Students Compete in Battle of the Books

battle-of-the-booksFanwood’s Middle School students competed Gallaudet’s Battle of the Books Competition. This is the first time the School has entered into this particular academic competition, and the team felt feelings of excitement and apprehension about what to expect in a “real” match.

The purpose of Battle of the Books is to promote literacy amongst Deaf and Hard of Hearing middle school students; promote a spirit of academic competition and good sportsmanship; and to encourage critical thinking skills. Click here for more info about the competition

Their first competition was against the Marie Philip School. The students were nervous at first, but handled their first ever game with poise! It was a very close game, but Fanwood took the win a final score of 36-34.

Excited by their win, and the growing audience of supporters, the team started match 2 vs. Michigan School for the Deaf with confidence.  The final score was 38-26..Fanwood earned their second win!

The team faced Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) in the final match of the day. It was the most challenging round yet, but they did a really great job of staying focused. Ultimately, MSD took the win with a final score of 24-42.

The Fanwood coaches, parents, and staff members are proud of the teams success in their first ever competition. They witnessed the hard work and dedication put forth by the students.  Judging by their smiling faces, it was clear the students felt a sense of pride and genuine enjoyment.

Message From Interim Superintendent, Harold Mowl, Jr., Ph. D.


The Board of Trustees is extremely pleased to announce that we have engaged a new Interim Superintendent.   We feel extremely fortunate to have Dr. Harold Mowlbeen able to identify a highly qualified superintendent familiar with New York schools. Effective Monday, August 1, Harold Mowl, Jr., Ph. D., will join the Fanwood family. In his role, Dr. Mowl will work with the Board to search for a permanent head of School and provide leadership to the School community during this very important time, our 200th Anniversary year.

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NYSD Welcomes Interim Superintendent, Dr. Harold Mowl, Jr.!

The Board of Trustees is extremely pleased to announce that we have engaged a new Interim Superintendent.   Dr. Harold MowlWe feel extremely fortunate to have been able to identify a highly qualified superintendent familiar with New York schools. Effective Monday, August 1, Dr. Harold Mowl, Jr. will join the Fanwood family. In his role, Dr. Mowl will work with the Board to search for a permanent head of School and provide leadership to the School community during this very important time, our 200th Anniversary year.

Dr. Mowl has over 45 years of experience in deaf education. He was the Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer of the Rochester School for the Deaf, which serves deaf and hard of hearing students and clients from central and western New York through its educational and outreach programs and services. He served there for 25 years and retired from that position on June 30, 2015.   In addition, Dr. Mowl was Chairperson of the 4201 Schools Association, a coalition of 11 schools for deaf, blind and physically disabled children in New York State. Among other community involvement, he was the past president of the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD). In addition he was the Chairperson of National Technical Institute for the Deaf’s (NTID) National Advisory Group.  He continues to serve on the Board of Trustees at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, his alma mater.

Dr. Mowl has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Bethany College, master’s degree in education of the hearing impaired from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctorate in special education from the University of Pittsburgh.

We believe Dr. Mowl’s experience, knowledge and in depth understanding of 4201 Schools and the New York State Education Department will serve us extremely well. Dr. Mowl and his wife Mary currently reside in Pittsford, New York.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Mowl and Mary to Fanwood!

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Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

GradsThis year’s graduates are a special group of seniors who leave Fanwood with a great deal of love, laughter and memories!

On Friday, June 24th, 2016, seniors arrived on campus for the last time as Fanwood students.  As they lined up in their blue and white gowns, there thoughts were on their fond memories as well as the excitement that awaits them.

Following the signing of the Pledge of Allegiance, the graduates, their families, local legislators, and NYSD staff members were welcomed by Superintendent, Dr. Ronald Stern.DSC_2924

This year, Valedictorian, Agron Deski, and Salutatorian, Victoria Pon, took the DSC_3000opportunity to address their classmates one last time.  The two graduating seniors shared fond memories of their time at Fanwood, as well as a strong message encouraging their fellow classmates to pursue their dreams, refuse to give up, and to continue to work hard.


Graduation Speaker, Bernard Bragg "BB", and NYSD Board of Trustees President, Alexis A. Kashar

Graduation Speaker, Bernard Bragg “BB”, and NYSD Board of Trustees President, Alexis A. Kashar

We were thrilled to welcome Mr. Bernard Bragg as the 2016 Graduation Speaker.  Mr. Bragg is the Co-Founder of the National Theater of the Deaf, as well as a well-known actor and producer.

Bernard Bragg is one of Fanwood’s most prominent alumni and one of the world’s most accomplished performing deaf artists.  A pioneer as a deaf mime and actor, “BB”, as he is fondly called in the deaf community, was central to paving the way for many deaf and hard of hearing actors in Theatre, television, and movies.

Additionally, BB’s dedication to working hard and following dreams a trait that we hope our graduates will emulate.

Congratulations to the NYSD 2016 Graduates…we wish you the best of luck in your future and cannot wait to welcome you back home as alumni!

Click HERE for more pictures from the 2016 Graduation ceremony.

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New York School for the Deaf to Host Academic Bowl

 

Banner Academic BowlWHITE PLAINS – March 10 – 12, 2016 – New York School for the Deaf (“Fanwood”), the second oldest school for deaf in the country, will host and compete in the Gallaudet Academic Bowl. For schools for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, this is probably the most distinguished academic event in the nation.

Over 110 high School students, from eighteen other school from Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, and every corner of New York State will travel to Fanwood in hopes of winning a spot in the National Tournament, to be held at Gallaudet University from April 23 -25, 2016.

This event will be unique in that only deaf or hard of hearing students will participate. The academic rigor and standards of the Academic Bowl will be just as challenging as they would be for their hearing peers.

Students will have their knowledge tested in categories such as social studies, language and literature, science and technology, mathematics, the arts, deaf studies, current events, pop culture, leisure and sports. They will be graded on their general knowledge and quick recall skills.

“The academic bowl allows deaf/hard of hearing students to showcase their knowledge over a broad range of subjects and in such a fun, memorable manner too,” Superintendent Dr. Ron Stern explained in a statement released by the school. “New friendships are invariably forged along with old friends being able to get together once again outside of competition.   With this being the 20th anniversary of Gallaudet’s Academic Bowl event and on behalf of all students and adults who have, and will continue to participate, Fanwood as this year’s proud host, extends its profound gratitude and appreciation to Gallaudet.”

This exciting event will kick-off New York School for the Deaf’s celebration of their 200th Year Anniversary.