The Rockwood Reader

April 2022 | Issue 16

Current Events

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Please join me in congratulating Marie Deprospero in her recent nomination for the prestigious Key to the Classroom award! Marie is a teacher at Eureka High School and one of seven finalists from across the county. She will be featured on SSD’s website and honored for her accomplishments during the 2022 Salute to SSD celebration which is dedicated to our staff and community members who have demonstrated an extraordinary level of commitment to the District and its mission. Congratulations Marie!

SSD Lunch and Learn Series

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:

We hope both staff and families are able to join these events!

What's Happening in Rockwood?

Paraprofessional Appreciation Day

On April 6th we will celebrate Paraprofessional Appreciation Day. Please take a moment to thank our incredible paraprofessionals who support our students each and every day.

Family and Community Engagement

The Family Resource Hub

Family Resource Hub Virtual Grand Opening Video

Family Resource Hub Flyer

Satellite Food Pantry Flyer

Summer Program Guides: Recreation Council Flyer

Mental Health Training for Staff: Kickup registration link -

Youth Mental Health Training for Families: Google link-

Assistance for families who may have challenges accessing the FREE Covid Tests

Parent Education and Diversity Awareness (PEDA)

The Summer Resource Packet is Here!

Get tips and tricks to making this your child’s best summer yet.

To access The Summer Resource Packet, click here: PEDA 2022 Summer Resource Packet

To access the YouTube Video of our recent Summer Resource Fair, click here:

Congratulations to our Spring 21-22 Parent Leadership Institute (PLI) graduates!!!

If you are interested in participating in a future PLI email us at

Understanding the Autism Spectrum Disorders: Two Part Class with Dr. John Bruno Autism Effective Practice Specialist

When: April 14th and 21st 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Description: Identify and understand the characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders and learn effective, practical strategies that will support your child in being more successful at home and school.

The second session will focus more on strategies, with time for discussion and questions.

Click the following link to register for this event:

PEDA would love your feedback!

Please complete are PEDA Communications survey here: PEDA Survey

Please visit our website - - for additional tools, resources and information for families!

Information and Resources

Special School District Parent Advisory Council

The mission of the Special School District (SSD) Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is to effectively collaborate with and advise its stakeholders (including parents/guardians, the SSD Board of Education, Governing Council, SSD administration and staff, and partnering school district administrators and staff) in order to improve the educational, self-efficacy, and social outcomes of each student served by SSD.

Please click here to access the PAC website which contains specific information about meetings, agendas & minutes, as well as parent resources.

Important Dates

No School | Spring Holiday

Friday, April 15th

Last Day for Seniors

Friday, May 27th

No School | Memorial Day Holiday

Monday, May 30th

Upcoming Board of Education Meetings

Special School District

April 12th @ 5:45 PM - Work Study Session

April 26th @ 5:45 PM - Business Meeting

May 10th @ 5:45 PM - Work Study Session

More info here

Rockwood School District

April 7th @ 7:00 PM

April 21st @ 7:00 PM

May 5th @ 7:00 PM - Awards Night

More info here

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.

Special School District of St. Louis County

Dr. Carmen Harris, Director of Special Education


Mandy Lloyd, Administrative Assistant