Action items

Staff: Review list of SPPS employees celebrating 25 years of service
Each year SPPS hosts a luncheon to congratulate and recognize employees celebrating 25 years of employment. This year's luncheon is Thursday, Sept. 1. Invitations will be sent this summer.

Human Resources has compiled a preliminary list of employees to be recognized this year. Included are employees who will have begun or completed their 25th year by Sept. 6, 2016. Employees who have been missed, or who think they don't belong on the list, should contact Kathy Weyandt in Communications at 651-767-8373 or by email kathy.weyandt@spps.org before Monday, June 13.

Administrators and supervisors of SPFT staff: Consider these TD&E training dates for 2016-17 school year
Teacher Development & Evaluation (TD&E) training for principals, supervisors, assistant principals and administrative interns has been established for the 2016-17 school year.

The first day of training will focus on strengthening evaluation protocols regarding data collection, pre-conferences, written evaluation reports and post-conferences. The second day of training will review evaluation tools and feedback.  

Three cohorts are available:

  • Group A: August 11-12
  • Group B: August 15-16
  • Group C: August 17-18

Registration is available on PDExpress under the course title TD&E: Updates and Evaluation Essentials [TDE1600-16Summer].

Questions can be directed to amy.steele@spps.org.

Elementary Principals: Order student desk tags for next fall’s ‘I am College and Career Bound’ campaign
As part of the “I am College and Career Bound” campaign, schools should pre-order student desk tags from the Office of College and Career Readiness for students in grades K-5.

Schools should also pre-order door tags. The door tags provide space for a teacher to write their name, college and degree earned. The tags have proven very effective in starting conversations between students and staff.

If principals would like to use these resources, email tracy.zanitsch@spps.org with the number of desk tags or door tags needed by June 12. The tags will then be delivered to your school by mid-August.

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.

Additional information can be found on the S-Term All-Staff Wiki page.

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

The 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.

Full information regarding the time commitment, application, stipends to youth and what the 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.