Action items

Staff: Share food truck kick-off event information with students
School is out, but free lunch is in! Encourage your students (18 years and under) to join SPPS Nutrition Services for their Food Truck Kickoff event at Arlington Hills Community Center on Thursday, June 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the event students will receive sandwiches made with whole grain bread, fruits, vegetables and milk from the brand new food truck and a free book or reading journal. Students do not need to RSVP.

Staff: 2015-16 Media Permission Forms now available
Media permission forms for the 2015-16 school year are available in all languages in the School Marketing Toolkit.

Each year, Saint Paul Public Schools requests that a parent or guardian return a permission slip regarding the use of their child's name or image for media purposes, including SPPS websites. Permission must be received from parents or guardians in order for a student to have their name and/or picture posted in any of these media.

It is important to have signed permission slips on file for each student because the communications department is often given little turnaround time from the media and other organizations who want to photograph or interview students.

Please keep the signed forms at your school. If you have questions, contact the Office of Communications, Marketing and Development at 651-767-8110.

AVID teachers and coordinators: Stay up to date with AVID monthly newsletter
This month’s issue of AVID monthly newsletter features good news, upcoming events and the culturally relevant teaching strategy of the month.

Principals and assistant principals: Updated end-of-year discipline instructions
Last week's Bridge gave instructions for third quarter data cleaning. Please make all corrections and enter all incidents by the end of the business day, Tuesday, June 9. 

End-of-year data cleaning will start after Friday, June 12. The final list of corrections to be made will be posted on the password-protected location on the Data Center by the end of day June 12. 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 into the report after the 12th and make all final corrections based on the end-of-year report.

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

Staff: 'Birthday Bags' available for pickup from Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is giving away “Birthday Bags” to any interested schools and departments. The group receives these bags from the nonprofit Cheerful Givers. There are currently thousands in overstock that can be picked up from 2445 Prior Ave. N. in Roseville.

The content of the Birthday Bags varies and may include items such as party favors, children’s books, whistles, rulers and more. The items could be used as giveaways for parades, open houses and classroom awards.

For more information and to schedule a pickup, call Beth Koski from the Salvation Army at 651-746-3578.

Administrators: TD&E training scheduled for August
Teacher Development & Evaluation (TD&E) training for principals, supervisors, assistant principals and administrative interns for the 2015-16 school year has been set for August.  The purpose of this training is to go over TD&E modifications and the summative evaluation cycle.

A variety of dates and times are available:

  • 8-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13
  • 12-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13
  • 8-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19
  • 12-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19
  • 8-11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21
  • 12-3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21

Registration is available on PDExpress under the course title TDE: Administrator Training (TDE202-15).

Teachers: Reflect on your Individualized Growth and Development Plan
Throughout June, Teacher Development and Evaluation (TD&E) will ask educators to reflect on their Individualized Growth and Development Plan. Principals will communicate to staff the specific deadline for their school. Staff must be given at least a two-week period to write their reflection.

End of the year reflections will consist of three parts:

  1. Success: Which educator and student success indicators were met? To what do you attribute the level of success attained?
  2. Barriers/obstacles: Which educator and student success indicators were not met? What were the barriers/obstacles and how could you redirect your efforts to overcome them?
  3. Further work: What further work may be needed on your goal?

To access your Individualized Growth and Development Plan, open your PDExpress account and select Plans under My Information. Select the name of your approved plan and the detailed document will open. Compose your written reflection in the comment box in the End of the Year Reflection section. You can click on the question marks to see the specific reflection prompts. When completed select save to have the reflection posted to your plan.

Elementary principals: Order student desk tags for '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.

Each school will be provided with blank Teacher Door Tags in the fall. The door tags provide space for a teacher to write their name, college and degree earned. The tags have proven to be very effective in starting conversations between students and staff.

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

Principals: Video footage request form now required
If you are requesting video footage from the Office of Security and Emergency Management, you must now submit this Video Footage Request Form found in the Administrators & Staff section of the safety.spps.org website. This section is password protected. If you need the password, contact Dennielle Handt at 651-767-8378. Please allow 48 hours (two business days) for your request to be processed.

Teachers and staff: Shop at 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 printcenter.orders@spps.org or by completing an online form at printcenter.spps.org.

Staff: Deadlines for FY 2014-15 expenditures 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: Return district-provided devices if changing jobs or leaving SPPS
Staff members leaving their roles at Saint Paul Public Schools must return all school and district devices to their immediate supervisor. This includes but is not limited to laptops, cell phones and iPads. For district-provided devices, supervisors will submit a service desk ticket for the devices to be returned to Technology Services.

Staff who are moving between sites and staying within the same job category should take their district provided MacBook Pros and iPads with them. 

Staff who are changing job titles to non-teaching or non-school based positions, should return their district-provided devices to their immediate supervisors. If you have any questions about this process, please submit a service desk ticket.

District-provided equipment has asset tags that end with an L. (Example: 1234567L)

Staff: Register for summer professional development
Summer professional development opportunities for SPPS staff are available between June 11 and Aug. 27.

Personalized learning, iPad summer professional development
View this brochure for session descriptions and registration information for iPad professional development and personalized learning. Register for sessions in PDExpress.

Sessions offered:

  • Establishing a 1:1 iPad Environment: Highly recommended for all staff who are beginning to use iPads with students next fall. Stipends provided.
  • iPad Café: Participate in informal sessions on all things iPad. Attend one or all.
  • HOOPLA: SPPS teachers share their technology integration projects and how-tos with other teachers.
  • Getting to Know the Core Apps online course

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 summer.

  • 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 relicensure requirement.

Course sections are posted in PDExpress under Personalized Learning. There will be iPads available for teachers who have not yet received an iPad.

Staff: S-Term applications still being accepted
Applications for teaching this year’s S-Term classes are still being accepted. High school science and math teachers are needed for SPPS Summer Term (S-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.

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: Keep up with grant opportunities this summer
Rebekah Doyle, Lisa van der Steur and Cathleen Wiberg in the grants office will be posting items of interest throughout the summer on the Facebook group SPPS Grants. Get a jump start on grant-seeking for next year by joining the group and the conversations. Recent topics include Ecolab grants and online fundraising via Donors Choose and Adopt a Classroom.