Salutes Awards 2024

  • During our annual Salutes Awards, SSD proudly celebrates our fantastic staff, leadership, and community partners. These awards honor the teachers, paraprofessionals, District staff, leadership, and community members who support us in realizing our mission. Salutes awards are given based on staff and community nominations; judging panels are comprised of previous winners and administrative staff districtwide.

    Our Key to the Classroom recipients reflect teachers' tremendous impact on their students, families, and our community. Our Teacher of the Year will be chosen from this group - watch for the announcement in mid-April!

    We will honor three administrative-level staff members - one SSD administrator working in an SSD building, one SSD administrator working in a partner district, and one non-SSD administrator from a partner district - for their extraordinary support of SSD students and staff with the Distinguished Leadership Award.

    We will also celebrate Special Ambassadors, our community partners who provide extraordinary service to SSD. Success relies heavily on the many community organizations, businesses, and industries that lift us up with their support. 

    The Building Block awards yield many heartfelt nominations that prove the value our paraprofessionals provide to students and school staff. The impressions they make become the foundation on which student success is built, and we couldn't nurture potential without their support.

    Our Lasting Impression winners recognize the staff at SSD who are known for their dedication and willingness to go above and beyond for students and colleagues. The nominees included bus drivers, interpreters, speech-language pathologists, behavior specialists, cafeteria workers, school psychologists, administrators, nurses, and administrative assistants. 

    We will announce winners on social media and our website beginning Friday, February 9, 2024, and honor them at the annual Salutes Awards & Retirement Banquet on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. Ticket information and invitations will be sent to honorees in late March.