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 - 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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  •  Litzsinger student and teacher blow bubbles for the annual Talent Show.

    Litzsinger Spring Program and Art Walk

    May 8, 2023 - Litzsinger students put in weeks of dedication, strong work ethic, creativity, and patience in preparation for the annual Spring Program and Art Walk. The special day is led by Music Teacher Kyle Spies and Art Teacher Stephanie McCoy.

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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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  •  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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  •  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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  •  School-wide Title 1 Feedback Needed

    School-wide Title 1 Feedback Needed

    April 5, 2023 - We have been working on plans to move from Targeted Title I programming to becoming a School-wide Title I School and would like your input and help with this process.

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  •  Teacher Tammy Topp smiles at the camera in the hallway of Litzsinger School.

    Tammy Topp Recognized at CarneyVal

    April 4, 2023 - Litzsinger Teacher Tammy Topp is making her mark on the community. She recently received the Continuous Support of Children in Need Award from the Carney’s Kids Foundation.

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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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  •  Molly Bolton, DLT member, reads to Litzsinger student.

    District Leaders Invited to Read at Litzsinger

    March 3, 2023 - Nearly 30 leaders from across the District took time out of their busy schedules to bring stories to life and read books to students at Litzsinger School for its Leader Reader event.

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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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  • Actor in the play "Turn-Up" holds a large turnip.

    Black Rep Performs at Litzsinger

    Feb. 15, 2023 - Theater, dance, song, and creative expression from the African-American perspective was brought to Litzsinger School as The Black Rep Theater of Soul performed the play “Turn-Up.”

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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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  •  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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  •  Litzsinger Student holds a pumpkin pie.

    Schoolwide Pie Sharing Day Hosted at Litzsinger School

    Nov. 28, 2022 - Pies were handed out by the dozens at Litzsinger School as students and staff participated in the annual Schoolwide Pie Sharing Day in November. 

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  •  Litzsinger student holds train piggy bank.

    Litzsinger Students Learn Banking Fundamentals

    Nov. 3, 2022 - “Banking is a life skill,” said Emily Starkey, special education teacher at Litzsinger School. That’s why she teamed up with Wells Fargo to provide her students with banking fundamentals. In November, Christine Starkey, Wells Fargo senior vice president of marketing, visited Emily’s 5th and 6th  grade class to teach a lesson on the purpose of banks and how to use credit and debit cards. 

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