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Winter 2013 - 2014 Message from the Executive Director
Today, while writing to you, snow is still on the ground from three pre-winter storms; Chanukah, which came early this year, is a recent memory; Christmas is a week away; and as always, we are very busy and very excited at this joyful and hopeful time of the year.
Even more than usual, we are filled with eager anticipation about where we are heading, and we have pleasurable memories about where we’ve been.
Where we’ve been: For more than two years, we engaged in a self-study, accumulating data, analyzing the gathered information, and reporting about ourselves to ourselves and to the Middle States accreditation agency. This was followed by a visit from a Middle States accreditation team. They stayed on campus, reviewed records, and spoke with persons of their choosing.
It’s a pleasure to report to you that our Middle States accreditation is continued for the (maximum) seven year period. Thanks to everyone involved—staff, students, Board members, and families—this premier accreditation agency certified that we do what we say we do, and do it very well. Our school has been continuously accredited since the 1940s.
Throughout all of the special work that the accreditation process requires, we educated students, expanded their athletic and artistic horizons, and continued to encourage their independence.
For the first time in 50 years our wrestling team took first place in the annual Eastern Athletic Association for the Blind (EAAB) competition. And bridging the gap between where we’ve been and where we are heading, there is the Strategic Plan: we have begun to create a new Strategic Plan to ensure that we continue to serve the needs of our student body in a fiscally responsible way.
Where we are heading: As always, we are looking forward to the Prom and Commencement, big events that students, family, and staff look forward to each year. In addition, through Philadelphia’s Art-Reach, we are partnering with Magic Gardens (also in Philadelphia) to create a permanent mosaic in our century old Rotunda. This is a cooperative effort in which Art-Reach arranged funding, Magic Gardens guides the creative and installation process, Overbrook students and staff provide the inspiration and information to make the mosaic truly representative of who we are, and students are hands-on participants.
In addition to our annual Spring Concert, we will be hosting the 12th Annual Eastern Schools for the Blind Music Festival on Saturday, May 17th. We anticipate over 100 students from six schools, including OSB. We will also participate in the Overbrook Farms House Tour on Sunday, April 27th, which will include the school’s houses at 6392 and 6398 Woodbine Ave. and may include the OSB Museum located in the Rotunda balcony of our century-old main building.
Join us when you can. And please keep checking our web site, which is under reconstruction, but remains functional. The improvements should be completed by the end of 2014.
Happy New Year!
Overbrook students in the news!
OSB students recently visited the Penn Museum, which is part of the University of Pennsylvania It offers touch tours for people who are blind or visually impaired. The museum is an archaeology and anthropology center and as such provided the opportunity for our students to expand their exploration of the world while fine tuning their individual sense of touch. And explore and fine tune, they did!
As one student said, "When I touch things, it's my version of a sighted person's eyes. It tells me way more than a person describing it would ever." You can check out the full story below, as well as a video on our blog!
Associated Press Article