From the Superintendent: Back from Winter Break — and Preparing for School Choice

Welcome back! I hope you all had an amazing break filled with family and friends. I know very well how hard you work every day, so having the time to relax and recharge for the second half of the school year is well deserved.

Video: 2016 School Choice Fair

Join us for the Pre-K and kindergarten School Choice Fair on Saturday, Jan. 9, at Washington Technology Magnet School from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Action items
  • Register to Participate in Share the Love project with your students
  • Review student records and privacy rights
  • Learn how Steve Jobs would use Design Thinking to create community impact
  • Free Winter Carnival field trip opportunity
  • Donate to Project REACH Coat and Blanket Drive through Jan. 15
  • Gordon Parks’ Paul Creager heads to India on a Fulbright Scholarship
  • Harding basketball team shows great sportsmanship at Stewartville game
Department news
  • SPPS travel process, booking agency changing in 2016
  • SPPS Facilities now hiring Custodial Engineers
  • iPad professional development opportunities available in 2016Free staff yoga classes this month
  • Principals: Read the Office of Specialized Services January Newsletter
  • New website information
  • IT enables ‘Safe Search’ on Google
  • Schoology Enterprise pilot underway at SPPS


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