Action items

Principals and clerks: Enter Pre-k students’ daycare information into Campus
New this year, the Student Placement Center, Transportation and the Office of Early Learning are working to identify transportation boundaries for Pre-K students earlier than our traditional August timeline to assist families in planning for childcare, work schedules, etc.

Notifications will be mailed to homes early this summer from the Student Placement Center with a morning or afternoon designation, noting that specific route assignments will be mailed with all other grades in August.

Please ensure that all daycare information you have received from families is entered in Campus or forwarded to the Student Placement Center at spc@spps.org. Additionally, if families have contacted your site with a morning or afternoon preference, please forward that information to SPC.

If you have questions, call the Student Placement Center at 651-632-3760 with questions.

Staff: Share summer food service information with students
When school is out, lunch is still in.  Encourage your students (18 years and under) to join SPPS Nutrition Services for free meals at one of our Summer Food Service sites.  

Make sure to tell your students to have lunch at one of our sites on June 22 for Nutrition Services’ first Lunch and Literacy Day at Cornerstone Montessori, 1611 Ames Avenue, Saint Paul. Food service begins at noon. All attendees will receive a free book.

Staff: Review 2016-2017 Professional Development dates
Professional Development dates for the 2016-2017 school year, including the 2016 Opening Week Schedule, are now available. Click on the links below:

Visit the Office of Teaching and Learning’s website for more information.

Teachers: Share this summer tutoring opportunity with students who struggle with reading
Orton-Gillingham of Minnesota provides quality tutoring in reading, spelling and writing. Classes are offered by professionals who have been trained in the Twin Cities for more than 25 years. During each two-week session, teachers work with different students in a supervised practicum setting. Students can sign up for tutoring for a nominal fee. Scholarships are also available.

Principals and Assistant Principals: End-of-Year Discipline Instructions
All disciplinary incidents should be entered in Campus by end of day on Saturday, June 11.  

The final list of corrections to be made will be posted on the password-protected location on the Data Center by June 16. Until that time, the third quarter report will be posted there. If you make corrections based on the third quarter report, you must still go in after June 16 and make all final corrections.

All corrections, based on the end-of-year report, must be made by the principal's last day. If you have questions or concerns, contact Cindy Porter at 651-767-8371 or cindy.porter@spps.org.  

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.

Principals: Read the Office of Specialized Services newsletter
The Office of Specialized Services newsletter is available for June 2016.

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.

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.