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COVID-19 UPDATE: In-Person Learning

COVID-19 UPDATE: In-Person Learning

A message from Superintendent Annette Reichman and Assistant Superintendent Kristen Rex:The Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind tentatively plan to reopen Phoenix Day School for the Deaf and ASDB Tucson Campus on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, for in-school student learning. In order to determine a safe and secure learning environment, many data points have been considered, most importantly the safety of our staff and students. This decision is not made by the principals of the schools but as a statewide agency. As an agency, we would rather error on being overly cautious than rush the reopening. The agency understands that there is a tremendous strain on families during our digital learning environment.If you need to contact an agency representative, please email our assistant superintendent Dr. Kristen Rex and .

Los Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind tentativamente planifican reabrir el Phoenix Day School for the Deaf y el recinto escolar ASDB de Tucson el martes 6 de octubre del 2020 para el aprendizaje de los estudiantes en la escuela. Para poder determinar un entorno de aprendizaje seguro y protegido, se han considerado muchos puntos de datos, lo más importante es la seguridad de nuestro personal y estudiantes. Esta decisión no la toman los directores de las escuelas, sino una agencia estatal. Como agencia, preferimos equivocarnos al ser demasiado cautelosos que apresurar la reapertura. La agencia comprende que existe un tremendo estrés sobre las familias durante nuestro entorno de aprendizaje digital. Si necesita comunicarse con un representante de la agencia, envíe un correo electrónico a nuestra superintendente asistente, la Dra. Kristen Rex y .

PDSD 8th grade promotion during Covid-19

PDSD 8th grade promotion during Covid-19

The cars lined up for the 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony at PDSD on Aug. 14. Principal Courtney and the staff gathered to help celebrate the 8th graders becoming PDSD High School Freshmen!


House Ambassador of the Year – Jessica Madsen

House Ambassador of the Year – Jessica Madsen

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Jessica Madsen was named Ron Clark Academy House Ambassador of the Year!Congratulations Jessica!!💚

Alt-text: Attached are three images. The first image is of Jessica wearing a bright green headband with green yarn puffs on the top. She is wearing a green shirt that reads “Team Cogswell”. She is smiling and holding her hands in the ASL sign Dragonfly.

Arizona Cardinals’ Derrick Coleman gives PDSD students an unforgettable experience

A sea of Cardinals’ red stormed the bleachers of the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf basketball court on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. Students clutched homemade-signs and footballs, wiggling in their seats in anticipation to meet Arizona Cardinals’ Fullback Derrick Coleman, the first and only legally Deaf offensive player in the NFL.

PDSD students cheer and wave their hands in the airThe drumming of a large bass suddenly reverberated throughout the bleachers as cheers erupted in excitement. It’s an entrance Coleman has been accustomed to each time he walks onto a football field. But this time it’s different because the crowd cheering is just like him. They waved their open hands in the air – the ASL sign for applause.

Before Coleman was making history and winning Super Bowl titles, he was just like the students sitting before him. He lost his hearing at three years old making it difficult to communicate. He says he never had what the children at PDSD have today – a community.

He immediately exuded a humble and giving presence, taking time to walk across the bleachers and have conversations with students. “All the bullying that you’ve been through, I’ve had that experience,” he says. “You’re not alone in it, but keep a smile on your face and keep going!”Derrick Coleman smiles big

Persistence and hard work got him to the NFL. He says that his mom pushed him to be vocal about his hearing loss and ask questions if he didn’t understand a teacher or coach the first time. Coleman encouraged all the PDSD students to embody that same drive and determination when chasing their dreams.

After the Q & A, there were smiles all around as he took photos and signed memorabilia for our students and staff. We are so thankful for Derrick Coleman and the Arizona Cardinals for giving our students such an unforgettable experience. We also want to thank Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for arranging everything!