Action items

Staff: Submit items for 2016 SPPS legislative agenda by Oct. 30
Do you have suggestions for ways our state legislators can help improve our schools? SPPS administrators are in the process of shaping our legislative agenda for the 2016 Minnesota legislative session.

Each year SPPS identifies policy and funding issues we would like to have addressed by our state lawmakers. Please let us know of any items you feel should be included in our list of priorities.

Send items to district legislative liaison Mary Gilbert Dougherty at mary.gilbert@spps.org by Friday, Oct. 30.

Staff: Last chance to earn 2016 health care savings, deadline Oct. 23
The Wellness Initiative for the 2016 Health Care Savings, closes Friday, Oct. 23. To earn these savings you and your covered spouse must complete two steps:

  1. Health Assessment
  2. Wellness Program

Since it is so close to the program deadline, options are limited. At this point, you can still complete:

Please contact Brian Neppl with questions or to confirm completion at district.wellness@spps.org or 651-767-8154.

Teachers: Submit Individualized Growth and Development Plan
This fall, educators will complete their Teacher Development and Evaluation Individualized Growth and Development Plan in PDExpress. Each school in September told staff the scheduled submission dates for the initial goal, mid-year reflection and end-of-the-year reflection.

Below is an explanation of the process:

  • Goals will be submitted to the school administration team (principals, assistant principals and administrative interns) to review and be returned as "Not Approved" with comments. The form will remain active for mid-year reflections. It’s important for educators to review their plan and read the comments to determine if they need to make any updates or if they can move forward as planned.
  • Mid-year reflections will be submitted for review and returned as "Not Approved" with comments. The form will remain active for end-of-the-year reflections.
  • End-of-the-year reflections will be returned as "Approved.” Approval means that the goal was set and two reflections were submitted. 

If you have questions about TD&E, contact Amy Steele at amy.steele@spps.org and submit comments to the TD&E Feedback page.

Principals: SAT team member must attend Referral Process meeting
At least one SAT team member from each school building, preferably the chairperson, must attend one of the SAT Referral Process meetings scheduled for Nov. 4-5.

The meeting will include a demonstration and instructions on how to use the electronic SAT referral form that has been developed by Campus. The electronic referral form will go live on Campus on Dec. 1, and the expectation is that it will replace all other referral forms previously used in all buildings across the district.

The November meetings will also include discussion on setting up building processes to effectively use the electronic referral form. Meeting times and locations are below and it is posted on PDExpress.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. or 9-10 a.m. in rooms J and K at 360 Colborne
  • Thursday, Nov. 5, from 1-2 p.m. or 2:30-3:30 p.m. in room A at 360 Colborne

If you have questions about online referral, contact Kathy Lombardi at kathy.lombardi@spps.org or 651-744-1958.

Staff: Free bicycles available for SPPS students in need, request bikes now
Free, recycled and refurbished bicycles are available for SPPS students in need through Free Bikes 4 Kidz and Allina Health. Please work with your principal, social workers and counselors to determine eligibility criteria, such as attendance, academics and behavior; students who meet the criteria will receive the donated bikes.

Bicycles will be distributed on Saturday, Dec. 6. Students will need to travel to the FB4K warehouse at the Mall of America or possibly the Rondo Educational Complex to pick up their bikes. The bikes also will be available for schools to keep as a bicycle fleet, if needed.

Contact Carol Grady at carol.grady@spps.org with the number of bikes you are requesting or if you have any questions.

Teachers: Reflector upgrade required with iOS9
The current Reflector program, which is installed on some staff laptops, does not work with iOS 9 iPad upgrades. Reflector is a program that can be installed on teachers’ laptops to allow for projection of iPads without a cable. (A projection device is still required.) Staff who have completed the iOS 9 upgrade should use a cord and adaptor "dongle" until the upgrade is available. More information will be available as SPPS upgrades to Reflector 2.

As previously mentioned in The Bridge, staff iPads and iPhones should not be upgraded to iOS 9.1, the newest mobile device update from Apple. Technology Services has identified a compatibility issue with Lotus Notes Traveler, the source for email on staff iPads and iPhones. Upgrading iPads or iPhones to iOS 9.1 will prevent staff from receiving email through Traveler on the iPad and iPhone.

Staff: Check School View website to access new student enrollment information
Please check your School View website to access new student enrollment information. Staff will need a username and password to get into the website. If you forgot your login information or do not have an account, email Shela Her at shela.her@spps.org.

School View will allow you to see up-to-date information about the students placed in your school by Placement staff. If you have questions regarding School View, contact Shela Her at shela.her@spps.org or by phone at 651-632-3706.