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From the superintendent

In SPPS, we value all students, parents, community members and staff -- people of color, American Indian and white. We cannot and will not blame our white colleagues for the disparities in achievement between white children and children of color.

Action items
  • All staff: Learn more about the new strategic plan at State of the District event and other information sessions
  • All staff: Register for Thinking College Early Fair
  • School staff: Register events for National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID)
  • Teachers: Register for Valentines for Vets
  • Teachers: Apply for grants due February 1
  • Teachers: Other February grant deadlines
  • Teachers: Fund for Teachers deadline is January 30, 2014
  • Teachers: Register for Service Learning Teacher and Community Partner Gathering
  • Site administrators and leaders: Review summer school ("S-Term") information
  • Principals and site coordinators: Administer 5Essentials survey
  • Principals, assistant principals, school leadership teams, school improvement specialists: Update SCIPs for progress monitoring
  • Elementary principals: Encourage ECSE Families to attend open houses
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Getting to know the Obama CARE Team

“As adults we have a responsibility to self-reflect before we are able to support students,” said Corrin Kupka, first grade teacher. “That is as important as any other professional development in our continued growth as educators.”

Tips: Challenge your colleagues’ views on race without blame

Talking about race can be difficult and uncomfortable. Here are nine tips to help us listen and not make assumptions.

Department news and announcements
  • Delay in processing Community Giving Donations - No action required
  • Office of Personalized Learning to host regular Tweet Chats
  • Personalized learning website launched
  • Win $100 for your favorite healthy recipe
  • Students invited to perform at Ordway Center for Honors Concert and K-8 Performance Showcase
  • Students and alumni invited to participate in engagement project
Employee wellness -- Win $100 for your favorite recipe

The deadline has been extended! Submit an original, tasty, and good-for-you recipe by Wednesday, January 22, 2014 for a chance to win big.

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Kudos
  • Capitol Hill Teacher Nadine Bergstrom and class raise over $15,000 for diabetes
  • Teacher Karen Christenson nominated for national award
  • 2014 School Choice Fair a success