KSSB provides opportunities to grow and learn outside of the classroom through a variety of extracurricular activities. Participation in extracurricular activities can increase social, academic engagement, and confidence. Students attending KSSB are encouraged to join a competitive sports team, hone speaking skills on our championship forensics team, and/or 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 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 hosts a sport and academic competition.
Track & Field and Goalball
Track & Field
Coaches Tim Schierbeck and Angela Vold guide the team in daily practices 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 traveled to the Wisconsin School for the Blind for the NCASB Track and Field Conference in September of 2018.
Each fall, Coach Tim Schierbeck guides a team of KSSB Eagle athletes as they prepare for goal ball competition. The culminating event is 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 States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA).
Wrestling and Cheerleading
Wrestling is another popular sport among students with a visual impairment. This sport provides an excellent way to develop overall athletic skills including 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.
Coach Angela Vold provides instruction in cheerleading and leadership skills for the cheerleaders. She prepares them for the annual Cheerleading Conference where they will be judged on spirit, enthusiasm, appearance, creativity, and rhythm when performing each cheer.
The KSSB cheer squad attended the annual NCASB Cheerleading and Wrestling Conference in Illinois in January of 2019.
Forensics and Swimming
KSSB’s Forensics Program is 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 NCASB. The season ends at the final Forensics NCASB competition in mid-April.
The Forensics Team participates in 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.
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.
STEM Tech Club
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 review the PDF called Coding Instruction at KSSB.opens PDF file