Mehlville School District

Special Education

November 2021 Edition

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SSD Student Scholarship Deadline Approaching!

Many opportunities for scholarships and awards are now open for SSD students! SSD scholarship applications for graduating high school seniors are active and due Dec. 17, 2021. Students applying for The James E. Westbury/SSD Board of Education Scholarship, The Allison M. Haake Memorial Scholarship, or The Bonhomme Lions Club Scholarship must receive at least one service from SSD and plan to go to a college, university, or postsecondary program. All scholarships require a letter of recommendation. Visit for more information.

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 or 314.989.8102.

SSD is Hiring!!!!

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

Mehlville is Hosting a Vaccine Clinic for children 5-11

The event will be held on Saturday, November 13, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a return visit for the second dose Saturday, December 4, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both vaccine events will be held at Bernard Middle School, 1054 Forder Road. Vaccines will only be dispensed with parent or guardian consent and with a parent or guardian present.

If you are interested in your student (age 5-11) participating in this vaccine clinic, please make an appointment using this Sign-Up Genius link. If you have already made an appointment for your child, please disregard this email.

Please print this consent form, complete it, and bring it with you to your child's vaccination appointment. We will have forms available at the event, but bringing a completed form helps ensure we can keep your appointment time.

This event is for students age 5-11 only with vaccine dosage specific to this age group. There are currently many other vaccination events and locations throughout our community for older children. To find other opportunities, visit Vaccine Finder.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact me at

November is Family Engagement Month

Student achievement requires a high level of collaboration and commitment amongst school staff and families. In fact, school leaders, teachers, families, and students are interdependent, and our collaboration directly affects student outcomes.

Parent Education Diversity Awareness

PEDA has several workshops scheduled for November. These include:

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders Two Part Series

Session 2 | November 15, 6:30 PM

Identify and understand the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders and learn effective and practical strategies that will support your child’s success at home and school. The second session will focus on strategies. Both sessions will have time for discussion and questions.

Presenter: John Bruno, Ph.D., SSD Autism Effective Practice Specialist

Zoom Meeting Information

Meeting ID: 982 8634 6135
Passcode: 103277

Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse (in Collaboration with St. Louis ARC)

November 18, 2021, 6:30 PM

Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) is a set of eight principles developed to support people with IDD and their families so they can have their best lives. In this workshop, we will learn about the CtLC principles and work together to create planning and problem-solving tools. Participants will also receive updates about LifeCourse Connect Missouri, which is a new online platform that can be used by individuals and family members to access tools. This workshop is for everyone but especially self-advocates, families, and support staff.

Presenters: Sharon Spurlock, Director of Family Support, St. Louis Arc and Debra Fiasco, Administrator, Parent Education and Diversity Awareness, Special School District

Zoom Webinar Registration:

PEDA is happy to announce that we are taking applications for our Spring Parent Leadership Institute (PLI). PLI will occur over 4 evenings in February and March. You can learn more and download the application here: Parent Leadership Institute

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

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:

Meet Our Team!

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

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

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

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

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

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