Ranger Triathlon 2014

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Ruth Taubert Seeger

We, the TSDAA, expressed our heartfelt sympathy to our loss of the great coach and teacher. She has brought so many gifts to TSD, we will never forget her.

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Willis Haney Qualls

Willis Haney Qualls, 77, of San Antonio ascended home on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. He was born in Ralls, Texas to Chester Coleman and Nettie Green Willis Qualls on September 22, 1936. He played on Varsity football team as tight end at Texas School for the Deaf. He graduated from TSD 1956. He married Rose Sames in 1957. Willis was an avid bowler player. He played with Deaf bowling and several hearing bowling leagues for over 40 years in Ft. Worth, Texas. He also played on Tandy Leather Company league as he was employed there for over 38 years.

Willis was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Lonnie Dale and Chester Weldon Qualls, his former wife Rose Sames Wade. Those he left behind surviving him are: daughter, Darlene Rose Qualls-Ballard, granddaughters, Samantha Josephine and Kristina Luna Qualls Ballard, his three great-grandsons Thomas Cash, Milo Armand and Jayson Coleman. Fourth great-grandson is on his way.

Daughter requests in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory are to be made to Rea and Barbara Hinrichs Scholarship Fund in care of San Antonio College, 1300 San Pedro, NTC 114, San Antonio, TX 78212. IT is to assist American Sign Language/ Deaf Support Specialist students to achieve their degree and in their future work in various Deaf communities.


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John Calvin “JC” Morris

John Calvin “JC” Morris, 81, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 9th, 2014 with his family by his side.

He was born in Fort Worth, TX on December 2, 1932 to John C. Morris and Olivia Naumann. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Austin where he had lived most of his life. He was admitted in Texas School for the Deaf in 1941 and graduated in 1954. While a student at TSD, he was involved in all sports and was considered a great athlete.

Upon his graduation, he worked as a printer at Austin American-Statesman for 40 years until his retirement in 1994. He was very involved in the Deaf Community in various aspects- sports, organizations, and clubs. Over the years, his interests and hobbies included, but not limited to, golf (#1 sport), bowling, basketball, softball, coaching, gardening, bargaining at garage sales, taking dogs for walks, and spending quality time with the family.

He was survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Janet; and son, Gary.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff at Monte Siesta and Odyssey Hospice as they made the final journey in his life very comfortable.


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Collection of “Deaf Smith” Educational Resources


Contact: Keena Miller
Phone: 512-462-5328, cell: 512-658-4444
Email: Keena.miller@tsd.state.tx.us


Texas School for the Deaf Announces
Collection of “Deaf Smith” Educational Resources

Austin, Texas – January 6, 2014 – The Educational Resource Center on Deafness (ERCOD) at Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) proudly announces the Deaf Smith Collection – an educational series that includes lesson plans, videos, and resources focusing on Erastus “Deaf” Smith – famous spy, scout and soldier of the Texas Revolution.

The first unit, available now, includes lesson plans, performances, publications, and other materials introducing learners to Deaf Smith, featuring the 1985 stage play “Deaf Smith, The Great Texian Scout”.

This comprehensive collection was developed by Dr. Steve Baldwin who is an avid Deaf Smith enthusiast, author, and retired educator from TSD. In 2013, Baldwin was recognized by the Texas Governor’s Committee on People Disabilities with a Barbara Jordan Media Award (BJMA) for his exhibit at the Texas capitol which celebrated the 225th birthday of Deaf Smith in 2012.

“We expect that this collection will be a valuable learning tool for high school and middle school students-both deaf and hearing”, says Baldwin, “also to those learning American Sign Language, for interpreter training programs, and others in schools and programs interested in learning more about Deaf Smith and his contributions to Texas history”.

“Deaf Smith’s contributions”, adds Baldwin, “underscore the fact that people with disabilities played a vital role in making Texas what it is today.”

The full Deaf Smith Collection is free and available to the public and on the ERCOD website. To learn more, visit: http://Info.TexasDHHResources.org/DeafSmith.


The Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating public school in Texas. Educating deaf and hard of hearing students of Texas since 1856, the campus also provides outreach and educational resources for students, their families and professionals in the field throughout the state of Texas. With educational excellence and a strong belief in a culture and community at TSD, students form a unique identity based on their individual strengths and talents. TSD is an environment where students learn, grow, and belong. For more information about the Texas School for the Deaf, visit http://www.tsd.state.tx.us/.


The Educational Resource Center on Deafness brings the resources of the Texas School for the Deaf to the students of Texas who are deaf and hard of hearing. ERCOD works collaboratively with a variety of agencies, programs, and schools across the state, to create a network of information, services, and support designed to meet the unique needs of students who are deaf and hard of hearing, as well as supporting their families, and professionals all throughout Texas. For more, visit http://www.texasdhhresources.org/.

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Save the Date for the 2014 Summer Programs

Save the Date for the 2014 Summer Programs

The dates for the Texas School for the Deaf popular Summer Programs are available for parents to review and plan accordingly.

Family Weekend Retreat | June 13-15
Early Childhood Education | June 16-July 11
Elementary (grade 3-5) | June 16-June 27
Elementary (grade K-2) | June 30-July 11
Middle School | June 16-July 4
High School | June 16-July 11
Drivers Education | June 16-July 11

Communication Skills Workshops

Teachers of ASL, Parents of Deaf children and Deaf Education Teachers | July 13-17
Non Certified Interpreters and Certified Interpreters-Level I/II/III, Basic | July 27-31
Non Certified Interpreters and Certified Interpreters-Level I/II/III, Basic | August 3-7


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Book Review of TSD Sesquicentennial: A Proud Tradition

Book review by Jean F. Andrews, Ph.D. (jean.andrews@lamar.edu).
Dept of Deaf Studies/Deaf Education, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
Hovinga, S. Camenisch, F. (2010). Texas School for the Deaf Sesquicentennial: A Proud Tradition. Historical Publication, Austin, Texas.
Sharon Kay Crawford Forestal Hovinga and Franna Corley Caminisch, two writer- historians and former teachers of the deaf have provided a comprehensive, engaging and fascinating story of the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) in Austin, Texas. Since they are both former teachers at TSD and members of the Deaf Community they provide a depth of understanding to this topic because they are members of the Deaf community and have worked at TSD for many years. Franna Camenisch oversees the Heritage House, TSD’s museum on campus so she brings this knowledge and expertise to the book as well. I recommend that this book be placed in libraries at schools for the deaf so deaf children and teachers can use it for research in Deaf history. I also recommend this book for university libraries for scholars and practitioners employed in programs in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, particularly to those interested in Deaf history, the history of language, and reading methods.
While the book is over 700 pages long, it is well- organized with an incredible wealth of photographs that illustrate the narrative. In addition, the gray sidebars on each page break up the prose in digestible segments with interesting and entertaining “history-bites” about Austin, Deaf history, the TSD building history, and a record of TSD students and deaf education practices from 1857 to the present.
Organized into chapters around the reigns of 27 superintendents from Jacob Van Nosrand (1857-1876) to the present superintendent, Claire Bugen (1998-present), the authors present their childhood, education, work background and educational philosophy, all of which provides the frame of each chapter. The book is filled with pictures of the school buildings, classrooms, and smiling pictures of students on picnics, at swimming holes, sledding on campus when a snowfall occurs. Other charming pictures show students’ arms wrapped around their classmates in affectionate poses as family photos illustrate. There are also pictures of stern teachers, administrators, and groups of students posing in front of buildings or in fields of bluebonnets or outings in downtown Austin. To this reader, the selection and arrangement of the photos gave this book the “feel of a family photo album” rather than a cold, detached catalog of facts, figures and photos.
The authors present quotes from superintendents and this provides a textual richness to their descriptive prose. Some of these quotes demonstrate acumen into linguistics, psycholinguistics and reading development decades prior to the findings of our modern-day scientists. For instance, these administrators understood language and literacy concepts prior to the works of William Stokoe whose work described sign language linguistically and Carolyn Ewoldt, the reading researcher who wrote the first psycholinguistic study on how deaf children learn to read using the visual language of sign language. This is a must read for teachers, scholars of Deaf History and Deaf Americans, particularly Deaf Texans.

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Volunteers Needed at the Ranger Triathlon

Ranger Triathlon need volunteers. Alumni are welcome to sign up and help them to benefit TSD kids! Sign up on http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F044FAAAA29A75-tsdranger1
More information: tsdrangervolunteer@gmail.com

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Ranger Triathlon 2013

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