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  • New Parent Education & Diversity Awareness Liaison Announced

    January 18, 2022 - Kim Redden has been announced as the new Parent Education & Diversity Awareness (PEDA) Liaison. Redden previously worked within the Normandy School District, as a family engagement liaison. In this position, she provided support to families and the school community by conducting home visits, and providing resources and training. Prior to her time at Normandy, Redden spent four years as a paraprofessional at Ackerman School.

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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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  • Get to Know Board Member Curtis Faulkner

    January 12, 2022 - With roots in Fort Worth, Texas, Curtis Faulkner has accrued a combined 70 years of experience in education, politics, and the entertainment industry. In 1996, Faulkner moved to St. Louis after he was hired as a consultant on a retail development project. When it was completed, he decided to stay and relaunch a passion project he’d started in Texas: The Juneteenth Heritage and Jazz Festival.

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  • DHH Students Prepare Meals with Professional Chef

    January 11, 2022 - Deaf/hard of hearing students at Hazelwood Central High School spent eight weeks getting their hands messy in the kitchen while working with Chef Lydia Gwin in the Teens Cooking Academy.

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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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  • 2022 Board Election Candidates

    January 7, 2022 - Three candidates will be vying for two open positions on Special School District Board of Education in the spring election. One candidate has filed for Subdistrict 3, and two candidates for Subdistrict 4.

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  • Transitioning into Adulthood as a VSP Student

    January 6, 2022 - The transition from childhood to adulthood can be an exciting, challenging, and bittersweet time. For many students enrolled in the Vocational Skills Program (VSP), that is their last step before they enter the world as working adults or pursue other postsecondary education opportunities.

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  • St. Louis County Apprenticeship and Career Pathways Showcase

    North and South Tech High Schools are proud to be partnering with Affton, Pattonville, and Rockwood school districts to host the St. Louis County Apprenticeship and Career Pathways Showcase in February 2022.

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  • Get to Know Board Member Meredith Byers

    January 5, 2022 - Ask Dr. Meredith Byers what she’s most proud of accomplishing in her life and she doesn’t hesitate with an answer. “That’s an easy one— my family,” she says. “We’re trying really hard to grow good humans in our house. That’s easier said than done at times.

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  • Ackerman Hosts Holiday Shopping Event for Students

    December 17, 2021 - The halls of Ackerman School were filled with thousands of dollars worth of holiday gifts, ready to be perused and purchased by students excited to buy holiday gifts for their family and friends. Their annual Holiday Shopping event has been a tradition at the school for the past seven years.

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  • Students Learn About Employment Opportunities at World Wide Technology

    December 16, 2021 - Cisco Networking Academy is one of the most vigorous programs offered at North and South Tech High Schools. Students learn how to design, install, and troubleshoot complex computer networks using a college level curriculum and can earn up to 25 college credits, making it an honors level course.

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  • Board Brief - December 14, 2021

    December 15, 2021 - The Board Brief is a review of actions taken by the SSD Board of Education. It is one more way SSD is working to be transparent and improve communication, helping keep our community informed. Agenda items are linked, where applicable, to the meeting items on BoardDocs. Official meeting minutes will be posted on BoardDocs.

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  • Get to Know Board Member Katie Pottroff

    December 15, 2021 - While searching YouTube for a movie her children would enjoy, Katie Pottroff was delighted to find a 1986 animated film featuring her favorite childhood superhero— She-Ra: Princess of Power. This character can deflect energy beams and lift heavy robots, but she’s also a healer who can empathize with others. Perhaps in another universe, she would be an amazing school board director.

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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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  • North Tech Dedicates Day to Health and Wellness

    December 10, 2021 - On Dec. 10, North Tech High School dedicated an entire day to self-care, educating students and staff about mental and physical health and resources in the local area. Throughout the day, groups of students rotated to different sessions that incorporated presentations and activities focused on healthy eating habits, online safety, relationships, physical health, substance abuse, and law enforcement.

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  • Students Create Winter Food Kits for Children in Need

    December 9, 2021 - The holiday season is often a time when people go the extra mile to give back and help those in need, and that is no different for students and staff at SSD. In December, Vocational Skills Program (VSP) students at Central Office and North Tech packed a total of 127 winter food kits for SSD students facing food insecurity.

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  • Get to Know Board Member Scott Moeller

    December 7, 2021 - With roots in an Iowa farming community, a stint in the Peace Corps, and more than two decades in the teaching profession, Scott Moeller brings a unique perspective to the SSD Board of Education as a Director. At Parkway North High School, Moeller teaches U.S. history, a subject that continues to intrigue him on both a national and local level.

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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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