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All staff: Attend Board Listening Session
The SPPS Board of Education wants to hear from you! Families, students, staff and community members are invited to speak directly with Board members about any question, comment or concern. The Board is excited for this opportunity to have an informal conversation with the community. Join us Thursday, May 8, 7-9 p.m. at the ​Conway Community Recreation Center, 2090 Conway Street, St. Paul.

There is no need to make an appointment to speak with the Board during a Listening Session. We look forward to hearing from you! Learn more at spps.org.

Clerks: Clean up inactive student records
Inactive cumulative student records are kept at the school of last enrollment for five years. After five years, the inactive cumulative records should be sent to Student Records at the Student Placement Center for storage or scanning into the archives. Do not shred any student records.

Student Records is now accepting inactive records for students who left in the 2008-2009 school year and earlier. Small shipments may be sent via inter-office mail. For larger shipments, please contact Student Records first.

For more information or for assistance with the management of student records, please contact Amanda Costilla at 651-632-3739.

School staff: Review fall 2014 enrollment information
School staff should continue to check fall enrollment lists at least once each week. You are able to sort by the date placed (P-Date) to identify newly assigned students.

Students are accepted through an application process at the Student Placement Center (SPC). It is important that promises of acceptance are not made at the school sites.

Initial CAMPUS enrollments for grades 6-12 have been completed. Pre-K and elementary enrollments will be uploaded to CAMPUS in the next few days for all schools except Crossroads. SPC will update enrollments throughout the spring and summer.

The following information/update sessions are available if you need help accessing the enrollment system for accepted students.

  • Friday, May 9
    7:30-8:30 a.m. or 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Computer lab at 360 Colborne St.
  • Wednesday, May 14
    7:30-8:30 a.m. or 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Computer lab at 1930 Como Ave.

Please call Erin Moline at 651-632-3740 or Jayné Williams at 651-632-3722 with questions.

School staff: Ecolab Visions for Learning grants offer up to $3,000
Ecolab’s Visions for Learning grant program for school educators -- teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators and other licensed staff -- encourages and rewards individual educator creativity and innovation in classroom learning. Grant funding provides opportunities that will motivate and challenge students intellectually, raise student achievement, and increase their understanding of academic content and the connection between school and life.

This funding program provides grants up to $3,000 for purchase of materials. Proposed projects must be student interactive and improve thinking skills. Materials requested must be part of a curriculum plan that helps meet specific learning goals. Funds/materials purchased will be the property of the school.

Ecolab will not fund computers, laptops, computer hardware, Smart Boards, staff or substitute time, professional development, Ecolab product donations, or projects that do not directly impact students. If you are applying for technology equipment, software or online subscriptions, please include specific information on how it will impact student achievement.

Visions for Learning proposals will rank more highly if they are:

  • distinct. Identical proposals from different teachers will not rank as highly. Teachers from the same school may request complementary funding for the same project, but the proposals MUST be distinct and in each teacher’s unique voice.
  • detailed. Provide background and depth in your narrative. If possible, include web links to the items you wish to purchase. Include shipping/handling costs in your grant budget. Proposals that request round numbers -- “$3,000 for books” -- will not rank as highly.
  • grammatically and mathematically correct. Proofread your narrative and numbers, then ask someone else to do the same.
  • from first-time applicants. A few teachers have won multiple Ecolab grants, and good projects are always welcome. Even if you have never applied for a grant, you have ideas for classroom projects -- let us help you craft your proposal!

If you’d like assistance with your application or just need another pair of eyes on your proposal, email lisa.vandersteur@spps.org or call her at 651-767-8108.

To apply: Submit your proposal in this Word document format. Note that this application has been revised since the 4/14 Bridge.

Deadline: Proposals must be received via email to ecolabfoundation@ecolab.com by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014. Applicants will receive award notice by mail to their school in late August and funds will be sent to the school district business office so that funds can be spent shortly after school starts.

School staff: Continue recruiting students for S-Term
The Summer Term (S-Term) deadline has passed but registrations are still being accepted. Updated flyers have been printed and were delivered to schools through inter-office mail. Please hang them where students will see them.

The flyers are meant to increase the visibility of S-Term to all students, and we will not deny students who wish to participate in S-Term. However, please focus recruitment efforts on the students who will benefit most from additional academic support.

Elementary schools will also receive a flyer promoting the importance of summer reading. Help students avoid summer learning loss by reminding them to read when they are not in school.

Title I principals: Turn in Title I compliance folders by June 2
Title I compliance folders are due Monday, June 2.  Remember to collect sign-in sheets and meeting minutes in the School Continuous Improvement Plan (SCIP) and Family Engagement Plan (FEP) development processes.

The B2 folder has been revised. Because the Business Office completed a district-wide inventory check in the fall, we will not ask schools to do a thorough inventory check again this spring.  However, if your school purchased any new technology with Title I funds this year, make sure it has Title I tags.

If you have questions, please contact your vertical team's Title I representative

Principals and program leads: Request personalized learning support
The Office of Personalized Learning (OPL) and Technology Support Services would like to support buildings and programs as you plan August and Opening Week professional development for next year. Please submit any requests for sessions on technology integration and Personalized Learning using this form, which is also available through the OPL professional development web
page.

Principals: Administer NWEA web-based MAP test
The purpose of the MAP test is to have a clear understanding of students’ growth in order to adjust and intervene instructionally. The web-based MAP testing window is May 7-23. The following grades and students will take the tests:

  • Math: Grades 2 and 9
  • Reading: Grades 6-9, and grade 10 students performing at or below 8th grade level.

The School Assessment Coordinator (SAC) will continue to serve as your school’s contact for testing, but it is advisable that two staff members be trained to maximize the expertise and support. Schools taking a team approach have a smoother and more effective MAP test administration.

For questions, please contact Robin Lane at 651-767-8257 or robin.lane@spps.org.

Teachers: Apply for S-Term jobs
There are still job openings for summer 2014. We encourage all teachers to apply, especially those licensed in secondary math or science. Enjoy air-conditioning at most S-Term sites! Here is how to apply:

  • Visit the Human Resources website
  • Click on “current employee.”
  • Type “summer” into the search box
  • Change post date to “anytime”
  • View the job postings and apply.

Questions? Contact the Office of Alternative Education at 651-744-8020.

Teachers: Consider joining Culturally Responsive Teaching cohort
Are you interested in engaging in powerful self-reflection that will lead to deeper relationships with your students and more relevant and rigorous curriculum?

Saint Paul Public Schools is offering a Culturally Responsive Teaching cohort for Saint Paul preK-12 educators in partnership with Saint Mary’s University.

  • Earn 15 credits
  • Participate in graduate certificate cohort model
  • Continue on to a Masters in Education (optional)
  • Classes will meet at an SPPS site
  • $335/credit (special partnership rate)
  • Texts provided at no cost courtesy of the Office of Teaching, Learning and Leading

The Culturally Responsive Teaching Program is built upon four core principles that are believed to define culturally responsive educators:

  1. Multiple perspectives
  2. Racial and cultural consciousness and adaptability
  3. Culturally responsive teaching pedagogy and strategies
  4. An understanding of how race and culture impact achievement

To learn more about the program, visit www.smumn.edu/crt and contact Marsha Baisch at marsha.baisch@spps.org. Open to all teachers; middle school teachers are encouraged to register for a middle school cohort.

Teachers: Grant deadlines in May
Contact Lisa van der Steur, 651-767-8108 or lisa.vandersteur@spps.org, to talk through your ideas, for assistance with your proposal, and for district approvals (as needed). Let her know before you begin your application so she can advise you on timing and other factors to consider.

  • Due by May 22: The Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grants support schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations that work to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading.
  • Due by June 1NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants ($2,000 or $5,000) may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence. Although some funds may be used to support the professional development necessary to implement the project, the majority of grant funds must be spent on materials or educational experiences for students.
  • Due by June 1NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants provide grants ($2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study) to support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.