Mehlville School District

Special Education

January 2022 Edition

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Snow Days, Alternative Method of Instruction and Special Education Services

As previously communicated Mehlville is going back to the original plan of using up to five virtual learning days for snow or other inclement weather events. On a virtual learning day, students are expected to log in to their Chromebooks for instruction and assignments. Virtual instruction days are not made up at the end of the school year. Case managers have developed individual student schedules regarding special education services for AMI days. Student schedules google meet links and details have been sent to families.


If you have any questions about what special education services will look like on virtual learning days for snow or other weather events, please contact your child’s case manager.


Please see the link to Mehlville School District website for more information:

https://www.mehlvilleschooldistrict.com/news/what_s_new/snowdays2021-2022

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.

Scholarship and Awards!


Many opportunities for scholarships and awards are now open for SSD students!



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.

Parent Education Diversity Awareness







What To Do This Summer?

Join us 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%20]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 February16, March 2, 9, and 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

PEDA would love your feedback!

Please complete are PEDA Communications survey here: PEDA Survey

Opportunities for Families





Mental Health First Aid Training for SSD Families - Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, and others to help adolescents experiencing mental health and/or addictions challenge or crisis. It is designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

Nationally this course is valued at $170; due to a grant from Missouri's Department of Mental Health and a collaboration with the Ferguson Community Center, you have the opportunity to attend at no cost.

Saturday, March 19th from 9 – 1:30 PM at Ferguson Community Center. 1050 Smith Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135

Space is limited. To register click here. Registration will close on Monday, March 7th or when all seats are filled.



The Family Resource Hub located at North Tech High School is a space dedicated to families and our community stakeholders. The resource hub offers families computer and internet access, a satellite food pantry, and support navigating community resources. The space is also dedicated to supporting families by hosting learning labs, community events, and a safe and supportive environment to learn with and from one another.

OPEN HOUSE January 18- January 21, 2022 from 9 – 4 PM

You’re welcome to visit during these times or to set an appointment to meet us there.

Please call 314-989-8311 or email FamilyEngagement@ssdmo.org

Lunch and Learn - Opportunity for 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:

· The Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis – Feb. 2

· Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK) – March 2

· St. Louis ARC – April 6

· St. Louis County Library – May 4

SSD is Hiring!!!!

SSD is hiring teacher assistants/aides for the south area!

Special School District - Public Review Committee

The Public Review Committee (PRC) conducts a thorough review of the structure, governance, administration, financial management, delivery of services, cooperation with component school districts, the District's role as an advocate for special needs children, and compliance regarding conflicts, and responsiveness to the needs and concerns of the citizens of Special School District.


To read previous meeting agendas: https://www.ssdmo.org/Page/1084

Meet Our Team!

Kim Lawson, Director of Special Education & Direct building supervisor Oakville Middle School

klawson@msdr9.org


Andy Nieters, Special Education Coordinator - Mehlville High School & Buerkle Middle School

nietersa@msdr9.org


Melissa Wilson, Special Education Coordinator- Oakville High School & Oakville Elementary School

wilsonm@msdr9.org


Adam Krenski, Special Education Coordinator Coordinator - Forder, Bierbaum, Beasley, Wohlwend

krenskia@msdr9.org


Emily Kresyman, Special Education Coordinator - Washington Middle School, Trautwein, Hagemann

kresymane@msdr9.org


Lisa Smith, Special Education Coordinator - Bernard Middle School, Blades Elementary, Point & Rogers

smithl@msdr9.org