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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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  •  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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  •  Business representative talks with a South Tech student.

    Students Learn Importance of Connection at Java Jam

    February 23, 2024 - Over a dozen representatives from organizations and businesses across St. Louis County participated in the biannual Java Jam at South Tech.

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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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  •  Dr. Jacob Lohse, ACTE Fellow, 2024

    Lohse Chosen as ACTE Fellow

    Feb. 22, 2024 - Dr. Jacob Lohse, principal of South Tech High School, has been chosen to serve as a 2024 Fellow by the Association of Career and Technical Education.

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  •  South Tech student Jackson Mandernach stands in front of a fire truck.

    South Tech Firefighting & EMT Student Helps Save Mom’s Life 

    February 8, 2024 - Senior South Tech student Jackson Mandernach is known by many for his athletic abilities and leadership skills. To add to this list of distinctions, a recent act of quick thinking is one that credits him for saving his mom’s life during a medical emergency. 

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  •  Luna Tech members take a photo with their Design Award trophy.

    South Tech’s FTC Team Receives Design & Finalist Alliance Award

    February 2, 2024 - South Tech’s First Technical Challenge (FTC) team, the Luna Techs, have had a successful year building, coding, and designing robots that compete against other teams.

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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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  •  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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  •  2023 SSD Teachers Recognized by Emerson

    SSD Teachers Recognized by Emerson

    Nov. 29, 2023 - The Emerson Corporations’s Excellence in Education Award program recognizes educators in the St. Louis metropolitan area. This year, six SSD teachers were selected to receive Emerson's recognition. Each teacher each received an engraved crystal apple and were praised for their professional achievements and commitment to education.

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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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  •  Nominate a Staff Member for a Salutes Award!

    Nominate a Staff Member for a Salutes Award!

    Nov. 1, 2023 - If you know an SSD staff member who truly goes the extra mile, consider nominating this person for one of the District's Salutes Awards! The last day to nominate is Jan. 5, 2024.

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  •  Student Survey - Feedback Wanted!

    SSD Student Surveys Administered Sept. 8 - Oct. 9, 2023

    Aug. 31, 2023 - SSD values the academic and personal well-being of our students and prioritizes making data-informed decisions to support their success. In collaboration with Panorama Education, SSD students in grades 3-12 are invited to share their voices through two surveys, a climate survey and a social-emotional learning (SEL) survey.

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  •  Superintendent Insider

    Welcome to the 2023-2024 School Year!

    August 16, 2023 - On behalf of the SSD Board of Education and District staff, I am excited to welcome you to the 2023-24 school year. I hope that you and your family are returning from summer break refreshed, re-energized, and refocused. As we prepare to embark on a new school year, we are excited to welcome both familiar faces and new members to our school community. New and returning students can look forward to a supportive and welcoming environment that fosters growth and a strong sense of belonging.

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