SSD Ritenour Dispatch
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
RITENOUR ADJUSTS SCHOOL CALENDAR DUE TO TRADITIONAL SNOW DAY
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.
RITENOUR HOSTS COMMUNITY MEETING TO DISCUSS POTENTIAL NEW SCHOOL BOUNDARIES ON MARCH 8
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:
- Provide equity in class size, resources and staffing
- To the greatest extent possible, avoid student crossing identified “dangerous” streets
- Eliminate divided apartment complexes among elementary schools so students living in these complexes attend one elementary school
- Provide equal classroom sizes that are at, or below, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) standards
- Eliminate crowding and balance enrollments by schools
- Minimize travel/maximize safety in travel; assign students to the closest school possible and don’t divide subdivisions and neighborhoods
For more information, visit www.ritenourschools.org/Redistricting.
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
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 http://spec.education/ 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
Meeting ID: 955 4237 2430
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
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 email@example.com, 314.989.8460 or 711 (Deaf/HOH).
To register for a workshop, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314.989.8460.
March 1 11:30am - 12:30pm
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
March 7 6:00pm - 7:00pm
March 10 9:00am - 4:00pm
Event held at The Family Resource Hub at North Tech High School
1700 Derhake Road
Florissant, MO 63003
March 15 11:00am - Noon
March 30 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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.
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
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.
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.
You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting www.fcc.gov/ACP, 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 usps.com. To order the free tests visit covidtests.gov.
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.
PreK-8 Evening Conferences
Grades 9-12 Evening Conferences
PreK-12 Evening Conferences
End of Third Quarter
PreK-12 AM Conferences/ Teachers of PM
NO SCHOOL PreK-12
Spring Break NO SCHOOL PreK-12
All District Offices and Schools Closed
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