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  • SSD Celebrates Juneteenth

    June 19, 2022 - Today, June 19, SSD celebrates Juneteenth as a day of recognition, restoration, 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. The District honors and recognizes the contributions that people of color have made and continue to make, toward the betterment of our nation.

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  • SSD Celebrates Pride Month

    June 1, 2022 - Special School District is committed to creating a safe, caring, and respectful environment for all students, families, and staff. During the month of June, SSD celebrates and recognizes Pride Month and the impact and valuable contributions of the LGBTQ+ community across America. 

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  • Tech Schools Celebrate Students Entering the Workforce

    May 12, 2022 - During the month of May, North and South Tech High Schools celebrated seniors who are embarking on a new chapter in their lives. Both schools hosted Singing Day, a ceremony that recognizes students who have made commitments to regional companies.

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  • Missy Leibbrandt Named SSD's 2022 Teacher of the Year

    May 2, 2022 - Missy Leibbrandt was selected as SSD's 2022 Teacher of the Year! Leibbrandt is a special education teacher at Claymont Elementary in Parkway School District. She is known for her whole child approach to her students and consistently going above and beyond in her support of them. A dedicated team player and communicator, she commits time to collaborate with her students' general education teachers and ensures her families are updated frequently, comprehensively, and in a caring and personal style.

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  • North Tech’s Victorian Romance Fashion Show 

    April 29, 2022 - North Tech High School’s Fashion Show is a grand occasion. It features glitz and glamor, a candlelit runway with statues and music. But most importantly, it’s the time when senior students showcase their original clothing collections.

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  • SSD Named 10th Largest Employer in the Region

    April 11, 2022 - In St. Louis Business Journal’s July 2022 Employers and Who’s Who lists, Special School District once again ranked 10th among the region’s largest employers. The Journal defined the region as the counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren, Franklin, Washington, and Jefferson, along with the City of St. Louis.

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  • SSD’s Personal Care Items Drive

    March 30, 2022 - Special School District will be collecting personal care items during the month of April. Donated items will directly benefit students in SSD schools and programs and will be distributed by social workers. The goal is to provide students with access to personal hygiene items to help decrease their absences, promote community, and increase students’ active participation in their education.

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  • Tech School Curriculum Review Night

    March 15, 2022 - Special School District invites all interested parties to a career and technical education (CTE) Curriculum Review Night on Wednesday, April 6. A total of seven different CTE courses will be discussed and feedback reviewed before being submitted to the Board of Education for approval.

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  • North Tech Law Enforcement Students Participate in Mock Crime Scene

    March 14, 2022 -  Junior and senior law enforcement students were put to the ultimate test during a mock bomb scene at North Tech. The activity incorporated all the real elements of an active crime scene, including a controlled blast that was formulated by Maryville University Professor of Chemistry Tom Spudich. The witness and suspect roles were acted out by Sergeant Jenifer Williams and Officer Brandon Sierra.

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  • Great Clips Conducts on the Spot Interviews with North Tech Cosmetology Students

    March 10, 2022 - Senior cosmetology students at North Tech High School are one step closer to reaching their goal of working in a salon as licensed cosmetologists following a meet and greet with Great Clips General Manager, John Vigil.

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  • SSD Masking Update

    March 9, 2022 - The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently announced updated mask guidance. As a District, SSD has continued to follow the CDC’s guidelines to inform our decisions regarding COVID-19 mitigation and masking.

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  • Information on AMI Virtual Learning Days

    February 23, 2022 - Last week, our District used all of our scheduled “traditional snow days” during the winter storm that affected our area. With the threat of additional winter weather moving in later this week, we wanted to remind families that going forward if school must be closed, the District will use Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) days to provide virtual learning for students.

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  • CISCO Celebrates 20 Years with Tech

    February 15, 2022 - “I was an emotional wreck,” said Jim Elkins, CISCO Networking Academy instructor at North Technical High School, as he described his feelings during the 20th-anniversary celebration he planned and hosted in October 2021. 

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  • Superintendent Insider: CTE Connects Students to Real World Skills

    January 31, 2022 - February is known as a month of important celebrations and awareness campaigns in education - we recognize Black History Month, President’s Day, and National School Counseling Week among them. SSD will also recognize a critically important campaign about a branch of education that struggles to gain the recognition it has long deserved - Career and Technical Education Month®.

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  • Tech Schools Gifted Auto Plastic Repair Stations

    January 21, 2022 - The Auto Collision Repair programs at North and South Tech High Schools have been gifted Plastic Repair Stations worth $13,000 from St. Louis I-Car Committee. The organization works to provide supplies and information required to perform quality vehicle repairs.

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  • Tech Students Learn About Medical Research Positions Available After Graduation

    January 21, 2022 - There are dozens of avenues to take for those who are interested in working with animals, such as marine biologist, pet groomer, military dog trainer, animal-assisted therapist, or veterinarian. On Jan. 12, vet assistant students at North and South Tech High Schools learned about another career pathway – caring for animals involved in research studies.

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  • Family Resource Hub Opens to Support SSD Families

    January 20, 2022 - The Family and Community Outreach team has fulfilled a longstanding need at SSD-- opening a Family Resource Hub for students, staff, and families. The space is located at North Tech High School and provides the SSD community with computer, phone, and internet access, as well as a food pantry.

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  • SLU Offers Maintenance Career Opportunities to Tech Students

    January 18, 2022 - North Tech High School construction students attended a presentation in early January about maintenance career opportunities at St. Louis University. Representatives from the school informed students about a dozen specialized positions in carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and general maintenance.

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  • SSD Celebrates MLK Day 2022

    January 18, 2022 - On Monday, Jan. 17, 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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