Action items

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 the upcoming SUTR information session from 5-6 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, in Conference Room F at 360 Colborne.

School staff: Distribute 2016-17 transportation request forms

Please distribute the newly updated 2016-17 Transportation Request Form to families. This form will help the Transportation Department plan each student’s transportation needs for the coming school year. Families can choose to indicate alternate/day care address information and may also decline transportation service.

Forms are customizable PDFs that include drop-down menus on the header where you can select your school name, address and phone number before printing it for distribution.

Families should return the completed form to the school office no later than Monday, May 16, 2016.

All form data should be entered into Campus by June 13, 2016, or before office staff leave for summer break.

Schools should complete this process for all current students even if the student will be moving to another grade level at another school in fall 2016-17.

When entering data for fall 2016, please use the first day of school (e.g. status date of 09/06/2016 for grades 1-12; and 09/08/2016 for Pre-K and K) on a new 'RS' (Regular School Year) record on the Transportation Data Tab in Campus.

  • Families with alternate addresses and those declining transportation services need to have a new record created on the Transportation Data Tab. Alternate addresses that were used in 2015-16 will NOT be carried over. Please re-enter the information for the new coming school year.

  • If a student will be riding from home (Primary Address) in the morning and going back home in the afternoon, as long as they are eligible for a bus ride, there is nothing that needs to be entered in Campus and the information will be carried over for the coming school year.

If you have any questions or want to request translated forms, feel free to contact the Transportation Department at transportation@spps.org.

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 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 Saint Paul Public Schools middle school 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: 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:

  1. Create a one-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 2-5.
  • 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 25th Annual SPPS Honors Concert 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 alumna.

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.

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.