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McGregor Scholarship Applications due April 30th, 2020.

Superintendent's COVID-19 Update: March 24, 2020

During these uncertain times, ensuring the health and safety of our students, families and employees is our primary concern. Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired has implemented the governor’s recommendations to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  As of Monday, March 23, administration, human resources and business services will be conducted remotely.   All student . . .

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IESBVI Spring Family Conference - CANCELLED!

Due to recent health concerns, unfortunately, we are canceling Spring Family Conference - see link below for more information.   Spring Family Conference Cancellation flyer    

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Brunch and Bowling


We had a huge group join us for our annual bowling event on Friday, February 28, 2020.  Twenty-seven students in grades K-12 met for brunch at Perkins before bowling at Air Lanes. Students had the opportunity to see old friends and make new ones while working on independent living skills such as ordering food, calculating their total including tax and tip to determine if they were within budget, practicing table manners, . . .

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Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks

Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at UNI

Staff and students attended a performance of Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks on Friday, January 31st at Gallagher Bluedorn on the campus of UNI.  A band of winter weather threatened to cancel the event, but everyone got there safely.  Everyone remarked about how much they learned about Rosa Parks - even those who were familiar with her story. IRIS provided descriptive narration.  After the performance, staff and . . .

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McGregor Scholarship 2020-2021

McGregor Scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will be available beginning February 28th, 2020.  Applications must be completed and submitted by April 30th, 2020. For eligibility and scholarship information:   McGregor Scholarship Information To complete application electronically:    McGregor Scholarship Application 20-21 For a printable copy:   McGregory Scholarship . . .

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2020 IESBVI Summer Camps

Happy New Year!!   It's January - so, it's time to think about summer!! Summer Camp Registration is now open.   Watch your mailbox or inbox for the complete brochure or click links below!   Additional information regarding each of the regional day camps will be sent out in March.   To view the brochure, click here:  2020 Summer Camp Brochure To register:   Registration Request . . .

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Breakfast with Santa

Des Moines

We had a great time enjoying breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Together we played games, built with blocks, sang Christmas songs while playing our instruments, and we also had a great breakfast! Then we made all kinds of crafts that can decorate a tree or give as gifts, wrote a letter to Santa to remind him of our gift requests, enjoyed spending time in a sensory room, and met lots of new children and parents. It was . . .

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Holiday Party

Cedar Rapids

Ho Ho Ho!  IESBVI had their annual Holiday Event at Grant Wood AEA on Sunday, December 15th.  We enjoyed a sing-along; pictures with Santa, snacks, centers, and great conversation. It is always great to get our students and families together!         

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Spring Family Conference Guest Speaker Announcement!!

We are so excited to announce that Jake Olson will be our keynote speaker for the Spring Family Conference occurring on March 27 and 28, 2020! Jake was diagnosed with retinoblastoma at eight months old; it is a rare form of eye cancer. His left eye was removed two months later and at age 12, the cancer claimed his other eye and it was surgically removed. Through it all, Jake was a passionate fan of football, particularly the USC . . .

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STEM and Tinkering with Robots Workshops

Council Bluffs

A STEM Tools and Tinkering with Robots Workshop was held on the ISD campus in Council Bluffs on November 6th and 7th.   These workshops will also be held in Dubuque, Des Moines and Sioux City starting in January. For the STEM Workshop, students learned how to make their own number lines and graphs and got a chance to use tools they had never seen before.   The next day in the Tinkering with Robots Workshop, s . . .

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