Action items

Teachers: Support Student Engagement and Advancement Board by providing feedback
The Student Engagement and Advancement Board (SEAB) is working on their first major project - to report on student experience with School Resources Officers in Saint Paul Public Schools. They have created one survey for students and one for staff in school that have full time SROs. 

Students and staff will receive emails with the link to the survey on Wednesday, Jan. 13.  SEAB has also created a video explaining their project and why it's important to complete it. They are working to have the video shown in high schools. The video and survey will also be accessible online.

Note: This is not a mandatory survey, but feel free to encourage your students to provide feedback.

SEAB (formerly known as Student Advisory Team) was voted into existence by the Board of Education this fall. Their role is not to speak for students, but to increase student voice in decision making by soliciting the feedback of students. Follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook.
 

Teachers: Update on 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. The program will run twice each day -- from 10-11:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Spaces will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. If you have questions, contact kathryn.mommaerts@spps.org.

Staff: Apply for S-Term licensed site administrator and leader positions
Applications are now being accepted from qualified staff for licensed site administrators and licensed site leaders for elementary and secondary S-Term sessions. All interested applicants must complete the online application by the specified deadlines.

Applications currently being accepted for:

Licensed Site Administrators: Deadline apply by Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

  • Licensed Site Administrator K-12 (Requisition # 1000152)
  • Licensed Site Administrator Gordon Parks (Requisition # 1000146)
  • Licensed Site Administrator LEAP (Requisition # 1000147)

Licensed Site Leaders: Apply by Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

  • Licensed Site Leader K-12 (Requisition # 1000153)

Preference may be given to current SPPS principals, assistant principals and/or current EDL site leaders. Applicants may apply for multiple positions based on qualifications.

If applying for a position that requires a license and the applicant’s license expires June 30, 2016, the applicant must renew early in the spring to ensure their license is current by the S-Term 2016 start date. The Department of Alternative Education reserves the right to hire staff in the manner that best meets the needs of SPPS students.

Teachers: Mid-Year reflections on TD&E Individual Growth and Development Plan in PDExpress
This winter, educators will reflect upon their Teacher Development and Evaluation Individualized Growth and Development Plan in PDExpress.

Mid-year reflections will be submitted for review and returned as "Not Approved" with comments. The “Not Approved” status allows the form to remain active for end-of-the-year reflections and does not indicate any error on the part of the educator.

The mid-year reflection consists of two components:

  1. Describe, analyze and reflect on the progress toward your goal. What did you learn about your practice?
  2. Moving forward, what specific action steps, approaches and/or strategies will you implement to achieve your goal? What adjustments need to be made?

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

Principals, Assistant Principals and staff who enter discipline in Campus: Discipline reporting clean-up
The spreadsheets that list discipline reporting problems for First Quarter 2015-16 have been posted on the SPPS Data Center website. Any errors or red flags should be corrected, with all second quarter incidents entered, by Jan. 30. Making these corrections is essential for providing accurate internal discipline analysis and completing the report required by the Minnesota Department of Education. Please note that there are changes in the report, due to changes in Campus.

Weapons cases are reviewed on a one-quarter lag to give schools the opportunity to make corrections based on automated feedback (in the Problems tab) first. Nothing is posted in the weapons tab in this report.

Each school's report has been placed in the password-protected part of the SPPS Data Center website. The report includes everything entered in Campus as of Nov. 15. Click here for instructions on viewing the report.  

If you have questions, please contact Cindy Porter at 651-767-8371 or cindy.porter@spps.org.

Building Administrators: Assign Building Coordinators for the 2016 Minnesota Student Survey
The Minnesota Student Survey is administered every three years in all Minnesota school districts. This school year, Saint Paul Public Schools will be administering the survey electronically to all participating students in grades 5, 8, 9 and 11. Parents will be notified of the upcoming survey and given an opportunity to opt out.

The administration window for the survey will be Feb. 22 to April 29.

If you have any questions, please contact Beverly Dushaw at 651- 603-4947 or beverly.dushaw@spps.org. To assign a coordinator for your building, please fill out this online sign up form by Friday, Jan. 29.

Staff: Last Chance to donate to Project REACH Coat and Blanket Drive
Project REACH is holding 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 at 1021 Marion St. Project REACH is an SPPS program that serves families in our school district who are experiencing homelessness.

Staff: Register to Participate in Share the Love project
SPPS staff should consider participating in the Share the Love project with their students. Share the Love launched as a pilot program in 2015, with 700 SPPS students participating. We are excited to see this program grow in 2016 and we look forward to working with you.

The Share the Love program is designed to deepen young people's understanding of what it means to build strong communities. Students begin with team-building activities focused on learning more about each other. They work together to identify people in their schools and neighborhoods who have helped them be successful or who they want to support with a positive message. The students then make pop-up thank you cards using craft supplies.

In 2015, students chose to deliver cards to local Meals on Wheels workers, firefighters, law enforcement officers and veterans.

Materials will be delivered the first week in February. Materials will include cardstock, construction paper, craft supplies, Share the Love stickers and a pre-paid USPS box. If you have questions, contact Lisa Crocker at lisa.crocker@spps.org.

Staff: Learn how Steve Jobs would use Design Thinking to create community impact
At Apple, creativity and innovation do not come by accident. As part of the company's design mindset, they are practices that predictably create wildly successful products. What if we used the same innovation approach to address community needs?

Participants in this hands-on professional development session will focus on how design thinking, service learning and entrepreneurship can be integrated and applied across in-school curriculum, and during out-of-school time and youth leadership initiatives.

Participants will explore how empathy, framing problems, creativity, risk-taking and a maker mentality can prepare youth to thrive, contribute and innovate locally and globally. Teachers, youth workers and youth are encouraged to attend this session.

  • 12:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29 in the Multicultural Resource Center at Washington Technology Magnet

SPPS staff can register through PDExpress. Youth and non-staff adults may register online or by calling 651-487-7383.