Headlines & Features

  •  New Website Coming Soon

    SSD to Transition to New Website Platform in Early August

    July 2, 2024 - SSD is developing a new and improved website platform, which will launch in early August. This new design is driven by our dedication to providing a more accessible, user-friendly, and information-rich online presence that meets the evolving needs of our families, students, and staff.

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  •  SEF Starfish Awards

    SEF Recognizes 8 SSD Staff Members with Inaugural Starfish Awards

    May 2, 2024 - The Special Education Foundation's Starfish Award recognizes the unsung heroes who may not seek the spotlight but, through their daily efforts, embody the belief that every small action can create waves of positive change in the world around us.

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  •  STUDENT SURVEY FEEDBACK WANTED

    SSD Students Invited to Take Survey Through May 24

    May 1, 2024 - Special School District values the academic and personal well-being of our students and prioritizes making data-informed decisions to support their success. SSD students in grades 3-12 are invited to share their voices through two surveys, a climate survey and a social-emotioanl learning (SEL) survey.

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  •  Students perform a step routine on stage during the Ackerman Talent Show.

    Students Shine at Talent Show 

    April 29, 2024 - Over 30 Akerman School students participated in the annual spring Talent Show. The event is held every year to not only give students a platform to perform in front of others but to have students exercise their leadership and communication skills as well.

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  •  Dr. Catina Lyles Chief Human Resources Officer

    Lyles Selected as Chief Human Resources Officer

    April 25, 2024 - The SSD Board of Education has approved Dr. Catina Lyles as the new Chief Human Resources Officer, effective July 1. Lyles currently serves SSD as the Director of Special Education in the Ladue School District. 

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  •  A student walks down the runway and waves at the audience with his teacher.

    Students Learn About Classmates at Fashion Show

    April 22, 2024 - Ackerman students strutted down the runway, showing off their safari-themed fashion during the school’s Fashion Show.

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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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  •  Brenda Saye poses with her enlarged check for $250.00

    Brenda Saye Receives Teacher of the Month Award

    March 26, 2024 - Brenda Saye, Ackerman teacher, has been recognized as March Teacher of the Month by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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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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  •   Ackerman students holds holiday gifts for his family.

    Ackerman Students Purchase Gifts for Loved Ones

    December 20, 2023 - With over 1,000 items to choose from, Ackerman School was turned into a mini boutique for the annual Holiday Shopping event. It’s an opportunity for students to purchase gifts for family members. Students can select from a variety of children’s toys, home items, and men's and women's merchandise. 

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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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  •  SEF Funds SSD School Projects

    SEF Funds SSD School Projects

    November 27, 2023 - The Special Education Foundation (SEF) Women’s Leaders provided over $11,000 in funding to support SSD schools, including the Juvenile Detention Center and Bridges Program. 

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  •  Student prepares a tray of Thanksgiving food for her classmates.

    Students Practice Job Skills at Fine Dining Day

    November 21, 2023 - Every year a few days before Thanksgiving, instead of having an ordinary lunch, Ackerman students indulge in a delicious meal of turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, apple cobbler and chocolate chip cookies to celebrate the holiday. 

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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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  •  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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  •  Ackerman mother and son smile for the camera after getting a hot dog and chips.

    Ackerman Event Promotes Family Engagement

    October 24, 2023 - Ackerman families were greeted by friendly faces for the school's fall family engagement event, Ackerman Family Happy Hour. The event is an opportunity for families to learn more about the school, how they can support their kids' educational needs at home, and meet Ackerman staff. 

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