Learn ♦ Experience ♦ Thrive
January-February 2020 | Eagles #26
California School for the Deaf Academic Bowl Team
travels to Honolulu, Hawaii
to compete in the 2020 West Regionals
Andrew Phillips, Donovan Holmes, Courtney Bronson,
Naomi Brock, Chang-May Tan, and Allison Gibbons

Picture of paradise...the CSD Academic Bowl takes a photo op at Waikiki Beach with Diamond Head in the background. 🧠🧡🦅🖤👍🏝
See full story below!
Message from the Superintendent
Greetings from the land

What a unique time in our history!  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have our California School for the Deaf campus "physically" closed from March 16 through April 6 (or until it is safe to return) , but we are "virtually" open indefinitely. The campus being closed has not stopped us from releasing our famous CalNews publication for January and February. 

To bring positivity to you and your family, please enjoy this issue, filled with amazing outcomes that have been made possible by everyone who is invested in CSD!

I would like to communicate that we have set up a new tab on our website ( COVID-19 Update ) for you to keep abreast of how CSD is responding to the pandemic.  

Additionally, you may be wondering how we are responding to the physical closure of the school and whether we are continuing to provide services for our students, families, and staff? Our answer is a simple one: We will continue to provide e‑learning opportunities and mental health services to our students through Google apps, Zoom platforms, videophones, and other remote methods, as listed here:  Instructional Tools

By law, we are required to provide Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to our students in order to meet the Individualized Education Program of every student we serve. We intend to remain flexible and creative in bringing learning experiences to our students remotely. 

In order to operate other parts of the school during the closure (such as Human Resources, Support Services, and other units), a skeleton crew of essential staff comes onto the campus to work on essential tasks, as needed. We want to make sure that the school is still intact and ready to welcome everyone back when this global situation gets better. 

The Supervisory Management Team (all CSD supervisors) appreciates every staff member who works at CSD for having responded to this situation with such a positive attitude!  Staff members are working very hard, in their own ways, both on and off campus, to ensure that CSD remains immune to COVID-19.

In closing, we apologize for the delay in the release of this newsletter, as we have been navigating an unprecedented time in our lives. Beginning now, we will be releasing bi‑monthly newsletters for the time being. For our March and April issue, CSD will be taking note of how we are making e‑learning and other services accessible to our students and families!

Stay Healthy and Safe,

Clark Brooke, Ed.S.
California School for the Deaf, Fremont
39350 Gallaudet Drive
Fremont, CA 94538
510-344-6010 Videophone
510-823-6071 Spanish Callers

Photo description: Head shot of school superintendent Clark Brooke who is wearing a black shirt with an orange tie -- school colors.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
visits California School for the Deaf
By Clark Brooke
I am elated to share that State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond , Chief Deputy Superintendent Lupita Alcala , and Equity and Access Deputy Superintendent Khieem Jackson visited the California School for the Deaf. 

Our student leaders (see photo: George Quirie , Courtney Bronson , Samuel Brown , and Alexis Bravo ) greeted our guests at the Bear Hunt statue and guided them on a tour of CSD's Early Childhood Education, Career Technical Education, and Career Center programs. Several of our principals and supervisors got the opportunity to meet our distinguished team of visitors and share about their pride in our programs.

Photo description: (1) Four high school student leaders pose with four distinguished visitors from Sacramento, along with State Special Schools & Services Director Robin Zane and CSD Superintendent Clark Brooke; (2) Tony Thurmond poses with four student leaders. Tony is pointing approvingly at Alexis Bravo; (3) Tony Thurmond is posing with the Elementary Student Leaders. Everyone including Tony is signing "2 Thumbs Up!"
Sunshine 2.0 Inspires Students
By JAC Cook
Jerald Creer ♦ Bianca Ware Shiann Cook Zain Ahmed   
In celebration of Black Deaf History Month, California School for the Deaf collaborated with the Deaf Counseling Advocacy and Referral Agency to bring Sunshine 2.0 , all the way from Rochester Institute of Technology, to present a workshop for our students. Students from Early Childhood Education through High School attended the workshop.

One of the presenters was Fred Michael Beam who is a well-known performer. Fred set up an incredible exhibit highlighting influential Black Deaf people throughout history that included activists, writers, founders, and Black Deaf people in government positions. There were long rows of fascinating photographs and write-ups. Students and their teachers lined up to see the various exhibits showcasing Black Deaf history from our community. It was fascinating learning about each persons’ contribution to our history.

The Sundance 2.0 dance troupe really knew how to bring out the best in our students while teaching them dance. The students had a great day! Our school library was the perfect space for students to come with their lead teachers to spend a day filled with expression, movement and dance. The students enjoyed having full communication and being fully involved.

It was exciting for the students to interact with role models whom they could look up to. We do not have enough People of Color – Black Deaf – to show the way; show the culture; show the celebration. It was exciting to experience the atmosphere. The kids really enjoyed themselves. The big takeaway was having the students look up to these role models.

We are grateful to DCARA and Parodi Charitable Trust for sponsoring this event. We value our partnership with community agencies and organizations so that our students can be exposed to incredible people like Sunshine 2.0.
It was exciting for the students to interact with role models whom they could look up to. We do not have enough People of Color – Black Deaf – to show the way; show the culture; show the celebration. It was exciting to experience the atmosphere. The kids really enjoyed themselves. The big takeaway was having the students look up to these role models.
We are grateful to DCARA and Parodi Charitable Trust for sponsoring this event. We value our partnership with community agencies and organizations so that our students can be exposed to incredible people like Sunshine 2.0.

Photo description: (1) Four members of Sunshine 2.0 strike dance poses. (2) Fred Michael Beam and Bianca Ware present dance moves. (3) The library is filled with students learning dance moves from Bianca Ware and Jerald Creer (4) Students form a large circle led by Zain Ahmed, Jerald Creer, and Shiann Cook (5) A group of Elementary students pose with Jerald Creer and Fred Michael Beam who are standing; and Shiann Cook and Bianca Ware who are kneeling. (The four Sunshine 2.0 dancers are signing ILY.)
CSD Wins 2020 West Regional
Academic Bowl Championship
By Andrew Phillips
In February, our Academic Bowl team traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii to play against 19 other Deaf schools and mainstream programs in the west regional Academic Bowl competition. Academic Bowl is a competition hosted by Gallaudet University, where Deaf high school students compete in answering knowledge-based questions. After a second place finish in last year’s west regional competition, our team claimed the #1 seed, based on a screening test in the fall, and brought home this year’s championship .

On the first day, CSD played against the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, Madison High School (San Diego), and the Washington School for the Deaf. We took strong leads against ASDB and WSD, winning handily (79-35 and 66-20); however, Madison gave us a 'run for our money' in the first round, where students buzz in their answers. But in the second and third rounds, where players take turns answering questions and then work together as a team to answer questions, our team showed its broad depth of knowledge and won against Madison 60-43.
On the second day, we beat Del Oro High School (Loomis, CA) 52-17 and kept our #1 seed going into the playoffs. We played the Oregon School for the Deaf in the first round of the playoffs, winning 58-21, after taking a large lead early with our fast buzzing and solid answers. In the quarterfinals, we played against the Montana School for the Deaf who gave us some competition during the first round before we pulled away and won 64-29. Our victory over Montana placed us in the semifinal match against the Rocky Mountain School for the Deaf. Against RMDS, we built a large early lead as we were quick with the buzzers; however, we made some easy mistakes in the third round where the team works together to answer questions. Fortunately, our lead gave us enough room to weather our mistakes and we won 49-26.

In the championship match, we played against the New Mexico School for the Deaf, a solid team which had also won all their matches over the weekend. Moreover, the NMSD team had a player who grew up at CSD and only a year ago, was in our Humanities class which supports the Academic Bowl team. The NMSD coaches were also CSD alumni. In the championship match, we got off to a bad start where we were overly eager with the buzzers and missed questions we should have gotten right. We either misread the question, or didn’t read enough of the question to answer it correctly. (When a player buzzes, the question disappears from the screen.) Halfway through the first round, NMSD had a 14-4 lead and we were behind for the first time all weekend. The CSD coaches took a well-timed timeout to help the players refocus. Following the timeout, the CSD team scored 26 unanswered points and finished the first round up 30-14! We followed the first round with a solid second round, which gave us a commanding lead going into the third round. The third round, where teams answer questions as a group, asked some challenging geography questions. Neither team finished strong in the third round and CSD won 60-42. ( A video of the match can be found on the Gallaudet University Youth Programs Facebook page.)
Our players did very well. Our lead player was Donovan Holmes , who took home honors as the Most Outstanding Player of the competition. He was backed by talented players: Naomi Brock , Courtney Bronson , and Chang May Tan who were often a fraction of a second behind Donovan’s lightning quick buzzer. Moreover, the other three players helped carry the team when questions became hard, as well as during the second and third rounds. CSD not only had the best player at the competition, but we were also the best all-around team.
The CSD team went to Hawaii early and visited Pearl Harbor, the Iolani Palace, surfed, snorkeled, and even did an Escape Room in Waikiki Beach. The players were joined by coaches Allison Gibbons and Andrew Phillips, high school principal Sulghi Hong, and family members of each of our four players. CSD is incredibly proud of this team and they plan to continue competing at the National Academic Bowl competition in Washington,   DC between April 16 and 20. Gallaudet University will livestream many, if not all, of the Nationals matches on their Gallaudet Youth Programs Facebook page.

Photo description: (1) A crowd of high school students are signing #1 as they stand behind a banner that reads "Congratulations 2020 West Regional Academic Bowl Champion" (2) CSD Academic Bowl Team poses with their teachers Andrew Phillips and Allison Gibbons, along with High School Administrative Principal Sulghi Hong, Director of Instruction Len Gonzales, and CSD Superintendent Clark Brooke. (3) Academic Bowl team and teachers pose at their game table in between rounds (4) CSD Academic Bowl Team holds up their certificates. The team and their teachers are posing with Gallaudet Youth Programs Specialist Casey Johnson-Pasqua and Director of Gallaudet Regional Center West Pamela Snedigar. (5) Most Outstanding Player Donovan Holmes poses with Casey Johnson-Pasqua and Pamela Snedigar. A slide with his name on it is projected onto the screen behind them. (6) CSD Academic Bowl Team and teachers enjoy a day at the beach in their swimwear. They are pictured here posing in front of a statue of a man who is holding a lei in each hand. The statue is framed with some fancy spears jetting out of the sand. (7) CSD Academic Bowl Team poses with their family members.
The CSD Academic Bowl Team deeply appreciates all of the support we've received during our travels and upon our return home!
2020 Boys Basketball Champions
Congratulations to our CSD Eagles Boys Basketball Team for winning the Bay Counties League Championship , with a score of 59-49, over our nemesis Oakland Military Institute!

  • Robert Gregor Tournament All-Star
  • Leonardo Vergara Most Valuable Player

Photo description: Team stands arm-in-arm in the gym with their trophy. Robert Gregor and Leo Vergara are seated in front with their trophies.
Latinx Leadership Retreat
By Susana Acosta
Our fabulous students from the Raza de Sordx club hosted a Leadership Retreat at our Land of Orange and Black ! There was a total of 35 students from California School for the Deaf (24 students) ; California School for the Deaf, Riverside (10 students) ; and Texas School for the Deaf (1 student) who attended the retreat. Sponsors of the Raza de Sordx club worked with student leaders from California School for the Deaf and club members to plan different workshops, team-building activities, and CHAMP decorations to make everyone attending the retreat feel at home!
The participants kicked off the retreat with a fun scavenger hunt related to Latinx artwork, figures and photos. We had to find significant landmarks around campus.
CSD Latinx alumni Cristal Duneas (2013), Yordi Morales (2014), and Jessica Arevalo (2011) shared stories about their experience as immigrants, what they had faced and the obstacles they had overcome. They had the students work on butterfly templates to illustrate their stories as a Deaf Latinx. (See video left.)
Tiffany Cordero Ruffa gave a presentation on how to set up your own business after graduation. 

In between the presentations, our Raza de Sordx members led team-building activities and developed new friendships!

Photo description: (1) California School for the Deaf banner reads "Resist, Educate, Mobilize, Transform" in English and Spanish. (2) Raza de Sordx Leadership Retreat 2020 banner (3) Group photo in front of the Rolando Sigüenza mural on the Elementary School wall. (4) Two group photos of Raza de Sordx sponsors (5) Latinx leadership students gather around a large butcher-block style table in the culinary arts kitchen making tamales in stainless steel bowls. (6) Liliana Ortiz and Samantha Vazquez-Mendez give a presentation in a room decorated with brightly colored Spanish-style flowers and tapestries. Samantha is pointing to a PowerPoint slide that reads "The Rise of Latinx". (7) Poster that reads "Gaining Acknowledgement About Our Roots" with a huge crowd of faces from diverse cultures with diverse cultural dress.
We are grateful for our supporters:
  • Parodi Board for T-shirts
  • Sorenson for food
  • Career Technical Education Teacher James O'Brien for allowing our students to cook delicious Mexican meals
  • High School Team (Alan Davary, Sulghi Hong, and Liann Osborne) and Administrators (Len Gonzales and Clark Brooke) for having faith in the club of Raza de Sordx.
Our CSD student Maria Alvarez 's mother, came to teach students how to make tamales. We had them for dinner that day!
VIDEO: Al Jimenez   (teacher) from Texas School for the Deaf and Luis Morales from San Francisco share a presentation about the Deaf history of Mexico. They also taught students Mexican Sign Language (Lengua de Señas Mexicana - LSM).
VIDEO: Julie Rems-Smario gave a presentation about Lead-K and how critical it is to share right information about educating young Deaf children to acquire their native language - American Sign Language.
VIDEO: Dante Wissler from Texas School for the Deaf, who was born in Peru, shared his immigration story.
VIDEO: Students enjoyed learning quite a lot about Social Justice and Intersectionality from a presentation by Lorraine Flores and Vanessa Sandez .
Our very own CSD students, Liliana Ortiz and Samantha Vasquez-Mendez , gave a presentation about the Brown Issue related to white privilege.
Association of Families Teachers and Counselors Fundraiser
Last day to donate is April 3, 2020
Help support our families during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Association of Families Teachers and Counselors has collected over $7,000, so far, to help CSD families who need support, during the COVID 19 shelter in place that has put many families out of work.

If you are in a position to help by supporting this effort, AFTC will continue to accept donations up until April 5. You can learn more about this fundraiser or make a donation HERE .
New Street Signs in Elementary
Celebrate Famed Deaf Leaders
By Joey Baer
For a long time, the Elementary Department had street sign posters to recognize famed Deaf leaders. The posters were used to honor Deaf leaders in each hallway. We loved the idea of our Elementary students becoming more knowledgeable about our Deaf leaders, so we decided to make it real for them by creating actual Street Signs at each hallway intersection!
We appreciate Leah Bornstein and her expertise in creating the beautiful street signs which we hung are the ceiling. On January 21, we had a formal Street Sign Unveiling Ceremony assembly. We had some people come and elaborate more about each Deaf leader and why we honored them. Then, each class went to their own hallway intersection and unveiled their signs. Overall, it was an inspiring lesson for our students. From now on, they will be able to see the street signs on daily basis.
The Deaf leaders we recognized:

  • Don Baer (Square)

  • Clayton Valli (Blvd)

  • Andrew Foster (Ave)

  • George Veditz (Court)

  • Nathie Marbury (Lane)

  • Theo d'Estrella (Drive)

  • Laurent Clerc (Street)

  • Douglas Tilden (Drive)

  • Marie Philip (Way)
The next time you visit the Elementary Building, be sure to stop by and check out the posters on our walls, right by the street signs, to learn more about each of the famed Deaf leaders.

Photo description: (1) Joey Baer gives a presentation. His PowerPoint slide reads "Street Sign Unveiling Ceremony - Stevenson and Gallaudet" (2) Street signs for Don Baer Square and Valli Boulevard (3) Elementary group photo in the Elementary Multipurpose Room with everyone signing "Eagle" (4) Ken Norton standing beneath the street signs for Philip Way and D'Estrella Drive. (5) Ken Norton presents about Theophilus d'Estrella. Handshape for "ASL" displayed above the slideshow. (6) Frank Lester presents about Don Baer. Handshape for "ASL" displayed above the slideshow.
Ken Norton presents about Theophilus d'Estrella and Frank Lester presents about Don Baer at the Street Sign Unveiling Ceremony.
No Name Calling Week
By Nancy Moser
Middle School students had No-Name Calling Week, led by the Counseling Department and Middle School Staff. The No-Name Calling event focuses on raising awareness on the impact of bullying. 
Counseling Team and Middle School teachers provided Interactive discussions and hands-on activities. Students were engaged in discussions. They shared their thoughts and views on name-calling, and reviewed the roles of victim/bully/bystander.
Students wrote down a word that they had "experienced". Then they covered the word with a positive word about themselves that they wish to be called instead. All of these amazing positive words are posted in this colorful poster in the front of the Middle School building.
(See photos above.)

Photo description: (1) Cinthia Santiago Monreal holds up a paper doll with a pink paper heart. She is standing inside a classroom. (2) Middle School front door with a mural of paper dolls.     
Students visit Pixar Animation Studios
We were invited to a special screening at Pixar Animation Studios of their upcoming film, Onward. The screening was shown with Open Captioning at Pixar's campus in Emeryville, CA. Students were excited to see the film, and also to talk to one of Pixar's Production support engineers! Thank you, Pixar!

Photo description: Group photo of students posing in front of a Pixar movie backdrop that looks like outer space.
Family Fun Weekend
Nearly 50 families sign up this year!
By Leala Holcomb | Photos by Ray Gier
Come one, come all
This is our call
Families tall or small
There is no wall
Between us all

Family Fun Weekend is CSD’s popular annual family-oriented event, open to all families with Deaf children in northern California. Kids and adults alike have a lot of fun with kids camp, bouncy houses, scavenger hunt, ASL rhyme and rhythm, night entertainment, and interactive workshops.

Close to 50 families attended this year's event. The families got the opportunity to interact with Deaf role-models from all walks of life. Workshop topics covered ASL, linguistics, Deaf culture, identities, and audiology from cultural and linguistic perspectives.

Leala Holcomb, Ph.D .
Family Educator (Ages 0-5)

Photo description: Leala Holcomb gives a presentation about the Family Fun Weekend schedule.
Tiffany Kutsov (Senior) and Shaelyn Johnson (Freshman)  
welcome families to Family Fun Weekend.
Above: Families enjoy ASL-related activities on Friday night.

Below: Special thank you to culinary arts teacher James O'Brien and the leadership students at California School for the Deaf for preparing all of the delicious meals for the families over the weekend.
Calel Olicia-Aramboles, Kenasia Brown, (Visiting Family Member) , James   O’Brien (Culinary Arts Teacher) , Amanda Vega, Angeni Sloan, Claudia Cortez-Valdez, Yadira Pacheco Lopez
Visiting children and their parents learn animal signs in American Sign Language at Family Fun Weekend!
Visiting children and their parents learn animal signs in American Sign Language at Family Fun Weekend!
Sea Turtle
Visiting children and their parents learn animal signs in American Sign Language at Family Fun Weekend!
Above (left): JAC Cook moderates the panel on Deaf adults from hearing families.

Above (right): Voice interpreters Jacelia Washington and Laura T. Petersen enjoying the presenation.

Below: CSD Elementary Teacher Nia Lazarus uses interpreter Jacelia to desribe her experience growing up in a hearing family.
Above: Lilly Benedict and Barbara White register families for Family Fun Weekend.

Right: Families learn about Deaf Community organizations.
Above: Student leaders from California School for the Deaf lead activities in the gym.

Below: Families watch videos and play indoor games in the High School Activity Center after they arrive Friday night.
Responsive Classroom
visits CSD Middle School
By Rory Osbrink
In Middle School, we had a visitor, Edie Paloma, from the Responsive Classroom Institute.  Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to teaching and discipline that focuses on engaging academics, positive community, effective management, and developmental awareness.   

Edie conducted classroom observations and provided general feedback on how the Responsive Classroom approach is alive in our school community. The purpose of this visit was to get a snapshot of what is happening in our school as a whole. Edie left some kind words for our school:
"California School for the Deaf Middle School is a wonderful place for students to learn and grow. I felt as though I was a learner today and as I left today, I was so happy for this learning experience... What I saw today was a school that is working like a team to provide students with an excellent education."
Click "cc" under YouTube to add closed captioning for this video.
This visit included evaluations and feedback from the institute. We also received a Kaleidoscope  (online tool) that monitors our growth in different areas in and out of the classroom. With this feedback, we are now able to determine ways the Responsive Classroom approach could specifically help our department move forward. This has allowed us to think more deeply about how Responsive Classroom  can assist us as we continue to think about ways to create a high-quality education for every child every day.
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Deaf Docent Program
By Len Gonzales
CSD is everywhere! Then again, Deaf people are woven into the fabric of life everywhere at all levels.  @jewseum  is to be visually applauded for their commitment to inclusion and portrayal of all histories.

Levi Strauss, the man who made durable clothing for the miners who came through San Francisco seeking riches, was a huge supporter of CSD in its early days. (See article by Len Gonzales below to find out his connections with our school.)

Stefanie Ellis-Gonzales, Deaf community liaison to the museum, narrated a video that talks about CSD and its value to the world, and it is proudly displayed with a picture of the original CSD Berkeley above it.

Len Gonzales, our Director of Instruction, Stefanie, and guest Deaf docents Jenny Cantrell (CSD alumnae and employee) and Jim Brune attended the exhibition opening night and received an incredibly warm welcome from museum employees. The excitement at collaborating on this exhibit and possible future projects was palpable that night and we are all very excited about what this could bring to the San Francisco Bay Area.

The night’s theme was how valuable Deaf contributions are to society and how when we all come together from varying backgrounds, bringing our strengths and knowledge, we can soar high as a collective, both hearing and Deaf working in a beautiful partnership.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) in San Francisco strives to create a welcoming environment for all of its visitors. The CJM has established a Deaf docent program by offering ASL Tours for its exhibits. 
The current exhibit at the museum is Levi Strauss: A History of American Style , an original exhibition showcasing the life of Levi Strauss, the invention of the blue jean, and their iconic place in the history of American style. The Members’ Opening Celebration was held in the evening of February   12, 2020 with notable guests throughout the San Francisco community. The talented and knowledgeable Deaf docents leading the Strauss ASL Tours are Jim Brune and Jenny Cantrell.

What is the relationship between Levi Strauss and CSD?  A little known fact by the general hearing community is that the Strauss family had been early philanthropic supporters of California School for the Deaf. A $5,000 donation from Strauss went towards the purchase of the iconic Bell in 1890 that was originally placed in the tower of the Educational Building at the Berkeley campus. In addition, a dormitory at Berkeley campus was named in honor of Strauss. When the school relocated to its new campus in Fremont, the Levi Strauss Company donated $10,000 towards the construction of the current Bell Tower in 1993 where the Bell resides to this day.

The exhibit highlights two short Community Narrative videos in ASL, produced in collaboration with The CJM’s Deaf community advisor, Stefanie Ellis Gonzales, and filmed by Dan Veltri. Each story focuses on Deaf art-historical connections to the exhibition, and shines a spotlight on the rich educational, cultural, and historical impact of California School for the Deaf locally, nationally and internationally. 

This exhibit features a pair of 1975 Levi’s jeans collaboratively designed by Levi Strauss with American fashion designer Helen Cookman, who was hard of hearing herself, regarded as the early pioneer/innovator of accessible clothing. As a designer she recognized that many faced barriers in the task of getting dressed and that clothing was not being made with an adaptive mindset. Cookman created Functional Fashions, the first clothing line designed to be accessible for disabled people’s bodies.

The Levi ASL Tours were scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 19, from 11:30 am 12:30 pm and Thursday, May 7, from 6–7 pm, with the possibly a third tour date. The April 19 th tour was scheduled to be voice interpreted by Patty Lessard.  (Please double-check to make sure that the tours are still happening as the museum is currently closed due to shelter in place.) All tours are free with advance registration by emailing access@thecjm.org . In addition, ASL interpreters can be scheduled for any or all CJM programs at no fee, with at least two weeks notice.
Historical Girls Athletic Association
honored with permanent plaque on gym wall
By Warren Keller
Our maintenance department found the perfect place to install the new Girls Athletic Association plaques on the outside wall our Big Gym.

The Girls Athletic Association was founded in 1928 and served as an amazing organization for our female student-athletes for its time in history. Then in 1977, Title   IX required all sports programs to be equal. That was when the Girls Athletic Association and the Foothills Athletic Association merged into a single co-ed organization. Since that time, offerings for female student-athletes have soared. In recognition of the Girls Athletic Association's history and hard work, the Foothills Athletic Association decided to sponsor this plaque.

Photo description: (1) Historical display of the GAA emblem, uniform, and plaque. (2) Plaque reads as follows: "This plaque symbolizes the logo of the Girls Athletic Association (GAA) with the panther mascot which was founded in October 1928 in Berkeley by Physical Education Teacher Kathryn Miller and Dean of Girls Ruth Birck. In 1977, after the Title IX requirement, the Foothills Athletic Association and Girls Athletic Association combined into a co-ed organization now known solely as Foothills Athletic Association." (3) Girls Athletic Association and Foothills Athletic Association plaques are displayed on the outer walls of CSD gymnasium.
Honoring Winter Seniors on Senior Night
Senior Night was beautiful, I would like to thank everybody involved for helping us decorate and do our annual giveaway – especially Bonnie Biser, Cindy Sasser, and Jeff Buckmaster! The Reader family helped sell food, and the international studies students sold the ever-so-popular bleacher seats. Thank you, fans, for joining us!
—Warren Keller, Athletic Director
Esther Biser
Samuel Brown
Felipe Diaz
Eli Geha
Miles Gonzalez
Tiffany Kutsov
Jaron LeMaster
Samantha Medina-Vazquez
Anastasia Mena-Vergara
Jhada Meyer
Calel Olicia-Aramboles
Liliana Ortiz
George Quirie
Amanda Vega
Leonardo Vergara
Eagles Fight Song Team
The Eagle Fight Song Team did it again! They led the pep rally, last January, with a new addition to their routine. They included staff and students from all departments on campus as “backup clappers”. (Soon after the pep rally, our student athletes traveled to Indiana for the Clerc Classic Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament, and then to Riverside for the National Willigan Wrestling Tournament.)

Eagle Fight Song Team:
  • Mahlia Thornton Drummer
  • Lauro Martinez Flag Runner
  • Alexis Bravo  Signer
  • Tiffany Kutsov Signer 

Go Eagles, soar high!!! 👏🖤🦅🧡👏
Lunar New Year Performance
CSD third graders gave a wonderful performance for the Elementary Department on Lunar New Year. Kudos to all!
Reception honors CSD alum Granville Redmond
By Clark Brooke
Photos and video by JAC Cook and Lisa Nunez
It was a pleasure to take part in the donor appreciation event at the Crocker Museum in Sacramento. A team from California School for the Deaf attended the event to participate in the unveiling celebration of Granville Redmond 's paintings. 

To our surprise, 80+ paintings were collected from galleries, private owners, archives, and museums for this special exhibit which is scheduled to run through May 17 (though the museum is closed to the public through April 30)

We learned that Redmond is one of the top artists in California history ! A book has been published on Redmond's masterpieces. (More information available through the CSD superintendent's office.)

California School for the Deaf's most knowledgeable historian, Ken Norton, gave a presentation to the donors. Ken shared a story that he learned directly from his father who knew Granville Redmond personally. Ken explained how Charlie Chaplin met Granville Redmond. The connection between Redmond and Chaplin paved the way for Redmond to continue painting at a studio that Chaplin supported financially. Also, Redmond was invited to be part of his Charlie Chaplin's movies! 

Photo description: (1) Ethan Bernstein, Clark Brooke, Frank Lester, Meta Metal, JAC Cook, and Dee Kennedy standing in a group chatting at a reception on the ground floor of the Crocker Museum. A large crowd of people are in the background. At the top of the photo, you can see the mezzanine with lots of artifacts displayed on the wall. (2) Ethan Bernstein and Frank Lester discuss a painting at the Redmond exhibition with Deaf docent Ellen Thielman. (3) Group Photo with the Deaf docent and a presenter at the reception.
Video: Clark Brooke and Ken Norton give a presentation about Granville Redmond at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. The second half of the video shows several of Redmond's paintings.
Together, let's be proud of Redmond's accomplishments as California School for the Deaf supported him 100%. Crocker Chief Curator Scott Shields even mentioned this in his donor welcome presentation! Redmond was able to attend art school in Paris, along with Douglas Tilden, because California School for the Deaf provided him with a scholarship. Redmond sent several of the paintings he created in Paris to California School for the Deaf as a token of appreciation for our school supporting him. This type of support for our students continues to be true today at CSD. One of our core values is to encourage the success of our students!
Photo Above: Catalina Island “before and after” of the Calalina Island Casino in the early 1920’s. The 2 nd rock was removed when the casino was built, as shown on the iPhone. Granville Redmond painted the area before that rock was dismantled. Interesting and sad.
These attendees represented CSD:
  • Clark Brooke, Superintendent
  • Lisa Nunez, Point of Contact (CSD - Crocker)
  • JAC Cook, Outreach
  • Meta Metal, Media
  • Frank Lester, Parodi Charitable Trust
  • Ken Norton, School Historian
  • Mel Pedersen, CSD Museum Curator
  • Dee Kennedy, Community Art Curator
  • Ethan Bernstein, Community Art Curator
CSD Presents at Symposium
Rethinking Auditory Deprivation
By Leala Holcomb and Liann Osborne
CSD’s Family Educator, Leala Holcomb , was on a committee to host a Deaf-led EHDI symposium for early intervention professionals in California. The goal of this meeting was to bring audiologists, speech language pathologists, medical professionals, educational professionals, and families to the same table to address issues that impact Deaf children’s lives. There were six short TEDx-style talks followed with roundtable discussions led by a Deaf facilitator and an interpreter. The presenters were Mallorie Evans , Sheri Farinha , Michele Berke (CSD faculty) , Wyatte Hall , Liann Osborne (CSD faculty) , Leala Holcomb (CSD faculty) , Harshada Kadu (CSD parent) , and Nancy Sager
On January 11, Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) hosted a symposium at Ohlone College (Newark campus). Dr. Osborne had the delight of attending as a keynote. The presentation centered on Cultural Humility as a way of setting the tone to have the participants actively work towards social transformation to address disparities and institutional inequities. Cultural Humility reminds the professionals that work with intersectional communities to respect multiple perspectives authentically.

In order to work towards social transformation, apply ASSESS while learning new knowledge. ASSESS is an acronym for:
  • Ask questions in a humble, safe manner,
  • Seek self-awareness,
  • Suspend judgment,
  • Express kindness and compassion,
  • Support a safe and welcoming environment
  • Start where the person is at. Be the agent of change.
Teaching the Deaf Community how to become Entrepreneurs
By Liann Osborne
Yantern was created by Russell and Melody Stein to reach out to Deaf people who wish to learn what it takes to devise a business plan –  how to establish and maintain a business, et cetera. Yantern hosted their first conference with the California School for the Deaf on February 29. The conference was webinar-based on an app called Whova .

Whova allows attendees to interact and network without being in the same room. As a participant, I can play interactive games and earn points to win prizes. It is a fun way to learn from each other and support the Deaf ecosystem concept.

The conference was filmed for our 12 students who could not make it on that day. During the week, the 12 students watched the recorded conference in increments to promote the spirit of potential entrepreneurs. Now is the time to teach our students how to become entrepreneurs and create jobs! CSD believes in self-determination, and this is one way to promote this conviction.

Learn more at yantern.com
Super Bowl Party
By Warren Keller
I wanted to personally thank you all for coming to the 4 th annual Super Bowl Party. With 240 attendants, it was a big hit! We saw people from a variety of backgrounds who came from as far away as Sacramento and Northern California to be with us. This event showcased the beauty of our Bay Area Deaf Community! Unfortunately, we didn’t get the result we wanted with the 49ers, but the energy throughout the day was awesome. 

The silent auction raised $534 for our Athletics program, plus we received $500 in donations (in addition to the donations from Saddle Rack). Thank you to the individuals and businesses who donated items to this auction, as well as to the people who bid and won the items! CSD is the only school who pays half of the airfare for our student-athletes to their out-of-state tournaments and this would not be possible without support throughout the year from events like this.

  • SF 49ers 2020 preseason tickets (Cedric & Danielle Reader) – Carley Carbin
  • Sala Thai gift card – Sulghi Hong
  • SF 49ers accessories (Shirtique Newpark Mall) – Patti Gallagher
  • SF 49ers blanket (Fanzz Newpark Mall) – Margot Simpson
  • Bronco Billy Niles gift card & shirt – Sulghi Hong
  • CSD Orange Crush Football Helmet (used) – Clark Brooke
  • CSD Home Black Football Jersey (used) – Everett Glenn
  • CSD Away White Football Jersey (used) – Brittany Dike
  • Niles Ice Cream gift card – Margot Simpson
Last but not least, we must thank the Saddle Rack for providing us their wonderful facility and staff. Check out the photo (above) and the video (left), and be sure to join us next year!

Photo description: The Saddle Rack Country Nightclub is full of people wearing red 49er shirts. Their hands are up in the air signing. Everyone looks happy and engaged. They are seated around circular tables that have beverage cups and plates with food.
CSD Alumni Spotlight
Amanda Sortwell Crane, Class of 2004
Amanda  @sitwithamanda
Profession: Therapist and Co-founder of  @nationaldeaftherapy
“As a deaf individual, I grew up in an environment where there was a lack of mental health accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing community. I’ve seen so much harm done on our culture, language, & community members. There was not enough space for us all to heal as individuals and as a community.”

Amanda advises to Place your confidence & motivation within yourself, not any where else. Remind yourself the reason why you got it started.
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Meta Metal , Editor
Clark Brooke , School Superintendent