Smithfield Middle Deaf Ed Students to Compete in National Math Competition

Congratulations deaf education students from Smithfield Middle School for being selected to compete in the National Technical Institute for the Deaf Math Competition for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students.

Good evening, coaches,

We are excited to announce that registration has closed for the RIT/NTID Math Competition for Students who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm!

Due to another year of strong interest from many coaches and schools, we are now thrilled to welcome 50 teams to the 2020 Math Competition!

We had another record year, and are always surprised at how competitive the process became: 75% of the teams were in varying stages of completion the first hour of opening online registration.

We are pleased to announce the 50 teams that will be competing in the Math Competition, March 27-29, arranged in alphabetical order:

  1. Alabama School for the Deaf, Talladega, AL 
  2. American School for the Deaf, West Hartford, CT 
  3. Arkansas School for the Deaf, Little Rock, AR 
  4. Atlanta Area School for the Deaf, Atlanta, GA 
  5. Broward County Schools, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 
  6. California School for the Deaf-Riverside, Riverside, CA 
  7. Cobb County School District, Marietta, GA 
  8. Corning Painted Post/GST BOCES, Painted Post, NY 
  9. Deerpark Middle School, Austin, TX 
  10. EC Drury School for the Deaf, Milton, Ontario, Canada 
  11. Edmond Public Schools, Edmond, OK 
  12. Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, St. Augustine, FL 
  13. Haggard Middle School, Plano, TX 
  14. Holley Navarre Middle School, Navarre, FL 
  15. Indiana School for the Deaf, Indianapolis, IN 
  16. Iowa School for the Deaf, Council Bluffs, IA 
  17. John Powers Center, Vernon Hills, IL 
  18. Kansas School for the Deaf, Olathe, KS 
  19. Keith Middle School, New Bedford, MA 
  20. Kendall Demonstration Elementary School, Washington, DC 
  21. Kiser Middle School, Greensboro, NC 
  22. Lancaster-Lebanon Schools, Lancaster, PA 
  23. Madrona K-8, Edmonds, WA 
  24. Marie Philip School, Framingham, MA 
  25. Marlton School, Los Angeles, CA 
  26. Maryland School for the Deaf, Frederick, MA 
  27. Metro Deaf School, St. Paul, MN 
  28. Midland Park SHIP, Midland Park, NJ 
  29. Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf, Faribault, MN   
  30. NEGA RESA/Coile Middle School, Athens, GA 
  31. New Mexico School for the Deaf, Santa Fe, New Mexico 
  32. New York School for the Deaf, White Plains, NY 
  33. OCM BOCES/Solvay Middle School, Syracuse, NY 
  34. Oklahoma School for the Deaf, Sulphur, OK 
  35. Oregon School for the Deaf, Salem, OR 
  36. Phoenix Day School for the Deaf, Phoenix, AZ 
  37. Pinellas County District, Largo, FL 
  38. Plantation Schools, Plantation, FL 
  39. Rhode Island School for the Deaf, Providence, RI 
  40. Rochester School for the Deaf, Rochester, NY 
  41. Rocky Fork Middle School, Smyrna, TN 
  42. Santa Rosa County Schools, Milton, FL 
  43. Smithfield Middle School, Richland Hills, TX 
  44. St. John’s County School District, St. Augustine, FL 
  45. St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, Buffalo, NY 
  46. Tennessee School for the Deaf, Knoxville, TN 
  47. Texas School for the Deaf, Austin, TX 
  48. Utah School for the Deaf, Ogden, UT 
  49. Washington School for the Deaf, Vancouver, WA 
  50. Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Pittsburgh, PA   

Michelle Gerson-Wagner, BS ’08, MS ’13
Assistant Director

NTID Pre-College Outreach
Rochester Institute of Technology
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623

Phone: 585-475-7695
Videophone: 585-286-4101
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Birdville ISD Team Earns Recognition in National Competition for Deaf, Hard of Hearing

Picture of Winning Smithfield Middle School Students

Five students from Birdville ISD’s Regional Day School Program for the Deaf, placed among the top four teams in the nation in the Battle of the Books competition, and won the Green Team Best Sportsmanship Award. The team competed against 26 other middle school teams at Gallaudet University (based in Washington, D.C.), a university designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Team member Amy Nguyen was named Green Team MVP.

Shown from left to right, teacher Christine Gaston, Eduardo Bustillos, Nate Coats, Destiny Chavana, Amy Nguyen, Max Ridgway, teacher Teresa Fuller, and Smithfield Middle School assistant principal Jason Turner.

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North Ridge Middle DI Team Models Responsible Citizenship

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Smithfield Middle School’s Deaf Program Advances to National Battle of the Books Competition

battle of the booksDC photo

Each year, students from BISD’s Regional Day School for the Deaf compete in the Gallaudet Battle of the Books for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students. This year, a team of six students from Smithfield Middle School competed and advanced through multiple rounds of the online competition. The team won the opportunity to compete in the final round April 22–25 on the campus of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Gallaudet University provides education for hearing impaired and some hearing individuals from preschool through graduate school. BISD is proud of these students and their sponsors. #BISDShines