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Issue 6, 2015 Issue 6, 2015 (PDF)
Read about Cameron Smith, a 2015 graduate of the carpentry program at SSD’s North Technical High School, and his unique transition to the workforce. This issue of Special Edition also features the story of Colleen Young, a student who receives vision services from SSD and is a standout swimmer with the U.S. Paralympic Team.
Issue 5, 2015 Issue 5, 2015 (PDF)
In this issue of Special Edition, read about SSD teacher Kimberly Ann Dailey, who was honored as a finalist for Missouri Teacher of the Year. You’ll also learn about how to honor SSD staff or community members for their work to benefit students and get details about upcoming student scholarship deadlines.
Issue 4, 2015 Issue 4, 2015 (PDF)
Read about Natalie Taylor, a student who receives services from SSD in the Lindbergh School District, who earned the Missouri Miss Amazing Preteen crown at the state pageant. You’ll also learn about how a graduate of SSD’s Vocational Skills Program (VSP) has mentored a current VSP student at St. Mary’s Health Center. This issue also features information about important dates, resources and opportunities for families that will help you plan for the upcoming school year.
Issue 3, 2015 Issue 3, 2015 (PDF)
In this issue of Special Edition, read about how student council members at SSD’s schools learn through service and leadership. You’ll also see a list of students honored at the 2015 Commitment to Kids banquet.
Issue 2, 2015 Issue 2, 2015 (PDF)
Read about SSD’s 2015 Teacher of the Year, Sneh Kothari, and see a list of the SSD staff and community members honored at the 2015 SSD Salutes banquet. You’ll also learn about how a campership from the Special Education Foundation (SEF) has benefited a student who receives services from SSD.
Issue 1, 2015 Issue 1, 2015 (PDF)
In this issue of Special Edition, read about how a graduate of SSD’s Southview School has turned his interests into a successful business. You’ll also learn about the Fred Saigh Parent Leadership Institute (PLI).
issue 6 2014 Issue 6, 2014 (PDF)
Read about the efforts that earned Neuwoehner High School the honor of being named a National School of Character, as well as the national award recently received by SSD's director of transportation. You'll also learn about the latest updates on the building projects funded by Proposition S.

issue 5 2014 Issue 5, 2014 (PDF)
In this issue of Special Edition, read about Ernest Garrett III, a former SSD employee who also received services from SSD as a student and recently became the first superintendent who is deaf of the Missouri School for the Deaf. You’ll also learn about how to honor SSD staff or community members for their work to benefit students.
issue 4 2014 Issue 4, 2014 (PDF)
Read about how students from South Technical High School helped students at Southview School prepare for a night of memories at prom. In this issue, you'll also find information about important dates, resources and opportunities for families that will help you plan for the upcoming school year.
Special Edition Issue 3, 2014 Issue 3, 2014 (PDF)
In this issue of Special Edition, read about how a teacher at Northview High School has created an interactive version of the book "Marshall the Miracle Dog." Also, learn about the students honored at the 2014 Commitment to Kids banquet.
Special Edition Issue 2, 2014 Issue 2, 2014 (PDF)
Read about SSD's 2014 Teacher of the Year, Kim Dailey, and the positive impact she makes on students inside and outside of the classroom. You'll also learn about all of the staff and community awards presented at the 2014 SSD Salutes banquet and get details on the North County Autism-Asperger-PDD Resource Fair.
Special Edition Issue 1 2014 Issue 1, 2014 (PDF)
In this issue of Special Edition, get details about the Fred Saigh Parent Leadership Institute (PLI), read about the success of a student who received homebound services from SSD, and learn about the important role that paraprofessionals play in helping students achieve success.
Special Edition Issue 6 2013 Issue 6, 2013 (PDF)
Read about how students at Neuwoehner High School are learning new skills and contributing to their school community through the NeuNews student newspaper. This issue of Special Edition also features the story of Mackenzie Baniak, who won the Miss Junior Teen crown earlier this year at the Missouri Miss Amazing Pageant, as well as details about student scholarship applications.
Special Edition Issue 5 2013 Issue 5, 2013 (PDF)
In this issue of Special Edition, read about several SSD students' experiences attending the Missouri Youth Leadership Institute, as well as a unique classroom project funded by a grant from the Special Education Foundation. Also, learn how to honor an SSD staff or community member for their work to benefit students and learn about Disability History and Awareness Month.
Special Edition Issue 4 2013 Issue 4, 2013 (PDF)
Read about the success story of J.J. Steamer, a recent graduate of Affton High School who receives services from SSD. In this issue, you'll also find information about important dates, resources and opportunities for families that will help you plan for the upcoming school year.
Special Edition Issue 3 2013 Issue 3, 2013 (PDF)
In this issue of Special Edition, you'll read about Dontel Pattman, a student at University City High School who is seeing his dreams come true in the world of professional dance. You can also learn more about the students honored for their achievements at the 2013 Commitment to Kids banquet.
Special Edition Issue 2 2013 Issue 2, 2013 (PDF)
Read about SSD's 2013 Teacher of the Year, Denise Inman, and the positive impact she makes on students inside and outside of the classroom. You'll also learn about all of the staff and community awards presented at the 2013 SSD Salutes banquet and get details on the North County Autism-Asperger-PDD Resource Fair.
Special Edition Issue 1 2013 Issue 1, 2013 (PDF)
In this issue of Special Edition, read about Chelsea Buckley, a standout student in North Technical High School's graphic design program. You'll also learn about literacy activities and tips for families, opportunities available through the Fred Saigh Parent Leadership Institute (PLI) and a variety of upcoming workshops for parents at SSD.
Special Edition Issue 6 2012 Issue 6, 2012 (PDF)
Read about how a group of students with visual impairments and their SSD teachers took their learning to new heights by participating in the Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS). This issue also features an article about Northview High School's designation as a National School of Character, a roundup of recent awards earned by SSD staff and tips for parents on how to integrate positive behavior interventions and supports at home.
Special Edition Issue 5 2012 Issue 5, 2012 (PDF)
Learn about the ways that SSD staff are helping students learn the social skills they need to succeed in school and in life. Also in this issue of Special Edition, read about how two South Technical High School students excelled at the national level and learn more about Proposition S, which will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Special Edition Issue 4 2012 Issue 4, 2012 (PDF)
In this issue of Special Edition, read a firsthand account of the prom experience from Michael Johnson, a senior at University City High School who receives services from SSD. Also included is a variety of information and resources to assist families throughout the school year.
Issue 3, 2012 (PDF)
Biomedical engineering students from Washington University teamed up with machining students at South Technical High School to create a new device to assist children with cerebral palsy. Learn more about this patent-pending idea in Issue 3 of Special Edition. Also in this issue, read more about "No Such Thing as Normal", a play about autism performed for the first time by an entirely special education population.
special edition Issue 2, 2012 (PDF)
Tammy Topp is known for collecting more than 800,000 Campbell's soup labels that recently were exchanged for 14 new iPads. Learn more about Tammy Topp and this year's student award and scholarship recipients in this issue of Special Edition.
SE Issue 1, 2012 (PDF)
Learn why Hazelwood West student Brent Doering is being honored with SSD's highest recognition for community partners in this issue of Special Edition. Also featured in this issue is a variety of SSD staff members who were recognized with district awards for their contributions to student success, including this year's Teacher of the Year.
special edition cover Issue 6, 2011 (PDF)
The last issue of Special Edition in 2011 covers important award and scholarship deadlines, as well as a successful coffee business at Fontbonne University operated by SSD students. Also in this issue, check out the new SSD school websites that launched this fall and learn about Ackerman prinicpal Kelly Grigsby's most recent honor.
special edition Issue 5, 2011 (PDF)
In this issue of Special Edition, several technical high school graduates are featured for their accomplishments, including a culinary graduate who scored a world-class internship at the Saint Louis Club and welding students who designed award-winning creations. Also featured is SSD's own Vicki Nelson, who was one of six Teacher of the Year state finalists in Missouri.
Issue 4, 2011 (PDF)
Learn about the SSD Parent Advisory Council and how they can assist families with a variety of needs, including support to ease back-to-school transitions in the fall issue of Special Edition. Also, hear firsthand from effective practice specialist Amy Blumenfeld why she walks for autism and why you should get involved. Exciting achievements of SSD teachers are also highlighted in this issue.
Issue 3, 2011 (PDF)
Hear from SSD Superintendent John Cary about how continuous improvement in the classroom engages students in a whole new learning environment in this issue of Special Edition. Also, get summer literacy tips and resources from SSD Literacy Specialist Mitzi Brammer. End-of-the-year student events and honors are also highlighted.
Issue 2, 2011 (PDF)
Issue 2, 2011 celebrates student success. Read about this year's Rosemary Zander Award recipients, the Tech Prep Student of the Year and various scholarship recipients. Staff awards are also highlighted in this issue, including the 2011 Teacher of the Year Ken Holzapfel.
Issue 1, 2011 (PDF)
In this issue of Special Edition, SSD health services nurse Deb D'Arcy answers five health and wellness questions for families. Readers can also learn about health and wellness initiatves at SSD and try two recipes from the Culinary Arts staff and students at North Technical High School. A list of accesible winter activities in the St. Louis area is also featured.
Issue 6, 2010 (PDF)
Read about several notable people in this issue of Special Edition: SSD student Ashley Brown, a member of the cast ensemble for the Variety Children's Theater production of Oliver!; and North Technical High School assistant principal Jim Hieger, who was named one of 30 Leaders in Their 30s by North County, Inc. Also learn about scholarship and campership opportunities available to SSD students.
Issue 5, 2010 (PDF)
Take the cyberbullying quiz to test your knowledge, and then read parental tips and even scripts to talk with children about cyberbullying in this issue of Special Edition. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), a unique program that proactively addresses bullying, is also featured. Readers can also complete forms to nominate SSD staff for district awards.
Issue 4, 2010 (PDF)
In this issue learn about the future of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) from SSD administrator Nancy Martin. Martin attended the National Summit on Disability Policy in Washington D.C., which commemorated the 20th anniversary of ADA. This issue also highlights the many resources for families offered on the new SSD website at www.ssdmo.org.
Issue 3, 2010 (PDF)
July 26, 2010 is the 20th anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In this issue of Special Edition, SSD employee Nancy Martin offers a unique perspective on this landmark legislation that protected against discrimination of people with disabilities and ensured services were accessible to people of all abilities. A list of student honorees is also highlighted in this issue.
issue 2, 2010 Issue 2, 2010 (PDF)
Learn about the youngest winner ever to receive SSD's highest honor, as well as all of the 2010 SSD Special Ambassadors. Group winners range from large companies like Ameren and Monsanto to smaller non-profits like Step It Up. Individual winners serve a variety of roles from head cook to a media teacher. Regardless of age, size or role, they all make a big impact on SSD students.
issue 1, 2010 Issue 1, 2010 (PDF)
This first issue of Special Edition for 2010 takes a look at a unique program aimed at training parents to be educational leaders. Also in this issue, SSD announces several groups of staff being honored for their accomplishments, and takes a peek into the classroom of last year's Teacher of the Year Anne Deddens and discusses her experiences representing the district.
Issue 6, 2009 Issue 6, 2009 (PDF)
Project Hope provides necessities and holiday gifts for more than 35 SSD families annually. Learn more about this giving program and about the department that makes it happen. Also discover how one organization is making a difference at SSD with shoes, and learn about SSD leaders in this last issue of Special Edition for 2009.
Issue 5, 2009 Issue 5, 2009 (PDF)
Read about collaborative efforts at work in the district in this issue of Special Edition, including: partnering with county school districts to develop plans for stimulus spending; securing a Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant to fund an innovative green rainwater harvesting system; and working with a local university to provide top-notch training for future school psychologists. Also, get to know SSD's latest addition to the Board of Education.
Issue 4, 2009 Issue 4, 2009 (PDF)
The first issue of Special Edition for the 2009-2010 school year profiles the success story of North Technical High School alumnus Andrew Schmitt. Schmitt, who's pursuing graduate studies in culinary arts and nutrition, credits North Tech for giving him the foundation necessary for his success. A unique community help desk and the 2009 Teacher of the Year also are highlighted in the issue.
Issue 3, 2009 Issue 3, 2009 (PDF)
Issue 3, 2009 of Special Edition includes student reflections on what it means to be a Rosemary Zander Award winner from four students who span grade levels and partner school districts. We also invite Special Edition readers to offer input on district publications and be entered to win a limited edition SSD Summer Survival Kit.
Issue 2, 2009 Issue 2, 2009 (PDF)
This issue of Special Edition spotlights several success stories, including one student's turnaround that has pointed him towards his dream of dancing. This year's Key to the Classroom Award winners are also highlighted in this issue.
Issue 1, 2009 Issue 1, 2009 (PDF)
Learn what a job of a bus driver is all about from SSD driver Tracie Englemeyer in this issue of Special Edition. Other stories include a profile on the Tech Prep Student of the Year and news about the Educational Surrogate Program and Board Appreciation Month.
Special Edition
Special Edition is the primary news publication of SSD. The newsletter is published six times annually and has a readership of more than 30,000, including each of the families served by the district, as well as SSD staff and other members of the education community.
 
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Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD) is a leader in providing special education services to students with disabilities and also provides a wide range of career and technical education programs.
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