Kirkwood Special School District

January 2022 Edition

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SUMMER WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM (SWEP)

Through the program, students hold a summer job in their community and receive job-coaching support. They are paid an hourly wage for their work. SWEP is funded by the Productive Living Board of St. Louis County and is open to county residents with a qualifying disability. It is conducted through a collaboration of six area agencies - MERS/Goodwill is the Lead Agency.



A few important things to remember about eligibility for the SWEP program:


  • You must be a resident of St. Louis County.
  • You must be between 16 and 20 years of age and planning to return to a school program in the Fall of 2022.
  • You cannot participate in SWEP while participating in the Extended School Year Program.
  • Your teacher needs to submit a Teacher Input form before the program begins.
  • You must be available for the entire 8 weeks of the program.
  • You must have your own transportation to participate in the program.
  • Not everyone who applies to the SWEP program will be able to participate this summer.


If your student is interested, please reach out to their case manager for the application.

What to do this summer?

Join PEDA Tuesday, January 18th at 6:00 PM to learn about summer recreation programs available to school-age children with developmental disabilities and funding options to assist in paying for those programs.


The workshop, hosted in collaboration with the Recreation Council of Great St. Louis, will be on zoom.


Presenter: Susan Fleming, Executive Director of the Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis. The Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis is a not-for-profit organization which serves as a "clearinghouse" for information on leisure, recreation, and socialization opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities who reside in the Greater St. Louis Area. The Council works to ensure that individuals with disabilities are aware of and have access to activities and programs of their "choice."


To register or request the more information about summer programs please contact, the SSD Parent Education and Diversity Awareness program at 314.989.8460 or email ssdpeda@ssdmo.org

Parent Leadership Institute

If you are a parent or family member who makes the educational decisions for a child with a disability, investing the time to attend these four Wednesday evening sessions will provide:

*Vision for the future of your child.

*Knowledge to help you to effectively participate in your child’s education.

*Leadership skills to improve the educational climate for all children.

*Access to new resources, friends and experts to help you on your journey.


The Institute will be held on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on:

February 16

March 2

March 9

March 16

at the SSD Central Office, 12110 Clayton Road, 63131. The institute is offered at no cost and dinner is provided.

Learn more about this opportunity or download the application at: Parent Leadership Institute


Finally, PEDA would love your feedback! Please complete are PEDA Communications survey here: PEDA Survey

SSD STAFF AWARDS

Applications for awards which honor the contributions of SSD staff and community members are awaiting nominations, due Feb. 7, 2022. Please encourage your staff, students, school parents and community partners to submit nominations to ensure they are recognized for their meaningful work in SSD.


For more information, please contact Deana Parsons, internal communications coordinator, at dmparsons@ssdmo.org or 314.989.8102.

SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

The Special Education Foundation (SEF) sponsors the John Cary Scholarships for high school seniors, as well. Applications are due Jan. 24, 2022.


For more information, please contact Deana Parsons, SSD internal communications coordinator, at dmparsons@ssdmo.org or 314.989.8102.

Virtual Lunch and Learn Series for SSD Families and Stakeholders.

Special School District’s Family and Community Outreach, Social Work, Parent Education and Diversity Awareness (PEDA) and Communications departments have teamed up to offer a virtual Lunch & Learn series for SSD families and stakeholders. The series, which will involve community organizations sharing information about their work, will take place on the first Wednesday of each month during the 2021-22 school year, from 11:30 AM - Noon.


Representatives from nine community organizations will participate in order to increase awareness about their agency and make connections with those in our SSD community who may benefit from their programs and services.

Organizations represented in the Lunch & Learn series include:

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Let's Talk

Let’s Talk is an open invitation from Special School District (SSD) to tell us what’s on your mind.​Let’s Talk is an easy way to submit feedback at your convenience directly to the SSD staff member who can help.

Helpful Links

Upcoming Events

SSD Board of Education Meetings:

Jan. 11, 2022, 5:45 PM Business Meeting

Please visit the SSD Board of Education for more information.


Kirkwood School District Board of Education Meetings:

Jan. 10, 2022, Board Work Session 5:00 PM

Jan. 24, 2022, Board Meeting 7:00 PM

Please visit the Kirkwood Board of Education for more information.


Jan. 12-SSD PAC Meeting, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Jan. 17-NO SCHOOL-MLK DAY

Jan. 27-KW PAC Meeting

Contact Us

Special School District of St. Louis County

12110 Clayton Road

Town & Country, MO 63131

Phone: 314‐989‐8100


KIRKWOOD SSD STAFF DIRECTORY


Taneal Davis

Colleen Card

Bridget Duke

Emily Meuth