From the superintendent

Special Education in Saint Paul Public Schools is going through an enormous transformation. We’re courageously addressing issues of academic and racial inequity as they affect how we teach and support our students who receive Special Education services. As with any significant change, our staff, students and families may experience some discord in the journey to our goal. I hope that with information, patience, and the assumption of good intentions, we can all work together toward our mission.

Indian Education program celebrates 40 years

On Thursday, October 3, more than 100 SPPS staff, students and community members gathered to celebrate the SPPS Indian Education Program’s 40th Anniversary. The American Indian Education Program preserves the unique political, sovereign, cultural, traditional and spiritual values of American Indian nations through education.

Action items
School staff: Request winter clothing donations for students
School staff: Prepare for Give to the Max Day on November 14
School staff: Distribute translations of technology forms
School staff: Prepare for the School Choice Fair
School staff: Encourage students to apply for Prudential Spirit awards
Teachers: There’s still time to meet October grant deadlines and prepare for November opportunities
Math teachers: Grant proposals due November 8
Teachers: Fund for Teachers deadline is January 30, 2014
Teachers: Apply for education scholarships
Teachers and paraprofessionals: Apply for Extended Day for Learning (EDL) and Out of School Time (OST) jobs
Principals and supervisors: Identify Community Giving coordinators
Principals and clerks: Register for School Choice Fair before November 1
Employee wellness

Boost energy and ease stress in 10 minutes
Flu and Tdap vaccination clinics at 1930 Como and 360 Colborne 

Department news and announcements
National School Bus Safety Week is October 21-25
Open Enrollment timeline and website update
Elementary fall and spring conference and reporting calendar 
Limited transportation available for field trips 
Learn ways to support youth and schools at Every Body’s In event 
Office of Alternative Education Update 
Como Planetarium presents Star Party
L'Etoile du Nord students perform at Spanish American Heritage Celebration
Washington Technology Visual Art students auction artwork for fundraiser
SPPS leaders take on new roles