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  • SSD Celebrates MLK Day 2022

    January 18, 2022 - On Monday, Jan. 18, SSD celebrates the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He devoted his life to realizing the dream of equality, peace, and dignity for all people. In SSD, our first core value is equity for a very important reason. We strive to ensure diversity and inclusion are valued in our schools, with our students, teachers, staff, and partners. Our students and staff are best served in environments where they feel safe and respected.

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  • Superintendent Insider: Our People, Our Success - Attracting Talent to SSD

    January 12, 2022 - Happy 2022 SSD! I hope you rang in the new year healthy, happy, and well-rested. As many do at the start of the new year, SSD is looking toward our future and taking a closer look at the past year. Once again, we were evaluating a challenging year in which COVID-19 has continued to impact our work.

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  • Showing Appreciation for Law Enforcement Officers at SSD

    January 10, 2022 - Over 45 police officers provide security at SSD schools. Their presence is necessary to ensure the safety of students and staff and take action during unprecedented events. In recognition of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Jan. 9, thank you to all the officers who put themselves in harm’s way to keep our schools safe.

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  • 5 SSD Teachers Recognized by Emerson

    December 14, 2021 - Lifting up teachers in the St. Louis region for their amazing work in the classroom is an annual endeavor of the Emerson Corporation. This year, five SSD teachers were among those selected to receive the company’s Excellence in Education Award.

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  • Superintendent Insider: Even SSD Governance is Specialized

    December 6, 2021 - Superintendent of Schools Dr. Elizabeth Keenan discusses the governing structure at SSD and what makes it so unique.

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  • Filing Opens Dec. 7 for Two Seats on SSD Board of Education

    November 1, 2021 - Candidate filing for two open seats of the SSD Board of Education opens at 8 AM on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, and continues until 5 PM on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. The terms of current Board members Ms. Katie Pottroff, Subdistrict 3, and Scott Moeller, Subdistrict 4 expire in March 2022.

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  • SSD Wins 2021 Business Health Culture Award

    November 30, 2021 - Accessible online health resources and adherence to CDC guidelines were instrumental in garnering SSD the 2021 Business Health Culture Award from the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition (BHC).

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  • Staff and Community Award Nominations Open Through Feb. 7, 2022

    November 9, 2021 - Special School District has a long history of celebrating outstanding teachers, paraprofessionals, community members, and other SSD employees who stand out for their tremendous work in helping our students succeed. Each spring, the District honors these individuals with a number of awards.

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  • Student Scholarships Open Through Dec. 17, 2021

    November 9, 2021 - Special School District of St. Louis County is fortunate to partner with regional organizations that provide scholarship opportunities to our students. Over the years, thousands of dollars have been donated to help SSD students take the next step in their educational journey.

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  • Family Engagement Month in SSD

    November 1, 2021 - During the month of November, SSD will be celebrating Family Engagement Month, a time to recognize and celebrate our SSD families.

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  • Self-Care Days for Students and Staff

    October 27, 2021- A message to families and staff from Superintendent of School Dr. Elizabeth Keenan in regards to self-care days approved at the Oct. 26 Board of Education meeting.

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  • SSD to Participate in International Great ShakeOut Drill

    October 18, 2021 - Special School District of St. Louis County will participate in Great ShakeOut earthquake drills on October 21. The drill is part of SSD’s safety and security practices.

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  • South Tech Virtual Open House Nov. 4, 5 - 7 PM

    October 11, 2021 - South Technical High School, career and technical education (CTE) provider in south and west St. Louis County, will host a virtual Open House on Nov. 4, 2021, from 5-7 PM. In cooperation with local partner districts, South Tech offers students CTE courses that immerse them in real-world learning. CTE’s mission is college and career readiness - a commitment to preparing students for the increasing demands of the 21st-century workforce and ensuring they are fully prepared for college and careers.

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  • Seven SSD Teachers Awarded Grants from Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation

    Aug. 30, 2021 - A total of eight SSD teachers and support personnel have been awarded grants from Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation (MRTF). MRTF is a not-for-profit organization devoted to raising funds to award grants to active teachers to enhance their classroom instruction, among other things. Last year, almost 100 grants were awarded to teachers across Missouri.

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  • Haar Helps Paras Joining SSD

    August 26, 2021 - Kevin Haar can often be found standing in front of the brightly lit windows of the Learning Center’s third-floor conference room as he welcomes newly hired SSD paraprofessionals (or commonly known as teacher assistants) to orientation. He greets new staff with granola bars and laptops as they stream in to begin their first day as a para for SSD. “I want them to know I am their ally, they can come to me with anything,” says Haar, who joined the Planning and Development team as our Paraprofessional Professional Learning Facilitator on July 1, 2021.

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