Action items

Non-licensed school staff: Apply for the SPPS Urban Teacher Residency program by March 31
Saint Paul Public Schools has partnered with the University of Saint Thomas to offer a new residency program that allows SPPS employees with bachelor’s degrees to earn a Minnesota Teaching License and a master’s degree in 15 months. During the SPPS Urban Teacher Residency (SUTR), residents will co-teach with an experienced teacher for a full academic year and receive tuition assistance for $22,500 from SPPS.

Current SPPS employees can now apply for SUTR at hr.spps.org using the requisition number 1000521.

To learn more about the residency program, visit leadership.spps.org.

Staff: Volunteers needed for Honors Concert and Art Exhibition
Volunteers are needed for the SPPS Honors Concert and Art Exhibition happening next month at The Ordway and Minnesota Museum of American Art.

More than 300 SPPS students will perform at the Ordway on April 19 during the 25th Annual Honors Concert. High school students will also display their original artwork at the Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space during the Honors Art Exhibition on April 21.

To make the concert and the visual art exhibition a success, volunteers are needed to assist with a variety of tasks. Please note that if you will be working with students, a criminal background check is needed (no cost to you). The Honors Concert and Art Exhibition is one of our most popular student arts events, so please apply now.

Qualifications or Requirements

  • Google Drive spreadsheet knowledge
  • Some framing experience desired if interested framing artwork

How to Apply

For questions, contact jan.spencer@spps.org.

All staff: S-Term information now available
Now is the time to start thinking about summer! Guidebooks and registration forms have arrived at school sites and are being sent home in backpacks for K-5 students who qualify for S-Term. Eligible students in grades 6-8 received S-Term information via U.S. mail last week.

Please see additional information below about the S-Term processes:

Information for families

Information for schools

The priority deadline for families is April 15, 2016. Applications will be accepted after this date. Please contact the Office of Alternative Education at 651-744-8020 with questions.

Principals: Read the Office of Specialized Services Newsletter
The Office of Specialized Services Newsletter is available for March 2016.

Teachers: Reserve a free class tour of the Alexander Ramsey House
The Alexander Ramsey House is offering free tours for SPPS classes to help students connect with the people, places and history of Saint Paul.

When you schedule a tour through the program, admission to the Ramsey House is paid for by its Board of Governors. Schools can also be reimbursed for their transportation costs on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students and their teachers can step back in time when they visit the 1872 Ramsey family mansion. Costumed educators use original family artifacts, letters and journal entries to reveal what life was like for the Ramsey family, their servants and neighbors.

Tours are available (by appointment only) Monday to Friday from March through early June. Tours last one hour, and specific tour topics can be requested with advance notice.

For more information or to make your reservation, contact Eric Lindberg at 1-888-387-5008 or via email at eric.lindberg@mnhs.org. Mention the Board of Governors offer when making the reservation.

All staff: S-Term staff applications now open
Applications are now being accepted for S-Term Session 1 and Session 2.  See the list of jobs and requisition numbers here and apply at hr.spps.org.

S-Term site administrators will receive staffing allocations and will hire staff for their assigned session based on program need and student enrollment.

Please contact the Office of Alternative Education at 651-744-8020 with questions.

All staff: Spread the word about SPPS School nurse informational interviews
Do you have any friends or family members who may be interested in becoming an SPPS school nurse?

Those interested are invited to learn about current and future open part-time and full-time school nurse positions in Saint Paul Public Schools from Mary Yackley, SPPS Student Health and Wellness Supervisor. Nurse assignments are open in single- or multiple-school settings, including non-public schools and special education programs.

Informational interviews are held on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the SPPS Administration Building, 360 Colborne Street.

  • March 18, Room D
  • April 8, Room J
  • April 22, Room J
  • May 13, Room D
  • May 20, Room D

For more information contact Mary Yackley, Student Health and Wellness Supervisor, at mary.yackley@spps.org or 651-767-8380. To apply for an open nurse position, visit hr.spps.org.

Elementary School Principals and Staff:  Continue to promote SNAPSHOT research study, encourage qualifying families to enroll
SPPS Student Health & Wellness is partnering with the University of Minnesota School of Nursing on this research opportunity. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, SNAPSHOT is a study that focuses on encouraging children and their families to make healthier choices around nutrition and physical activity.

Recruitment for 2nd-4th grade students and parents/guardians is underway through the end of the 2015-16 school year. Participation will begin with the 2016-17 school year. Please continue to help get the word out.

  • Download this flyer to promote SNAPSHOT.
  • Learn more about SNAPSHOT.
  • Use this form to order free color copy recruitment materials for your school. 

Elementary and Secondary Science teachers: Call Belwin Outdoor Science to schedule field trips
Spring is in the air. Get your students outside and meet science standards at Belwin Outdoor Science. There are 10 school days open at Belwin between now and June 10.

Please call Belwin Outdoor Science at (651) 744-7120 or email Geoff Urban at geoff.urban@spps.org to schedule your field trip date(s). Because Belwin is an SPPS science program, admission is free for SPPS classrooms. Belwin’s capacity is two classrooms, or 60 students, per day. Dates will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Please include the following information in your email:

  • School Name
  • Grade Level (or subject taught)
  • Teacher Name(s)

Belwin Outdoor Science has helped connect nearly 550,000 SPPS students to nature through meaningful science experiences. All Belwin Outdoor Science classes address science standards tested on the Science MCA III.