Action items

Teachers: Summer classroom repair and maintenance survey now available
It's time to start the 2016 summer classroom work planning process. We need your help identifying repair and maintenance items in your classrooms.

Please take this short survey to identify these types of issues in your classroom. This survey will close at end of day, Friday, April 15. The Facilities Department will use this information to plan summer work.

All staff: Nominate an SPPS Teacher for Saint Paul Rotary Club’s Teacher of the Year Award
Teachers, students, parents, principals, administrators and community leaders are urged to nominate teachers they think are worthy of the Saint Paul Rotary Club’s Teacher of the Year award.

For more than 20 years, the Saint Paul Rotary Club has recognized great teachers in Saint Paul. The award pays tribute to a teacher in Saint Paul who has made a difference in one or more of the following areas:

  • Has demonstrated outstanding performance as a teacher (K-12)
  • Has been recognized as a positive leader in the community
  • Has motivated students to improve the levels of excellence in their performance
  • Has set a good example for others

The Saint Paul Rotary Teacher of the Year will be recognized with an award of $1,000 and presented at a regular meeting of the Rotary Club on Education Day -- Tuesday, May 10. On that day, Rotary will also honor students from each of Saint Paul Public School’s middle schools through its Rotation Forward program.

The nominee must be teaching in a public, private, or parochial school in Saint Paul. Nominations are due by Friday, April 22.

Nominations may be emailed to jodi@stpaulrotary.org or mailed to:
Rotary Club of Saint Paul
401 N. Robert Street, Suite 150
Saint Paul, MN  55101

If you have questions, contact Jodi Erickson at (651) 222-2028.

Staff: SUTR application extended deadline and upcoming information sessions
The Saint Paul Urban Teacher Residency (SUTR) application and candidate requirements have been revised. SUTR is now accepting internal and external applicants. Applicants who had difficulties applying before or did not meet previous candidate requirements can now apply until Friday, April 22. SPPS candidates who applied to SUTR before the first deadline should check their email for information about next steps.  

To learn about the new application process and modified candidate requirements, visit the SUTR website or attend one of the upcoming SUTR information sessions:

  • Session 1: 5-6 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in Conference Room A at 360 Colborne
  • Session 2: 5-6 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, in Conference Room F at 360 Colborne

Staff: Register your site for the Walk ’n’ Roll to School Day, Wednesday, May 4
Walk/Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 4.

If your site is interested in participating, register for the event.

Walk/Bike to School Day takes place during the 2nd Annual Wellness Week, May 2-6. This is a great opportunity to add some physical activity to the school day, encouraging healthy lifestyles for both students and staff.

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:

What will happen:

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

Staff: Attend the SPPS Honors Concert, Performance Showcase and Visual Art Exhibition
More than 450 Saint Paul Public School student artists, vocalists and instrumentalists will showcase their skills and talents during the 25th annual Honors Concert on Tuesday, April 19 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

The annual showcase -- presented in partnership with the Ordway and the Minnesota Museum of American Art --  includes an instrumental and vocal concert, a slideshow featuring original student artwork, and a celebration looking back at the 25 years of the Honors partnership.

The evening will be emceed by Mary Anne Quiroz, an artist, community organizer and SPPS alum.

The Honors Concert will feature performances by a district-wide high school orchestra, band and choir. The performances will be conducted by Dr. James Miller and Dr. Heidi Miller (band), Jean R. Perrault (orchestra), and G. Phillip Shoultz III (choir). The choir is accompanied by Stephen Swanson.

The event will also include a free performance showcase prior to the concert.

  • General admission tickets for the concert may be purchased for $5 online or at Ordway’s box office the night of the event.

Honors Art Exhibition
Student artwork will be on display from April 21 to May 1 at the Minnesota Museum of American Art project space in the Pioneer Endicott Building.

The exhibition is free and open to the public, and will feature selected paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and other works submitted by SPPS students.

If You Go:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Tuesday, April 19
5:30 - 6:15 p.m. Performance Showcase
6:30 p.m. Concert

Minnesota Museum of American Art
The Exhibition Runs April 21 to May 1
Thursday, April 21
5 - 7 p.m. Honors Art Exhibition Artist Opening
5:30 p.m. Brief program and awards

Elementary principals and teachers: Free field trip to plant flower beds at State Capitol
Fourth and fifth grade students are invited to participate in the annual SPPS community service project to plant spring flower beds at the state capitol. Classes will receive free busing. The event takes place the morning of Wednesday, May 25. The request is for about an hour of planting time. The rain make-up day is May 26.

To request a spot, complete this form. Spots will be scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis; scheduling of time slots will be done based on busing. If you have questions, contact Tyler Berres at tyler.berres@spps.org or call 651-487-7383.

Principals: Read the Office of Specialized Services Newsletter
The Office of Specialized Services April Newsletter is now available.

All staff: S-Term priority registration is Friday, April 15
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.

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 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.