2022-23 News

  •  Juneteenth - June 19, 2023

    SSD Celebrates Juneteenth

    June 19, 2023 - Today, June 19, SSD celebrates Juneteenth as a day of recognition 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.

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  •  Spotlight cover graphic

    Spotlight - News About SSD Students, Families, & Staff

    June 2, 2023 - Catch up on the latest SSD news in the Spotlight newsletter, emailed to SSD families and staff on the first Friday of each month. The newsletter contains information about events, Board of Education actions, student activities, and staff recognitions.

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  •  SSD Celebrates Pride Month

    SSD Celebrates Pride Month

    June 1, 2023 - Special School District is celebrating Pride Month! We are proud of our commitment to creating a safe, caring, and respectful environment for all students, families, and staff and celebrating the contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community.

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  • Ackerman students transplant flower and vegetable starts in the school's garden.

    Students Excel in Culinary Arts and Gardening

    May 12, 2023 - As the weather gets warmer and the grass gets greener, students and staff at Ackerman School anxiously await restarting the seasonal culinary arts and gardening programs. 

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  •  Student Survey Feedback Wanted

    SSD Student Surveys 2023

    April 27, 2023 - 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. The surveys will be given during the fall and spring of the 2022-23 school year, with the spring survey window being May 1-19. The surveys will be administered electronically, but PDF versions can be previewed on SSD’s website.

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  •  8th grader Falynn Taylor sang a song in Korean called “We Are” from the TV show Straw Hat Pirate.

    Talent Show Boost Student Confidence

    April 26, 2023 - Students put on a show stopping performance at the annual Ackerman Talent Show. There were nearly 25 acts that ranged from signing, dancing, joke telling, drawing, football skills, and even video games. 

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  •  Deedra Sagerty Announced as Chief Operating Officer

    Deedra Sagerty Announced as Chief Operating Officer

    April 26, 2023 - During the April 25, 2023 Board of Education meeting, Deedra Sagerty was approved as the Chief Operating Officer for Special School District. Sagerty will begin in the position starting July 1, filling the position following Dr. Jeff Haug. Haug was recently announced as the new superintendent of Mehlville School District. 

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  •  Under the Sea Fashion Show Held at Ackerman

    Under the Sea Fashion Show Held at Ackerman

    April 21, 2023 - Over 40 Ackerman students put on their best smiles and made their way down the runway for the Under the Sea themed All About Me Fashion Show. The gym overflowed with students' families and nearly 200 decorative balloons.

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  •  SSD’s Personal Care Item Drive 2023

    SSD’s Personal Care Item Drive 2023

    April 11, 2023 - Special School District will be collecting personal care items, April 17-May 12, 2023. Donated items will directly benefit students in SSD schools and programs and will be distributed by social workers.

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  •  Superintendent Insider

    Superintendent Insider: March - Equity in Education Month

    March 30, 2023 - In the latest installment of the Superintendent Insider, Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Keenan discusses the collaborative work of the OESE, DEIA, and Communications departments as they review and update hiring procedures, job descriptions, and analysis to ensure SSD is recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce.

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  • Curriculum Review Nights

    Curriculum Review Nights 2023

    March 27, 2023 - SSD invites families with students in our SSD schools to virtually review and discuss special education curricula and career and technical education programs before being submitted to the Board of Education.

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  •  Ackerman middle school student sings "A Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke.

    Ackerman Honors Black History

    Feb. 28, 2022 - Ackerman students received a roar of applause from audience members following the school’s annual Black History Month program. Ackerman’s choir sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The middle school group Diamond Divas performed a step route and sang a song, and a student performed solo singing “A Change is Gonna Come,” by Sam Cooke.

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  • SSD to Host Business Diversity Workshop

    SSD to Host Business Diversity Workshop

    Feb. 27, 2023 - Special School District is proud to host a free Business Diversity Workshop on March 11, 2023, from 8:30 AM to 12 PM, at Northview High School. Local businesses are invited to attend the workshop to learn more about how to become certified MBE, WBE, DBE, and SDVE business enterprises, tips and tricks for completing RFPs, and guidance on how to do business with school districts.

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  • 2023 Summer Programming Now Open

    Summer Programming

    Feb. 1, 2023 - Registration for 2023 summer programming is now open! All students who attend Ackerman, Litzsinger, Neuwoehner, Northview, and Southview schools are eligible to participate in summer programming, which will operate from June 5-29, 2023. The deadline for registration is March 31, 2023.

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  •  Family School Relationships Survey now open

    SSD Family-School Relationships Survey

    Jan. 13, 2023 - The strength of any school district lies in its relationships with families. In Special School District, District and building leaders, along with school staff are committed to fostering those relationships to create a school culture where students come first. To do that successfully, family input is necessary. Families are invited to complete the SSD Family-School Relationships Survey, which will be available from Jan. 17 through Feb. 10, 2023.

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  •  Students at Ackerman and Litzsinger sing and play the drums on stage.

    Winter Programs Bring Cheer Throughout the District

    Dec. 21, 2022 - During the month of December, students at Ackerman, Litzsinger, and Southview Schools have performed live on stage; singing, dancing, acting, and playing instruments in their annual Winter Programs. 

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  •   Ackerman student holds all his gifts for his family in his hands with his teacher by his side.

    Ackerman Students Purchase Holiday Gifts at Annual Shopping Event

    Dec. 19, 2022 - With the help of teachers, students, administrators, and volunteers, Ackerman School’s gym was transformed into a holiday shopping center for its annual Holiday Shopping event. 

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  •  Winter Health Guidance - Health Services Department

    Winter Health Guidance

    Dec. 14, 2022 - As the cold weather moves in and families celebrate the holidays, sickness is on the rise. Contagious respiratory viruses can spread easily and SSD schools are experiencing an increasingly high rate of illness in our student population.

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  •  Ackerman and Northview students and staff enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.

    Students and Staff Celebrate Thanksgiving

    Nov. 21, 2022 - Ackerman School and Northview High School each held a Thanksgiving feast for students and staff. Students were served everything from fried chicken to green beans, mashed potatoes, turkey, ham, and desserts like pumpkin pie and fried apples. The annual event is a time for the school communities to express gratitude and spend time together. 

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  •  Family Engagement Month

    SSD Celebrates Family Engagement Month

    November 1, 2022 - During the month of November, SSD will be celebrating our families! Family Engagement Month recognizes the vital role that school and families play throughout their student’s education journey and as their student’s first educator. Family Engagement Month is meant to celebrate the contributions of families and encourage increased participation within the school.

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