SSD/Normandy Monthly Communication

Staff and Family Newsletter May 2022

Greetings Families & Staff~

Welcome to our last official month of school. There are so many exciting things happening this month at each of the schools: end of year celebrations, graduations, and lots of learning! In addition, End of Year Course Exams (EOC) and Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) testing will take place this month. Look for test taking tips and strategies in principal announcements. In addition, the last day of school is Friday, May 27th! Summer school will begin on Monday, June 6th. If you have not enrolled your child, please do so by May 13th. Lastly, thank you for entrusting us with your children. We appreciate your partnership in educating your children. Thank you for a great school year!

  • Summer School Enrollment Now Open

    Please confirm your child's participation by registering before May 13, 2022.

  • Sign up today for the Normandy Summer School session!

  • Click this link:

In partnership,

DeAndria Player, Director of Special Education

Barbara Champagne, Special Education Coordinator

Lynette Swift-Elliott, Special Education Coordinator

Mashyllia Minor, Instructional Coach

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Teaching & Learning

Increased district-wide instructional effectiveness through the implementation of high-leverage practices has been one of our strategic goals this year. Professional learning, observations, and focused feedback were emphasized to support teachers’ ability to use Explicit Instruction and Promote Active Student Engagement. These high-leverage practices are teaching approaches designed to facilitate a positive impact on the emotional and academic growth of our students.

One favorable outcome has been a district-wide increase in the use of both Explicit Instruction and Promote Active Student Engagement. The SSD Leadership Team will continue to analyze the results from this process and develop the next steps for the 2022-2023 strategic goals.

To learn more about Teaching, Learning, & Accountability please visit

~MaShyllia Minor, Instructional Coach

Employment Opportunities

SSD Normandy Schools Collaborative

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Normandy Schools Collaborative Upcoming Events

May 6 Early Dismissal EleMiddle Schools Only

May 9-20 District MAP/EOC Testing

May 10 JEGB Board Meeting 6:00pm

May 13 Early Dismissal EleMiddle Schools Only

May 18 NHS Graduation Commencement 10am University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (UMSL)

May 20 ALL schools in Session Full Day

May 27 Last Day of School

Normandy Schools Collaborative Website

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Parent Education & Diversity Awareness (PEDA)

Parent Education & Diversity Awareness (PEDA): PEDA has several workshops scheduled. The workshops can be found below and on PEDA's website.

Are you still thinking about what to do this summer?

The PEDA Summer Resource Packet can help!

PEDA 2022 Summer Resource Packet

Other helpful resources:

St. Louis Recreation Council

Blueprint for Summer

St. Louis County Parks Activity Guide

Early Childhood Summer Resource Guide

Coming Soon!

Applications will be available soon for the Fall 2022 semester SSD Family Leadership Institute FLI (Formerly Parent Leadership Institute PLI).

The Institute which has over 275 graduates to date, was created for families in 2007 to offer information, training, and resources. Participants gain the knowledge and skills to effectively collaborate with other families, school personnel and develop leadership for SSD and their home districts.

Participants will:

  • Build understanding of future planning and problem-solving, utilizing Charting the LifeCourse tools;
  • Learn to effectively participate in their child’s education and improve the educational climate for all children;
  • Learn how to positively interact and collaborate with other families and school personnel; and
  • Discover new resources and network with other families.

FLI Graduates have:

  • Served on School boards
  • Been elected as Parent Advisory Council (PAC) President(s)
  • Actively participated in SSD and/or local school district PACs
  • And further increased their leadership training in policy development and mentorship.

Contact us at or call 314.989.8460 if you have any questions or concerns.

Some Quotes from graduates.

  • Thank you so much for everything! I feel very lucky to have found this opportunity.
  • It was helpful to learn how Charting LifeCourse Tools could play a part in every step of the way.
  • The topics and presenters made the program engaging and informative.
  • Learned a lot about planning for my child’s future and the IEP process.
  • I'm really glad I signed up for this program. I had no idea what to expect and learned so, so much about the available tools and all the SSD processes we will be experiencing during his life.
  • The deep dive on the IEP history/process was incredibly helpful to give a framework on my ability to participate since my family is very new to the IEP process.
  • The IEP information was incredibly helpful. It was a bit like pulling back the curtain on something that was previously a complete mystery.
  • I am so thankful for this workshop and for the information, and materials you’ve shared w/ me. Thanks for facilitating the training so well. It’s great to have a safe space to talk openly with experts and other parents about education, IEPs, 504, Inclusion, challenges, etc. The choice of speaker, topics, resources and lending library was all great.
  • Amazing group of people. Chance for honest conversations. Helps me be a better advocate & team member.
  • Amazing experience – tons of knowledge shared. Lots of great connections with families. Better understanding of IEP process. I feel empowered to do more – create positive change. Opened my eyes to some realities approaching with transition to adulthood.

  • We received a lot of great information in this class! I has made me change the way I look at the whole process, and how I approach things with my daughter. I am so grateful that I was given this opportunity!

  • I am no longer feeling so alone & confused. Feel I can be a better advocate.

  • Attending this institute was an awesome opportunity I turned out to be much more than I expected. It gave me a better understanding about the transition process & how I can best support my child through transition. It generated a lot of ideas for my child’s last IEP. I feel so much more equipped to navigate SSD=land, as well as help others navigate it too.

  • Amazing. Blessing. You’ve enabled me to think more positively and concretely about my son’s future. I have always said “there’s no outline for me to follow” – but you’ve given me the framework I desired, support & connections!

PEDA would love your feedback!

Please complete are PEDA Communications survey here: PEDA Survey


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:

Parent Education & Diversity Awareness Program

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Lunch & 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:

· St. Louis County Library – May 4

Family and Community Engagement Spotlight

  1. The Family Resource Hub – 1 min. video highlighting the features. Family Resource Hub Virtual Grand Opening. The Family Resource Hub Sattelite Food Pantryr
  2. Recreation Council Flyer – Summer Program Guides The Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis Summer Program Guide Announcement
  3. Youth Mental Health Training for Staff –Kickup registration link:
  4. Youth Mental Health Training for Families – Google link:
  5. Assistance for families who may have challenges accessing the FREE Covid Tests FREE At-Home COVID Test

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.

You’re welcome to set an appointment to visit.

Please call 314-989-8311 or email

Family Engagement

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Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

The SSD Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is comprised of families advising and collaborating to improve the education, confidence and social outcomes of each student served by SSD. The PAC consists of five parents or guardians – one member and four alternates – from each of the 22 St. Louis County school districts and from each of the five SSD special education schools. The parents or guardians of students receiving special education services in that district or school elect SSD PAC members.

The SSD Parent Advisory Council has scheduled the following meetings for the 2021-2022 school year. All meetings are held virtually via Zoom, from 7-9 PM. Additional information about meetings, including agendas, can be found on the PAC's website.

  • May 11, 2022 (this meeting will be held virtually and in-person)

Get Involved with the SSD PAC

  • Network and communicate with other parents of children who receive special education service.
  • Become as informed as possible about special education services
  • Improve communication between your local school district and SSD
  • Create a positive understanding and awareness of students with disabilities
  • Establish a network of advocacy for local, state and national disability issues

Complete this online form to learn more about getting involved with the SSD Parent Advisory Council.
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SSD Parent Advisory Council

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Special School District Upcoming Events

May 2 Public Review Committee 6pm

May 4 Lunch & Learn w/ST. LOUIS COUNTY LIBRARY 11:30a-noon

May 4 Fred Saigh Leadership Academy Graduation 7:00p

May 10 Board of Education Work Study 5pm

May 11 Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Meeting 7:00pm

May 16 Public Review Committee Meeting 6:00pm

May 20 Board of Education Policy Sub-Committee 1:30pm

May 24 Board of Education Budget Hearing 5:40p

May 24 Board of Education Business Meeting 5:45p

May 30 Memorial Day

SSD Superintendent Updates

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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.