Home of the Eagles
KSSB provides opportunities to grow and learn outside the classroom through a variety of extracurricular activities. Participation in extracurricular activities can increase social, academic engagement and confidence when using communication and social skills in a real-world context. Students attending KSSB are encouraged to join a competitive sports team, hone speaking skills on our championship forensics team and complete technological investigation through Assistive Technology and STEM projects.
KSSB Conference Participation
KSSB is a member of the North Central Association of Schools for the Blind (NCASB). The 12 member state schools in this conference are: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin. On a rotating basis each school will host a sport and academic competition.
Fall Sports: Track & Field and Goalball
Track and Field
Under the guidance of Coach Tim Shriebreck and Coach Angela Vold, the KSSB Eagle athletes practice daily to prepare for the Annual Track and Field Conference. The meet is held during the first week of October where athletes compete against 11 other teams from the NCASB.
Five athletes proudly represented KSSB at the North Central Association of Schools for the Blind Track and Field Conference on September 28-29, 2018. The Athletic Conference was hosted by the Wisconsin School for the Blind.
Goalball is a popular sport with a long history of competition. Each fall, Coach Tim Shriebreck guides a team of KSSB Eagle athletes as they prepare for each competition. The culminating event is an an annual NCASB tournament during the last week of October or the first week of November.
If you would like to learn more about Goalball go to United State Association of Blind Athletes (USABA).
Winter Sports: Wrestling and Cheerleading
Along with Goalball, wrestling is another popular sport among students with a visual impairment. Not only does this sport provide an excellent way to develop overall athletic skills but also flexibility, strength and quick reflexes.
The Illinois School for the Blind hosted the 2019 NCASB Cheerleading and Wrestling Conference on January 25-26. KSSB was represented by 4 wrestling athletes.
Cheerleaders provide motivation, encouragement and Eagle Team Spirit in the classroom, the community and on the sidelines at each competition. Coach Angela Vold provides instruction in cheerleading and leadership skills for each member of the squad. She prepares them for the annual Cheerleading Conference where they will not only be judged on spirit and enthusiasm but also appearance, creativity, rhythm and on execution and techniques when performing each cheer.
Our KSSB cheer squad represented our school spirit in Illinois on January 25-26 for the annual NCASB Cheerleading and Wrestling Conference.
Spring Activities: Forensics and Swimming
KSSB offers an engaging and rigorous Forensics Program for students in grades 7-12 and those who participate in the Transition Program. Under the instruction of Coach Christian Puett, the students compete locally and regionally at neighboring Schools for the Blind who are members of the North Central Association of Schools for the Blind. All of their hard work and dedication allows each student to shine at the final Forensics NCASB competition in mid-April.
The Forensics Team explores different topics related to speech presentation, speech writing, debate and story-telling. Participants hone their presentation skills in formats of persuasion, information, serious or humorous topics, duo (two presenters), small skits and poetry. In addition, students focus on general public speaking skills such as posture, speech tone, expressiveness and body cues or gestures while speaking.
A favorite activity of many students is swimming. The KSSB campus houses a large swimming pool. The swim instructions provide students of all levels the opportunity to learn or improve their swimming strokes. Instruction in swimming can provide your child an enjoyable way to exercise as well as an understanding of water safety.
Swimming opportunities are provided 2-3 times each week both during and after school activities.
Academic Year: STEM TECH CLUB
Every Wednesday you will find a group of students actively engaged in STEM activities. STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Each student eagerly waits for this weekly extracurricular activity. Where else can you build and control robots, fly drones, create music and develop logical thinking?
Under the direction of Bob Taylor, students learn to code and engage in hands-on experiences that will prepare them for the future.
To learn more about this skills taught as a part of the STEM Club download and read about the accessible coding activities.