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  •  Angela Edwards

    Angela Edwards Selected as the Hazelwood Partner District Director

    April 11, 20204 - The SSD Board of Education has approved Angela Edwards as the new Hazelwood Partner District Director, effective July 1. Edwards began working at Special School District in 2007 as an elementary special education teacher. She then served as an administrative intern during the 2014-15 school year before being promoted to special education coordinator in 2015. She has been serving as Hazelwood’s interim director since October 2023.

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  •  Dr. Darryl Diggs

    Diggs Approved as Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

    April 11, 2024 - During the April 9, 2024, Board of Education meeting, Dr. Darryl Diggs was approved as the Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA). Diggs will move into the position at the beginning of the 2024-25 school year.

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  •  CISCO Certifications Adding Up

    North Tech CISCO Students Stacking Certifications

    April 9, 2024 - North Tech's Networking Academy students are excelling in earning CISCO certifications, demonstrating that while challenging, success is well within reach! Last week marked a significant achievement for several of Elkins' scholars as they proudly attained new credentials to enhance their resumes.

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  •  Members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra play instruments on stage at Southview School.

    St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Performs at Southview

    April 3, 2024 - The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) made their debut performance at Southview, engaging students with iconic pieces in the classical music repertoire. The musical group consisted of a drummer, flutist, violinist, cellist, hornist, and bassoonist. 

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  •  Eaglin Announced as Director of FACE

    Eaglin Announced as Director of FACE

    April 2, 2024 - During the Feb. 27 Board of Education meeting, Adrienne Eaglin was approved as the Director of FACE (Family and Community Engagement). Eaglin will move into the position at the beginning of the 2024-25 school year.

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  •  Curriculum Review Night

    2024 Curriculum Review Night

    Special School District invites all interested parties to virtually review and discuss curricula within our SSD schools, before being submitted to the Board of Education for approval.

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  •  Brenda Saye poses with her enlarged check for $250.00

    Brenda Saye Receives Teacher of the Month Award

    March 26, 2024 - Brenda Saye, Ackerman teacher, has been recognized as March Teacher of the Month by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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  •  The SEF team takes a photo together at the Imaginary Theater Company performance.

    SEF Funds Theater Performance at Litzsinger 

    March 15, 2024 - To help bring theater, art, and music performances into schools, the Special Education Foundation (SEF) funded a performance of “Puss in Boots” by the Imaginary Theater Company.

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  •  Sabrina McCammon dances on stage to "Run the World" by Beyonce.

    Students Show-Off Moves at Neuwoehner Talent Show

    March 14, 2024 - Dozens of students at Neuwoehner School participated in the annual Spotlight Talent Show. Acts included piano performances and opera singing, dancing, basketball spinning, animation, and much more. 

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  • SSD Elects Two New Board Members

    SSD Elects Two New Board Members

    March 14, 2024 - At the March 4 Governing Council meeting, two new members were elected to the SSD Board of Education, Dr. Joseph Sartorius representing Subdistrict 5 and Ms. Joanne Soudah representing Subdistrict 6.

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  •  Board Brief

    Board Brief

    March 14, 2024 - The Board Brief is a review of actions taken by the SSD Board of Education during the March 12, 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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  •  Polina Marchenkl and a Northview teacher perform on stage.

    Northview Performs “Myths Busted” by Craig Sodaro

    March 13, 2024 - For the past four months, nearly 50 Northview actors, actresses, and assistants have been preparing for the annual spring play.

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  • Garber School of Hair Design student demonstrates how to give a manicure.

    Bridges Starts Beauty Club

    March 12, 2024 - Bridges Program has started a new club centered around all things beauty, the Bridges Beauty Club. It aims to create an inviting space for students to share their interest in the cosmetology industry.

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  •  David Jackson and Josiah Burgard take a photo together on the woodworking shop.

    Kirkwood Teacher Builds Bandsaw Table for SSD Student

    March 8, 2024 - When David Jackson, a Nipher Middle School woodworking teacher in the Kirkwood School District, learned that Josiah Bugard, 7th-grade, was enrolled in his class, one of his top priorities was to make an accessible bandsaw table for him.

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  •   Antwanne Buie smiles for a photo on the playground at Litzsinger.

    Antwanne Buie Middle School Essay Winner

    March 6, 2024 - Antwanne Buie, 4th grader at Litzsinger School, is no stranger to physical endurance. That passion was expressed in an essay written about healthy habits, which resulted in him being chosen as a 2024 Billikens Education Day Middle School Essay Winner.

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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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