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Month: October 2016

#TeamCaleighRae and the South Technical Early Childhood Education Major

caleigh2Caleigh Rae Jackson and her twin brother, Carter, enrolled in the South Tech Early Childhood Center in August and it didn’t take long for teachers and classmates to become enamored and inspired. Caleigh, nearly 3 years old, was born with Apert syndrome. Apert syndrome is a genetic anomaly characterized by the premature fusion of certain skull bones.

When Caleigh first started at South Technical, she was unable to walk without assistance. Five days later, Caleigh amazed her peers, her teachers, and her family by walking across the preschool room. She quickly began walking laps around the room and hasn’t stopped since.

caleigh3Caleigh and Carter’s dad, Chris Jackson, who works for SSD’s Bridges Program, is the co-founder of the Rae of Sunshine Foundation along with his wife, Crystal Jackson. The foundation raises awareness for Apert syndrome and craniofacial conditions.

When the high school students in the Early Childhood Education major discovered the Rae of Sunshine Foundation was holding a 5K run/walk, they quickly leapt into action. The students made #TeamCaleighRae t-shirts and woke up early Saturday, September 24th to drive to Spanish Lake where they joined a crowd of supporters to walk the 5K.

Online Registration Re-Opened

Complete your required school registration paperwork online through the SIS Parent Portal.

Click Here to Watch the Training Video

Parents and Guardians, if you have not used the Parent Portal before for Special School District or have forgotten your username or password, please complete the Parent Portal Access Form at www.southtechnical.org/Portal to receive your username and password.

Once you receive your username and password, please go to the Parent Portal: https://sdm.sisk12.com/ssd360.


Step by step directions for Online Registration can be found here. Even if you have completed this paperwork for your sending district (Mehlville, Rockwood, Parkway, etc.) we still need parents to complete this paperwork for Tech. In addition to Online Registration, the Parent Portal allows parents and guardians access to their student’s attendance record, class schedule, school schedule, and lunch balance.

  • Online Registration should only take 10-15 minutes to complete.
  • Registration does not have to be completed in one sitting. Your progress is saved as you go.
  • The Parent Portal works on most internet enabled devices including desktops, laptops, tablets, and Smart Phones.
South Tech Engineering Students Win Gateway Robotics Challenge!

The South Tech Electronics and Robotics engineering students FIRST Robotics Team 1658 competed at the Gateway Robotics Challenge October 1st at Hazelwood Central High School. 26 teams from Missouri and Illinois competed.

After 8 qualification matches, Team 1658 was seeded number 1 for the finals and went undefeated to win the tournament.

The Gateway Robotics Challenge is an off-season FIRST robotics competition event where teams are invited to compete using their previous season’s robots. The event was played using the 2016 FIRST Stronghold game rules on an official FRC playing field. This event gives new students the opportunity to experience an FRC competition.

“Our students competed with grace and professionalism. I was very proud of how they handled the pressure of this competition. They are very excited about the upcoming FIRST Robotics Season which begins in January 2017.” said Mr. Rola the Engineering Instructor. Congratulations South Tech Engineering FIRST Robotics Team 1658!

The Veterinary Assistant Program & Saving G.R.A.C.E. Rescue Partnership

The instructors of the veterinary assistant program have been rooted in the rescue community for many years now; Ms. Hobbs for over twenty years, and Ms. Zengerling for over seven. They have worked hard to integrate rescue animals into their program in order to take their students’ experience level with animals to the next step, as well as open up their eyes to the animal welfare issues plaguing our country.

The first foster dog taken in by Saving G.R.A.C.E. and cared for by the veterinary assistant students
Cliff, the first foster dog taken in by Saving G.R.A.C.E. and cared for by the veterinary assistant students.

Over the summer, Ms. Zengerling decided to take on the responsibility of creating her own animal rescue group, Saving G.R.A.C.E. “Giving Rescue Animals Chances Everyday”. This rescue group was created to partner with the veterinary assistant program at South Technical High School. The instructors work together to rescue animals that will fit into the program’s curriculum and environment, many of these animals have special medical needs. Medical needs that the instructors are able to teach their students about, and where the student’s then help to nurse these animals back to health and then find them great homes.

Instructors and students have been working together on fundraising and volunteer opportunities that they can also integrate into their FFA chapter; soon they will work together to run adoption events at a local pet store.

Working with Saving G.R.A.C.E. and exposing students to real animals needing real medical and emotional care, has truly instilled a sense of responsibility and pride in the veterinary assistant students that is quite apparent. Not to mention they gain hands-on skill and knowledge that will carry them far into the career field and college.

The first foster animal rescued by Saving G.R.A.C.E. and brought into the program to work with students was a dog named Cliff. Cliff was found tied to a tree in a local park, and as you can see in the picture he was in very bad shape.

Together the teachers and students learned that Cliff had demodex mange, skin infections, extreme emaciation, a previously fractured pelvis, and more.

Everyone fell in love with Cliff through his recovery time with us; students also learned how to perform a skin-scrape, give medicated baths, medicate animals with liquid and capsules, and proper post-surgical care.

As a team the teachers and students turned Cliff into a whole new dog. Throughout his time with us Cliff kept the same trusting, and happy personality; the fact that he still loved humans so strongly and was always wagging his tail was something everyone who met Cliff found to be amazing, and drew personal strength from.

Thanks to the care and compassion Cliff received, he has recovered fully and was recently adopted into an amazing family! Cliff is one of many special needs fosters that Saving G.R.A.C.E and the veterinary assistant program will work together to save and give a happy ending!

Check out the Saving G.R.A.C.E. website to see the awesome things they have been doing.

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