Superintendent Silva
From the Superintendent: Addressing School Climate Can't Wait

Saint Paul’s students can’t wait for contract mediation to run its course in order to improve school climate. I believe that SPFT leadership feels the same way. Saint Paul’s students and their families need to know that everyone who works at SPPS upholds safety as our top priority.

Video: SPPS Celebrates Karen New Year

More than 800 Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) community members turned out for the 3rd Annual Karen New Year Celebration on December 19, 2015. The celebration at Washington Technology Magnet featured SPPS student performances as well as a history lesson about the meaning of Karen New Year.

Action items
  • Teachers: Update on free Winter Carnival field trip opportunity
  • Teachers: Support Student Engagement and Advancement Board by providing feedback
  • Staff: Apply for S-Term licensed site administrator and leader positions
  • Teachers: Mid-Year reflections on TD&E Individual Growth and Development Plan in PDExpress
  • Principals, Assistant Principals and staff who enter discipline in Campus: Discipline reporting clean-up
  • Building Administrators: Assign Building Coordinators for the 2016 Minnesota Student Survey
  • Staff: Last Chance to donate to Project REACH Coat and Blanket Drive
  • Staff: Register to Participate in Share the Love project
  • Staff: Learn how Steve Jobs would use Design Thinking to create community impact
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Kudos
  • 2015 SPPS Community Giving Campaign a success
  • Como Park Elementary School collects more than 1,100 pounds of food for Sharing Korner
  • SPPS student and staff featured last week in ‘I Am SPPS’
Department news
  • SPPS travel process, booking agency changing in 2016
  • SPPS Facilities now hiring Custodial Engineers
  • iPad professional development opportunities available in 2016
  • Staff yoga starts this week at Bridge View and Como Park Senior High
  • Take steps to live well in 2016
  • Personal resilience workshop begins Jan. 25
Teacher grants
  • Upcoming grant deadlines
  • Fund for Teachers offers fellowships for PD, domestic or international travel
  • Awesome Foundation
  • Grants Facebook group offers advice, grant opportunities
  • Teachers: Apply for Saint Paul Retired Teachers, Inc. scholarship