Action items

Teachers: Apply to teach Princeton Review ACT courses by Dec. 24
Certified SPPS teachers can apply to teach Princeton Review ACT courses starting in February. All ACT courses will be at Johnson Senior High School and Central High School on Saturday mornings and afternoons. Deadline to apply is Thursday, Dec. 24.

Prior to the courses, all teachers will take a paid 20-hour, weekend-long training in January to cover Princeton Review’s best practices. Teachers will be paid $35 to $45 per hour for teaching, $10 to $15 per hour for proctoring, and $10 to $12 per hour for training.

Teachers: View the Saint Paul Teachers' Retirement Fund Association newsletters
The Saint Paul Teachers’ Retirement Fund Association winter newsletter is now available. Read the most recent edition of SPTRFA Pension News. If you are a licensed educator for SPPS, you are automatically a member of the Saint Paul Teachers' Retirement Fund Association, a nonprofit corporation established for the sole purpose of administering pension benefits for members.

Teachers: Free Mill City Museum tours for Title I schools still available
Mill City Museum offers a wide range of educational opportunities for Minnesota's K-12 students. The McKnight Foundation, with support from the Cowles Fund, will offer free admission to Mill City Museum and partially subsidized busing for students from qualified public schools.

To qualify, schools must:

  • Be from the Twin Cities metro area
  • Have 50 percent or more of students enrolled in the federal Free/Reduced Lunch Program
  • Visit the museum in January, February or March

For more information visit: http://millcitymuseum.org/mill-city-mcknight-foundation-scholarship. For details or to register, call 612-341-7556 or email mcmschedulingoffice@mnhs.org. Book online at www.millcitymuseum.org. Mention the scholarship when booking.

Teachers: Free Winter Carnival field trip opportunity
Third and fourth grade students have the opportunity for a free Saint Paul Winter Carnival experience thanks to a partnership between SPPS Community Education and the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation. Classes will receive busing to the Landmark Center in downtown Saint Paul to watch a Fire and Ice presentation, learn about Winter Carnival history and see the celebration firsthand.

Available dates are Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 3-5. Programs will last about an hour, starting at 10 a.m. Space is limited. Stay tuned for the Jan. 4 issue of The Bridge for more information on how to register. If you have questions, contact kathryn.mommaerts@spps.org.

Staff: Donate to Project REACH Coat and Blanket Drive through Jan. 15
Project REACH is hosting its sixth annual Coat and Blanket Drive now through Jan. 15. Donate new coats of any size, blankets or linens to your school office or the SPPS Office of Title I Federal Programs, 1021 Marion St. Project REACH is an SPPS program that serves families in our school district who are experiencing homelessness.

School administrators: Ask families to submit Application for Educational Benefits and Free or Reduced-Price Lunch
Regardless of your school’s status as a Community Eligibility Provision program school, it is critical that families complete the meal application to ensure that your school receives the maximum amount of compensatory revenue, and that students who qualify for free and reduced meal benefits receive those benefits.

Ask families to complete the online meal application at https://mealapp.spps.org/ or they can submit a paper application. You can request more paper application copies through your school’s Nutrition Services Cafeteria Supervisor. All students who have a completed application, or are directly certified by Dec. 16, will be entered in a drawing for a bicycle and helmet or a portable basketball hoop.

Students who complete applications through early December will be included in the final Minnesota Automated Reporting Student System (MARSS) report in December, which is submitted to the Minnesota Department of Education to calculate Compensatory Revenue amounts for your school for the 2016-17 school year.