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The Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing has come out with a new website of resources. We encourage our community to become familiar with this website, as you might find some of its resources helpful for you! 

The website is https://mn.gov/deaf-commission/advocacy-issues/education/resources/
Looking to buy some MDS apparel? Check out this website where you can find a number of options to pick from! We love our cheetahs, so why don't we show it! 

Buy today!

https://sideline.bsnsports.com/schools/minnesota/saintpaul/metro-deaf-school

The annual MDS Pancake Breakfast and Arts & Crafts Festival 2019 
Saturday, Nov. 16th! 
9am to 1pm 
(Set up for vendors begins at 8:00am)

We hope you can join us in our NEW building this year! 
(Only a few blocks from our previous building)
Metro Deaf School
1125 Energy Park Drive
St. Paul, MN 55108
 
 
Once again we are seeking Deaf and Hard of Hearing artists and vendors to be a part of Metro Deaf School's 7th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival!  
 
Registration fee is the same as last year - $25 will reserve you a table (8ft x 30in.) plus a table cloth.
 
Contact Lisa Johnson if you are interested in reserving a table and your name will be added to the list.  
To secure your table you will need to send a check for $25 payable to
 Metro Deaf School by 
Monday, Nov. 11th. 
 
 
All proceeds will benefit the MDS Art Department and the MDS Student Life program!
 
 TONS OF PARKING AVAILABLE!!  YAY!! 👍
 
Julie Al Rai, one of our teachers at MDS, is hosting a gofundme page to help raise funds to purchase equipment that would be used to make our assemblies and larger gatherings more DeafBlind accessible. You can help support this cause by going to gf.me/u/vty7mw!

Thanks for your support!
The Metro Deaf School Board of Directors will meet on Friday, October 4 at 12:30 PM at Metro Deaf School to discuss opening a credit card with a new bank.

We are so excited for our fall semester to start in a little over one month! We hope all our families enjoy these last few weeks of summer! As we get ready for the fall, there are some supplies students need to get to prepare them for their new classes. Look to the links below to find out what your class will need in the fall!

Preschool Supply List

Children's House Supply List

1st Grade Supply List

2nd Grade Supply List

3rd-5th Grade Supply List

Middle School Supply List

High School Supply List

Metro Deaf School is hosting a Deaf Night at Panera Bread in Roseville on Tuesday, April 30! Come and enjoy interaction with others in the Deaf Community! All sales go to support Metro Deaf School's High School Student Council! 




Join us for a great night of food, auctions, and time with friends in the Deaf Community! We are excited to host our annual Spaghetti Dinner in our new location! 

 
On May 24, MDS will perform the play "Oz!" Come out and see our middle school students show their acting brilliance! Voice interpretation into Spanish, English, and Somali will be available. 




Metro Deaf School is hosting a Book Fair on March 18-22 at Metro Deaf School. You can also shop online, buy some books and support our school! Click on the image below for more information! 

On March 11, 2019, MDS is hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle in Roseville, MN from 4:00-8:00 PM. When you buy your dinner, tell them you are with Metro Deaf School and 33% of your purchase will go to support our school! 
Hope to see you there! 

Metro Deaf School recently held a groundbreaking ceremony at our new building (1125 Energy Park Drive in St Paul). We were featured on the 6PM news from KSTP. Here is a video of that news report.

Transcript: A school that specializes in helping Deaf and blind students has big plans for the future. The impact they're already making in the community, and how they hope to help even more people. You know the Metro Deaf School is a world leader when it comes to educating deaf and blind students. Well, now it is expanding. Today the school held a groundbreaking on a new building. It will double the size of the school. Over the years, it has gone from serving just 13 students to 100. It is on pace to have nearly a hundred thirty students in just a couple of years. Not only does the school give these students a rigorous curriculum, it also gives them a place to thrive. The kids aren't isolated. They can communicate with anybody in the building from custodial to front office to anybody they interact with, they can communicate. The extra space will also be used for things like additional education community events and sign language classes.

The Metro Deaf School Parent Teacher Group (PTG) hosts events that support Metro Deaf School while also providing opportunities for our families and the Deaf Community the chance to interact! Check out the listing of events our PTG has planned for the 2018-2019 school year. We hope you can come, enjoy these events, and support MDS PTG!

Matt Meinhardt, Metro Deaf School's new Library Specialist, will be hosting some ASL Celebration events at the Dakota County Library in Farmington, MN! For more information, please see the Flyer and the video below! 





Classroom supply lists for the 2018-2019  school year are posted here:
This year, the national DeVIA art contest received nearly 400 submissions. Of these submissions, 76 were recognized. We are happy to announce that students from Metro Deaf School received 9 of these recognitions. Congratulations to our budding artists at Metro Deaf School!

National DeVIA Art Contest Results 
The Metro Deaf School Board of Directors is calling a special board meeting for Thursday, May 31 at 7:45am to be held at Metro Deaf School. The topic on the agenda for this meeting is to review and take action on a consultant contract for a capital campaign.

Metro Deaf School offers ASL classes in the Fall and Spring.  These classes are open to families and anyone in the community!  ASL classes are free for MDS families, and are typically offered in the Fall and Spring.  See below for additional information and registration for Spring ASL classes.  The deadline for Registration is Tuesday February 20, 2018 : 

Spring ASL 1 & 2 for Families

CLASSES ARE FULL- additional registrations will not be accepted.  Check back in the Fall for ASL classes

Clases de ASL para familias  nivel 1 y 2

LAS CLASES SON LLENAS, ya no se aceptan más inscripciones. Vuelva en el otoño por más clases de la ASL.


Spring ASL 1 & 2 for Community Members


CLASSES ARE FULL- additional registrations will not be accepted.  Check back in the Fall for ASL classes


Please contact Becky Swinney at rswinney@mdsmn.org if you have any questions.

There will be a Special Board Meeting on Monday January 8th, 7:30 am at Metro Deaf School in Room  #156.2.

Special Board Meeting Agenda



Metro Deaf School's High School Student Council is hosting a Deaf/ASL Teen Night on Friday, October 27 from 5:00 to 9:30. All Deaf and Harding of Hearing students in grades 9-12 grade are welcome, as are ASL students in grades 9-12 who are in level 2 or above. For more information about this event, see our flyer below.


Classroom supply lists for the 2017-2018 school year are posted here:

PTG Meeting : 

Thursday February 16th 5:30-7:30 at MDS!

* ASL/Voice Interpreter provided.  
* Other Languages available upon request- please request by Feb 10th
* Light Refreshments and coffee provided
* Childcare provided



Parents and Families, please consider coming to the Parent Teacher Group (PTG) meeting scheduled for Thursday October 27th from 6-7 pm.  Hope to see you there!

Metro Deaf School was recently featured on Game Changers, a program on CBS. It highlighted the work that Zach LaVine, a Minnesota Timberwolves player, is doing with our school. Here is a link to the video clip, with captions added to it.

Students from the MDS transition program recently went to Wyoming Machine, Inc, where an MDS Alumni, Matt Thorpe, is employed. He was able to give them a tour of the company and talk about what they do at Wyoming Machine, Inc. 

You can read about the whole experience in an article recently posted. (Article)
Metro Deaf School is hosting its Science Fair on March 3 from 2:00-5:00 PM Check out the flyer below for more details!

We have just released a new lineup of Community ASL classes for the Winter and Spring months at MDS. These classes are free to immediate family members of MDS students (parents and siblings) but is open to the entire community. For information about these classes, please see our ASL Class page at http://mdsmn.org/community/asl-classes/

Are books or toys a part of your Christmas shopping list? Come out to Barnes and Noble next Thursday, do some shopping and proceeds will go to support the MDS Library! Simply show the MDS book fair ID number on the flyer below at checkout.

Can't make it to Roseville? That is okay. You can shop at any Barnes and Noble in the country as well as online! Please consider supporting MDS at our Barnes and Noble book fair!

Book Fair Flyer

Edith Koranda, a paraprofessional at Metro Deaf School, was recently nominated and awarded the "High Five" Award.  To read the full article from MN Hands and Voices, click on the image below. Congratulations Edith! 
Ronda Jo Miller is our Student Life Director. She was recently highlighted in an article on NCAA's website. Check out the article! We are very fortunate to have Ronda here at MDS. She is an excellent role model for our students.

Integrating technology into our classes is helping our students understand the power of their words. What a great article about the work being done in our 4th grade classroom!

For a look at the full issue of Teaching Today Minnesota, click here. You will find our article on page 10.

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