Action items

Staff: Create a 1-Minute We Made a Difference Video and Win Funds for Your Community Action Projects
To celebrate the community action work of all students, Community Education is hosting We Made a Difference.

Create a one-minute video with your students to share what they did this year to make their community and/or the world a better place. They may have planted a community garden, raised funds for a partner charity, led an anti-bullying campaign, raised awareness on a social issue they care about, or worked on shoreline restoration. Whatever they did – we want to hear about it and share their story.

What to do:

  1. Create a 1-minute video.
  2. Register online and upload the video by 5 p.m., Thursday, April 28.
  3. Share the link we provide far and wide and ask people to vote for you.

What will happen:

  • Videos will be posted online Monday, May 2.
  • Online voting will run May 2-May 5.
  • Winners will be announced Friday, May 6.

Prizes will be awarded in four grade-level categories: PreK-1st grade, 2nd-5th grade, 6th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade. The winner from each grade group will receive $200 to support their future community action efforts.

Videos do not need to exhibit extraordinary production value – the story is what is important.

If you have questions, contact Lisa at lisa.crocker@spps.org or 651-487-7383.

Licensed Staff: Complete the Personalized Learning and Technology Survey
Licensed school staff and students in grades 6-12 are invited to share their experiences via an online survey, open now through Friday, 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 and students can also access the survey here.

Administrators are asked to find time for students to complete the survey during school time.

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

Physical Education and Health Educators, Nurses and Wellness Champions: Attend a Community Health Conversation
Allina Health and United Hospital are interested in hearing the perceptions of community members regarding the role their organizations play in confronting broad health issues and what they can do to help.

They will be holding two community health dialogues: one at Neighborhood House on Wednesday, March 30, from 5-7:30 p.m.; and the other at the West 7th Community Center on Thursday, April 7, from 8:30-11 a.m. — with an open invitation to community members who live, work and play in Ramsey County.

Participants must register in advance and will receive a $10 Target gift card. To register, or for more information, contact Angela Fitzner at 651-241-6682 or angela.fitzner@allina.com.

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 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 website. The report includes everything entered in Campus as of February 1.

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

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 Department 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.