and meet students from other school divisions.  Special features:  Audio description provided by Access Virginia and ASL interpreters will make the play accessible to all; students will have the opportunity to explore the stage before the play, and ask actors questions after; time to network and learn about state services and resources during lunch; career awareness session after, “Careers in Theater:  A Lot More Than Acting!”, designed for students 12 years and older and their families (younger students who are interested and their families may attend!)

Cost?            Event and lunch provided free for all registrants confirmed to attend.

Where?     Barter Theatre, Gilliam Stage, 127 West Main St, Abingdon, VA   24210 (free parking behind Stage II – more details will be sent to registrants later.)

How Do We Register? Complete registration form at:


(click on the link above, or you may need to cut and paste this into your browser line).  Deadline for registering is noon, Nov. 21, 2019.  Attendance is limited to the first 45 family members registered.  Registration does not guarantee attendance; emails will be sent letting you know if you are confirmed or on wait list.


For more information, please contact Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, Director of Outreach Services at debbie.pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us  or (540) 414-5249.   More specific details will be sent to registrants as the date of the event approaches. We hope to see you there!


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Illustration of Goalball being played

Goalball team will travel to Austin, TX to participate in the USABA High School National Tournament.

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the Host School and games will begin Thursday evening at 5 PM.

Our Chiefs first match will be against the Washington Lions at 5:45 PM CST then at 7:15 PM CST we play Florida. Our third match will be at 1:30 PM CST , Friday against Arizona. The schedule after that will depend on the outcome of those 3 games.
Friday and Saturday games will be live-streamed at http://www.tsbvi.edu/live
Texas is 1 hour behind us so our match at 3:45 PM Friday will be 4:45 PM here in Staunton.
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VSDB Remembers 9/11

On 9/11, All VSDB students and staff honored the fallen and those who served: emergency personnel, military personnel, and the community. We also raised a new flag, The Freedom Flag, to honor our military who continue to fight for our freedom and serve our country. We took a moment of silence to remember and honor all of those who risked their lives on that fateful day, and all of those who continue to risk their lives for us everyday. 

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VSDB Hosts State VIPs

Last week, the Secretary of Education Atif Qarni and the VDOE Assistant Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services Dr. Sam Hollins visited VSDB along with members of VSDB’s Board of Visitors. They toured the school buildings, and visited several classrooms across campus. At the end of the day, students and staff gathered in the chapel for a brief word from the Secretary and Assistant Superintendent, followed by time for the students to talk with them. We enjoyed our time with them and feel honored to have hosted them on our beautiful campus.

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VSDB Honors Fallen Military Personnel

Superintendent, Pat Trice was honored to represent VSDB with the Staunton-Augusta Lions Club in the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Va on August 23, 2019.

The Lions Club is a service organization and although they help others in the community, they are mandated by their charter to serve the Deaf and the Blind.

Their mission is reflected in their motto,  “We Serve”.  The Staunton-Augusta Lions Club sponsors the VSDB Leo Club which provides students an opportunity to serve others.   The attached video, shows the laying of the wreath ceremony.  There is absolute quiet during the ceremony. The only words spoken are at the beginning are when the guard announces the start of the ceremony and instructs people that total silence is expected during  the ceremony and that at the appropriate time, people are to place their hand over their heart while the bugle plays taps.

Please enjoy this wonderful event!


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LEAD-Mongolia Visits VSDB

For the third year and in collaboration with the University of Virginia, VSDB welcomed LEAD-Mongolia to its campus on September 12th. LEAD-Mongolia is an organization that strives to strengthen democracy and improve civic engagement in its country. Each year, the organization sends a delegation of fellows to tour the United States to learn about educational and government programs and services so that when they return home, they are better able to support their mission. The group of approximately 35 fellows toured VSDB school and residential programs and joined the students for dinner. VSDB looks forward to this continued partnership and to hosting the group again in the future!

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VSDB Urban Farm Harvest

As students return to school, VSDB’s Urban Farm is in full swing! Emily Row worked through the summer, ensuring the students had a bounty of crops waiting for them to nurture and harvest. These beautiful herbs and veggies will be sold in VSDB’s weekly Farmer’s Market to students and staff, or will make their way to the cafeteria to make fresh meals for the students.

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New VSDB Greenhouse

As one of two  USDA grant recipients in Virginia, VSDB has added additional greenhouse space to CROPS, its farm and horticulture program.  With the largest farm-to-school program in the Commonwealth, VSDB students enjoy both horticulture and agriculture work experiences as part of VSDB’s ACHIEVE workforce program as well as learning about the importance of a healthier lifestyle.  

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