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

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Volume 6, Issue 4

Holiday Parties at TSD

This year, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, holiday parties were held on campus. That didn't stop the fun, though!

Students and staff alike enjoyed games, dancing, crafts, movies, and pizza.  To the delight of many, there was a special visit from Santa Claus.  He told stories in ASL and joined in the different activities.
Group picture of elementary students and staff with Santa Claus and Superintendent Claire Bugen.
Photo shows two elementary students building gingerbread houses. Student closest to the camera is holding a small plastic bag of icing smiling.
Photo shows students playing ladder ball and cornhole inside the Seeger Gym. In the background are two inflatable obstacle courses.
Photo shows student playing inside the inflatable obstacle course.
Photo shows three elementary students in comfy pajamas hugging Santa Claus.

Board Meeting in New Building

TSD Governing Board President Shawn Saladin gaveled to order the first public meeting in the new Administrative and Welcome Center on December 10, 2021.

The first guests to visit the new Board Room included the High School Robotics Team. as they led the Board Members and attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. Additionally, the Culinary Arts students showcased their talents when they passed out some of their delicious holiday cookies.

The Governing Board recognized the CEASD hospitality team for their support during the recent accreditation visit. The team included Cynthia Foss, KV Smith, Peggy Ann Wenger, Steve Barbin, Keena Miller, and Gabriel Cardenas.

The newly constructed building offers 2,587 square feet of meeting space with a capacity of 1,163 people. It also houses administrative offices and the new Early Learning Center. 
Photo shows the TSD Governing Board seated around the new dais watching a video of Signing Santa and reading the captioning provided by Texas Closed Captioning.
Photo shows a Culinary Arts student handing a box of holiday cookies to Governing Board President Shawn Saladin.
Photo shows recognition recipients with Governing Board President Shawn Saladin and Superintendent Claire Bugen.
Photo shows the High School Robotics Team demonstrating their robot.
Culinary Arts Deliver Cookies
After a year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, TSD's Culinary Arts program reinstated its traditional holiday cookie delivery to the Capitol. 

On December 9th, four TSD Culinary Arts students walked the Capitol hallways and delivered holiday cookies to key legislative offices and state agencies. 

Students even got to meet with State Senator Sarah Eckhardt who spoke with them about leadership. The students shared their thoughts on what makes a leader. The Senator encouraged them to see themselves as leaders and to make demands of elected officials like herself for the benefit of their community. 
Photo shows Culinary Arts students pushing a cart with holiday cookies down a hall in the Texas Capitol building.
Photo shows Culinary Arts students and CTE staff in front of the House of Representatives' Christmas tree.
Photo shows Culinary Arts students with TFC staff person Veronica Perez in front of TFC's Central Services Building.
Photo shows Culinary Arts students with Texas State Senator Sarah Eckhardt.
Operation Blue Santa
On December 8, our ACCESS students and staff flew to the land of Operation Blue Santa where they served as elves. 

Operation Blue Santa is a nonprofit staffed by volunteers and APD employees that provides food and toys to families in need during the holiday season.

Our elves were tasked with sorting, wrapping, and building boxes of gifts at their warehouse. Within two hours, they came up with a total of 219 boxes!!!

They left with a rewarding feeling, knowing that they helped families in need during the holiday season!
Group picture of ACCESS students and staff at Operation Blue Santa.

TSD Spotlight: Cristal Goodner

In December, the non-profit organization, Andrea's Legacy, honored TSD elementary teacher Cristal Goodner.

Joined by colleagues and friends at the TSD ELC and Elementary Library, Cristal was presented with a $1,000 check by the organization's chairwoman, Norma Romero. 

Romero said, "Goodner strives to make the learning experience for her students an empowering one. School teachers think of their students first, and we hope this recognition will help Cristal accomplish her goals."

Andrea's Legacy honors Andrea Romero, an elementary public school teacher who lost her life to cancer. Andrea’s Legacy recognizes one or more Texas teachers or youth mentors, annually.

Photo shows Andrea’s Legacy award recipient Elementary teacher Cristal Goodner with organization’s chairwoman Norma Romero and president Raul C. Garcia.

TSD Hosts Drive-Thru
Vaccine Clinic

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, TSD has taken steps to protect the community by purchasing and obtaining rapid tests, encouraging face mask wearing, and hosting vaccine clinics.

On December 16th, TSD partnered with Tarrytown Pharmacy to host their second drive-thru vaccine clinic. Tarrytown Pharmacy administered the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine to students over the age of 12, as well as TSD staff and the community.
Staff and students in line along the sidewalk waiting to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

TSD Alumni Featured in
Feel Good Promo

Last summer, TSD was contacted by Alex DeLeon with Anthogs Productions LLC. DeLeon was seeking TSD students who could perform an inspirational cover song for his company's website. 

Originally, DeLeon was set on having O-O-Child by the Five Stairsteps as their first Inspirational Cover Song in ASL; however, after watching Carrie Underwood's The Champion in ASL performed by TSD students at last year's graduation ceremony, he was inspired.

As DeLeon explained, "it was brought to our attention about a group of young ladies performing The Champion by Carrie Underwood in ASL during their graduation ceremony. Once we saw the video, " he added, "we knew this was the song, message, and special group of young ladies to perform in ASL and deliver this message when we launch our website." 

During the summer, TSD alumni Annabelle Scroggins and Isadora Egbert performed The Champion by Carrie Underwood featuring Ludacris. Their video will be featured in Anthogs Production's website,, which will soon be launched.
TSD alumni Annabelle Scroggins and Isadora Egbert performed The Champion by Carrie Underwood featuring Ludacris. Video:
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