News & Announcements

GoodNews: TSD Ranger to Ranger - May 17, 2022

On this issue (Volume 6 - Issue 6): CTE Showcase • Baby Chickens in ELC • Math Hacker • APD cadets provided a presentation on Deaf awareness • TSD Welcomes TFC Commissioners to New Facilities • Spotlight: Promotoras and TSD is accredited by CEASD!

Press Release: In Austin, first book festival to feature Deaf authors

Austin, Texas – Twenty published authors from across the country are in Austin for the first Deaf Authors Book Festival (DABF), May 6-7, hosted by Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) at 1102 South Congress Avenue. The two-day event with author signings, panel discussions and informal chats, brings together a diverse selection of written works in a variety of genres by authors from Deaf, hard of hearing, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC communities. Free and open to the public, everyone will find something to their appeal, including the Deaf culture buff, the sci-fi geek, the sports fanatic, comic book lovers, and even RVs whose home is on the road.

Local students represent Team U.S.A. at the 2021 Summer Deaflympic games, May 1-15, 2022

Austin, Texas – April 28, 2022– Students from Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) represent Team U.S.A. at the international summer games for elite athletes who are deaf and hard of hearing. In Brazil today, they’ve joined an estimated 4,500 athletes, from more than 100 countries, to begin training for the summer Deaflympics, May 1 – 15, 2022.

Press Release: Texas School for the Deaf set to host first Deaf Authors Book Festival

Austin, Texas – The first Deaf Authors Book Festival (DABF) comes to Texas School for the Deaf (TSD), May 6-7, and features 25 books written by 21 Deaf authors from all parts of the United States. Free to the public, DABF brings together a diverse group of Deaf, hard of hearing, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC authors displaying their books for sale in a variety of genres, certain to appeal to the Deaf culture or history buff, the sci-fi geek, the sports fanatic, magic lovers, and even RVers.

SSES Funding Update

*Update* The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has set a deadline to use all awarded SSES funds by May 6, 2022.

GoodNews: Texas School for the Deaf Ranger to Ranger - March 24, 2022

On this issue (Volume 6 - Issue 5): TSD's VEX Robotics Teams Score High in Recent Tournaments • Sunshine 2.0 Performs at TSD for Black History Month • Two TSD Athletes Receive High Accolades by NDIAA • Chess Champions • Our Book Tasting Party at the MS & HS Library • Education and Advocacy Summit • Ribbon Cutting Open House.

Sponsors, Partners Set for Historical First Deaf Authors Book Festival

Austin, Texas – The first Deaf Authors Book Festival (DABF), scheduled May 6-7, 2022 at Texas School for the Deaf (TSD), is set to be historic with the support of sponsors and partners.  Dr. Steve Baldwin, Deaf Texas Foundation president, producer, and co-host of DABF, shares his optimism in receiving more support for the event. “The goal is to raise $47,000 for this literary event.  “We are halfway there as of early March, and we’re hopeful that a few more sponsors will sign on to make this event a success.”

Press Release: Students Invited to State Capitol's Texas Independence Day Celebration

On Wednesday, March 2, 2022, the Texas School for the Deaf’s (TSD) sign choir performs at the Texas Independence Day celebration at the state capitol. Celebrate Texas! commemorates the history of the Lone Star State and Texas’ independence from Mexico in 1836. The capitol celebration includes performances by area school groups and organizations.

GoodNews: Texas School for the Deaf Ranger to Ranger - January 18, 2022

On this issue (Volume 6 - Issue 4): Holiday Parties at TSD • Board Meeting in New Building • Culinary Arts Deliver Cookies • Operation Blue Santa • TSD Spotlight: Cristal Goodner • TSD Hosts Drive-Thru Vaccine Clinic • TSD Alumni Featured in Feel Good Promo • and more...

Superintendent Message: Jan 12th Letter to Families and Caregivers

Dear Families and Caregivers, It’s hard for all of us, parents, teachers, students, staff and administrators to watch the nightly news. We all expected to see increases in COVID after the holidays, but the quick spread of Omicron has surpassed our expectations. Everyone at TSD is working hard to keep our campus community safe. We have numerous testing teams that are screening both staff and students on a regular basis.

Superintendent Message: Jan 3rd Letter to Parents, Caregivers and Staff

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Staff, The first order of the day is to welcome you all back and wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year.  As we anticipated prior to the break, the surge of the omicron variant during the holiday break created a perfect storm for many of you, your families, our school operations and clearly our nation as a whole. It’s not how we hoped to start the new year, but as a team we can get through this!   At this time we have 16 staff with confirmed positive COVID and an additional 8 reporting exposure.  This is clearly going to impact all departments.  HR is tracking the dates of the confirmed positive staff to determine the length of quarantine.  Remember that the quarantine time has changed from 5 days for asymptomatic individuals and remains 10 days for those with symptoms.

Superintendent Holiday Message

Dear Staff and Families, As we conclude 2021, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to all of you for making TSD an amazing place for our students to learn, grow and belong. We are a community with many gifts and talents, which we
share daily with one another and most important, our students.
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