Special School District of St. Louis County


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  • Neuwoehner High School building photo

    Neuwoehner High School 2024 National School of Character

    June 13, 2024 - Neuwoehner High School has been named a 2024 National School of Character by Character.org. The national certification is the highest level of distinction given by the organization.

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  •  Lo Named DEIA Director, Teaching & Learning

    Lo Named DEIA Director, Teaching & Learning

    June 13, 2024 - During the June 11, 2024, Board of Education meeting, Jeremy Lo was approved as the new director of equity - teaching and learning, effective July 1. Read more...

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  •  Sarah Davidovits Selected as Ladue Partner District Director

    Sarah Davidovits Selected as Ladue Partner District Director

    June 13, 2024 - The SSD Board of Education has appointed Dr. Sarah Davidovits as the new Ladue Partner District Director, effective July 1. Read more...

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  •  Board Brief

    Board Brief

    May 29, 2024 - The Board Brief is a review of actions taken by the SSD Board of Education during the May 28, 2024 meeting. It is one more way SSD is working to be transparent and improve communication, helping keep our community informed. Agenda items are linked, where applicable, to the meeting items on BoardDocs. Official meeting minutes will be posted on BoardDocs.

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  •  Preston Priest smiles and poses in the hallway at Parkway West High School

    Preston Priest Named Best Emerging Artist

    May 22, 2024 - Preston Priest, freshman Deaf/Hard of Hearing student at Parkway West High School, is a self taught origami artist. His passion began at the early age of seven. 

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  • Northview students dance on stage.

    Students Main Event at Talent Show

    May 20, 2024 - Northview invites the entire student body to participate in its annual Talent Show every year. The event allows students to perform in front of a big crowd and be the main event.

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  •  Ja'Miah Mosby, Miss Amazing winner, takes a photo holding her crown and sash.

    Ja’Miah Mosby, Northview student, wins Miss Amazing

    May 7, 2024 - Ja’Miah Mosby, senior Northview High School student, has earned the title of 2024 Missouri Miss Amazing Queen after competing in the regional event and being crowned a winner in the teen category. 

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  •  Parkway DHH students and silent zone participants take a photo together.

    DHH Parkway Students Recognize Deaf History Week

    May 3, 2024 - Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) students at Parkway West High School celebrated Deaf History Week through a series of videos, workshops, and table activities. Deaf History Week is recognized annually to educate hearing and DHH individuals about Deaf culture and American Sign Language (ASL). 

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  •  SEF Starfish Awards

    SEF Recognizes 8 SSD Staff Members with Inaugural Starfish Awards

    May 2, 2024 - The Special Education Foundation's Starfish Award recognizes the unsung heroes who may not seek the spotlight but, through their daily efforts, embody the belief that every small action can create waves of positive change in the world around us.

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    SSD Students Invited to Take Survey Through May 24

    May 1, 2024 - Special School District values the academic and personal well-being of our students and prioritizes making data-informed decisions to support their success. SSD students in grades 3-12 are invited to share their voices through two surveys, a climate survey and a social-emotioanl learning (SEL) survey.

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  •   Northview students hold up thank you signs at First Responders Day parade.

    Students Show Appreciation for First Responders

    April 30, 2024 - Sirens were ringing and cheers were roaring as Northview High School celebrated First Responders Day. First Responders Day takes place annually and is a time when students and staff show appreciation for police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMT), and resource officers.

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  •  Students perform a step routine on stage during the Ackerman Talent Show.

    Students Shine at Talent Show 

    April 29, 2024 - Over 30 Akerman School students participated in the annual spring Talent Show. The event is held every year to not only give students a platform to perform in front of others but to have students exercise their leadership and communication skills as well.

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  •  Southview student holds up fossil made out of clay and items found in nature.

    Students Learn How to Recycle at Earth Day Celebration

    April 25, 2024 - To help make the planet a little healthier, Southview’s school community worked together to collect recycled materials and repurpose them to make arts and craft activities. The event was held in honor of Earth Day.

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  •  Dr. Catina Lyles Chief Human Resources Officer

    Lyles Selected as Chief Human Resources Officer

    April 25, 2024 - The SSD Board of Education has approved Dr. Catina Lyles as the new Chief Human Resources Officer, effective July 1. Lyles currently serves SSD as the Director of Special Education in the Ladue School District. 

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  •  Johnicka Turner Clayton Partner District Director

    Turner Selected as Clayton Partner District Director

    April 25, 2024 - The Special School District Board of Education has appointed Johnicka Turner as the School District of Clayton Partner District Director, effective July 1. Turner's journey with SSD began in 2008 as a special education teacher in the Lindbergh School District. She then transitioned into a special education coordinator role, overseeing special education in Lindbergh until 2022, and Ladue through the present, supporting a team of 45 staff members.

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2022-23 News

  • Board Brief

    Board Brief - June 27, 2023

    June 29, 2023 - The Board Brief is a review of actions taken by the SSD Board of Education during the June 27, 2023 meeting. It is one more way SSD is working to be transparent and improve communication, helping keep our community informed. Agenda items are linked, where applicable, to the meeting items on BoardDocs. Official meeting minutes will be posted on BoardDocs.

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  •  Coming Soon - New Application Portal

    New Application Portal for Special School District

    June 21, 2023 - SSD will use the TalentEd application portal beginning Saturday, July 1, 2023. The new application portal will allow the Office of Employee Success and Engagement (OESE) to track applicants throughout the hiring process, improve data collection and analytics, and better serve job seekers and supervisors.

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  •  Juneteenth - June 19, 2023

    SSD Celebrates Juneteenth

    June 19, 2023 - Today, June 19, SSD celebrates Juneteenth as a day of recognition and celebration of African American freedom and achievement. SSD stands in solidarity with all students, staff, and community members who have experienced hardships, mistreatment, or harassment due to the color of their skin.

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  •  SSD maintenance department stands in front of school busses.

    SSD Earns 10th Consecutive State Transportation Award

    June 15, 2023 - For the 10th year running,  SSD’s Transportation Department passed the 2023 Driver and Vehicle Safety Division’s annual school bus inspection program with flying colors. The District received an overall score of 97.9%, which is just over 10% higher than the national average of 87.2%. 

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  •  Dr. Erica Karius North Tech Assistant Principal

    Erica Karius Announced as North Tech Assistant Principal

    June 15, 2023 - During the June 13, 2023, Board of Education meeting, Dr. Erica Karius was approved as the assistant principal at North Tech High School. Karius has served as the associate principal of Hazelwood Central High School since 2019 and will begin her tenure with Special School District on July 1, 2023. 

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  •  We welcome your feedback

    Board Offers Virtual Listening Session: Community Engagement Plan

    June 9, 2023 - SSD's Board of Education will host a virtual listening session on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, at 6 PM to gather feedback on their community engagement plan. We welcome our families and partners to attend and share their thoughts.

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  •  Carmen Stayton SSD Board of Education Director Subdistrict 1

    SSD Elects New Subdistrict 1 Board Member

    June 6, 2023 - At the June 5 Governing Council meeting, Carmen Stayton was elected to the SSD Board of Education for Subdistrict 1, representing Hazelwood, Maplewood-Richmond Heights, and Jennings school districts. The special election was held to fill the open Board seat due to a lack of quorum at the March Governing Council meeting.

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  •  Spotlight cover graphic

    Spotlight - News About SSD Students, Families, & Staff

    June 2, 2023 - Catch up on the latest SSD news in the Spotlight newsletter, emailed to SSD families and staff on the first Friday of each month. The newsletter contains information about events, Board of Education actions, student activities, and staff recognitions.

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  •  SSD Celebrates Pride Month

    SSD Celebrates Pride Month

    June 1, 2023 - Special School District is celebrating Pride Month! We are proud of our commitment to creating a safe, caring, and respectful environment for all students, families, and staff and celebrating the contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community.

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  •  SDNEA Awards Mini-Grants, Scholarships at BOE Meeting

    SDNEA Awards Mini-Grants, Scholarships at BOE Meeting

    May 25, 2023 - Special District National Education Association (SDNEA) presented its annual round of student scholarships and teacher mini-grants at the SSD Board of Education meeting on May 23, 2023. Funding these projects has been part of the organization’s mission for many years and demonstrates its support of extraordinary teaching and learning among SSD’s population.

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  •  Diamond Lewis, 7th grader at Rockwood South Middle School, poses in the library.

    Diamond Lewis HMH Award Winner

    May 18, 2023 - Diamond Lewis, 7th grader at Rockwood South Middle School, is a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) 2022 Student Award Winner. Nominated by her teacher, Helen Allinder, the award is given to students who have overcome learning challenges and experience growing success every day.

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  •  Neuwoehner student Evelyn Bret holds up her Character Captured Award certificate.

    Students Awarded for Exhibiting Excellent Character

    May 15, 2023 - Students and staff at Neuwoehner High School rallied together to celebrate the success of service-learning projects and Character Captured Award recipients in May. During the ceremony, eight students and four projects from each learning community were acknowledged.

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  • Ackerman students transplant flower and vegetable starts in the school's garden.

    Students Excel in Culinary Arts and Gardening

    May 12, 2023 - As the weather gets warmer and the grass gets greener, students and staff at Ackerman School anxiously await restarting the seasonal culinary arts and gardening programs. 

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  •  SSD Partnership Highlight: Schnucks

    Partnership Highlight: Schnucks

    May 11, 2023 - There is a lot that happens in a grocery store. Keeping items on the shelf is only part of the equation. Items must be turned to face forward, stocked by date, removed if expired, and placed in the correct spot. These are just a few of the tasks required to make sure grocery items get from the store to your home, and at Schnucks in Des Peres, SSD students are completing them.

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  •   Miles Miller, 8th grader at Valley Park Middle School, works on a classroom assignment at his desk

    Hancock Place Students End School Year with Improved Grades and Behavior 

    May 10, 2023 - Be ready. Be responsible. Be respectful. These expectations are known as the three R’s at Hancock Place Middle School, and students in Special Education Teacher Amy Bortle’s class have been working to excel in these areas since the beginning of the academic school year. 

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