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  • Board Brief - January 25, 2022

    January 25, 2022 - 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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  • Student in DHH Program Receives 34 on ACT Reading Section

    January 25, 2022 - High school students who make the decision to get a college education are responsible for taking the ACT, the standardized test used for college acceptance. Senior student Jia Billadeau, who is deaf and attends Parkway West High School, scored in the top 1 % of ACT test takers. Jia received a 34 on the ACT reading section.

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  • Family Engagement Survey Now Open

    January 24, 2022 - SSD strives to ensure our families feel connected to their students’ experience. In order to continually improve, we need to hear from you. Our Family Engagement Survey is now open and is intended for families with students in an SSD school or program. The information collected in the survey will be used to help your school better engage families in their student’s learning.

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  • Tech Schools Gifted Auto Plastic Repair Stations

    January 21, 2022 - The Auto Collision Repair programs at North and South Tech High Schools have been gifted a Plastic Repair Station worth $13,000 from St. Louis I-Car Committee. The organization works to provide supplies and information required to perform quality vehicle repairs.

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  • Tech Students Learn About Medical Research Positions Available After Graduation

    January 21, 2022 - There are dozens of avenues to take for those who are interested in working with animals, such as marine biologist, pet groomer, military dog trainer, animal-assisted therapist, or veterinarian. On Jan. 12, vet assistant students at North and South Tech High Schools learned about another career pathway – caring for animals involved in research studies.

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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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  • 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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