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December's Transition Feature
Sunnyhill is a not-for-profit organization that provides residential support, recreation and educational opportunities for children and adults with developmental and other disabilities throughout the Greater St. Louis Area and surrounding counties.
Residential Support & Properties
Camps & On The Road Adventures
Sunnyhill also provides Family Resource Navigation Services, which help families find funding, community resources, and additional services for those with disabilities.
Check out more information at: https://www.sunnyhillinc.org/ or click on the Sunnyhill logo in the corner.
Southview's Fall Special Olympics
During the school year, the Special Olympics Missouri & Special School District offers a variety of athletic competitions. SSD Special Olympics is open to any student enrolled who receives services from Special School District. This semester Southview students competed in fishing, bowling, and a bags tournament.
Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP)
Applications open December 1st, 2022!
If your student is between the ages of 16-20 they may be eligible for the Summer Work Experience Program, or SWEP. Through the program, students hold a summer job in their community and receive job-coaching support. They are paid an hourly wage for their work. SWEP is funded by the Productive Living Board of St. Louis County, and is open to county residents with a qualifying disability. It is conducted through a collaboration of six area agencies -MERS/Goodwill is the Lead Agency. Applications received on or by February 6th will be given first priority. To access the application please visit SWEP Application - PDF or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with your case manager.
Click the FAQ icon for Family Frequently Asked Questions about SWEP
Last month Southview's students and staff participated in Purple Fridays to support awareness for Epilepsy in our community. Mrs. Canady & Mrs. Krusemark's high school students researched the disorder and found that Epilepsy affects more than 60,000 people in Missouri. Many of those with Epilepsy are school aged.
Upcoming Southview Events
Southview Elementary Holiday Program
A must see event with Santa, Rudolph, The Avengers, Misfit Toys, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and more!
Tue, Dec 20, 2022, 01:00 PM
Upcoming District Events
FACE Workshop: Assistive Technology Workshop
In this virtual session, participants will be introduced to Assistive Technology (AT) and learn how to request an AT consultation through SSD. Universal tools available for all SSD students, as well as the AT website, will be demonstrated. Examples will be provided for low- and high-tech AT options that can be implemented in the home and school environments.
Interested parties can contact SSD Assistive Technology Specialist Kim White prior to the workshop to share their questions or to request demonstrations on specific tools.
Register for this virtual event. Unable to attend but still interested in the information? Register and a recorded version will be emailed to you within a week after the event.
Tue, Dec 13, 2022, 11:30 AM
Surviving the Holidays with Better Family Life
This can be a hard season to get through after loss. Join us for dinner as we share tips, resources, and support for getting through the holidays.
To register for this event please visit Eventbrite to Register or click this link.
Tue, Dec 13, 2022, 04:00 PM
Better Family Life Inc. 5415 Page Boulevard., St. Louis, MO 63112
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.
Meetings are open to the public and held via Zoom. For more information or to join the meeting virtually, please visit the PAC website.
Wed, Dec 14, 2022, 07:00 PM
Lunch & Learn: Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis
Join the Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis on Dec. 15 (11:30-12:00) to learn more about summer opportunities and funding for our SSD students and families.
Events are held virtually through YouTube Live. To access the video, please visit the SSD YouTube channel.
Thu, Dec 15, 2022, 11:30 AM
FACE December Spotlight
Did you know that research tells us that students who are more self-determined are healthier, more independent, and are better able to recognize and resist abuse.
Supported Decision-Making is a method of developing decision-making skills by relying on a team of trusted individuals (“Supporters”) to assist the person in collecting information, processing information, and coming to an informed decision. Supported Decision-Making can be an alternative to guardianship in that it provides a trusted and formalized environment for people who are seeking assistance with decision-making while still promoting self-determination.
Watch this short video to learn more!
Supported Decision Making- Disability Rights Texas
Connect with the SSD Board of Education
The SSD Board of Education strives for transparency, accountability, and accessibility. We welcome family, staff, and community members to share comments, concerns, and ideas with SSD Board of Education members. To find the Board member representing your subdistrict, visit the Board of Education page on the SSD website.