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Starlight School is Winning!

Starlight School is Winning!

Tue, Nov 14th, 2017

Congratulations to the Starlight School PBIS team for winning a 2017 Gold Award (1 of only 7 statewide) by the Ohio PBIS Network and the State Support team for implementation ... read full blog entry >>


Anniversary of the County Board System in Ohio

Wed, Nov 1st, 2017

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Ohio's County Board system. In Tuscarawas County, we trace our roots back a bit further, so we are currently honoring the 60th anniversary of ... read full blog entry >>


Go Astro Sharks Go!

Go Astro Sharks Go!

Fri, Sep 29th, 2017

It's another great year of fun learning at Starlight School - Home of the Astro Shark!

School Age students will be "Cooking Up a Great Year" and are "Capable of Amazing ... read full blog entry >>


Keep Calm & Welcome Back to School

Keep Calm & Welcome Back to School

Tue, Aug 29th, 2017

Yes! School is back in session! I hope everyone is just as excited as I am for this school year. This time of year can be fun and stressful all ... read full blog entry >>


I Love Summer!

Wed, Aug 2nd, 2017

I don't know about you, but I love summer,  sun, beaches and swimming pools!
Did you know that the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities sends out Health and Welfare Alerts? ... read full blog entry >>


Inclusive Education Initiative

Thu, Jun 29th, 2017

School's out for summer!  As the school year ends, we are taking a look at what worked and what didn't work during our pilot year of collaborating with the schools in Tuscarawas ... read full blog entry >>


The Tough Cases

Mon, May 8th, 2017

Anyone in any kind of case-management role knows what I mean by this blog title.  There are those cases on most Service & Support Administrators (SSA's) caseload that we (perhaps a ... read full blog entry >>


Starlight School Introduces Astro The Shark

Starlight School Introduces Astro The Shark

Thu, Apr 20th, 2017

Starlight School and Staff would like to introduce you to the first ever Mascot of Starlight School:  Astro The Shark!!

Each student had a turn to vote on a name and ... read full blog entry >>


The Accountant's Blog by Mark Schott

Fri, Mar 17th, 2017

Chris Sapp, our resident eternal optimist, asked me to write a blog for the TuscBDD website and to make it humorous.  I looked at our budget with the revenue going ... read full blog entry >>


Looking forward to 2017

Tue, Jan 31st, 2017

Looking forward to 2017

As we begin another busy and exciting year in 2017, I would like to take this opportunity to start by thanking all of the wonderful people we ... read full blog entry >>


Supporting Private Providers: The Integral Role of County Boards

Tue, Jul 12th, 2016

Supporting Private Providers: The Integral Role of County Boards

Medicaid has been a huge provider of resources for private providers and for county boards of developmental disabilities. There has been much ... read full blog entry >>


Partnering for Excellence in Education

Thu, Jun 23rd, 2016

Partnering for Excellence in Education

Summertime always brings me back to my childhood. I can still remember the excitement as the school-year drew to a close with three months of summer ... read full blog entry >>


In Plain Sight - Starlight School Blog

In Plain Sight - Starlight School Blog

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2016

In Plain Sight - Starlight School Blog 

The therapy departments have teamed up to provide a fun and interactive school wide game. The game is to bring awareness to the students ... read full blog entry >>


Community Integration!

Tue, May 10th, 2016

Community Integration Blog

Kyle Wells, Service & Support Supervisor

Over the past several years there has been a growing emphasis on attempting to integrate people with DD/ID into the community. On April ... read full blog entry >>


Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Promoting Inclusion

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Promoting Inclusion

Wed, Apr 27th, 2016

TuscBDD Blog - Promoting Inclusion

Stephanie Wilson, TuscBDD Board President

March was Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and we were excited to celebrate this important month with various activities taking place. In the ... read full blog entry >>


A Season of Change!

Wed, Mar 2nd, 2016

By Chris Sapp

Community Connections Specialist, TuscBDD

After 15 years with the TuscBDD, I find myself shifting gears from being an adult services direct care provider to becoming a part of connecting ... read full blog entry >>


A New Beginning for a New Year

Wed, Feb 3rd, 2016

A New Beginning for a New Year

By Stephanie Wilson, TuscBDD Board President

I used to wrestle with the whole idea of New Year's resolutions. I clearly see the benefits of resolutions. ... read full blog entry >>


Making Strides at Starlight

Making Strides at Starlight

Thu, Jan 14th, 2016

Our son, Banks, got involved in Early Intervention when he was around 4 months old. He had low muscle tone, developmental delay, and macrocephaly, but no major diagnosis that explained ... read full blog entry >>


Year in Review - Board President Stephanie Wilson

Year in Review - Board President Stephanie Wilson

Thu, Dec 31st, 2015

2015 Year in Review

By Stephanie Wilson, TuscBDD Board President

It is hard to believe that 2015 is already coming to an end! As I reflect upon this past year, I am ... read full blog entry >>


Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings

Thu, Dec 17th, 2015


Some of my friends are fairly relaxed about the holiday season. They tend to keep things low key and prefer to simply enjoy the extra downtime that this time ... read full blog entry >>


Finding your Sweet Spot!

Finding your Sweet Spot!

Tue, Nov 17th, 2015


Nate Kamban, TuscBDD Community Relations/Special Projects

One of the greatest joys of parenting, in my opinion, is watching your children find ways to identify their unique gifts and interests. Admittedly, ... read full blog entry >>


Continuing our Journey

Continuing our Journey

Thu, Aug 27th, 2015

I can still remember well the day when my son left home for college. In the days prior to his big move, I would give myself periodic pep talks. I ... read full blog entry >>


Meaningful Employment

Meaningful Employment

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015

I can still remember my first job. It was definitely not my dream job by any stretch of the imagination, but the satisfaction and pride that came along with my ... read full blog entry >>


Valuing Partnerships by Stephanie Wilson, TuscBDD Board President

Valuing Partnerships by Stephanie Wilson, TuscBDD Board President

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015

At TuscBDD, we value partnerships. It is our goal to provide a wide-array of excellent service and support options for people in Tuscarawas County and, simply put, we cannot do ... read full blog entry >>


Introducing Interim Superintendent Kellie Brown

Introducing Interim Superintendent Kellie Brown

Thu, Aug 6th, 2015

Hello! My name is Kellie Brown and I will be serving as the interim superintendent for TuscBDD. I want to thank everyone for the incredibly warm welcome I have already ... read full blog entry >>


Board President's Message

Board President's Message

Tue, Jul 21st, 2015

I would personally like to thank everyone who attended our first Community Dialogue Session. I deeply appreciate your willingness to honestly express your concerns regarding the System Redesign taking place ... read full blog entry >>


Updates from Physical Therapy

Updates from Physical Therapy

Wed, Jun 3rd, 2015

Hello from Physical Therapy!!


What does PT do for the Tuscarawas County Board of DD?? We service students who need help being mobile achieve as much independence as possible so ... read full blog entry >>


Volunteerism, the Gateway to a Better Community

Thu, Apr 2nd, 2015

As TuscBDD begins to transform its adult services from a facility-based to community-based model, volunteerism plays a key role. Volunteerism in this context has two aspects; 1) attracting volunteers to ... read full blog entry >>


Greetings from Classroom 11

Wed, Mar 25th, 2015

Greetings from Classroom 11!


Our class is studying electricity this month and how we depend on it every day. We did an experiment with battery power that compared the claims ... read full blog entry >>


Partnering for a Good Life

Partnering for a Good Life

Wed, Feb 11th, 2015

How would you define a “good life?” Your definition may include family, health, wealth, faith, opportunities to travel and etc. Each of our lists would likely be different depending upon ... read full blog entry >>


We are on a Roll! Starlight School Update

Wed, Feb 4th, 2015

We are on a roll! With the start of the second half of the school year the physical education classes are working on handling and manipulating a variety of objects. 

As ... read full blog entry >>


Employers Wanted! Apply Here.

Thu, Jan 29th, 2015

Employers Wanted!  Apply Here.

How many of us do our job exactly as it reads in our job description?  My guess is, not many.  We all have unique strengths and ... read full blog entry >>


School Update

Thu, Jan 15th, 2015

Sue Sargeant's class is cooking!! Through the generosity of the Ruth Carlson Fund, we have been able to take community shopping trips to various stores. We purchase food items needed ... read full blog entry >>


Thanks everyone -- job well done!

Wed, Dec 31st, 2014

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the individuals served at Starlight workshop and those who support them for working around and/or through the Share-A-Christmas event on December ... read full blog entry >>


Dan Boltz is Retiring!

Wed, Dec 17th, 2014

We are thankful for our mechanic Dan Boltz who has done an excellent job keeping our buses running, safe and legal. He has been an especially busy man during preparation ... read full blog entry >>


Let Santa's reindeer help your child's speech and language development this holiday season!

Thu, Dec 11th, 2014

Let Santa's reindeer help your child's speech and language development this holiday season!

Dasher: Say what you see! Comment on what you and your child ... read full blog entry >>


From the Director of Program Operations

Wed, Nov 26th, 2014

This is an exciting time for our Adult Services program as we look at innovative ways to provide services in the most natural and integrated settings possible. We are focusing ... read full blog entry >>


Brrr.....

Wed, Nov 19th, 2014

Brrrr....it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. We had our first major snow this past Monday and it gave us a test run for this winter. We cancelled Starlight ... read full blog entry >>


Positive Outcomes One Person at a Time

Wed, Nov 19th, 2014

This October a Braille Note taker was provided to a young person who has been hoping for it for several years.  Through obtaining a Medicaid Waiver and utilizing funds for ... read full blog entry >>


Focus on the Weather

Focus on the Weather

Wed, Nov 12th, 2014

This November room 8 is focusing on weather! All of our lesson plans and activities have a weather theme. At morning meeting we keep track of the weather each day, ... read full blog entry >>


Transportation fall updates

Wed, Oct 15th, 2014

Burr! It's not cold ye,t but to feel that chill in the fall lets us know what is approaching. So we have our code yellow list in effect. Code Yellow ... read full blog entry >>


Welcome to our Classroom!

Welcome to our Classroom!

Tue, Oct 7th, 2014

Preschool 1 has been busy!  We began the year learning about the weather, days of the week and practicing our letters and numbers!  We have been having so much fun ... read full blog entry >>


A Good Life is Designing our Lives, including Employment

A Good Life is Designing our Lives, including Employment

Thu, Oct 2nd, 2014

For most people, finding health, happiness, and safety involves DESIGNING our lives by making decisions about whom we choose to relate with, and how we invest our resources of time, ... read full blog entry >>


EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT AND AWARENESS

Thu, Sep 25th, 2014

                              

With the new PACE U Program beginnig the week of September 8th, Independence will have made further inroads into improving employer engagement and awareness.  Between both PACE U and TRACE ... read full blog entry >>


Transportation updates

Wed, Sep 17th, 2014

The Month of September is going great in transportation.  Our drivers have settled into the new school year and their routes for the 2014-2015 year.  The persons we transport have ... read full blog entry >>


Welcome back!

Welcome back!

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

Preschool 2 is already hard at work. We started off the year working in our Literacy Centers. We have been learning how to write our lowercase letters, practicing our names ... read full blog entry >>


Summer Hoe-Down at Workshop

Summer Hoe-Down at Workshop

Thu, Sep 4th, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014, The Starlight Workshop had its annual summer picnic.  Hog Heaven did a great job catering to the party with pork brisket, cole slaw, and baked beans.  ... read full blog entry >>


PCT Training is the " Way To Go "

Wed, Aug 27th, 2014

Having been in residential services for most of my adult life, I have seen many ways of providing service, but I do feel that Imagine/Person Centered Thinking is, by far, ... read full blog entry >>


Transportation Changes

Thu, Aug 21st, 2014

The new school year has started, therefore all the new bus routes are in operation. This year we have several changes. Due to increased hours at the school we had ... read full blog entry >>


Off To School

Off To School

Wed, Aug 13th, 2014

Starlight School is getting ready for a brand new school year. Monday, August18th is the first day of school.

Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, Ohio Department of Education is requiring ... read full blog entry >>


The Good Life

The Good Life

Wed, Aug 6th, 2014

The "Good Life" is coming to TCBDD! We have a team of people starting on a training path from 8/6/15 through the end of the year. On the team is ... read full blog entry >>


From the Superintendent

Wed, Jul 30th, 2014

 I would like to share information about the trends and major issues that our agency is facing locally, statewide and nationally. Having the right information is very important and I ... read full blog entry >>


Things Going On At the Workshop

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014

As summer is moving along here at the Starlight Workshop, we are continuing to focus on helping people within the DD community become more prepared for employment.

For senior citizens, we ... read full blog entry >>


Inspection, Inspection, Inspection! Routing, Routing, Routing...

Inspection, Inspection, Inspection! Routing, Routing, Routing...

Wed, Jul 16th, 2014

"Inspection, Inspection, Inspection!"

The old green (2013-2014) stickers came off and the new gray (2014-2015) stickers went on.

School bus transportation is the safest land type of transportation in the nation and ... read full blog entry >>


Old Faithful indeed!

Old Faithful indeed!

Tue, Jul 8th, 2014

Dreams became reality last week when Paula Wenger realized her dream of visiting Yellowstone National Park.  Paula had wanted to visit Yellowstone since she was a young girl, and her ... read full blog entry >>


News from Starlight Workshop

Wed, Jul 2nd, 2014

We have a couple of thing of note going on at the Starlight Workshop.

Job Readiness Training:

Currently we are conducting a weekly training on job readiness skills.  The subjects would include ... read full blog entry >>


No Students, no work, right? WRONG!

No Students, no work, right? WRONG!

Tue, Jun 24th, 2014

Summer time is a busy time at Starlight School - even though school is out for the summer. It is a time of cleaning, rearranging, repairing... the list goes on ... read full blog entry >>


Buses in the Summertime?

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014

Transportation in the Summer...School buses don't run in the summer, so that should be easy, right? Tuscarawas County Board of DD runs school buses all year round. Our work actually ... read full blog entry >>


A Good Life - The Heart of What We Do

A Good Life - The Heart of What We Do

Wed, Jun 11th, 2014

What does pretty much everybody want? A good life. If I asked 10 people what that means, I might get 10 different answers... But studies show that thre are a ... read full blog entry >>