Fanwood Welcomes Sunshine 2.0 for Deaf Awareness Week

In honor of the 2016 Deaf Awareness Week, Fanwood was thrilled to welcome RIT/NTID’s Sunshine 2.0!2016 Deaf Awareness Week

The talented group performed for the students and staff members AND provided workshops and activities
highlighting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Literacy, Deaf Culture and American Sign Language.

CLICK HERE FOR PICTURES FROM THEIR VISIT


White Plains, NY September 2016New York School for the Deaf, also known as Fanwood, commemorates Deaf Awareness Week (DAW) through events and activities with the goal of raising awareness about the Deaf Community, Deaf Culture, and Deaf History.

In a kick-off presentation to students and staff members, Superintendent, Dr. Harold Mowl, shared that “celebrating Deaf Awareness Week cultivates a sense of pride in our students; pride in themselves, and their culture. This is an opportunity for communities all around the world to recognize the language, culture, and experiences of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.”

In honor of the School’s upcoming 200th Anniversary, “Fanwood Deaf History & Culture” will be a recurring theme threaded throughout each activity. Deaf Jeopardy competitions and a campus-wide Scavenger Hunt are planned for later in the week. Students will also have the opportunity to share their summer experience at various leadership and development camps, and Fanwood will host a panel discussion with professionals in the Deaf community.

2016-hc-banner-finalThe week’s activities will culminate in a school-wide Pep Rally, in anticipation of the Homecoming games this weekend. Fanwood’s Volleyball and Soccer teams will compete against American School for the Deaf (ASD), on Saturday, September 24, 2016. There is an added edge to the Homecoming festivities this year, as ASD is nearing their 200th Anniversary, too. Both schools are looking forward to a friendly, but fierce, competition.

For more information about New York School for the Deaf, please visit www.nysd.net

New York School for the Deaf Celebrates Deaf Awareness Week

FSE02_MSETWhite Plains, NY September 20, 2016New York School for the Deaf, also known as Fanwood, commemorates Deaf Awareness Week (DAW) through events and activities with the goal of raising awareness about the Deaf Community, Deaf Culture, and Deaf History.

In a kick-off presentation to students and staff members, Superintendent, Dr. Harold Mowl, shared that “celebrating Deaf Awareness Week cultivates a sense of pride in our students; pride in themselves, and their culture. This is an opportunity for communities all around the world to recognize the language, culture, and experiences of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.”

In honor of the School’s upcoming 200th Anniversary, “Fanwood Deaf History & Culture” will be a recurring theme threaded throughout each activity. Deaf Jeopardy competitions and a campus-wide Scavenger Hunt are planned for later in the week. Students will also have the opportunity to share their summer experience at various leadership and development camps, and Fanwood will host a panel discussion with professionals in the Deaf community.

2016-hc-banner-finalThe week’s activities will culminate in a school-wide Pep Rally, in anticipation of the Homecoming games this weekend. Fanwood’s Volleyball and Soccer teams will compete against American School for the Deaf (ASD), on Saturday, September 24, 2016. There is an added edge to the Homecoming festivities this year, as ASD is nearing their 200th Anniversary, too. Both schools are looking forward to a friendly, but fierce, competition.

For more information about New York School for the Deaf, please visit www.nysd.net

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!

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Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

Congratulations to New York School for the Deaf’s Class of 2015!  This special group of seniors leave with a great deal of love, laughter and memories!2015 MFusiarz ILY

On Friday, June 26th, 2015, 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 and NYSD staff members were welcomed by Vice President of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Stephen Weiner.

2015 AMathew Student SpeakerThis year, Class Speakers Michael Fusiarz and Abraham Mathew, took the opportunity 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.
2015 Wayne Betts, Jr. Speaker
We were thrilled to welcome Mr. Wayne Betts, Jr., to be the 2015 Graduation Speaker.  Wayne is a well-known deaf movie producer, director, writer, and the Co-founder of a communications technology company called Convo.  Mr. Betts is committed to Academic success and his determination to achieve his dreams is an inspiration to the students and the Deaf Community.  Additionally, his dedication to creating true deaf empowerment through equal access to communication is a trait that we hope our graduates will emulate.

Congratulations to the NYSD 2015 Graduates! We will miss you!

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2015 Caps In Air

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.

NYSD Earns Best In Show at the 2015 NYSD ASL Film Festival

IMG_4370On Saturday, May 16th, just under 100 community members sat in the dimly-lit Auditorium at New York School for the Deaf, eagerly awaiting the start of the Fifth Annual ASL Student Film Festival.  Audience members sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed the student produced, directed, and created projects shared in American Sign Language.

Movies shown on Saturday were all created and produced by TV/Film students from American School for the Deaf, Indiana School for the Deaf, Maryland School for the Deaf, Model Secondary School for the Deaf, New Mexico School for the Deaf, North Carolina School for the Deaf, and New York School for the Deaf, Fanwood.
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NYSD Masters of Ceremony, students Agron D., and Victoria P., explained to the audience that their TV/Film Production class was proud of their work; each movie was entirely scripted, casted, produced, edited, filmed, and captioned by the students.  NYSD was proud that the TV/Film Production students called this event their own.

Each film was preIMG_2204viously judged by the schools participating in the festival. To insure impartial results, each film was judged independently by a panel from a member school. The categories being judged were script writing, storyline, cinematography, lighting, closed captioning, camera work, and editing.

There were seven great movies shown in total and the event culminated in awards given for Excellence in Film Production and Best In Show. The award for Excellence in Film Production went to American School for the Deaf, for their movie titled Chess Tale.  We are thrilled to announce that New York School for the Deaf, Fanwood, was awarded Best In Show for their film, The Closet.  The NYSD Film Production students who all worked so hard to make this movie a success rushed the stage and celebrated their victory together.IMG_2270

In a statement made by ASL Student Film Festival Co-Directors, Amy Newland and Alaina Roy, they shared “it is the dream of the students and staff members that this Film Festival will continue to reflect diverse and creative submissions and grow in stature and popularity.  Perhaps one day, it can become a week-long event, where films created by young deaf filmmakers are celebrated, and the young artists will have the opportunity to attend workshops and refine their skills.”

Congratulations to New York School for the Deaf’s TV/Film Production students and all the teachers and staff members who supported their hard work, creativity, and dedication.

Also, a big thank you to the ASL Club students at York Prep. During the event, the York Prep ASL students delivered a donation which  will go towards future ASL Film Festivals hosted by NYSD. Thank you for your support!

CLICK HERE FOR PICTURES FROM THE FIFTH ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL