Action items

Staff: Celebrate National School Counseling Week, Feb. 1-5
It’s National School Counseling Week, and Saint Paul Public Schools is extending appreciation to all its school counselors for their efforts to support Saint Paul students, families and site staff.

National School Counselor Week focuses attention on the impact and unique contribution school counselors make in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. The week is sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

Saint Paul Public Schools has 105 licensed school counselors who support students at all levels. During the first quarter of the school year, SPPS counselors held more than 31,000 individual and group counseling sessions. This year counselors are focused on supporting academic transitions in kindergarten and grades 5, 6, 8, 9 and 12.

Counselors ensure students meet their learning goals and support college and career readiness activities in all grades.

When you see an SPPS school counselor this week please thank them for their dedicated service.

Teachers, counselors, social workers, school psychologists and school nurses: 2016-17 school transfer information is now available
Teachers, counselors, social workers, school psychologists and school nurses who wish to transfer to another site for the 2016-17 school year can now apply for posted vacancies on the SPPS Careers website. Please check this site regularly for newly posted positions.

Principals and District Supervisors: Important information for 2016-17 workforce planning
Workforce planning changes for the upcoming school year must be submitted with spring budgets to Human Resources using the Workforce Planning worksheet (to be distributed at a later date). The Workforce Planning Information Sheet document contains details about the Interview and Selection Process, as well as a Workforce Planning FAQ.

The Workforce Planning Timeline document will be linked here soon for your reference.

Staff: Visit the School Marketing Toolkit for Safe Schools. Safe You. materials
Superintendent Silva has announced Safe Schools. Safe You., a new action-based safety campaign designed for students, families and staff. Visit the School Marketing Toolkit for the following materials related to the Safe Schools. Safe You. campaign:

  • Safe Schools. Safe You. brochure
  • "Tipline" flyer
  • Things Parents Can do to Prevent School Violence flyer
  • Posters
  • Stickers

Download, print and distribute materials that work best for your school community. Incorporate this campaign into your school rules, core values, newsletters, video monitors, and more.

If you have any questions, contact pepe.barton@spps.org.

Staff: Work with students to complete iPad updates by Monday, Feb. 8
The following changes will be made to iPad and app access beginning Monday, Feb. 8. Please work with students to prepare their iPads to accommodate these changes.

  1. iPads should be updated to the iOS9 operating system. Please work with students to complete the iPad updates to iOS9. iPad managers have access to a report showing which iPads need to be updated and can contact their site’s field tech manager for support. Updating iPads to iOS9 allows for future automatic updates of the operating system and better management of iPads.  
  2. The ability to rename student iPads will be restricted. Elementary sites may choose to leave iPads as currently named. All secondary students should rename their iPads before Friday, Jan. 22 to their email address minus the “@stpaul.k12.mn.us” -- for example, JSmith003. It is recommended that sites set a time for students to do this through homeroom or Foundations time. This document provides instructions for the process. Sites can pull iPad reports to determine which iPads need to be renamed at any point in the process. After the lock is in place, site iPad managers will have access to reset iPad names if needed.
  3. Student iPads with apps that are not approved by SPPS will have limited function.  If students download apps that are not on the SPPS approved apps list, icons for non-Apple apps will disappear, meaning that students cannot use those apps. In order to restore full access, the student must delete the non-approved apps. This document provides instructions for the process.See the SPPS approved apps list here: tinyurl.com/spps-aprvdapps

Elementary School Principals and Staff: Research study opportunity for families with students in grades 2-4
SPPS Student Health and Wellness is partnering with the University of Minnesota School of Nursing on a new research study called SNAPSHOT. SNAPSHOT is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study that focuses on children and their families making healthier choices with eating and physical activity.

Recruitment for students in grades 2-4 and their parents/guardians is now underway. The study will begin during the 2016-17 school year. Please promote this opportunity to your families and help get the word out.

Staff: Apply for S-Term licensed site leader positions
Qualified staff may now submit applications for positions as licensed site leaders for elementary and secondary S-Term sessions. All interested applicants must complete the online application by the specified deadlines.

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.

The mid-year reflection consists of two components and PDExpress provides two text boxes to answer these questions:

  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.