The Rockwood Reader

March 2021 | Issue 5

Current Events

Universal Summer Supports (USS)

Special School District of St. Louis County will be providing Universal Summer Supports (USS) during the summer of 2021. These enrichment activities are intended to augment the educational experience of children in grades K-12 with disabilities whose typical learning opportunities were impacted by unexpected school closures due to COVID-19.

What are Universal Summer Supports (USS)?

  • USS will provide instructional enrichment activities.

  • Activities will focus on literacy, numeracy, and social/emotional development.

  • Supervision and activities will be supported by activities staff with support from activity directors.

  • Children will participate in a variety of activities throughout the USS schedule. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) may serve as a guide for the activities.

  • There is no cost to the families of students who receive services from SSD.

Who is eligible for the USS?

  • USS is for all students who attend an SSD-operated building and/or receive SSD services in the partner districts where they live.

When is the USS?

  • For SSD buildings and programs, it is from June 7, 2021, to July 1, 2021. The schedule will be Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m.

  • For students in SSD’s technical education programs, USS will run from June 7, 2021, to July 1, 2021. The schedule will be Monday through Thursday from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

  • Times and locations may vary in the partner districts due to building schedules.

  • This is a one-time offering for the summer of 2021 only.

Where is the USS being provided?

  • Students who attend an SSD building will receive USS supports in their assigned building.

  • For students who attend their partner district schools, locations may vary due to building schedules.

  • These supports will only be provided in person. There will be no virtual option for this program.

Special Education Staff Spotlight

Rockwood ROSE Award

Each year, Rockwood honors 15 individuals for their contributions to Rockwood schools at the ROSE Award Ceremony. The prestigious ROSE Award is bestowed upon individuals who show excellence of character, performance, leadership, and service to Rockwood School District.


25 of our Rockwood Special Education staff were nominated for this amazing award: Patricia Adams, Kelly Arnett, Jen Balog, Kathryn Blum, Madeline Coffin, Patti Cregan, Marie DeProspero, Michelle Fuller, Dr. Carmen Harris, Melissa Hummert, Paul Imgrund, Jackie King, Jennifer Kovarik, Bethany Laskowitz, Kathleen Loesche, Julie Marchetto, Daniel Momtaz, Jennifer Randolph, Dr. Katy Schierding, Juli Smith, Molly Straumann, Sarah Studie, Bonnie Waldrup, Reggie Williams, and Ariel Wright.

What's Happening in Rockwood?

Rockwood Health Indicators

As a reminder to families, Rockwood Health Indicators are available for public review by clicking HERE. Indicators are shown by School Levels (elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools), Administrative Offices and Support Services and the Community.

Superintendent Updates

Dr. Elizabeth Keenan, Special School District Superintendent

Dr. Keenan is providing information as part of a series of posts about school, special education and COVID-19 updates. Per Dr. Keenan, “As the superintendent of Special School District, my number one priority during these difficult times is to make sure our students, families and staff have the information they need to better support all of the day-to-day schooling, programming and planning.


Dr. Keenan's updates can be located HERE on SSD's new website.

Dr. Mark Miles, Rockwood Superintendent

Click HERE to see a message from Dr. Miles regarding Rockwood’s potential preventive measures to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff.

Information and Resources

Parent Education and Diversity Awareness Program (PEDA)

SSD Parent Education and Diversity Awareness Program (PEDA) offers workshops free of charge that are open to all parents, families, and community members. Due to the ongoing pandemic, all our currently scheduled workshops will be held virtually. Click here for details about upcoming workshops and how to register. Information about additional workshops will be posted as they are scheduled. View Workshop Schedule: https://tinyurl.com/5dgyyhfw.

Books are also available and can be requested from our Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC)-WE WILL MAIL THEM TO YOU!

CONTACT INFORMATION: MAIN LINE 314-989-8460 OR WEBSITE WWW.SSDMO.ORG/PEDA or email WWW.SSDPEDA@SSDMO.ORG. In addition, we are available to meet virtually based on individual request.

Special School District Parent Advisory Council

The mission of the Special School District (SSD) Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is to effectively collaborate with and advise its stakeholders (including parents/guardians, the SSD Board of Education, Governing Council, SSD administration and staff, and partnering school district administrators and staff) in order to improve the educational, self-efficacy, and social outcomes of each student served by SSD.


Please click HERE to access the PAC website which contains specific information about meetings, agendas & minutes, as well as parent resources.

Important Dates

No School | Spring Recess

Monday, March 22 through Friday, March 26


No School | Spring Holiday

Friday, April 2

Upcoming Board of Education Meetings

Special School District

March 9th @ 7:30 PM

April 27th @ 7:30 PM

More info here


Rockwood School District

March 4th @ 7:00 PM

March 18th @ 7:00 PM

More info here

Contacts