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From the Superintendent: Looking forward to a bright and prosperous 2015

I believe public education lives in a constant ebb and flow of change and that we must adjust our practice accordingly. Education is often a mirror of the world around us, yet also leads us into the future. Saint Paul Public Schools is well positioned for that march forward in many ways.

Video: Best wishes for 2015 from SPPS!

May you have a peaceful and productive 2015.

Action items
  • Staff: Review iPad and Personalized Learning updates
  • Staff: Review discipline report, enter second-quarter incidents by Jan. 25
  • Staff: SPPS will debut new MySPPS bus status app, Websites
  • Staff: ACT state and district test administration training, Q&A sessions set
  • Staff: 25th annual ADA poster and video contest submissions due Jan. 17
  • Staff: Volunteers needed for new recycling program
  • Staff: Thinking about retirement?
  • Staff: Deadlines for fiscal year 2014-15 expenditures now available
  • Principals and site coordinators: Complete the 5Essentials survey
  • Elementary principals, 3rd and 4th grade teachers: Mark your calendars for free Winter Carnival field trip opportunity
  • Gordon Parks staff: Start times changing beginning Jan. 26
  • School staff: Free assistance available to get students involved in environmental projects
  • Teachers: Apply for education scholarships by Jan. 31
  • Teachers: Apply for grants now
Department news
  • Special Education Family Groups Transition Fair is Friday, Jan. 16
Employee wellness
  • Use SMART to set, attain wellness goals in 2015
  • Weekly employee wellness texting program coming in 2015
Kudos
  • Chelsea Heights collects 1,050 pounds of food for Neighborhood House
  • Liz Parr-Smestad inducted into Park Cottage Grove Hall of Fame
  • Central teacher's sabbatical work aims to decrease achievement gap in science
  • SPPS educators receive two $5,000 grants from NEA Foundation