SSD Ritenour Dispatch

August 2023

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Welcome back to another great year in Ritenour. I am very excited about this upcoming school year! It is our mission to help every child feel welcomed, connected and a part of our Ritenour family. We have great teachers who spend hours planning and creating classroom activities to engage our students in learning. We are all looking forward to an amazing year.

Angi Fouste

Special Education Director

The first day of school is Aug. 21, 2023

Case managers will be contacting parents the first week of school to introduce themselves and determine the best method of communication. We value the families of our students and look forward to partnering for a successful school year.

Back-to-School Important Dates

Tues./Thurs. Aug. 1&3, Free high school sports physicals

Monday, Aug. 7, First Day of RHS Fall Sports

Thursday, Aug. 17, Transition Day for all kindergartners, sixth-graders, ninth-graders at their respective schools, as well as for students attending Husky Academy and the International Welcome Center. Transition Day activities are held in the morning: 9:30-11 a.m. for kindergarten; 7:30-10:30 a.m. for sixth-graders; 8:05-11:05 a.m. for ninth-graders

Thursday, Aug. 17, 5-6:30 p.m.: Evening Open Houses/Meet-the-Teacher Night at all elementary schools.

Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Black and Orange Back-to-School Bash for all Ritenour students and families, Ritenour High School

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 5:30-7 p.m.: Ritenour High School Meet-the-Teacher Night

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 5:30-7 p.m.: Hoech and Ritenour middle schools Meet-the-Teacher Night

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 5 p.m.: Kindergarten Open House at each elementary school.


Welcome to the Ritenour School District! We are extremely proud of our students, staff and supportive community and invite you to join our Ritenour family. Here, we are committed to ensuring every student succeeds every day.

Registration is open for the 2023-2024 school year.

Registration begins with the Student Services Department, located at 2420 Woodson Road, Overland, MO 63114. Students must be 5 years of age on or before July 31 to register for kindergarten. For more information, you may contact us at 314-493-6048. Please leave a message with your name and a current working phone number and someone will return your call.

The hours for registration are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., and again from 1-3 p.m.
To find your school attendance area, visit our District Map and Attendance Areas page.

Learn more

9th Grade Registration Information 2023-2024

Incoming 9th-graders click here to learn more about how to register for high school classes.

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A warm welcome to the new staff joining Ritenour for the 2022 - 2023 school year!

Altepeter, Elizabeth, teacher, Marvin

Ault, Sonia, teacher, Wyland

Balestreri, Caitlin, teacher, RMS

Barnett, Chyaria, paraprofessional, Hoech

Bouknecht, Michelle, teacher, RMS

Broyles, Katrina, teacher, Marvin

Burke, Allyson, speech pathologist, Kratz

Cazer-Mike, Serena, teacher, Hoech

Criscuolo, Gianna, teacher, Marion

Difani, Ann, nurse, Iveland

Doebber, Madalyn, teacher, Buder

Doig, Susan, nurse, Kratz

Gibson, Janice, paraprofessional, RHS

Ginsburg, Mikki, speech pathologist, RHS

Hadley, Mary, paraprofessional, Buder

Jackson, Tanya, paraprofessional, Hoech

Kennedy, Krista, occupational therapist, Districtwide

LaBelle, Julie, occupational therapist, Districtwide

Meredith, Marne, social worker, Districtwide

Right, Abigail, school psychologist, Districtwide

Rodriguez, Jenna, teacher, RHS

Saathoff, Megan, speech pathologist, RHS

Tipton, Jordyn, speech pathologist, Iveland

Wade, Meagan, paraprofessional, Buder

Wishom-Johnson, Charvonne, teacher, Marvin

Special Education Coordinators

The assignments are as follows:

Angi Fouste - SSD Director of Special Education

contact: or 314-989-8429

Kyle Johnson - Kratz, Marvin & Wyland Elementary

contact: or 314-989-8447

Emya Williams - Buder, Iveland & Marion Elementary

contact: or 314-989-8146

Stephanie Genenbacher - Hoech & Ritenour Middle

contact: or 314-989-2303

Nathan Dwyer - Ritenour High

contact: or 314-989-8561

SSD Family Leadership Institute

Registration for SSD's Family and Community Engagement (FACE) program's fall Family Leadership Institute (FLI) will open in early August 2023.

Family Leadership Institute participants have the opportunity to:

  • Build an understanding of future planning and problem-solving using Charting the LifeCourse tools.

  • Learn to effectively participate in their student's education and improve the educational climate for all children.

  • Learn how to positively interact and collaborate with other families and school personnel.

  • Discover new resources and network with other families.

This program, which is offered at no cost to participants, is designed for family members who are the educational decision-makers for a student with a disability.
FLI is typically held during three, in-person sessions on Wednesday evenings, from 5:30-8 PM, on Sept. 20, 27, and Oct. 4. Dinner will be provided for attendees.

For More Information

Call 314.989.8460 or email

The Family Resource Hub

The Family Resource Hub is where families and educators develop effective partnerships to improve student outcomes.

For more information visit the The Family Resource Hub.

The Family Resource Hub Satellite Food Pantry is located at North Tech High School which supports families with access to non-perishable food items and household supplies.

The Family Resource Hub Satellite Food Pantry

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Upcoming Dates

August 7-11

New Teacher Orientation

August 10-17

Professional Development / Teacher Workdays

August 18

Teachers - Non-Contract Day

August 21

First Day of School (PreK-12)

September 4

Labor Day (NO SCHOOL PreK-12)

All District Offices and Schools Closed

Ritenour District Event Calendar

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.

Ritenour School District

Kyle Johnson, Special Education Coordinator - Kratz, Marvin & Wyland

Emya Williams, Special Education Coordinator - Iveland, Marion & Buder

Stephanie Genenbacher, Special Education Coordinator - Hoech & Ritenour Middle

Nathan Dwyer, Special Education Coordinator - Ritenour High