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From the superintendent

We are in the third year of Strong Schools, Strong Communities. The plan is as vital today as it was when the board adopted it in March 2010. I remember how much work it took to prepare for the board vote – and now I look back on all that we’ve done since then!

Welcoming students in kindergarten and pre-k back to school

On Monday, September 9, SPPS welcomed hundreds of students and their families to kick off the pre-k and kindergarten school years. Hear what staff had to say about the first day and what they envision for the rest of the year.

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Action items

All staff: review emergency communications procedures
All staff: expand your instructional repertoire with digital tools
Principals: apply for transportation grants
Principals: identify staff for fall Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing administration
Principals: designate a contact for in-building professional development
Principals and staff development coordinators: complete staff development report
Principals/clerks: provide building contacts to the Office of Title I Funded Programs
Clerks, principals, interested staff: register for Title I clerks meeting
School staff: encourage students to apply for prudential spirit awards
School staff: ensure accurate enrollment numbers
School staff: raise funds for your school on GiveMN.org
Teachers: apply now for grants of up to $3,000
Teachers: Target field trip (and other) grants are due September 30
Teachers: attend personalized learning training
Teachers: apply for funds to support 2013-14 enrichment programs
6th Grade science teachers: attend the Discovery Education webinar
iPhone and iPad users: do not upgrade to iOS 7
Wellness champions: attend the kick off Wednesday, September 25

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Employee wellness

Deadline September 30: If you have HealthPartners health insurance through SPPS, you could qualify for hundreds or even thousands of dollars in healthcare savings in 2014.
Setting goals:  Whatever it is that you're hoping to accomplish, you want to be SMART about setting your goals!

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Features

Getting to know Mai Pang Xiong, kindergarten teacher
SPPS serves: Creating an effective email signature
Central High School grounds get facelift thanks to volunteers

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Kudos

Tim Leone -Getten awarded MSAB Learning Grant
Joshua Kohn attended Honeywell Green Boot Camp

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Department news and announcements

National Backpack Awareness Day
Indian Education Program events
Indian Education 40th anniversary celebration
Communications, Marketing & Development (CMD) staffing changes
Marketing Toolkit updates