From the Superintendent: Start times recommendation approved; National School Bus Safety Week and Community Giving Campaign start this week

After months of dialogue and feedback, the Start Times Steering Committee recommended to me that we dig a little deeper over the next year to see if we can find an option that clearly pleases the majority. At last week’s Board of Education meeting, the board affirmed that decision. 

Video: Parkway iPad orientation event a success

On October 9, more than 100 families attended the first SPPS iPad orientation at Parkway Montessori and Community Middle School. 

Action items
  • Administrators, test coordinators and specialists: Nomination deadline for CogAT 7 testing revised
  • Teachers: Put Culturally Responsive Teaching into practice
  • Teachers: Register for We Act today
  • Teachers: Need extra funding? Apply for grants now
  • K-3, EL and special education teachers: Early literacy module beginning soon
  • Third grade teachers: Schedule a free Minnesota Zoo field trip for your students
  • AVID teachers and coordinators: Stay up-to-date with AVID Monthly Moment
  • All staff: Request voting supplies from Kids Voting Minnesota
  • All staff: Keep students healthy and safe by using soap, not hand sanitizer
  • All staff: Attend a retirement insurance session
  • All staff: Make changes to your school's GiveMN fundraising page by Oct. 31
  • School staff: Next phase of teacher development, evaluation plan will be announced soon
  • School staff: 7th annual Shop, Ship and Share event is Nov. 21-22
  • School staff: EDL canceled on parent-teacher conference days
  • School staff: Promote our Attendance Matters Awareness Campaign
Department news
  • We Read Saint Paul kicks off at SPPS
  • Health benefits open enrollment brochure coming soon
  • Community Giving Campaign begins today
  • Peer Assistance and Review available for tenured preK-12 teachers
  • Learn about Student Motivation during Monday's Tweet Chat
  • Applications now open for 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
  • Host a flu shot clinic at your school's event
Employee wellness
  • SPPS Health & Benefits Fair is Thursday, Oct. 23
  • Back by popular demand: Yoga-based stress reduction classes for staff
  • International delegation creates mural with Saint Paul students
  • Humboldt teacher published in National Science Teacher Association book