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ESE summer page image2Students in this program practice and apply skills they have learned at home and at school within the context of fun activities. In past summers, students have enjoyed activities such as robot art, buoyant boats, building a pirate ship, and fingerprint balloon pictures. Each class is built around a high-interest theme, such as “Project STEM,” “Lost in Space!,” “Time Travelers,” “Cook & Create,” and “Nature Detectives.”


Students have opportunities to practice Expanded Core Curriculum skills as they make and follow schedules, organize materials, measure ingredients, write notes and lists, and communicate with others. An invaluable part of the program is the opportunity to interact with other students with visual impairments. Sharing experiences about the challenges they face at home and school can alleviate feelings of isolation and increase confidence. During Elementary Summer Enrichment, students often begin early friendships that continue for years.

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One week session: June 23-28 (ages 6-12)


This year’s one-week elementary program offers classes for students who are functioning on or close to grade level. Students who are functioning 2-3 years below grade level, but whose social and independent living skills allow them to fully participate in class activities with their same age peers, may also apply. Students will be grouped into small classes with peers who are functioning at a similar level of ability. These classes are appropriate for students who:

  • Are largely independent in their dressing, eating, toileting, and hygiene abilities,
  • Do not have behaviors that interfere with instruction of self or others, and
  •  Are able to complete the full one-week program. If you know that your student cannot stay for the complete program, please discuss this with the program coordinator listed below or describe your situation in the Additional Information section of the application. 

 

Students who do not meet these criteria should apply for Practical Experiences in Expanded Core (PEEC) rather than the Elementary Summer Enrichment Programs.

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For information about program content, contact an ESE Coordinator:
John Rose (512) 206-9131


For information about the application process, contact:


Short-Term Programs administrative team: Nichelle White 512-206-9332, Phoebe Williams 512-206-9241 or


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One-week program June 16- 21 (ages 12-22)

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This year the Secondary Enrichment (SE) program will offer six classes of eight students. Each class will infuse instruction from the expanded core curriculum into activities designed to build friendships, strengthen self-advocacy and self-reliance all while having fun at TSBVI. Due to budget limitations, we will not offer interest-based classes (such as Rock Band or Theater) as in years past. Please contact Sara Merrit, Short-Term Programs Principal at 512-206-9176 or if you have questions about the changes to our summer program this year.

Who Can Attend:

SE classes are for middle or high school students with visual impairments who meet these criteria:

  • 12 years of age or older, up through the summer after their high school graduation.
  • Able to participate well in group activities, with limited one-on-one assistance.
  • Moderately to largely independent in areas such as eating, dressing, personal hygiene, communication, and mobility.
  • Have no behaviors that interfere with the instruction of self or others.
  • Can attend the full length of the class to which they are admitted.

Secondary students who function four or more grade levels below their age expectation should apply for the Practical Experiences in Expanded Core (PEEC).

For information about program content, contact:

Kathi Garza (512) 206-9446

For information about the application process, contact Short-Term Programs administrative team - Nichelle White 512-206-9332, Phoebe Williams 512-206-9241 or

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 For students in grades 9–12 during the 2017-2018 school year

June 17 – 28  

aspiring authors

In Aspiring Authors, students will create poetry, short fiction, and pieces of their own choice. Students will experience the writing process in a supportive group of peers, bouncing their ideas off of one another for inspiration, insight, and feedback. Outings to parks and other places filled with opportunities for multisensory experiences may engage their creative talents as well as a deeper awareness of personal strengths and abilities.

The teacher of this class is experienced in teaching creative writing, and is excited to share her knowledge of this rewarding venture with students. Come and enjoy her inspiring activities as you sharpen your skills to become a fabulous author!

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For information about program content, contact:

  • Margaret Edwards (512) 206-9476
  • Amanda Fierro (512) 206-9294

For information about the application process, contact:

Short-Term Programs administrative team - Nichelle White (512) 206-9332, Phoebe Williams (512) 206-9241 or

 

For students in grades 8–12 during the 2017-2018 school year

June 10 – 15

 


Creative Dance

Come and dance at TSBVI! In Creative Dance Workshop, students will learn about different styles of dance and dance as a form of creative expression. After building their knowledge, students will create their own performance piece in an inclusive environment.

Students of all ability levels can build increased confidence, better range of motion, improved balance, and a sense of freedom through participation in this class. This one week class taught by a TSBVI staff member who is also a talented dancer, and participates in the local Austin dance community.

Return to SE class list

For information about program content, contact:

  • Margaret Edwards (512) 206-9476  
  • Amanda Fierro (512) 206-9294

For information about the application process, contact:
Short-Term Programs administrative team - Nichelle White (512) 206-9332, Phoebe Williams (512) 206-9241 or

For students in grades 9 - 12 in the 2017 – 2018 school year

June 17 - 28

 Acapella

Do you love to sing? This is the summer for you to love a cappella!  

A cappella is "group or solo singing without any accompaniment by musical instruments." A cappella is a fusion of energy and creativity, and in this class, teacher and students will explore this genre together.  

In this performing class, students will discover the history of a cappella, including barbershop quartets, sweet Adelines, gospel, and the popular a cappella singing in the recent Perfect Pitch movies. Visits from local masters of the art are planned, as are visits to Austin musical events.

Together, teacher and students will create an amazing vocal performance. Both boys and girls are needed! We ask only that you love to sing, be able match pitch, and be ready to work hard as a member of an enthusiastic team.

On the application form, please describe any experience you have had with performance singing.

 Return to SE class list

For information about program content, contact:

  • Margaret Edwards (512) 206-9476    
  • Amanda Fierro 512-206-9294

For information about the application process, contact:
Short-Term Programs administrative team - Nichelle White 512-206-9332, Phoebe Williams 512-206-9241 or

 

For students in grades 8 to 12 in the 2017-2018 school year

June 10 - 15

Make your Ideas a Reality!

Embroidery2When you see embroidered logos or art on shirts, backpacks, or bags, did you ever think you could make similar items? TSBVI offers a Computer Designed Embroidery course to year-round students, and their products have been sold and shipped to multiple states and even other countries. For the first time, an introduction to this class is available during Secondary Enrichment!

 

Embroidery1In Computer-Designed Embroidery, students will work with an experienced TSBVI staff member to learn the entire commercial embroidery process, using tools and techniques currently used in the embroidery industry. They will use powerful computer-design software to create their own designs, then use Industrial-Grade machines to produce items featuring it.

In addition to learning the “nuts and bolts” of computer-aided embroidery, students will develop skills for working as part of a production team, learn budgeting basics, and explore time-management skills.

Join us where art and computer skills intersect!

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For information about program content, contact:

  • Margaret Edwards (512) 206-9476
  • Amanda Fierro (512) 206-9294

For information about the application process, contact:

Short-Term Programs administrative team - Nichelle White (512) 206-9332, Phoebe Williams (512) 206-9241 or

July 1-12

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Learning Independence and Vocational Skills for Students with DeafBlindness (ages 16-22):  Students who are DeafBlind and have grade level or functional academic skills but who may need individualized programming or supports.  Program provides training in customized employment, independent living and self advocacy skills as well as experiences in the community.  Occurs the 4th and 5th week of Summer Programs. 

For information about program content, contact the Program Coordinator:                   LIV DB 3   

Kim Conlin (512) 206-9351  or   

For information about the application process, contact:

Short-Term Programs administrative team - Nichelle White 512-206-9332, Phoebe Williams 512-206-9241 or 

                                                                                                                      

For students in grades 8–12 in the 2017 - 2018 school year

June 10 - 15

 

on my own 1on my own 2

 

When you go to college, or start your first job, you probably will not have a chef to prepare your meals and a butler to manage your wardrobe. In a dorm room or a tiny efficiency apartment, the only chef around is likely to be you, and you'll be the "chief of laundry," too.

It's time to explore, "On My Own!"

In this one-week class, students will learn skills they can put to use right away. Making a healthy and fun meal for one ... whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner ... is truly a survival skill! You'll master other essential tasks, like how to wash dishes when you don't have a dishwasher, and how to use the washers in the laundromat down the street! You will learn organization skills, for sensible storage and task completion. These tasks may not sound like the stuff dreams are made of, but they go a long way toward successful independence.

This class is taught by TSBVI's own chef-in-residence, who teaches culinary skills during the year in our on-campus Bistro.

 

Return to SE class list 

For information about program content, contact:

Margaret Edwards (512) 206-9476  
Amanda Fierro (512) 206-9294 

For information about the application process, contact:
Short-Term Programs administrative team - Nichelle White (512) 206-9332, Phoebe Williams (512) 206-9241 or 

For students in grades 8 – 12 during the academic year 2017- 2018

June 17 - 28

Makerspace spelled out in tools

Are you an artist, a creative individual not afraid to get your hands dirty? Do you fancy yourself an inventor, a mad scientist constantly coming up with new ideas to solve everyday problems?  This year TSBVI will host our first Maker Space class. Students will learn about the tools used by hobbyists and professionals world-wide to make, hack, and invent!

Each day students will work in teams to complete several different design challenges. Projects range from building a security device to keep your room sibling-free to making an art robot to hacking everyday objects to make them accessible!

In addition, several field trips are planned including a tour of UT's engineering and art maker space as well as a specially curated trip to the Thinkery STEAM museum. Students will also visit with makers and artists from the community. 

We encourage both boys and girls to apply. Bring your curiosity and enthusiasm.

 

Return to SE class list

For information about program content, contact:

  • Margaret Edwards (512) 206-9476  or
  • Amanda Fierro (512) 206-9294 

For information about the application process, contact:
Short-Term Programs administrative team - Nichelle White (512) 206-9332, Phoebe Williams (512) 206-9241 or 

Summer Programs Permission Forms

In addition to the forms below some programs may require additional releases for specific activities.

Links to online forms- For All Students

Absence From Campus

Acceptable Use of Technology

Elementary Code of Conduct

Elementary Equine Release

Media Release

Parent Authorizations

Rock Wall Permission

Secondary Code of Conduct

Swimming Permission

TSBVI Standing Orders

Visitor Permission

Forms to be downloaded, completed and emailed to Summer Programs office.

Clothing and Personal Inventory - for all students (especially important to list and lable technology and devices)

Physical Exam - Credit PE only

Provider's Order- For Students who take medications

Adrenal Crisis Action Plan - only if applicable

Anaphylaxis Emergency Action Plan  - only if applicable

Asthma Action Plan - only if applicable

Diabetes Information - only if applicable

Seizure Action Plan - only if applicable

Retinal Precautions Letter and Waiver - Important for all parents to read. Waiver is available if applicable

Life Jacket Waiver - only applicable for students with a history of seizures

Physician's Request for Self-Carry of Emergency Medications - SWEAT

Parent Information Documents

Campus Map

Health Center Letter to Parents - Important for all parents to read. We have made changes to our procedures. 

Homesickness Tips

    Consejos para evitar la nostalgia del hogar

Work Experience Programs Packing List - SWEAT and WALIC

    Lista de ropa y artículos personales de los alumnos paralos programas de experiencia laboral

Summer Packing List - What to Bring - S.E., P.E.E.C., E.S.E.

 

Downloadable PDFs of online forms 

Please use these only if you have difficulty accessing our online forms. Some forms are available here in Spanish.

 

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