Students #GoRedForWomen during American Heart Month

Here at Fanwood, educators believe that, on top of the common core classes, students should also learn to be aware of health, social, and political issues. Led by teacher, Amy Newland, students organized a #GoRedForWomen day, where they all wore red and dedicated part of class time towards learning about the impacts of heart disease.

#GoRedForWomen encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and is also an action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease.

In fact, more women than men die every year from heart disease and stroke. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health.

Click below for more of Fanwood’s #GoRedForWomen Pictures

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.

Purchase Beautiful Yankee Candles AND Support the Senior Class!

2016 Senior ClassNYSD’s Class of 2016 is holding a Yankee Candle fundraising drive to raise money for their traditional senior field trip and prom. Click HERE to view the beautiful brochure online and purchase items for your friends, family members, and yourself!

To start shopping, simply click visit the Yankee Candle website and type in our Organization Group Number: 990060391

You can also go to and set up a seller account to contact supporters:

1. Create your seller account
click “seller login”
Complete “Sign up to be a seller”
Enter your organization group number 990060391
click “SUBMIT”

  • 2. Provide e-mail addresses (email addresses are confidential and will not be shared)
  • Visit the “Seller Dashboard”
    Enter email addresses of friends and family
    Click “SEND”The students of the Class of 2016 thank you in advance for your support!

Fanwood Discusses Paris and Beirut Tragedies

November 25, 2015
The tragic eventsParis and Beirut Banner in Paris and Beirut and the aftermath of the tragedy have been leaving our students with ongoing unanswered questions. Teachers, teaching assistants, and professionals are bracing themselves for challenging questions and the unsettling, painful pictures, which are brought to their attention by our students. Additionally, some of our students are exposed to the high level of security in the city and have seen painful pictures on social media. Students are reacting to situations like this in various ways. They may feel sadness, grief, helplessness, anxiety and anger; their feelings are okay.

In response to the tragedy, the MS and HS department has taken steps in order to support our students. On November 18th, during the homeroom period, teachers, teaching assistants and students watched the news broadcast about the factual events in Paris and Beirut in their classrooms, which was produced by one of the TV Broadcasting classes. Each class also led a moment of silence exactly at 8:35 am. In addition, the Student Support Team is coordinating and will moderate the 30-minute Paris Tragedy Forum with groups of Middle School and High School students on Wednesday, November 25th.

Last but not least, Fanwood professionals and I assure that the safety of our students is paramount and that talking about it with students is critical to moving forward with an understanding of the terrorism and the international collaboration of world peace. Listed below are tips retrieved from the National Association of School Psychologists that help support your child and when talking with your child:

  1. Model calm and control.
  2. Reassure children they are safe.
  3. Remind them trustworthy people are in charge.
  4. Let children know it is okay to feel upset.
  5. Tell children the truth.
  6. Stick to the facts.
  7. Be careful not to stereotype people or countries that might be associated with the violence.
  8. Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate.
  9. Monitor or restrict exposure to scenes of the event as well as the aftermath.
  10. Observe children’s emotional state. Each student in our school has a case manager and can provide the student with counseling if needed.

Keeping lines of communication open between home and school is very important as well as working together to maintain the positive learning environment. If you have any questions, please contact me by email or videophone.

Respectfully yours,
New York School for the Deaf

NYSD Students Get Involved with the NO MORE Campaign

NYSD students were inspired by the NFLs recent NO MORE PSA and felt that the Deaf Community should play a part in creating positive change. The students watched the original NO MORE campaign and tried to find it in ASL.  When they couldn’t find it, they went to work on making it happen themselves.