Headlines & Features

  •  New Website Coming Soon

    SSD to Transition to New Website Platform in Early August

    July 2, 2024 - SSD is developing a new and improved website platform, which will launch in early August. This new design is driven by our dedication to providing a more accessible, user-friendly, and information-rich online presence that meets the evolving needs of our families, students, and staff.

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  •  Group of students visiting a construction site

    SSD Communications Team Hosts Trades Camp

    June 20, 2024 - Last week, 20 rising 8th, 9th, and 10th-grade students in North County experienced a 4-day immersion into the working world of skilled trades careers at SSD’s Building Trades Academy. Read more...

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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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  •  STUDENT SURVEY FEEDBACK WANTED

    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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  •  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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  •  Personal Care Drive

    SSD Personal Care Drive Accepting Donations Through May 17, 2024

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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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  •  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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  •    North Tech students dig a hole outside during the Ameren Rodeo.

    North and South Tech Students Compete in Ameren Rodeo

    February 22, 2024 - Students at North and South Tech High Schools engaged in friendly competition among their peers during Ameren’s first annual rodeo held at the schools.

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  • Service is the Heart of Law Enforcement

    February 13, 2024 - Since Mr. Peterson joined North Tech as the law enforcement instructor in 2021, he has inspired students to give back to their communities through service. “It’s the heart of law enforcement,” he says. As a mentor and teacher to his students, he strives to incorporate opportunities to give back into his program. This year, that commitment has led to a very colorful result!

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  •  CTE

    North and South Technical High Schools Champion Career and Technical Education Month®

    Feb. 1, 2024 - As February unfolds, organizations nationwide are gearing up to celebrate National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month®, a spirited campaign designed to heighten public awareness among educators, families, students, policymakers, and employers about CTE's intrinsic value and vast potential.

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  •  North Tech Hosts Mental Health Awareness Day

    North Tech Promotes Self-Care and Mental Health Awareness

    Jan. 18, 2024 - Thanks to the dedicated student services staff at North Tech, students spent a day in December focused on learning how to take care of themselves and their mental health. 

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  •  STLCO Apprenticeship and Career Pathways Showcase

    3rd Annual STLCO Apprenticeship and Career Showcase

    Jan. 11, 2024 - Special School District is proud to co-host the 3rd annual St. Louis County Apprenticeship and Career Pathways Showcase with the Affton, Pattonville, and Rockwood school districts. Families and students in grades 6 through 12, as well as recent graduates, are invited to these FREE events to experience a variety of careers through interactive exhibits and discussions with industry professionals.

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  •  Family School Relationship Survey

    Family-School Relationships Survey Now Open

    Jan. 9, 2024 - The strength of any school district lies in its relationships with families. The SSD Family-School Relationship Survey will be administered Jan. 8-26, 2024. The survey asks families how well the District shares information and involves them in their students' learning.

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  •  Dr. Michael Maclin - SSD Superintendent of Schools

    Special School District Announces New Superintendent

    Dec. 18, 2023 - The Special School District of St. Louis County Board of Education is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael Maclin as the District’s next superintendent of schools, effective Jan. 1, 2024. Maclin was approved by a unanimous vote to be SSD’s 20th superintendent and the first person of color to serve as superintendent in the District’s 66-year history. He has been serving as acting superintendent since October.

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  •  Winter Health Guidance from the SSD Health Service Department

    Winter Health Guidance 2023-24

    Nov. 20, 2023 - As we say goodbye to the summer heat, families are preparing for cooler weather, holiday celebrations, and the need to take preventative measures against illness. Sickness is on the rise throughout St. Louis County and contagious respiratory viruses (like flu, COVID-19, and RSV) can spread easily. SSD schools are experiencing an increasingly high rate of illness in our student and staff population. All three of these illnesses are expected to surge during the fall and winter seasons.

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  •  Candidate Filing Opens Dec. 5, 2023 for Two Seats on the SSD Board of Education

    Candidate Filing Opens Dec. 5, 2023 for Two Seats on the SSD Board of Education

    Nov. 17, 2023 - Candidate filing for two open seats on the Special School District Board of Education opens at 8 AM on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023, and continues until 5 PM on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2023. The terms of current Vice President Dr. Meredith Byers, Subdistrict 5 and Director Ms. Tiffany Hudson, Subdistrict 6, expire in March 2024.

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  •  Scholarships for SSD Students - Apply Soon!

    Scholarships for SSD Students - Apply Soon!

    Nov. 1, 2023 - Scholarship applications are being accepted until Dec. 13, 2023, from high school seniors who receive at least one service or technical education from SSD and plan to pursue post-secondary education.

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