SSD Ritenour Dispatch

March 2023

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Kratz Elementary open house for new classroom

Pictured left to right are Teacher-Jamie Teson, Special Ed Coordinator-Kyle Johnson,Teacher Assistants- Zyaria Green, Claudia Sumner

A new classroom was opened at Kratz Elementary on January 17th. The classroom will provide special education services and supports for students K-5. Ms Teson moved to Kratz from Marvin to get the new classroom started and was excited to meet the students and their families at the open house on January 12th.

Ritenour High celebrates Valentine's Day

The Community-Based Vocational Instruction program students prepared Valentine's Day cookies for staff using their new appliances. This year a refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer were added. Students are using the new kitchen appliances to practice their independent living skills through cooking, cleaning, and safety lessons. Students are completing class projects while also building community and awareness within the school by creating themed lunches for staff where they learn to take and complete submitted orders and prepare special treats for the holidays. The students of Ritenour High school also run a coffee shop providing staff members with their freshly brewed morning coffee and lattes. In the spring and upcoming fall semesters, students will be utilizing their new raised beds to learn about gardening and storing their freshly grown produce in their refrigerators, which will be integrated into recipes. Students use their new washer and dryer to clean their work clothes for multiple off-campus worksites and assist with laundering the towels for swimming classes.
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Because the Ritenour School District had a traditional snow day on Monday, Jan. 30, an additional day has been added to the school calendar.

The last day of school for Ritenour students during the 2022-2023 school year is now Friday, May 26. The teacher work day has been moved to Tuesday, May 30.

Final exams at Ritenour High School will now take place on May 25-26.

Click here to view the updated 2022-2023 Ritenour school calendar.

View the calendar in Spanish here.


The Ritenour School District will host an open house for the community to review potential school boundary changes on Wednesday, March 8 from 4:30 - 7 p.m. in the auditorium lobby at Ritenour High School, 9100 St. Charles Rock Road.

At the open house, district administrators and a professional demographer will be on hand to share potential new school boundary maps and gather additional community feedback on proposed elementary and middle school attendance areas. The new attendance areas are scheduled to be presented to the Ritenour Board of Education this spring for final approval.

In December 2022, the district hosted meetings at each elementary and middle school to seek feedback that will help the district to redraw elementary and middle school attendance boundaries. Dozens of families and community members also completed an online survey to provide feedback.

Families ranked their top priorities that impact school boundaries, which included:

  1. Provide equity in class size, resources and staffing
  2. To the greatest extent possible, avoid student crossing identified “dangerous” streets
  3. Eliminate divided apartment complexes among elementary schools so students living in these complexes attend one elementary school
  4. Provide equal classroom sizes that are at, or below, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) standards
  5. Eliminate crowding and balance enrollments by schools
  6. Minimize travel/maximize safety in travel; assign students to the closest school possible and don’t divide subdivisions and neighborhoods

For more information, visit

SSD Family Leadership Institute – Spring 2023

SSD’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) program is seeking applicants interested in participating in the Spring 2023 SSD Family Leadership Institute.

Family Leadership Institute participants have the opportunity to:

  • Build understanding of future planning and problem-solving utilizing the 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.

Spring application is now open. Apply here.

Special Education Foundation

SEF Accepting Applications for Kid to Camp Program: The Special Education Foundation is now accepting applications to assist children with disabilities served by SSD to attend one or more camps this summer. Each year, the SEF provides tuition assistance to enable students served by SSD to attend summer camps. Sometimes children with disabilities cannot join their peers in a summer camp experience due to financial constraints or other hardships. SEF steps in to help young people and their families take advantage of these experiences that can sometimes be life-changing. Parents and caregivers can have peace of mind knowing that their child is in a safe and healthy place. Apply here.

Student Leadership Opportunities

Please check out these unique and FREE leadership opportunities for high school students with disabilities, ages 16 - 21.

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DESE Special Education Survey

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has contracted with the University of Missouri’s Institute of Public Policy to conduct the 2022-23 Parent Special Education Survey required for federal reporting. To complete this survey, visit and enter the following Access Code: DJVWMG. DESE thanks you for providing your input by March 31.

SSD Parent Advisory Council Meeting

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. SSD's PAC works closely with the SSD Board of Education, Governing Council, and District administration to provide valuable input and feedback from the parent perspective.

April's Meeting - Apr. 12, 2023 7:00pm - 9:00pm

SSD PAC Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 955 4237 2430

Passcode: 795650

All meetings are held virtually via Zoom.

For more information or to join the meeting virtually, please visit the PAC website.

PAC general council meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month.

Ritenour School District PAC

The goal of the RSD-SSD PAC is to collaborate with parents/guardians, Ritenour School District Administration, and SSD Administration to improve the overall results of our kids. We seek parent input on matters concerning special education services.

We meet monthly to develop our abilities to:

  • Share information and support with other parents navigating the special education process

  • Learn about advocating effectively for our children

  • Improve communication and promote collaboration between Ritenour Schools and Special School District

  • Promote a positive, inclusive understanding of students with disabilities

The RSD PAC meeting will be on Monday, March 27th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Ritenour Administrative Center. Future meetings will be held on the 4th Monday of each month.

Family & Community Engagement (FACE) Workshops

Parent/Family Workshops

All of the workshops offered by FACE are provided free of charge and are open to all parents, families and community members.

After registering, participants will be provided with information about the platform that will be used for the workshop.

If you are unable to attend the live workshop, please still register so that we can send you the link to the recording a day or two after the workshop.

The workshops will be set up as webinars, so you will be able to see the panelists but not other attendees. Your confirmation and reminder email will contain information about how to submit questions to the panelists in advance, or you can use the chat and Q&A features during the workshop. If you have any questions, please let us know.

If you need more information, or if you require an alternative format as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act, contact, 314.989.8460 or 711 (Deaf/HOH).

Registration Options

To register for a workshop, please email or call 314.989.8460.

Upcoming Workshops

March 1 11:30am - 12:30pm

Lunch & Learn: Productive Living Board (PLB) RESCHEDULED

Events are held virtually through YouTube Live. To access the video, please visit the SSD YouTube channel. The video will not be available to view until its scheduled date and time.

March 1 6:00pm - 7:00pm

FACE Workshop: Connecting to Funded Services & Supports

Register for this virtual event

March 7 6:00pm - 7:00pm

FACE Workshop: Behavior Strategies for the Home and Community

Register for this virtual event

March 10 9:00am - 4:00pm

Hub Huddle: CAASTLC

Event held at The Family Resource Hub at North Tech High School

1700 Derhake Road

Florissant, MO 63003

March 15 11:00am - Noon

FACE Workshop: Building Social & Leisure Skills

Register for this virtual event

March 30 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Family Cafe

Event held at The Family Resource Hub at North Tech High School

1700 Derhake Road

Florissant, MO 63003

Childcare and interpreters can be provided but must be scheduled in advance. Please contact a FACE representative.

Phone: 314.989.7683



Lunch and Learn Series

Special School District’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) department is excited 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 continue during the 2022-23 school year and take place from 11:30 AM - Noon.

Representatives from three community organizations and three SSD departments will participate in order to increase awareness about their agencies or programs and make connections with those in our SSD community who may benefit from their programs and services.

Features in the 2022-23 Lunch & Learn Series are:

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - April 26, 2023

SSD Family and Community Engagement (FACE), Summer Engagement Activities - May 24, 2023

Each event is held virtually through YouTube Live. To access the video, please click on the organization's name in the list above. The videos will not be available to view until their scheduled date and time.

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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Affordable Connectivity Program

The Affordable Connectivity Program is a Federal Communications Commission program that helps connect families and households struggling to afford internet service. This new benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.

Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application.

You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting, or by calling 877-384-2575.

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test

Residential Households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 FREE at-home tests from To order the free tests visit

Special School District is providing assistance to those who need help accessing or completing the online form. For assistance, visit FREE At-Home COVID Test.
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Upcoming Dates

March 14

PreK-8 Evening Conferences

March 15

Grades 9-12 Evening Conferences

March 16

PreK-12 Evening Conferences

End of Third Quarter

March 17

PreK-12 AM Conferences/ Teachers of PM


March 20-24

Spring Break 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