Action items

Staff: Student records and your rights
SPPS families will receive information this week notifying them of their rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. Families will also receive information regarding what SPPS considers directory (or public) information.

For more information, contact Student Records at 651-632-3764.

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

Prior to the courses, all teachers will take a 20-hour paid training course over a weekend 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 its members.

Teachers: Free Mill City Museum tours still available for Title I schools
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, is offering free admission to Mill City Museum and partially subsidized busing to students from qualified public schools.

To qualify, schools must:

  • Be located in the Twin Cities metro area
  • Have 50 percent or more of its 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 begin at 10 a.m. and last about an hour. 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 and 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.