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June 26, 2024 Community E-News:
Header: Welcome Letter

We are delighted to introduce our Class of 2024:

  • Bashir
  • Christina
  • Crystal
  • Latrelle
  • Leah
  • Lizmary
  • Jamila
  • Marc
  • Tatyanna
  • Tiffany
  • Shuiabu
  • Vinnie

We are honored to have worked with these young adults throughout their educational journey and wish them all the best. Some are heading to college in the fall, others to start on a career path that we hope brings them joy and fulfillment. For a look back at the school year, check out a few highlights below, and thank you for your belief in our efforts to support our students, their families, our teachers, and staff. We appreciate you! In gratitude,The New York Institute for Special Education Team

 

Header: Graduation: Watch our Graduates Shine

In case you missed the live stream of this year's graduation ceremony, you can watch the recorded version on our YouTube Channel by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/live/grRwJjGXw7o?feature=shared&t=2785. Thank you to Alum Kevin Figueroa and his company Blind Light Photography for filming the ceremony and making this live stream possible. Learn more about Kevin on Instagram by following this link: https://www.instagram.com/blind_light_photography/

 

Header: Traditions: Senior Rose Ceremony

Each year the Institute's graduating Senior class visits our ever-expanding rose garden to leave a plaque and plant a rose bush commemorating their graduation. Students also take a moment to reflect and speak about their experiences at the Institute with their peers, teachers, coaches, and mentors - all of whom played a vital role in their journey towards independence. We extend our sincere congratulations to this year's graduates and look forward to staying in touch with them throughout the years ahead. Congratulations Class of 2024! To view photos from the Rose Ceremony, visit our website here: https://www.nyise.org/apps/albums/school/0/349782/0?uREC_ID=0&backTitle=&backLink=

 

Header: Moving Up: Middle School Milestones

Our middle school students were celebrated during our Moving Up Ceremony which highlighted their accomplishments and reinforced the values of hard work and determination to succeed. Middle school is an important transition for these adolescents and we applaud their efforts as they learn about themselves, their learning styles, and the importance of building the advocacy skills that will help them navigate high school and apply to college if they choose to do so. Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate our middle schoolers! To view photos from the Moving Up Ceremony, visit our website here: https://www.nyise.org/apps/albums/school/0/349973/0?uREC_ID=0&backTitle=&backLink=

 

Header: Science Fair: Chemical Reaction

For the first time since 2019, the Science Fair returned to the Schermerhorn Gymnasium. This year's theme was "Chemical Reaction" and included projects aptly named:

  • Diet Coke Geysers,
  • Elephant Toothpaste, and
  • Lemon Volcanoes.

Students' peers, parents, and teachers were thrilled to hear about their experiments, and we are very proud of all who participated. As part of their news coverage, Long Island News 12 stopped by to talk with students about what it means to them to participate in the Science Fair. Watch their coverage by following this link to the Long Island News 12 website: https://longisland.news12.com/pre-school-to-12th-grade-students-highlight-science-projects-in-science-fair. Thank you to those who worked to make this year's Science Fair a success! To view photos from the Science Fair, visit our website here: https://www.nyise.org/apps/albums/school/0/347072/0?uREC_ID=0&backTitle=&backLink=

 

Header: Spring Concert: Song and Dance

Our K-12 Spring Concert featured energetic group and solo vocal and instrumental performances, as well as a student-choreographed dance number in our large gymnasium. Audience members included students' families and peers, who enjoyed a variety of musical styles, including pop songs like This Is Me, from the film The Greatest Showman, and a group drumming performance of Folk Songs from Around the World featuring our Seniors. The culmination of many hours of practice, we applaud the efforts of all who came together to make it happen and encourage you to listen to the concert by following this link to our website: nyise.org/springconcert/2024/. To view photos from the Spring Concert, visit our website here: https://www.nyise.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=408109&type=d&pREC_ID=928338

 

Header: Art Show: Sculpture, Painting, and Collage

Our first on-campus Art Show in several years, we were delighted to showcase students' work for their peers, parents, and staff in our small gymnasium. This year, art projects focused on personal creative expression and invited tactile exploration. Highlights included:

  • Realistic sculptures of students' favorite foods;
  • Masks inspired by traditional African patterns and designs;
  • Collages using textured paper cut-outs, acrylic paint, and mod podge;
  • Abstract paintings inspired by various artists, including Henri Matisse.

We applaud the efforts of those who worked together to present this year's Art Show and look forward to seeing more of student's art work in the fall! To view photos from the Art Show, visit our website here: https://www.nyise.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=408109&type=d&pREC_ID=2419005

 

Header: Sports Awards Ceremony

Our middle and high school NYISE Stars were celebrated during this year's Sports Awards Ceremony for students who participated in one or more of our competitive and individual teams.This year's teams included:

Thank you to all of our students, coaches, assistant coaches, teachers, and staff who worked together to make this year's sports season one of our most enjoyable yet! To learn more about our team and individual sports, visit our website here: https://www.nyise.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=3441947&type=d&pREC_ID=2418971

 

Header: Student Wellness Works: Social Emotional Learning

Our Student Wellness Works Program formalizes our ongoing enrichment programming and supplements our Expanded Core Curriculum to help ensure students' long-term success and promote positive mental health outcomes. Highlights of this year's SWW programming included visits with select Alumni during our Where Are They Now Speaker Series, as well as a visit from New York Times Best-Selling author and Coretta Scott King Book Award-Winner, Andrea Davis Pinkney. Student Wellness Works is made possible through a generous grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. Named after a tireless advocate for immigrants, children, and the poor, the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation funds programs and initiatives across New York State that either provide direct healthcare services or address the social determinants of health. For more information, visit https://www.cabrinihealth.org/

 

 

Header: Celebrations: Playing, Laughing and Learning

Each year, our teachers, staff, and administrators work to ensure our Schermerhorn and Readiness students have numerous special events during which they can play, laugh, and learn together. Events celebrate special causes and milestones and provide key opportunities for students to build their social, interpersonal, community-building, and teamwork skills. This year's special events included:

  • Prom
  • Fun Day
  • Touch-a-Truck Day
  • St. June Trike-a-Thon
  • Braille Literacy Games
  • NYPD vs. NYISE Goalball Game

Student Government Association Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Virtual Walk

Thank you to everyone who worked to make these memorable events possible!

 

Header: Our Team: The People Behind Our Programs

Our programs and activities are made possible by an incredible team of teachers, teacher assistants, therapists, coaches, assistant coaches, security guards, nurses, housekeeping, maintenance, and administrative staff. During our Staff Appreciation Day, we celebrated our staff and honored this year's retirees, as well as those who've completed 10, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service! Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate and recognize their work to improve the lives of our students and help them grow into the wonderful young adults they are destined to become. Your hard work makes the Institute a special place, and we appreciate you tremendously! To view photos from our Staff Appreciation Day, visit our website here: https://www.nyise.org/apps/albums/school/0/349710/0?uREC_ID=0&backTitle=&backLink=

 

Header: Ways to Support our Students and Programs

The New York Institute for Special Education is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a nearly 200-year history of supporting children with visual impairments through high-quality educational programs and services. Donations to the Institute are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. To donate today, access our secure online donations portal by following this link: 

https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E113939&id=41

 

To donate by check, make your check payable to The New York Institute for Special Education and mail it to The New York Institute for Special Education, Attention Development Department, 999 Pelham Parkway, Bronx, NY, 10469. Upon receiving your donation, we will mail you a gift acknowledgment letter for tax purposes. Please allow ten days for donation processing. Our E I N is 13-1740010. 

 

Header: Learn More and Stay Connected

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March 15, 2024 Community E-News: Today is our 193rd Anniversary!

 

HEADER: NEW YORK INSTITUTE FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION

The mission of the New York Institute for Special Education is to provide quality educational programs and support for students and families in a safe, caring environment to awaken & inspire student curiosity, lifelong learning, & fulfillment. 

 

HEADER: WELCOME LETTER

On this day in 1831, the Institute began its now 193-year journey of educating New York City's blind and visually impaired children. Our first class comprised of three students (all boys), on what may have been a sunny day like today—hints of springtime in the air, bird song in the distance. What subject made up their first lesson? Reading? Writing? Arithmetic? How old were they? Surely, their age would have been a determining factor in what and how to teach them? At this point in time, there was no general understanding or formal structure for special education, let alone a U.S.-based training program for teachers of the blind and visually impaired. It was a different world, and the school's founders searched Europe for the best instructional methods to bring back to their students. Presumably, they were aware of the National Institute for Blind Youth in Paris, where several years earlier a teen named Louis Braille had studied. Did they travel there and meet Louis to discuss his latest invention? We don't know, but imagine their journey was filled with wonder, excitement, and endless possibilities.

 

Fast forward to today. We have over 100 blind and visually impaired students who come to us from across the five boroughs, including a few from Westchester County; over 200 talented teachers, staff, and administrators; a robust academic curriculum and expanded core curriculum, and a program for pre-schoolers who have developmental delays. As we celebrate this milestone, we hope you can make a gift to our 193rd Anniversary Campaign today. To access our secure online donations portal by following this link: 

https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E113939&id=41

 

All donations to this campaign will support our Tutoring Program and ensure students have what they need to stay on their path of endless possibility. Donations of any and all sizes are appreciated and will go a long way to ensure our young learners expand their knowledge by working to master the material taught in their classes. We remain grateful that you are a part of our community and thank you for believing in our efforts and the bright future that lies ahead for our students.

 

Very best wishes,

The New York Institute for Special Education

 

HEADER: WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS AND PROGRAMS

The New York Institute for Special Education is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a nearly 200-year history of supporting children with visual impairments through high-quality educational programs and services. Donations to the Institute are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. To donate today, access our secure online donations portal by following this link: 

https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E113939&id=41

 

To donate by check, make your check payable to The New York Institute for Special Education and mail it to The New York Institute for Special Education, Attention Development Department, 999 Pelham Parkway, Bronx, NY, 10469. Upon receiving your donation, we will mail you a gift acknowledgment letter for tax purposes. Please allow ten days for donation processing. Our E I N is 13-1740010. 

 

HEADER: LEARN MORE AND STAY CONNECTED

To learn more about the Institute, visit our website by following this link: http://www.nyise.org

To sign up for our mailing list, visit our website by following this link: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/QsNgWx9/signup.

To visit our Instagram page, visit our Instagram website by following this link: https://www.instagram.com/nyise999/

 You have reached the end of our latest community newsletter. We look forward to keeping you posted and hope you have a nice day. Stay tuned for more. 

HEADER: NEW YORK INSTITUTE FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

The mission of the New York Institute for Special Education is to provide quality educational programs and support for students and families in a safe, caring environment to awaken & inspire student curiosity, lifelong learning, & fulfillment. 

 

HEADER: WELCOME LETTER

This email newsletter looks slightly different from past e-newsletters as we are working to improve the accessibility of our digital communications. We hope this new look is more screen-reader-friendly for our visually impaired readers. 

 

If you would like to receive text-only versions of our e-newsletters in the future, please email us at development @ N Y I S E dot O R G with the subject heading Screen Reader Preferred and your name in the body of the email, as well as your connection to the Institute (example: Alumni, Friend, etcetera).

 

Current updates include:

 

  • Additional spaces between letters within acronyms and email addresses. 
  • Alt Text for images.
  • Avoidance of Bold and Italics fonts.
  • Bulleted lists.
  • Descriptive headers for all sections. 
  • High contrast colors.
  • Hyperlinks underlined.
  • Hyperlinks shortened, where possible. 
  • Hyperlinks introduced with a description of the hyperlink destination and the phrase follow this link.
  • Narrative spacing is set at 1.5 between lines of text.

 

We hope these improvements bring attention to the importance of screen-reader-friendly design and implementation in the digital realm. 

 

Thank you in advance for your understanding as we work to improve our design to be as accessible as possible for all members of our growing community of friends, supporters, advocates, educators, and Alumni. 

 

We appreciate you and thank you for reading. Enjoy!

 

Very best wishes,

The New York Institute for Special Education 

 

PS: Our new website is scheduled to launch later this month. Stay tuned!

 

HEADER: SCHERMERHORN PROGRAM

Students in our Schermerhorn Program have been busy with a variety of activities celebrating Black History Month, including making African masks in their art classes and enjoying a performance by the Brooklyn based Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation, "devoted to sharing the real cultural history of Africa and its rich arts culture."

 

To learn more about Black History Month and watch a video compilation of the Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation's performance, visit our website by following this link: https://www.nyise.org/blackhistorymonth/.

 

For more photos from the Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation performance, visit our website by following this link: www.nyise.org/AsaseYaa_2023.

 

Fun Fact! With a 190+ year history of serving students with blindness and visual impairments, our Schermerhorn Program offers diverse educational services to meet the needs of children who are legally blind, from the ages of 5 to 21. Complimenting this program, our Residential Program provides a home-like atmosphere for select students who stay with us on campus during the week and return home for weekends and holidays.

 

To learn more about our Schermerhorn Program, visit our website by following this link: www.nyise.org/schermerhornprogram/

 

To learn more about our Residential Program, visit our website by following this link: 

www.nyise.org/residentialprogram/

 

HEADER: READINESS PROGRAM

As we welcome March, our Readiness pre-schoolers said goodbye to winter with a Winter Wonderland celebration where they played, explored, and had fun with winter-themed activities.

 

To check out News 12 The Bronx's coverage of this event, visit their website by following this link:

https://bronx.news12.com/new-york-institute-for-special-education-hosts-annual-winter-wonderland-event

 

For more photos from our Winter Wonderland celebrations, visit our website by following this link:

 www.nyise.org/winterwonderland_2023/

 

Fun Fact! Our Readiness Program is a full-day, center-based program for children ages 3 to 5 who display a developmental delay in one or more of the following areas:

  • Cognitive, speech, and language
  • Fine or gross motor skills
  • Sensory integration
  • Adaptive or social-emotional development

 

To learn more about this program, visit our website by following this link: www.nyise.org/readinessprogram/

 

HEADER: ADVOCACY

During the New York State Budget process, each year, Executive Director Bernadette Kappen travels to Albany with students and staff to advocate for support and funding for the 4201 Schools Association. The Association represents 11 schools, including the Institute, that serve children who are deaf, blind, or severely physically disabled across New York State.

 

To watch Tim Kelly, Superintendent of St. Mary's School for the Deaf and Association Co-Chair's testimony at the 2024 Elementary & Secondary Education New York State Budget Public Hearing, visit the 4201 Schools Youtube Channel by following this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV15NegKvXk&t=92s

 

HEADER: MARCH EVENTS

March 8: Staff Conference Day

March 15 to 17: Eastern Athletics Association for the Blind Goalball Tournament 

March 13 to 27: Readiness Ballet Program

March 19: First Day of Spring

March 28: Science Fair and Friends of Rye Nature Center Nature Station Event Visit 

 

Fun Fact! March is Women's History Month and National Reading Month.

 

  • Part of our Women's History Month activities will include an assembly with author Andrea Davis Pinkney as part of our Student Wellness Works Program. To learn more about Pinkney's work, visit her website by following this link: https://www.andreadavispinkney.net/

 

  • To learn more about Women's History Month, visit The Library of Congress Women's History Month website by following this link: https://womenshistorymonth.gov

 

  • In celebration of National Reading Month, students and teachers will participate in " Read Across America, "the nation's largest celebration of reading. This year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources that are about everyone, for everyone." 

 

  • To learn more about National Reading Month, visit the Reading Is Fundamental website by following this link: https://www.rif.org/nrm.

 

 

HEADER: WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS AND PROGRAMS

The New York Institute for Special Education is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a nearly 200-year history of supporting children with visual impairments through high-quality educational programs and services.

 

Donations to the Institute are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. All donations help students learn and strengthen their independence throughout their K through 12 academic journeys. 

 

Current programs made possible in part through donations to the Institute include our:

 

  • Student Wellness Works Program serving Schermerhorn K through 12 students. 

To learn more about this program, visit our website by following this link: www.nyise.org/studentwellnessworks/.

 

  • Tutoring Program serving Schermerhorn middle and high school students. 

To learn more about this program, visit our website by following this link: www.nyise.org/tutoring/.

 

  • Athletics Program serving Schermerhorn middle and high school students. 

To learn more about this program, visit our website by following this link: www.nyise.org/athletics/.

 

  • Schermerhorn and Readiness Program Giving Tuesday Holiday Gift Drive. 

To learn more about this program, visit our website by following this link: www.nyise.org/givingtuesday/.

 

To donate today, access our secure online donations portal by following this link: 

https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E113939&id=41.

 

To donate by check, make your check payable to The New York Institute for Special Education and mail it to The New York Institute for Special Education, Attention Development Department, 999 Pelham Parkway, Bronx, NY, 10469. Upon receiving your donation, we will mail you a gift acknowledgment letter for tax purposes. Please allow ten days for donation processing. Our E I N is 13-1740010. 

 

HEADER: LEARN MORE AND STAY CONNECTED

To learn more about the Institute, visit our website by following this link: 

http://www.nyise.org

 

To sign up for our mailing list, visit our website by following this link: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/QsNgWx9/signup.

 

To visit our Instagram page, visit our Instagram website by following this link: 

https://www.instagram.com/nyise999/

 

Not on Instagram, but want to watch our Instagram videos? Not a problem! Visit our website to access our recent Instagram videos by following this link: www.nyise.org/videoposts/

 

You have reached the end of our latest community newsletter. We appreciate that you have taken the time to learn about our recent activities, programs, and student celebrations. We look forward to keeping you posted and hope you have a nice day. Stay tuned for more.