Action items

Teachers: Note these course requirement changes for teachers with projected tenure dates of 2017 and 2018
The Foundations of Effective Instruction course requirement to achieve tenure has been modified for teachers with projected tenure dates of 2017 and 2018.

Teachers who came to SPPS with 0-3 years of contracted educator experience (based on initial hire date) must continue to take the Foundations of Effective Instruction course.  

Teachers who came to SPPS with four or more years of contracted educator experience, and other educators (TOSAs, parent educators, coaches, coordinators, administrative interns, etc.) regardless of past experience may choose one of the following four courses:

  • Foundations of Effective Instruction
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Managing Behavior in School Communities (formerly titled Managing Anti-social Behavior)
  • School, Family, Community

Counselors, psychologists, social workers, speech language pathologists, OT/PT, nurses will continue to take the relevant Foundations of Related Services coursework.

If you have questions, contact Amy Steele at Amy.Steele@spps.org or 651-744-1330.

Staff: Encourage students to apply for Student Engagement and Advancement Board next year
The Student Engagement and Advancement Board (SEAB) is seeking applications from students who are interested in making a positive impact in SPPS.  

SEAB is looking for applicants who are passionate, creative thinkers, and who already see themselves as leaders. We are asking for your help to reach additional potential applicants whose voices are loud and whose creativity is high, but who may not see themselves as leaders.

The application process was created to welcome many different types of thinkers, experiences and primary languages.

In 2015, the Board voted to launch SEAB. In its first year, this group of students has:

  • Developed the long term vision, structure and name;
  • Worked on issues important to them;
  • Brought student voice to the Board and administration; and
  • Taken on projects requested by the Board and administration.

Full information regarding the time commitment, application, stipends to youth and what SEAB has done so far this year can be found at www.spps.org/seab.

  • The deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 15.

Students may submit their application in the language they feel most expresses themselves; translated flyers are available online.

Paper copies of the application/flyer in English are in your schools now.

If you have questions, email shaun.walsh@spps.org or call 651-487-7387.

Principals, Assistant Principals and staff who enter discipline in Campus: Discipline reporting clean-up
The spreadsheets that list discipline reporting problems for the first three quarters of 2015-16 have been posted on the SPPS Data Center website. Any errors or red flags should be corrected, and all third quarter incidents entered, by Tuesday, May 17. Making these corrections is essential for providing accurate internal-discipline analysis as well as the required report to the Minnesota Department of Education.

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 April 4.

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

Staff: Attend Maxfield’s 125th Anniversary Celebration on May 10
Past and present staff, alumni and Maxfield Elementary community members are invited to celebrate the school’s 125th anniversary. The Maxfield community will gather from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, for a night of stories, performances and food. For more information, contact the Center for Culture, Families and Learning at 651-744-2870 or Laurine Chang at 651-744-2918.

Staff: Important information about SCIP professional development and support sessions
Required School Continuous Improvement Plan (SCIP) professional development and support sessions will begin for all schools the weeks of May 16-19 and May 23-26. Principals and leadership team members should check the attached chart for your required day.

Schools may bring up to two additional members of their leadership team in addition to the principal. Space is limited. Team members needing substitutes may request one through

AESOP. Please use the appropriate code for your school type (Title I vs. Non-Title I). Go to the SCIP website scip.spps.org to review additional information regarding suggested SCIP pre-work and what to bring to the SCIP professional development day, and to retrieve the AESOP code.

All Staff: Deadlines for FY 2015-16 expenditures
Please be aware of the deadline dates for the purchase of goods, services and other expenses for the 2015-16 school year. Documents for these items received after the listed dates will be considered expenses for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

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 with 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 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.

S-Term staff: Recommended S-Term training is June 16  
Training for 2016 Summer Term (S-Term) staff will be held 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at Washington Technology Magnet School. This training is for site leaders, teachers, clerks and paraprofessionals.

Registration will be from 8 to 8:30 a.m., followed by a keynote address and two breakout sessions. There will be options for subject- and grade-specific curriculum, instructional strategies, and planning to meet the diverse needs of students during S-Term. Register on PDExpress under DAE: S-Term All-Staff Training.

Teachers: Read about classroom preparation for Summer Term

Saint Paul Public Schools students and staff use classroom space during both S-Term sessions. School-year staff members are reminded that resources purchased with SPPS funds are available to S-Term students and staff.

Please leave the following instructional tools and materials in a visible, readily accessible location in your classroom:

  • Technology resources (SMART board, desktop computer, LCD projector, document camera, cords needed to operate technology, etc.)
  • District purchased supplies (leveled books, math manipulatives, pencil sharpener, learning games/activities, scissors, etc.)

During S-Term, administrative and teaching staff will use building resources responsibly. Instructional tools, materials and teaching spaces will be left in the same condition as they were at the beginning of S-Term.

Please securely store these classroom items:

  • Personal items (resources purchased with teacher’s own money)
  • Consumable materials purchased with building funds for school year use (construction paper, pencils, notebooks, markers/crayons, etc.)

Teachers: Schedule your 2016-17 Belwin Outdoor Science field trip
Schedule your 2016-17 field trip registration for grade school and secondary science classes starting on Monday, May 2, at 8 a.m. and ends Friday, May 13 at 3 p.m.

  • Call Belwin Outdoor Science at 651-744-7120 or email Geoff Urban at geoff.urban@spps.org to schedule your field trip date(s).

Schedule early to reserve your preferred date. Belwin’s capacity is two classrooms or up to 58 students per day. Reservations made before the scheduling period will not be accepted.

Please include the following information:

  • School name
  • Grade level or subject taught
  • Teacher name(s)
  • Preferred date
  • Alternate dates

For 45 years Belwin Outdoor Science has provided meaningful outdoor learning experiences promoting life-long awareness toward the care and respect of our world to over 500,000 SPPS students. All Belwin Outdoor Science classes have been aligned to meet science standards tested on the Science MCA III.

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.

  • 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.