Action items

Staff: Attend My Brother's Keeper Community Event on Tuesday, May 19
On Tuesday, May 19, Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges will introduce a joint strategy for advancing the goals of President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. The event will be more than just a presentation of the plan for action for the coming year, it will be a celebration of boys and young men of color. The event begins at 3 p.m. at Coffman Memorial Union on the University of Minnesota campus. The doors open at 2:30 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required.

If you have questions, contact Jackie Statum Allen at

Staff: Share positive stories highlighting My Brother's Keeper initiative
The city of Saint Paul is looking for positive stories to highlight the many meaningful contributions young men and boys of color bring to our community through the My Brother’s Keeper initiative.

In 2014, Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman joined Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges in accepting President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Community Challenge. MBK is an initiative to fully include boys and young men of color in our cities’ successes and in America’s promise.

Please email stories (100-500 words) about the young people and organizations that are making a

Principals: Title I compliance folders due June 1
Title I compliance folders (paper or electronic) are due Monday, June 1. Schools using the paper format should turn in your paper compliance folder to 1021 Marion St. by 4:30 p.m. on June 1. Schools using the electronic version need to upload documentation to their electronic folder. For a link to the Title I Compliance folder checklist in Google Docs, click here.

If you have questions, please contact the Title I office at 651-632-3790.

Staff: Review list of SPPS employees celebrating 25 years of service
Each year SPPS plans a luncheon to congratulate and recognize employees celebrating 25 years of employment. This year's luncheon is Thursday, Sept. 3. Invitations will be sent this summer.

Human Resources has compiled a preliminary list of employees to be recognized this year. We have included employees who have completed 25 years of service or are entering their 25th year as of Sept. 10. Employees who think they have been missed, or those who think they don't belong on the list, should contact Kathy Weyandt in Communications at 651-767-8373 or by email by June 1.

Science teachers: Schedule your 2015-16 Belwin Outdoor Science field trip
Field trip registration for third and fifth grade classrooms and secondary science teachers ends at 3 p.m. Friday, May 29. Please call Belwin Outdoor Science at 651-744-7120, or email Geoff Urban at, to schedule your 2015-16 field trip date(s).

Schedule early to secure your preferred date. Reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Belwin’s capacity is two classrooms or 60 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(s) name(s)
  • Preferred date
  • Alternate dates

Teachers and staff: Print, Copy & Mail summer printing sale
Teachers and staff can save money and time by using Print, Copy & Mail's new summer printing special. (View sale details.) Get documents printed over the summer and delivered in time for next school year for 2 cents per side. Submit your orders before Tuesday, June 16 by emailing or by completing an online form at

Staff: Deadlines for FY 2014-15 expenditure reminder
Deadline dates are approaching to purchase goods, services and other expenses for the 2014-15 school year. Documents received for these items after the date listed will be considered expenses from the next fiscal year.

The deadline dates for purchases are listed at: Important Business Office expenditure deadlines. The material also can be viewed on the Business Office website in the “News” section. Contact Jim Engen at 651-336-7277 with questions.

Staff: Register for summer professional development offerings
Summer professional development opportunities for SPPS staff are available between June 11 and Aug. 27. View a summary of the sessions. View all course offerings and register for courses on PDExpress.

Staff: Register for Establishing a 1:1 iPad Environment and Personalized Learning professional development
Personalized Learning just added a new section of the "Establishing a 1:1 iPad Environment" class for grades PK-5. This course will take place on Wednesday, May 20th from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Hamline Elementary. To enroll, please sign up on PDExpress.

All SPPS educators are also invited to sign up for summer Personalized Learning professional development opportunities including iPad Cafes, iLearn Institutes, HOOPLAs, 1:1 iPad courses and Getting to Know Core Apps. View this brochure for session descriptions and registration information.

Principals and Technology Integration TOSAs: Review iPad hand-in toolkits
A toolkit of information and resources is available to support schools as they collect student iPads starting this month. Please consult the following toolkits for details on:

  • Using Destiny to check in iPads at secondary schools
  • Recommendations for the hand-in process
  • Videos and other resources on how to back up and wipe iPad data
  • Inventory expectations
  • Storage recommendations

Available toolkits:

Staff: Participate in training for Year 2 iPad deployment sites
All SPPS licensed staff at Year 2 iPad sites are requested to participate in a six-hour professional development course, Establishing a 1:1 iPad Environment. This course covers practical information that supports the transition to engaging students with technology. Topics include classroom management, digital citizenship and the use of the SPPS core apps. Teachers have the option of taking the course during the school year or in the summer.

  • District-funded substitutes are provided for courses in May. 
  • Participants in June and August will receive stipends at the contract rate. Those completing the course during this time will receive clock hour credits that count toward the technology re-licensure requirement.

Course sections are posted in PDExpress under Personalized Learning. To ensure substitute coverage in May, please register as soon as possible. There will be iPads available for teachers who have not yet received an iPad.

Staff: S-Term applications still being accepted
SPPS Summer Term (S-Term) guidebooks and registration forms are available at schools for K-5 students who qualify for S-Term. Eligible students in grades 6-8 should have received S-Term information via U.S. Mail in March. School counselors will work with students in grades 9-12 who need to catch up on credits.

Applications for S-Term are still being accepted. Contact the Department of Alternative Education at 651-744-8020 with questions.

Staff: Ecolab Visions for Learning applications due June 12
Ecolab invites teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators and other licensed staff to apply for Visions for Learning grants of up to $3,000, which reward creativity and innovation in the classroom. Ecolab prefers projects that will motivate and challenge students intellectually, raise achievement, and increase student understanding of academic content and the connection between school and life. Find the link to the application form, with instructions and items that Ecolab does not fund, on Ecolab’s corporate giving website. Applications are due online by 4 p.m. June 12.

Teachers: Apply for grants before school ends
Click the links below to learn more about grant opportunities. Before you apply, visit the SPPS teacher grants web page to find basic grants how-to, a School Grant Pre-Approval Form and a helpful School Grant Checklist. You may also schedule an individual or group consultation with Senior Development Specialist Lisa van der Steur. Email or call 651-767-8108.

In most cases, you must send grant applications to the Office of Communications, Marketing and Development (CMD) before submitting them to the funder. If you wait until the grant is awarded, it could take up to four weeks or more to receive the funds. CMD wants you to (1) get the funding you need, and (2) use it as soon as it arrives.