Mandy Houghton, a Deaf Highs School science teacher, had her classes do an impromptu project on a social media trending campaign called #whyIsign. This trend takes place at the same time as Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) conference. The goal of the campaign is to promote the importance of early language acquisition with ASL. That conference started on March 13th and ended on March 15th. #whyIsign is still trending on social media today. You can find out more information about #whyIsign by exploring the hashtag on the Internet.
With her students, they discussed the importance of being culturally aware of what happens in the Deaf Community; knowing even as high school students, they can still make a huge impact on lives of Deaf children and babies.
Everyone Matters Day was held in Deaf Elementary on April 2, 2014. The event was connected to a nationwide campaign that supports everyone’s right to be appreciated for who they are. The department came together to celebrate students and staff as individuals, recognize various areas of the FSDB community, and promote our campus-wide behavior expectations of Cooperation, Respect, and Responsibility.
Fourth grade Deaf Elementary School students Cassidy Dainty, Nikayla Merced, Zaniesha Williams, and Olivia Brown worked cooperatively in the dorm to learn "The Cup Song." They learned the moves and practiced their timing until they perfected the song. The students then approached Assistant Principal Heidi Jordan and asked permission to share the presentation with all of the Deaf Elementary students. During a beautiful fall day, they showed their "Cup Song" to the the staff and students of Deaf Elementary School. The four girls were proud of their performance, and talked about the importance of cooperation and working together when learning new skills. This was not only a fun performance to watch, but the girls turned it in to a learning experience for the youngest Deaf Elementary School students.