Action items

Attend an Area A new middle school community information session
In the next five years there will not be enough space for Area A students currently in grades 2, 3 and 4 when they reach middle school. Saint Paul Public Schools has proposed building a new middle school in Area A that will meet student needs for decades to come.

This new middle school will be built with Building Construction Funds that are used to maintain and improve SPPS school buildings and land. By law, Building Construction Funds cannot be used for other General Fund school expenses like teacher salaries, transportation and teaching/learning needs.

We invite you to attend a community information session on the proposed new middle school on:

  • Wednesday, March 23 at Johnson Sr. High, 6-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 24 at Hazel Park Academy, 6-8 p.m.

The final Board of Education (BOE) vote takes place on Tuesday, April 26. If the plan is approved by the BOE, the new middle school construction will begin this year and open for the 2019-20 school year.

More information, a copy of the presentation and FAQ are also available at spps.org/newmiddle.

Licensed Staff: Complete the Personalized Learning and Technology Survey
Licensed school staff and students in grades 6-12 are invited to share their experiences through an electronic survey from March 21 - April 1.

The survey will be sent to iPads as a web clip. The web clip will look like an app icon on your iPad and link directly to the survey. Please click on the icon to open and complete the 10-15 minute survey. Staff can also access the survey here.

We recommend licensed staff complete the survey on Friday, March 25 during the professional development day.

Administrators are asked to find time for students to complete the survey during school time. Students can access their survey here.

Please contact Holly Miller with any questions regarding the survey via email holly.miller@spps.org or phone: 651-767-3476.

Staff: Volunteers needed for Honors Concert and Art Exhibition
Volunteers are needed for the SPPS Honors Concert and Art Exhibition happening next month at the Ordway and the Minnesota Museum of American Art.

More than 300 SPPS students will perform at the Ordway on April 19, as part of the 25th Annual Honors Concert. High school students will also display their original artwork at the Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space during the Honors Art Exhibition on April 21.

To make the concert and the art exhibition a success, volunteers are needed to assist with a variety of tasks. Please note that if you will be working with students, a criminal background check is required (no cost to you). The Honors Concert and Art Exhibition is one of our most popular student arts events, so please apply now.

Qualifications or Requirements

  • Google Drive spreadsheet knowledge
  • Some framing experience desired if interested framing artwork

How to Apply

For questions, contact Jan Spencer de Gutiérrez at jan.spencer@spps.org.

Principals, Assistant Principals and staff who enter discipline in Campus: Discipline reporting clean-up
The spreadsheets that list discipline reporting problems for the first two quarters of 2015-16 have been posted on the SPPS Data Center website. Any errors or red flags should be corrected, and all second quarter incidents entered, by April 3. Making these corrections is essential for providing accurate internal discipline analysis as well as the required report to the Minnesota Department of Education. Please note that changes in the report are due to changes in Campus.

Each school's report has been placed in the password-protected part of the SPPS Data Center Web site. The report includes everything entered in Campus as of February 1. Click here for instructions to view the report.  

If you have questions, please contact Cindy Porter at 651-767-8371 or cindy.porter@spps.org.

Non-licensed but interested in becoming a teacher? Attend an SPPS Urban Teacher Residency information session
Saint Paul Public Schools has partnered with the University of Saint Thomas to offer a new residency program that allows SPPS employees with bachelor’s degrees to earn a Minnesota teaching license and a master’s degree.

All SPPS employees with a bachelor's degree who have passed their probation period are eligible to apply. Current SPPS employees can now apply for SUTR at hr.spps.org using the requisition number 1000521.

All staff: S-Term information now available
Now is the time to start thinking about summer! Guidebooks and registration forms have arrived at school sites and are being sent home in backpacks for K-5 students who qualify for S-Term. Eligible students in grades 6-8 received S-Term information via U.S. mail last week.

Please see additional information below about the S-Term processes:

Information for families

Information for schools

The priority deadline for families is April 15, 2016. Applications will be accepted after this date. Please contact the Office of Alternative Education at 651-744-8020 with questions.

Teachers: Reserve a free class tour of the Alexander Ramsey House
The Alexander Ramsey House is offering free tours for SPPS classes to help students connect with the people, places and history of Saint Paul.

When you schedule a tour through the program, admission to the Ramsey House is paid for by its Board of Governors. Schools can also be reimbursed for their transportation costs on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students and their teachers can step back in time when they visit the 1872 Ramsey family mansion. Costumed educators use original family artifacts, letters and journal entries to reveal what life was like for the Ramsey family, their servants and neighbors.

Tours are available (by appointment only) Monday to Friday from March through early June. Tours last one hour, and specific tour topics can be requested with advance notice.

For more information or to make your reservation, contact Eric Lindberg at 1-888-387-5008 or via email at eric.lindberg@mnhs.org. Mention the Board of Governors offer when making the reservation.

All staff: S-Term staff applications now open
Applications are now being accepted for S-Term Session 1 and Session 2. See the list of jobs and requisition numbers here and apply at hr.spps.org.

S-Term site administrators will receive staffing allocations and will hire staff for their assigned session based on program need and student enrollment.

Please contact the Office of Alternative Education at 651-744-8020 with questions.

All staff: Spread the word about SPPS School nurse informational interviews
Do you have friends or family members who may be interested in becoming an SPPS school nurse?

Those interested are invited to learn about current and future part-time and full-time school nurse positions in Saint Paul Public Schools from Mary Yackley, SPPS Student Health and Wellness Supervisor. Nurse assignments are open in single- and multiple-school settings, including non-public schools and special education programs.

Informational interviews are held on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the SPPS Administration Building, 360 Colborne St.

  • April 8, Room J
  • April 22, Room J
  • May 13, Room D
  • May 20, Room D

For more information contact Mary Yackley at mary.yackley@spps.org or 651-767-8380. To apply for an open nurse position, visit hr.spps.org.

Elementary and Secondary Science teachers: Call Belwin Outdoor Science to schedule field trips
Spring is in the air. Get your students outside and meet science standards at Belwin Outdoor Science. There are 10 school days open at Belwin between now and June 10.

Please call Belwin Outdoor Science at (651) 744-7120 or email Geoff Urban at geoff.urban@spps.org to schedule your field trip date(s). Because Belwin is an SPPS science program, admission is free for SPPS classrooms. Belwin’s capacity is two classrooms, or 60 students, per day. Dates will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Please include the following information in your email:

  • School Name
  • Grade Level (or subject taught)
  • Teacher Name(s)

Belwin Outdoor Science has helped connect nearly 550,000 SPPS students to nature through meaningful science experiences. All Belwin Outdoor Science classes address science standards tested on the Science MCA III.