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District News

Welcome to Kentucky School for the Blind
KSB is part of the Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Next Generation Learners, Division of Learning Services The Kentucky School for the Blind does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sex or disability in employment programs, vocational programs, National Lunch and Breakfast Program, or activities set forth in compliance with the Office of Civil Rights, Title VI, VII, Title IX, ADA and Section 504.
KSB Students Marshal Easter Parade

Frankfort Avenue businesses voted  to have KSB students be the Grand Marshals of the 2013 Easter Parade that moved down Frankfort Avenue on Saturday, March 30.


Mudd to Receive Langan Award on Founder's Day

KSB will present the prestigious Paul J. Langan Award to J. Gary Mudd during the school’s 171st Founder’s Day Program on Thur., May 9, 2013 at 1:30 PM in Richie Auditorium.  Parents, families and friends are invited to attend the Founder’s Day Program.


Monkeying Around

There has been some “monkey business” in the primary building!

KPREP Testing Has Arrived

KPREP Testing has arrived at KSB!

Third Graders Make National Impact

What sorts of things can we do when we’re angry?  We can talk badly about the thing that made us angry.  We can kick and scream. 

What about making a change?

KSB's Newest Addition

Stephanie Davis, Literacy Coach, at KSB has added a new member to her family.

KSB Music Department Year End Recitals

KSB Music department is showcasing student talent!

High Schoolers to Read Selected Novel over Summer

KSB is implementing a NEW summer reading program for all high school students!

YES Foreign Exchange Student at KSB is Student of the Month

KSB Foreign Exchange Student from Pakistan garners Student of the Month Honor in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program Month. See full story at  http://www.yesprograms.org/.

KSB Alumni Association Honors Special Members

Two KSB Alumni, celebrating significant milestones, were present at the KSB Alumni Weekend Reunion held on June 7-9.  Nina Coyle (Class of 1938) was honored as a 75th year alumni member and former student and KSB superintendent Will D. Evan (Class of 1953) was honored upon his 60th year.  Read more for a list (with photos) of 25 and 50 year alumni members and reunion highlights.

Highlights from 2013 Insight Post Secondary Preparation Program

Click here to read about the successful 2013 Insight Post Secondary Preparation Program that was held at Morehead State University for Kentucky high schools students who are blind and visually impaired

Summer Events

July 23-24
Gateways to Independence

The 20th Annual Gateways to Independence, a summer institute for service providers of students with visual impairments, will be held on July 23-24 at the Kentucky School for the Blind. The theme for this milestone year is "Working with Student Students with Complex Needs: Communication Strategies." For additional information click on Gateways.

Summer Reading Requirement for High School Students

All KSB high school students are required to read at least one title from a select list. Read more for suggested reading tips and to see a full title listing.

Student Registration and Opening Day of School

Student Registration Day will be held on Sunday, August 18 from 12-3 PM.  The first day of school will begin on Monday, August 19.

We Are Back in Session

For the 172nd time, KSB opened its doors to another school year.  I invite you to read about the exciting things happening on campus and the many opportunities and services that are available to all Kentucky students who are blind and visually impaired, through the August KSB Update.

Highlights of the 2013-14 School Year

Please take a look at the exciting highlights of the 2013-14 school year as outlined by Guidance Counselor Elaine Hall in the Counselor's Corner of the Weekly Wildcat.  Plus, check out all of the activities taking place on campus in the Important News Bulletins section, happenings across the state in the Outreach Events section and a special feature on the importance of shoes.

Campus News and Events

Please take a look and learn about the exciting things that are happening on the KSB campus.  Get the latest news and information in the Weekly Wildcat.

Need a Little Diversion?

If you like to play golf, and want to make a difference for Kentucky children and adults who are blind and visually impaired, plan now to participate in the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation Golf Scramble on September 18 at Fuzzy Zoeller's Covered Bridge Golf Club.  If golf is not your game, but you would like to sponsor a tee, click here.  


Special SBDM Council Meeting Set

The KSB SBDM Council will conduct a special meeting on Thurs., Sept. 19 at 3 PM at the school.  The only agenda item for this meeting is the annual legally required SBDM training for council members.

Nominations Being Sought for KSB Advisory Board

Nominations are currently being sought for a school district or special educational cooperative representative and a KSB alumnus and/or community business representative to serve on the KSB Advisory Board.  For more information and a nomination form, Click Here.

Check Out the Latest KSB News

Read all about what KSB students are doing and preview upcoming events in the Weekly Wildcat.

Take a Look at What's Going on at KSB

Find out when and what to expect from KSB's first quarter grading reports in the Counselor's Corner, new technology and an abundance of Fall activities in the Weekly Wildcat.

College and Career Fair and Upcoming Fall Events

Read about KSB's successful College and Career Fair and the upcoming Fall events for students and their families in the Weekly Wildcat.

Weekly Happenings

Read about the High School Service Project, the Low Vision Clinic, DEAR Reading Circle and the Holiday Music Show in this week's issue of Wildcat Weekly.

Fall Music Concert

You won't want to miss KSB's Fall Music Concert on Thurs., Nov. 21.  MS and HS students will be performing on campus in Richie Auditorium at 6:30 PM.  

Weekly News

Read about the latest Arts and Humanities activities, plus lots of other exciting things KSB students are doing in the Weekly Wildcat.

KSB Weekly Wildcat News

In this issue of KSB Weekly Wildcat you will read about the senior playwrights and their presentations, see some student chefs at work, learn about revisions to the Eligibility Policy and check out many other campus activities that are taking place this month.

KSB to Present North Pole Bakers and Music Makers

The KSB Annual Christmas Music Program will be held on Friday, Dec. 20 at 10:30 AM.  Elementary students will present a mini musical The North Pole Bakers with heartfelt poems and songs. The scene is the week before Christmas and all around the Pole, one special group has one special goal!  The second half of the program will consist of the Music Makers with musical selections provided by the KSB Percussion Ensemble. 

The public is invited to attend this performance.

See Where We've Been and Where we are Going

As the Statewide Educational Resource Center on Blindness, KSB is involved with numerous activities on campus and around Kentucky that have a positive impact on students who are blind and visually impaired and their teachers and/or service providers. You are invited to take a look at where we have been and where we are going in the November KSB Update

KSB Cancels Classes Week of Jan. 13-17

After a week of experiencing significant water main breaks due to freezing temperatures, the Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB), will cancel classes for the week of January 13-17.  The damage occurred in the McDaniel Classroom Building and also resulted in a loss of heat to the building.

Contractors are onsite and are working to correct the situation. An extensive clean up will be done prior to the return of students and staff.  School will reopen on Tuesday, January 21 following the Martin Luther King Holiday.  All staff and parents have been contacted with the school's emergency alert system.

Makeup days are tentatively scheduled for the weeks of February 24-28 and June 2-6.

KSB classes on a 2-hour delay for Friday, January 24

If Jefferson County Public Schools changes their status of a 2-hour delay for Friday, January 24, KSB may also change.  The website will be updated if there are any changes to the 2-hour delay. 

Parents and Staff will be notified through our OneCallNow emergency alert system.

Weekly News and Events

KSB welcomes new Principal Debi Phillips and KSB/KSD Interim State Supervisor Walter T. Hulett. Read about them and more in the Weekly Wildcat.

2014 Kentucky Braille Challenge

Teachers: Register your students now for the 2014 Kentucky Braille Challenge to be held on Thurs., March 6, 2014Click Here for a registration form and to learn more about this exciting event for Kentucky students who read and/or write braille. Registration deadline is Feb. 3.

KSB classes on a 2 hour delay for Wednesday, February 5
Weekly News and Activities

KSB Wrestling and Cheerleading Teams placed fourth in the North Central Schools for the Blind (NCASB) Championship Meet.  Read about it plus all of the other exciting student activities in the KSB Weekly Wildcat.

KSB classes on a 2 hour delay for Monday, February 10
Principal Continues Her Journey

Read what Principal Debi Phillips has to say about the new KSB path she has taken in her journey as an educator, plus find out about KSB plans for Operation Preparation and the first American Sign Language Semimar in the Weekly Wildcat.

2014 Registration of Legally Blind and Visually Impaired Students

Kentucky Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Directors of Special Education here is your link to instructions and forms to complete the 2014 Registration of Legally Blind and Visually Impaired Students. 

Look What We are Doing

Read about KSB's progress in developing a Comprehensive Strategic Improvement Plan, two teachers involvement in a special literacy conference, and plans for the next Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) Circle in the KSB Weekly Wildcat.

HS Students Engage in Reading Celebration

Read about two KSB high school students who help a local elementary school celebrate reading by sharing their Braille books and how students and staff are gearing up for a little "March Madness" of their own as they get ready for the Trash Can Basketball Tournament in the Weekly Wildcat.

KSB classes on a 2 hour delay for Tuesday, March 4

Students will follow the revised 2-hour delay bell schedule as follows:

Students Set to Compete in Kentucky Braille Challenge

Kentucky students who read and write braille are set to compete in the Kentucky Braille Challenge on Thurs., March 6.  Read all about it, plus find out how KSB is getting ready for Operation Preparation and see how our students will celebrate "Read Across America" in the KSB Weekly Wildcat.

Great Things are Happening at KSB

KSB is doing great things for Kentucky students who are blind and visually impaired, both on campus and around the state. Read about the Kentucky Braille Challenge, Low Vision Clinic recently held In Pike County, Operation Preparation and much more in the KSB Weekly Wildcat.

Humana Partners with KSB for Great "Operation Preparation" Experience for Students

Read about the successful "Operation Preparation" experience that middle and high school had at the Humana Corporate Headquarters in downtown Louisville, see the winners of the Kentucky Braille Challenge, check out details of the upcoming Wildcats and Rockers Concert in April, plus other engaging student activities in the KSB Weekly Wildcat.

Take a Peek at what Students and Staff are Doing at KSB

KSB high school student playwriters have their ten minute plays read by professionals from Louisville's acclaimed Actors Theatre.  Principal Debi Phillips praises students and staff for hard work and dedication.  And, Weekend Retreat featured a different kind of March Madness.  Read about it, plus more in the KSB Weekly Wildcat.

Wildcats and Rockers Concert to be Held on April 17

The Wildcats and Rockers Percussion Ensembles will perform in concert on Thurs., April 17 at 6:30 PM on campus in Richie Auditorium. The ensembles are made up of KSB student musicians under the direction of Bobby Falk.  The concert is free and open to the public.

Weekly Wildcat News

Read about the new facelift that is coming to several areas of campus in Principal Matters, elementary students involvement in Operation Preparation and how high school students placed in the New Voices Playwright Contest.  You will find these stories and more in the KSB Weekly Wildcat.

Register Now for KSB Summer Programs to be Held June 15-27

KSB is excited to offer Summer Enrichment Programs and the Summer Work Program to students who are visually impaired or blind living in Kentucky, from Sun., June 15 through Fri., June 27.  The programs are open to students currently enrolled in grades K-11 (graduating seniors excluded); however, the programs may not be appropriate for all students.  Please refer to our Summer Programs page for more detailed information.  There are a limited number of slots available; therefore, openings will be filled on a first-come basis based on the receipt of the application. First priority will be given to non-KSB students.  The application deadline is May 1, 2014. Click here for an application. 


Exciting Things are Going on at KSB

Read about the special art exhibit in the library, West KY Family Day, student trip to Actors Theatre, and upcoming Spring Music Recital and more in the KSB Weekly Wildcat.

Ruschival to Receive Paul J. Langan Award on Founder's Day

KSB alumnus Carla Ruschival will be presented with the Paul J. Langan Distinguished Service Award during the school's Founder's Day Program on Fri., May 9 at 12 PM.  The program will mark the school's 172 years of service to Kentucky students who are blind and visually impaired and is open to the public.  Click here to read more.

May is Busy Month at KSB

On May 9, KSB celebrates 172 years of service to Kentucky students who are blind and visually impaired; Senior Prom to be held on May 13 and the MS/HS Spring Music Recital will be held on May 15. Read about the details and more in the KSB Weekly Wildcat

Ruschival Receives Paul J. Langan Distinguished Service Award

KSB Principal Debi Phillips presented the 2014 Paul J. Langan Award to Carla Ruschival during the 172nd Founder's Day Program.  Read more.

A Night to Remember and More

Students had a great time at the Senior Prom. Read about it and view photos; plus find out about other exciting things that KSB students are doing in the Weekly Wildcat. 

Next Week is Testing Time for KSB Students

KSB will be conducting KPREP Testing during the week of May 27-June 2.  Get some tips in the Counselor's Corner on how you can help your students to be ready to go.  Plus read about engaging reading activities in the library and check out the summer reading lists for high school students in the KSB Weekly Wildcat.

Stay Up-to-Date on End-of-School Year Activities

Read about all of the major KSB events, programs, and activities for all Kentucky students who are blind and visually impaired, trainings and other services in the May KSB Update.

KSB Presents Class of 2014

Graduation will be held for the KSB Class of 2014 on Thurs., June 5.  Get the details and more in the Weekly Wildcat. 

Summer Learning and Fun

KSB is engaging students in two weeks packed full of learning and recreational activites during its Summer Enrichment Programs for elementary and middle/high school students. Running similtaneously is the summer Career Work Program, where HS students are gaining valuable work experience at the Louisville Zoo. These programs run June 15-27.

The Insight Post Secondary Educational Experience Program will run June. 20-28. This summer program gives students who are blind and visually impaired an opportunity to experience living in a college dorm, attending classes and accessing resources.  Insight takes place at Morehead State University.

KSB Presents 21st Annual Gateways to Independence

Gateways to Independence

July 21-23, 2014

 A summer institute for service providers of students with visual impairments, presented by the Kentucky School for the Blind Outreach Department

Hands on Learning!

Opening Week of School for Teachers and Staff

KSB teachers and staff will start the 2014-15 school year on Mon., Aug. 4.  Professional development for staff has been planned for Tues.-Fri., Aug. 5-8.

Student Registration Day

Student Registration Day will be held on Sun., Aug. 10 from 12 PM-3 PM.  Students and parents should report to the Evans Hall Lobby to sign in.  Staff will be on hand to assist and to answer questions about student programs and services.

First Day of School for Students

KSB will begin the first day of the 2014-15 school year on Mon., Aug. 11.  Classes will start at 7:35 AM.

Weekly Happenings

Check out motivational quotes from Dan Sharrard, news from the Parent/Student/Staff Organization (PSSO) and how to get a US Currency Reader from the Bureau of Engraving in the Weekly Wildcat.  

KSB News! Read All About It!

Just a reminder! No school on Monday - Labor Day!
Students return at 4:00 PM

In this issue you will learn when Short Term, Junior Varsity track practice and music/choir lessons will begin, get back to school shopping tips for shoes and backpacks from Donna Meyer, PT, and you can read about grocery shopping with Connie Hill, CLVT. You can also order KSB t-shirts and sweatshirts! Check out the Weekly Wildcat!

KSB Ready for New School Year

Read about the exciting changes that have taken place on our campus over the summer in preparation for the 2014-15 school year, new staff, exciting summer programs, Statewide Family Retreat for Kentucky Familes of Children who are Blind and Visually Impaired, plus much more in the August KSB Update.

KSB News! Read All About It!

In this issue you will learn several different ways to ask your child how their school day was, when state testing will begin, how Connie HIll cooks pizza with the students and an opportunity to ride the Belle of Louisville! Check out the Weekly Wildcat!

KSB News! Read All About it!

In this issue of the Weekly Wildcat, you can register for Braille Carnival, learn about Beep Baseball for the whole family and read about statewide happenings. To view past issues of the Weekly Wildcat, please visit the News section of the website.

Weekly Happenings

Read about what KSB students are learning in their Low Vision classes and all the Fall events that are available on campus and across the state for them and and their families in the Weekly Wildcat.

Bill Roby Track and Field Games to be Held Oct. 1

KSB will host the 36th Annual Bill Roby Track and Field Games on Wed., Oct. 1.  Students ages 3-14 from the Ohio, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky Schools for the Blind; Jefferson County Public Schools; and Visually Impaired Preschool Services will compete.  Read More

KSB News! Read All About It!

REMINDER: NO SCHOOL OCT. 3-7 (Friday-Tuesday) for Fall Break.

Read about the events that are available on campus and across the state for students and their families in the Weekly Wildcat. For past issues of the Weekly Wildcat in word format, please visit the News Section.

In This Issue:

  • Team Spirit Boosts Track Teams to 5th Place Conference Finish
  • First Low Vision Clinic of the Year was a Success
Fall Concert to Feature Surf and Disney Theme

Two KSB student groups, the Rockers and the Wildcat Percussion Ensemble, will perform during the Fall Concert on Thurs., Nov. 20 at 6:30 PM on campus in Richie Auditorium.  The public is invited to attend.

Braille and Low Vision Carnival

KSB will host the Braille and Low Vision Carnival on Fri., Nov. 21 for Kentucky students who are blind and visually impaired, grades K-5.  Participants will utilize their braille and low vision skills while participating in a variety of games and activities on the KSB campus.  This event runs from 9 AM-12 PM. Pre-registration is required.

KSB Has Something to Offer All Kentucky Students with Visual Impairments

Please take a moment to view an exciting presentation on what KSB has to offer students who are blind and visually impaired. 

KSB Services (PDF version)

KSB Services contains text and photo descriptions (Word version)

HeeHaw! Get Your Boots Ready for Christmas Music Performance

KSB will present "A Cowboy Christmas" on Dec. 19 at 10:30 AM in Ritchie Auditorium featuring elementary students performing a selection of songs and special poems, the KSB Glee and some MS/HS students playing piano and guitar.  The public is invited to attend.

KSB News! Read All About It!

KSB's Weekly Wildcat is a publication that tells of upcoming events, highlights happenings on campus and throughout the state and shows what great things are going on. Past editions can be found under the "NEWS" tab on the left of the home page.

Please enjoy this issue of the Weekly Wildcat !

We are now on Facebook! Please visit and like our page: https://www.facebook.com/KYschoolfortheblind




KY Regional Braille Challenge

KSB and the American Printing House for the Blind(APH) will host the Kentucky Regional Braille Challenge for students in grades K-12 who read and/or writes Braille on Thurs., Feb. 19, 2015  This event is a part of the Braille Challenge® program of the Braille Institute.  Click on these links for information and registration form:  2015 KY Braille Challenge Cover Letter and 2015 KY Braille Challenge Registration Form.

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2015 Registration of Kentucky Students who are Legally Blind and Visually Impaired

The Kentucky Instructional Materials Resource Center (KIMRC) is currently conducting the 2015 Registration of Kentucky Students who are Legally Blind and Visually Impaired.  This link contains information and forms that are required from Kentucky school districts to complete the registration. The registration deadline is February 16.

KSB will be closed Tuesday, February 17 due to inclement weather
Low Vision Clinic rescheduled for May 8

Due to inclement weather and extreme cold, the low vision clinic originally scheduled for February 20 has been rescheduled for May 8. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

KSB is closed the rest of the week

Due to extreme cold and more snow predicted, KSB will be out the rest of the week. 



If you would like to be added to our automated telephone notification, or if you are not getting the calls, please notify Melissa Gatewood (ext. 72903) or Elaine Hall (ext. 0203) to be added.

Thank you! 

KSB will be open Sunday, February 22
On behalf of Walter T. Hulett, KSD/KSB Supervisor, this email is for all Kentucky School Districts that have students at Kentucky School for the Deaf and Kentucky School for the Blind:
Braille Challenge Rescheduled to March 16

Good Afternoon, 

Due to current and predicted inclement weather , the Kentucky Regional Braille Challenge has been rescheduled for March 16. 

We apologize for any inconvenience. 


No School on Friday, February 27

As scheduled, there will be no school tomorrow, Friday, February 27. Snow make-up days are being determined at this time. The first pending date is March 9, 2015. We will let you know more ASAP.

Deadline Extended for Short Term Weekend

The deadline to register for Short Term Weekend has been extended until March 6 due to schools being out for weather. Visit: http://www.ksb.kyschools.us/Content/22 and click on "Short Term Weekend" for more information.

School Will Be Closed Thursday and Friday Due to Weather

Due to the pending weather and complex travel needs of our students, Kentucky School for the Blind will be closed Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6.

Wednesday, March 4 will be a regular 2:30 dismissal day, but it is fine if districts need to pick up earlier as needed.

Our make-up days are set and we will be in session Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3. If further days are needed, we will use Tuesday, May 19. No other make-up days are needed at this time.

As previously scheduled, there will be no school Monday, March 9

Paul J. Langan Award to be Presented to Mona Reid

KSB will present its highest honor, the Paul J. Langan Distinguished Service Award to longtime volunteer Mona Reid on Founder's Day, May 8.  Founded in 1842, this occasion marks KSB's 173rd anniversary. In addition to the award presentation, students will be be performing vocal and instrumental music and will end with a ring ceremony for juniors.  For more Founder's Day details, click here.

2015-16 School Calendar

The 2015-16 School Calendar is now available.

To view the calendar in PDF form, CLICK HERE 

To view the calendar in EXCEL form, CLICK HERE

KSB Monthly Wildcat

The MONTHLY Wildcat is published on the last Friday of each month during the school year (excluding holidays or when school is not in session). This publication provides news relevant to students who attend KSB on a full-time basis and those throughout the state. You can access the KSB Monthly Wildcat from the link below:

Click Here to View the Current Monthly Wildcat!


We are now on Facebook!


(to be placed on a waiting list, please contact Beth Baker @ beth.baker@ksb.kyschools.us - this is not a guarantee that you will be registered) 


We still have a few spots available for Best Practices
(please contact Beth Baker @ beth.baker@ksb.kyschools.us)


Student Registration and Opening Day of School

Student Registration will be held on Sunday, Aug. 16 from 12 PM-3 PM. Day students and parents should report to the Scoggan Classroom Lobby.  Dorm students and their parents should go to Evans Hall to register.

The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 17.  Classes start at 7:35 AM. 

Family Conference 2015 - Register Today!


 Around the World in 24 Hours!

November 13-14 at KSB

We only have room for 50 families so don't delay!

Register now @ https://vips.ejoinme.org/2015VIPSKSBConference

Call Martha Hack @ 502-498-2926 with questions.




There is no school for KSB students this Friday, September 18. Thursday will be an early dismissal day. 

Bill Roby Games


KSB will host the 38th Annual Bill Roby Track and Field Games for children (ages 3-13) who are blind and visually impaired on Wed., Oct. 14 . Competition will include in a variety running events, long jump, and shot put. The event will take place from 11:30 AM- 2 PM at KSB.

October Monthly News

Read All About It! The Wildcat Monthly News for October is available now!

  • LOTS of fun Fall activities coming up
  • Bill Roby Games Oct 14
  • Highlights of Campus and Statewide activities

The “WORD” version of the Wildcat Monthly can be found here: http://www.ksb.kyschools.us/Content/44

Braille & Low Vision Carnival

 9 AM - 12:30 PM
 KSB Campus

 Braille & Low Vision Carnival is a Celebration of Literacy!

CLICK HERE for the registration form
Register by October 16

November Events


Fall Piano and Vocal Concert in Richie Auditorium
Nov. 19, 6:30 PM


Braille and Low Vision Carnival
Nov. 20, 9 AM-12:30 PM
More information 


Holiday Greeting

KSB Students and Staff wish you a

KSB will not be in session on Nov. 23-27

KSB Holiday Show and Concert

KSB students in grades K-5 will present “An Old Fashioned Christmas” on Fri., Dec. 18 at 10:30 AM in Richie Auditorium.  Middle school pianists and the percussion ensemble will round out the annual music holiday show and concertThe public is invited to attend.

Insight Registration is OPEN


Register TODAY for Insight 2016! June 3-11


Applications are available

Contact: Peggy Sinclair-Morris, Outreach Director
502-897-1583, ext. 7714 



Braille Challenge 2016 - Register Today!



Braille literacy opens up a galaxy of information and knowledge, and braille readers are explorers of every inch of the universe. We are looking for some intrepid “Braille-onauts” willing to blast off with us and represent Kentucky in the 2016 Kentucky Regional Braille Challenge at KSB. All students who are braille readers are encouraged to participate in the event and students do not have to be reading on grade level.

Please be sure to mark the circles indicating your consent for your child to participate and be photographed.



Updated School Closing Information

We will be operating on a 2-hour delay Thursday January 21. Classes will begin at 9:30 and dismissal will take place as normal. There will be no school on Friday, January 22 due to more inclimate weather forecasted. 



NCASB Wrestling/Cheerleading Tournament Rescheduled for February 5-6

Due to inclement weather, the North Central Association of Schools for the Blind (NCASB) Wrestling and Cheerleading Conference Tournament that was to take place on Fri.-Sat., Jan. 22-23 at KSB, will be rescheduled for Fri-Sat, Feb. 5-6.

2-hour Delay

We are on a two hour delay this morning, Wednesday, February 10.  First Period will begin at 9:30. Travel Safe!

KSB Closed on Monday, February 15th

No School on Monday, February 15th

KAER Conference 2016

The Kentucky Chapter Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (KAER) 2016 State Conference will be held at the historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant in Berea on Tues.-Thurs., Mar. 22-24. A Time of Reflection, Renewal and Rejuvenation is the conference theme and will feature many great sessions for teachers of the visually impaired, O&M specialists, and other professionals working in the field of education and rehabilitation of the blind and visually impaired. 

Snow Make-up Day

Reminder:  KSB is in session on Monday, February 29th, it is a Snow Make-up day.

Short Term Retreat Weekend

April 1-3, 2016

Deadline: March 11

This year's theme is “The Game of Life” focusing on independent living skills. The KSB Weekend Retreat is funded by the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation.

Accessible Easter Egg Hunt - Ashland

Insight Program Application Deadline is March 15

Kentucky high schools students (grades 10-12) who are blind and visually impaired who plan on participating in the Insight Post Secondary Preparation Program at Morehead State University must submit an application form by March 15, 2016.  Click here for more information and application form.

Accessible Easter Egg Hunt - Ashland

Lunch, Games, Crafts, and fun-filled surprises will begin at 11AM inside the Mall, followed by a spectacular Accessible Easter Egg Hunt at 1PM!

Intended for children 2-13 who do not have the ability to participate in a traditional egg hunt, this event is structured to provide interactive enjoyment and break down barriers that impede full inclusion in traditional Easter activities. See flyer at the end of the newsletter.

Prior online registration is required.

10699 US ROUTE 60

Contact: Outreach Consultant, Pamela Howard 606-465-5831 or pamela.howard@ksb.kyschools.us

KSB is experiencing phone issues.

Our phone provider is experieincing issues at this time.  Our main phone number is not working.  If you need to reach your student, please email terry.burger@ksb.kyschools.us or alice.robinson@ksb.kyschools.us.

Visionary Days - Paducah

“Independent Living Skills”

The day’s events will include hands-on learning activities and collaboration with representatives from various related organizations and agencies.  Registration begins at 9AM.  The day’s events end at 1:30PM.  Lunch is provided. 

Students with blindness/visual impairments, families, Teachers of the Blind/Visually Impaired or other school representatives, Orientation & Mobility Specialists, and other Related Service Providers are invited to attend.  High school students, college students, teachers, or others who may be interested in a career working with students who are blind or visually impaired are also encouraged to participate.         


Contact: Outreach Consultant, Robbin Cox (270) 994-3395 or robbin.cox@ksb.kyschools.us

Eye Can Derby - Bowling Green

Expanded Core Curriculum Events with a KY Derby theme!

Experiences with Leader Dog! Cooking with Connie Hill- Low Vision Specialist at KSB

Partnering with VIPS, Charitable Foundation of KSB, Office for the Blind, Brian Goemmer with Lab Computers

Registration forms due by April 12! See flyer at the end of the newsletter.


Contact: GRREC Outreach Consultant, Wendy Strode (270) 784-3130 wendy.strode-ross@ksb.kyschools.us

Gateways Registration Now Open

Professional Development for Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI), Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) and Service Providers Working with Students who are Blind and Visually Impaired

Teri Ritchie, KSB Outreach Consultant and Susan Sullivan, APH CVI Project Leader Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment:  Assessments, Intervention Strategies, Literacy Supports, Teaming Tips and American Printing House for the Blind (APH) products, including the new CVI website.

Dr. Terese Pawletko Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment:  What are they?  What do we know?  What do we do?

CLICK HERE to register

NO School Friday, May 6

Just a reminder - there will be NO SCHOOL this FRIDAY due to OAKS. 

2016 Founder's Day Program

Founded in 1842, KSB will celebrate 174 years of service to Kentucky students who are blind and visually impaired on Friday, May 13. The Founder's Day Program will be held at 11:30 AM in  the school auditorium.  The highlight of this event will be the presentation of KSB's highest honor, the Paul J. Langan Distinguished Service Award.  This year's recipients include Kenneth W. Jones and Larry V. Mann.  Read more .

MS/HS Music Concert

Middle and high school students will be performing in concert on Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 PM in Richie Auditorium on the KSB campus.  The performance will include a variety of musical selections that the students have been working on throughout the year.  The public is invited to attend.

Elementary Music Recital

Elementary students will be performing in a Musical Recital on Tuesday, May 24.  The recital is being held in conjunction with the Elementary Awards Ceremony.  The recital and awards ceremony will run from 12:30 PM-2:30 PM on campus in Richie Auditorium.

2016 8th Grade and High School Graduation Programs

KSB's Eighth Grade Graduation will take place on Wednesday, May 25 at 1 PM in Richie Auditorium.  It will be held during the Middle and High School Awards Ceremony. 

Seven seniors will be awarded diplomas during KSB's High School Graduation on Wednesday evening, May 25 at 6:30 PM.  Kathy Nimmer, Indiana's 2015 Teacher of the Year and one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year, will be the Commencement Speaker. 

KSB Summer Enrichment Program

Monday, June 13 - Friday, June 24, 2016


71st KSB Alumni Reunion

The KSB Alumni Association will host their 71st Alumni Reunion on Fri.-Sat., Aug. 5-6 at the Ramada Inn, 1041 Zorn Ave., Louisville.  Click Here for details.

Staff Participate in Camp Abilities

KSB Athletic Director Kyle Sochia and Language Arts Teacher Sarah White worked at Camp Abilities-Oregon, a developmental sports camp for youth who are blind or visually impaired on July 24-30. This camp was a first for the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes.  Click here for coverage of the event. 

KSB Students Author Book

Seven students from the Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) in Louisville are hoping to release the first-ever professionally published anthology written by blind and visually-impaired teenagers this fall.  READ MORE

Back to School


Sun., Aug. 14  ~ Registration Day for Students (12-3 PM Eastern Time)

Mon., Aug. 15  ~ First Day of School for Students

Monthly Wildcat

The MONTHLY Wildcat is published on the last Friday of each month during the school year (excluding holidays or when school is not in session). This publication provides news relevant to students who attend KSB on a full-time basis and those throughout the state. You can access the KSB Monthly Wildcat from the link below: 

Click Here to View the Current Monthly Wildcat!

We are now on Facebook!

We Need Your Help!

KSB/VIPS Annual Family Retreat Nov. 4 & 5

Visually Impaired Preschool Services, VIPS, 
& Kentucky School for the Blind, KSB,  
2nd Annual Family Conference.  
Friday and Saturday, November 4 & 5, 2016

We are in need of volunteers for Friday and Saturday to provide a great camp experience to children ages birth to 18. Camp will take place at KSB, Kentucky School for the Blind on Frankfort Ave, Louisville KY . We are looking for adults who are energetic and willing to step in when needed. You will be working one-on-one with a VIPS/KSB student or siblings. 

Follow this link to Volunteer Today! 



Congratulations to Junior, Willie Barksdale!!! He entered his painting entitled “Alicia” into the APH InSights 2016 art competition and won Second Place in the category for Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth Grades.

They received over 300 entries this year. Wilie and his mom are invited to receive his award in person at the 148th Annual Meeting of APH Ex Officio Trustees and friends on Friday, October 7.

InSights is an art competition and exhibition for visually impaired and blind artists of all ages. The exhibition will be shown in Louisville, Kentucky and also worldwide on APH’s website. Works in the exhibition are selected from entries submitted for jurying.


October News

Please take a look at the October Monthly Wildcat to learn about the happenings and opportunities for students who are blind and visually impaired at KSB and around the state

2016 Family Conference


Conference sponsored by KSB and VIPS (Visually Impaired Preschool Services) for families of children who are blind and visiually impaired

Sessions to include experts on topics such as Independent Living, Orientation and Mobility, Office for the Blind, Michelle P. Waiver and others. 

All events will be held at Kentucky School for the Blind - 1867 Frankfort Ave. Louisville, KY 40206.

We only have room for 50 families so don't delay!


LSP to Launch Book by Student Authors

The public is invited to attend the book launch celebration for Louisville Story Program’s newest book, We Can Hear You Just Fine: Clarifications from the Kentucky School for the Blind on November the 10th at the Clifton Center in Louisville. This free, public event will include brief addresses of congratulation from community leaders and other LSP supporters, and will feature each of the book’s seven authors reading passages from their chapters and signing books afterwards. Doors open at 6:15PM and the program will begin at 7. Read more

Braille and Low Vision Carnival


Each fall, KSB hosts an incredible carnival event celebrating literacy for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade.  

The Braille and Low Vision Carnival is a day to celebrate literacy. Students travel from one classroom to another to practice their reading skills as they play carnival games. Each game is designed to meet the needs of a variety of reading levels for both Braille and print readers. For print readers the games allow them to practice using their magnification devices and for Braille readers the games allow them to practice using their tactual skills. For dual readers they are free to practice both sets of skills. As they move from room to room they receive prizes. In addition, students play a “Musical Chairs” game to earn a snack, can have their face painted, create a craft, and have story time. Every student receives a Braille or print book. 


Thanksgiving Holiday Break

KSB will not be in session during the Thanksgiving Holiday week, Nov. 21-25.  We hope everyone has a great holiday with family and friends.

Christmas Music Program

Elementary students will present the annual KSB Christmas

Music Program Holiday Windows in Richie Auditorium on Friday, December 16 at 10:30 AM on campus in Richie Auditorium.  Some middle and high school students will be featured as live mannequins. The second half of the program will feature a variety of piano and string performances by some middle and high school students.


KSB Winter Break

School will not be in session on Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 3.

Braille Challenge 2017

The Braille Challenge




Short Term Retreat Weekend 2017

MARCH 24 - 26 




There is a non-refundable activity fee of $25

Open to students in grades 6-12
who are NOT currently enrolled at KSB


INSIGHT Post-Secondary Preparation Program

JUNE 10 - 17




KSB Accepting Nominations for Distinguished Service Award

The Kentucky School for the Blind is accepting nominations for the 2017 Paul J. Langan Distinguished Service Award, which is given to a Kentucky resident or former Kentuckian who displays qualities that have had a strong, positive influence on KSB and on the lives of persons who are blind or visually impaired.

The award, established in 1992, honors Langan, who was superintendent of KSB from 1945-56 and whose innovative approach to education established the foundation for the continuing improvement of education of the blind and visually impaired students at KSB. The award will be presented on Tuesday evening, May 9 during KSB’s 175th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Founder’s Day Program.

Click here for a nomination form.  Nomination must be postmarked, faxed and/or received by March 31, 2017.

Statewide Countdown to 175 Essay Contest

In celebration of 175 years of service to students who are blind and visually impaired, KSB is sponsoring the Countdown to 175 Statewide Essay Contest.  The contest is open to all Kentucky students (K-12) and adults. Prizes range from $200 to $75. To access essay topics and submission details click on these links PDF format or Word format. MS/HS students should choose from this KSB list of names for their essay. 
Contest runs Feb. 1-Mar. 31.

KSB Countdown to 175 Logo

KSB 175th Celebration Dinner and Founder's Day Program

KSB Anniversary Logo

MAY 9, 2017


KSB’s 175th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Founder’s Day Program will take place on Tues., May 9 at 6 PM.  The cost to attend is $10 which includes dinner.  A special program is planned including the presentation of the 2017 Paul J. Langan Distinguished Service Award and announcing the winners of KSB's Countdown to 175 Statewide Essay Contest.  

RSVP and make payment by May 1 at https://ksbcelebrationdinner.eventbrite.com

KSB Celebrates 175th Anniversary

On May 9, KSB celebrated 175 years of service to Kentucky students who are blind and visually impaired.  A 175th Celebration Dinner and Founder's Day Program was held to commemorate this special milestone.  The highlight of the evening was the awarding of the 2017 Paul J. Langan Distinguished Service Award to longtime advocate and KSB Alumnus Adam C. Ruschival III. In addition, the winners of the Countdown to 175 Statewide Essay Contest were announced.  Read More

Adam Ruschival accepts Langan Award from KSB Principal Jackie WilliamsPrincipal Jackie Williams presents the 2017 Paul J. Langan Distinguished Service Award to Adam C. Ruschival III.


JUNE 19-23 & 26-30


Click HERE for an application and detailed forms

Application deadline extended to:  April 7, 2017

For more information contact Dr. Anna Freeman 502-897-1583, ext. 0202
or Melissa Gatewood ext. 7203


Annual Notice of Non-Discrimination


Gateways 2017

JULY 11-13



Chris Montgomery is an Education Consultant with the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Deaf Blind Outreach Team. He will be presenting a 2-day workshop for students with complex needs including Deaf-Blindness.

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gateways-2017-tickets-33399067510

Handouts can be found HERE

Back to School Registration

Sunday 08/13/2017

Open Registration begins at 12:00 and ends at 3:30.  Please ensure that all students arrive no later than 2:30.  It takes about an hour to complete the registration process.

3:30 - Welcome meeting in Food Service for all teachers, administration, students, and parents.

***Solar Eclipse Opt Out form***Eclipse solar optar de forma***

The form is located:(El formulario se encuentra:)

/userfiles/99/my files/eclipse opt out form.docx?id=2380

Please print, sign and return IF you DO NOT want your middle or high school student to participate.

Por favor imprimir, firmar y devolver si no desea que su estudiante media o high School secundaria para participar.


The KY School for the Blind will have a delayed dismissal the day of the eclipse, Monday, August 21. The dismissal time will be 2:45 p.m. This is a delay of 15 minutes past the regular dismissal time of 2:30 p.m.

Middle and high school students and teachers may participate in instructional activities regarding the eclipse if proper safety protocols are followed. Each teacher should develop a plan and communicate that plan to the Principal. The plan should include which classes are going outside for instruction and the safety protocols being followed to ensure student and staff safety.  We have appropriate glasses to be distributed.

An Opt-out form will be emailed out/ sent home with students today.  Parents not wanting their middle or high school students to participate in outdoor activities must complete and return prior to the eclipse. 

Additionally, all non-eclipse outdoor activities (e.g., recess, physical education) between 12:30 and 3 p.m. should be moved indoors.

If parents are requesting an excused absence to attend the eclipse, please contact Ms. Williams.

Read KSB 175th Anniversary Student and Adult Essays

The winners in KSB's 175th Anniversary Statewide Essay Contest were announced during the school's Founder's Day Celebration in May.  The essays submissions were awesome!  You are invited to view not only the top prize winners, but all of the entrants work. Click here to read.


School Supply List

Please review the school supply lists.

***Change in Calendar***

Due to the possibility of inclement weather, the Kentucky School for the Blind will be sending all students home today, 8/31/2017.  Transportation is being arranged with districts throughout the state.  School for tomorrow, 9/1/2017, is cancelled.  Day students will be picked up today at normal dismissal time. 

Parent's Corner

Paths to Literacy Article

Should My Child Read Print or Braille or Both or?

Please click on the link below for a very informative article about literacy for individuals who are blind or have low vision.  This article offers a great explanation of an FVLMA, Functional Vision Learning Media Assessment.

Vision Aware Safety and Lighting Home Evaluation Questionnaire

Home Evaluation

Since each person's living and personal situation is unique, it might be helpful to start with our quick and easy home evaluation for hints about what you and your family can do to make your home safer and more comfortable. It's unlikely you will need to use all of the suggested recommendations, but if you find even one of them helpful, it's likely to contribute to improving the quality of your life, and that's really what this section is all about--your continued safety, comfort, and well-being.

Environmental Evaluation Questionnaire

You can start by using this questionnaire to evaluate your home for safety and lighting. Then follow the "Tell me more" links to learn about the changes you can make to increase safety, organization, and accessibility throughout your home.

5 Ways to Make Email More Accessible

We might not ordinarily give a lot of thought to the accessibility of our emails. However, it's easy to forget that the recipient could be reading your email using a screen reader. Screen reading technology has come a long way, but it’s not perfect. So it's important to follow a few simple guidelines when writing for this audience.

Here are 5 easy ways to make the emails you send more accessible:

ATTN: Parents and Guardians

School is cancelled October 30, 2017 - Nov. 3, 2017 due to issues with our heat.

School is also not in session Nov. 6, 2017.  School will be back in session Nov.7, 2017.

PSO Coffee and Donuts

KSO-PSO INVITES YOU to JOIN US for COFFEE and DONUTS : December 15, 2017 9:30 am – 10:20 am  before the Annual Holiday Program in the lobby outside the  Richie Auditorium. The Raffle Baskets will be on display for  ticket purchases 

PSO Coffee and Donuts - Richie Auditorium Lobby - December 15 - 9:30 - 10:20

Honor Roll for First Quarter (8/14/17- 10/13/17)
KSB closed Friday 1/12/18

KSB closed Friday, January 12, 2018 due to weather and Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of MLK Jr Holiday.  Classes will resume Tuesday, January 16th

KSB on a 2 hour delay - January 18 - 1st period will begin at 9:30 AM
School will not be in session at KSB Friday, January 19, 2018 for students. Teachers and staff should report for work at their regular time.
Parent's Corner

What's going on in world of Blind and Visually Impaired? Check out some interesting articles from various publications! 

2018 Short Term Retreat Weekend

Deadline: February 28

Grades 6-12
Friday, March 23 - Sunday, March 25
KSB Campus, Louisville


Theme: "Making S'More Time for Friends and Leisure" focusing on outdoor recreational activities. 

Bonus: Trip to Louisville Orchestra featuring Michael Cleveland (a KSB Alumnus) 

Contact: Peggy Sinclair-Morris, 502-897-1583 x 7714 or peggy.sinclair-morris@ksb.kyschools.us 

For more information and to register visit http://www.ksb.kyschools.us/content_page.aspx?cid=22


INSIGHT Registration is OPEN

Visit http://www.ksb.kyschools.us/Content/30 for application. Below you find a checklist for applying:

  • MSU Undergraduate Student Application Form
  • INSIGHT Student Information/ Medical Data Form
  • Eye Report (get copy from school)
  • Individual Learning Plan (ILP) or Planned Course of Study  (get copy from school)
  • Individual Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan (get copy from school)
  • MSU Caudill Clinic Health Form (please make sure to sign all sections on the back page)
  • Copy of Immunization Record (get copy from school)
  • Copy of Medical/Insurance Card
  • Medical/Dental Release Form
  • INSIGHT General Permissions Form
  • Rules of Conduct/Expectations Form
  • Copy of Functional vision/ Learning Media Assessment (get copy from school)
  • If applicable, Copy of Orientation and Mobility Assessment (get copy from school )
  • $75 Registration Fee addressed to KEDC and in the memo section write INSIGHT Fee ($25 will be placed on the student ID for use during the program.

ALL information to: 

Peggy Sinclair-Morris
KY School for the Blind
1867 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

FAX: 502-897-8737

KSB Founder's Day Program

Kentucky School for the Blind will celebrate 176 years of service to students who are blind and visually impaired during the Founder's Day Program on Tues., May 8 at 12:15 PM in Richie Auditorium.  The program will include the presentation of the 2018 Paul J. Langan Distinguished Service Award, the junior class ring ceremony and other activities.  Please join us!

KSB Presents 2018 Paul J. Langan Distinguished Service Award

KSB presented it's highest honor, the 2018 Paul J. Langan Distinguished Service Award, to Low Vision Specialist Connie Hill during the school's Founder's Day Program on May 8.  Click here for the Press Release from KDE

Connie Hill, CLVT and Jackie Williams, Principal

2018 Summer Enrichment Program

See link below for Elementary and MS/HS Applications. Application deadline is April 27, 2018


Gateways Summer Institute


12451 Plantside Dr. Louisville, KY 40299 

NOAH event venue

Gateways Summer Institute 2018
Featuring Gwyn McCormack

July 17-18, 2018

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Cost: $85


To register visit:


Change in School Immunization Policy


Please note the following immunization requirement changes:

  • Effective July 1, 2018: ALL students in kindergarten through twelfth grade must show proof of having received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine to attend school. These 2 shots must be given 6 months apart. Please DON’T DELAY in getting these started. Students will need to have the first dose before January and the second dose by July 1st. This is a NEW school requirement. Therefore, if your child has already been vaccinated, the school will need the certifications showing proof in order to enroll your child for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Students aged 16 years or older must show proof of having received two doses of Meningococcal vaccine to attend school. If the first dose of meningitis vaccine was received at age sixteen (16) years or older, the second dose is not required for school entry.

Changes are outlined in 902 KAR 2:060 for 2018-2019 school year.

Picture Day

Owl on camera saying "Say Cheese"

September 13

Sensory Room Dedication

Student explores the textured wall

View the dedication below:



KSB Holiday Show

Twas the Night Before Christmas Redesigned
Friday, December 21
10 AM-11 AM
Richie Auditorium

Santa sitting in front of Twas the Night Before Christmas book surrounded by trees

Elementary students will perform a delighful musical celebration followed by a selection of high school students performing a variety of instrumental holiday tunes. 

The public is invited to attend.


Annual Non-Discrimination Notice

The Kentucky School for the Blind does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities.  Inquiries may be directed to Allison Chandler, Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA Title II Coordinator at:  1867 Frankfort Ave.  Louisville, KY 40206, 502-897-1583.

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