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From the Superintendent: iPad rollout a success at Parkway; National School Lunch Week; and Education Minnesota this week

Students, families and the public are starting to see the promise our digital technology initiative holds, while also recognizing that this is a long-term cultural change that will require constant tweaks and adjustment.

Video: OWL Celebrates New Home at Ribbon Cutting

On Sept. 30, Open World Learning Community (OWL) students, staff and community members gathered for a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a lively open house. Take a tour inside the ultramodern
facility through the eyes of OWL students.

Action items
  • All staff: Personalized Learning and iPad Rollout Updates
  • All staff: Keep students healthy and safe by using soap, not hand sanitizer
  • All staff: Attend a retirement insurance session starting Wednesday, Oct. 15
  • All staff: Participate in Give to the Max Day webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 21
  • Principals and supervisors: Find a site coordinator for Community Giving Campaign at SPPS on Oct. 20
  • Principals: Register for Leading for Gender Inclusion training
  • Principals: Schedule an optional formal observation of your school counselor
  • Secondary principals: All 6-12 teachers need training in Campus Instruction, upgrade for iPads
  • Third grade teachers: Schedule a free Minnesota Zoo field trip for your students
  • Teachers: Fill out Marvelous Mitten Makers form to receive winter wear for students
  • Teachers: Apply for fall grants now
  • School staff: EDL days and conferences
  • School staff: Promote our Attendance Matters Awareness Campaign
Department news
  • Creative Arts awarded Knight Arts Challenge Grant for public gallery
  • Community Giving Campaign begins Oct. 20
  • Attend annual open enrollment information sessions
  • Office of Early Learning announces merger of Blast Off Kindergarten and Early Learning Community Partnerships
  • Peer Assistance and Review available for tenured preK-12 teachers
  • Free admission to Mill City Museum for Title I schools
  • Learn about Trends in Education during Monday's Tweet Chat
  • Applications now open for 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
  • SPPS is a member of Science House, a resource center for educators
  • Host a flu shot clinic at your school's event
Employee wellness
  • Learn healthy cooking tips, participate in free yoga at the SPPS Health & Benefits Fair on Thursday, Oct. 23
  • Tell us how you Choose to Eat Well and earn yourself a free Minnesota Thursday Meal at your local SPPS cafeteria
Kudos
  • Congrats to all SPPS employees who participated in Twin Cities Marathon events
  • Harding, Central students become LEDA Scholars, teach SPPS students about college
  • Author Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) introduces new book at Adams
  • Thank you for participating in National Bike/Walk to School Day
  • Superintendent presents award to top Latino educator, SPPS teacher nominee for award