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  • Vacant Space Turned into an Outdoor Garden at Ackerman School

    May 16, 2022 - For nearly a year, Ackerman School staff have been revamping an unused outdoor space behind the school. In May, it officially opened to the school community as the Ackerman Outdoor Pavilion.

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  • Missy Leibbrandt Named SSD's 2022 Teacher of the Year

    May 2, 2022 - Missy Leibbrandt was selected as SSD's 2022 Teacher of the Year! Leibbrandt is a special education teacher at Claymont Elementary in Parkway School District. She is known for her whole child approach to her students and consistently going above and beyond in her support of them. A dedicated team player and communicator, she commits time to collaborate with her students' general education teachers and ensures her families are updated frequently, comprehensively, and in a caring and personal style.

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  • Ackerman School Presents the All About Me Fashion Show

    April 14, 2022 - Students at Ackerman School strutted down the runway on April 8 at The Marvel-ous All About Me Fashion Show of Superheroes. During the show, students had the opportunity to dress up as their favorite superhero and walk down the red carpet while being cheered on by family and friends.

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  • SSD Named 10th Largest Employer in the Region

    April 11, 2022 - In St. Louis Business Journal’s July 2022 Employers and Who’s Who lists, Special School District once again ranked 10th among the region’s largest employers. The Journal defined the region as the counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren, Franklin, Washington, and Jefferson, along with the City of St. Louis.

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  • SSD’s Personal Care Items Drive

    March 30, 2022 - Special School District will be collecting personal care items during the month of April. Donated items will directly benefit students in SSD schools and programs and will be distributed by social workers. The goal is to provide students with access to personal hygiene items to help decrease their absences, promote community, and increase students’ active participation in their education.

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  • Special Education Curriculum Review Night

    March 15, 2022 - Special School District invites all interested parties to a Curriculum Review Night focused on our SSD special education schools on Tuesday, April 5. Special education mathematics, social emotional learning, and character development curriculum will be discussed and feedback reviewed before being submitted to the Board of Education for approval.

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  • SSD Masking Update

    March 9, 2022 - The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently announced updated mask guidance. As a District, SSD has continued to follow the CDC’s guidelines to inform our decisions regarding COVID-19 mitigation and masking.

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  • Information on AMI Virtual Learning Days

    February 23, 2022 - Last week, our District used all of our scheduled “traditional snow days” during the winter storm that affected our area. With the threat of additional winter weather moving in later this week, we wanted to remind families that going forward if school must be closed, the District will use Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) days to provide virtual learning for students.

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  • Summer Programming for 2022

    February 11, 2022 - SSD is excited to offer summer programming in June 2022! All students who attend Ackerman, Litzsinger, Northview, Neuwoehner, and Southview Schools are eligible to participate in summer programming. We are partnering with Summer Journey to provide enrichment and STEM activities for students.

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  • Family Resource Hub Opens to Support SSD Families

    January 20, 2022 - The Family and Community Outreach team has fulfilled a longstanding need at SSD-- opening a Family Resource Hub for students, staff, and families. The space is located at North Tech High School and provides the SSD community with computer, phone, and internet access, as well as a food pantry.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Filing Opens Dec. 7 for Two Seats on SSD Board of Education

    November 1, 2021 - Candidate filing for two open seats of the SSD Board of Education opens at 8 AM on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, and continues until 5 PM on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. The terms of current Board members Ms. Katie Pottroff, Subdistrict 3, and Scott Moeller, Subdistrict 4 expire in March 2022.

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  • SSD Wins 2021 Business Health Culture Award

    November 30, 2021 - Accessible online health resources and adherence to CDC guidelines were instrumental in garnering SSD the 2021 Business Health Culture Award from the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition (BHC).

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  • Ackerman Music Teacher Awarded $2,000 Grant from NEA Foundation

    November 30, 2021 - Ackerman Music Teacher Stephanie Jones has been awarded a $2,000 grant from The NEA Foundation. The NEA Foundation is a public charity founded by educators to improve public education for all students. Since 2013, they have awarded $2.2 million in grants, supporting 39,000 educators and 627,000 students in 47 states.

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  • Staff and Community Award Nominations Open Through Feb. 7, 2022

    November 9, 2021 - Special School District has a long history of celebrating outstanding teachers, paraprofessionals, community members, and other SSD employees who stand out for their tremendous work in helping our students succeed. Each spring, the District honors these individuals with a number of awards.

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