From the Superintendent: Hispanic Heritage Month and Beyond: Honoring Students of All Races and Cultures Every Day

As we enjoy the cool weather and bright colors of autumn, take a few minutes to reflect on Hispanic Heritage Month, which began on September 15 and runs through October 15. 

Video: SPPS celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

SPPS celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a Mexican Text Book Giveaway Celebration.

Action Items
  • High school staff: Recruit students for Youth Advisory Team
  • Principals: Complete MDE Staff Development Report by Oct. 12
  • Teachers: Share free homework help opportunity with students
  • Principals: Read the Office of Specialized Services Newsletter
  • Staff: Registration deadline for Walk/Bike to School Day is today
  • Staff: Participate in Minnesota Children's Museum's statewide 'Day of Play' on Oct. 7
  • Staff: Learn Google Drive and love it
  • Staff: Do not upgrade SPPS iPads and iPhones to iOS 9.1
  • Staff: Professional Development opportunities available to learn about children's mental health issues
  • Staff: Celebrate Indigenous People's Day on Oct. 12
Kudos
  • 'I Am SPPS' campaign continues on social media, SPPS website
  • Kudos to SPPS staffers who completed their 2015-16 Wellness Action Plan
  • Students celebrate Mexican Independance at Focus Beyond
  • Pioneer Press features Como Park High School runner
  • 26 SPPS Students Take 'Girl’s Inspiration Flight' to Seattle
Department News
  • Equity in the Classrooms training series begins Oct. 26
  • Applications for Educational Benefits/Free or Reduced Price Meals due Oct. 21
  • Staff: Attend pre-retirement seminars in October
  • PDExpress Building Contact Trainings announced
  • Racial equity training opportunity for instructional staff
  • SPPS to Host Honeycomb Technologies to support Chinese students with disabilities
  • Monthly Health Observance: Avoid colds and the flu
  • Online coaching for stress management
Teacher Grants
  • Teachers: Apply for October/November grants now
  • Teachers: Inspired Educator Grant applications due Monday, Oct. 12
  • Join the SPPS Grants Facebook group
  • Teachers: Apply for scholarship from Saint Paul Retired Teachers, Inc.