From the Superintendent: Preparing for the 1:1 iPad Initiative -- Excitement and a Big Thank You

As we prepare to launch our 1:1 iPad initiative, I want us all to keep in mind this incredible learning opportunity. Thank you to the committed Personalized Learning staff, as well as the Parkway staff, for their tireless efforts to attend to every detail of this ground-breaking opportunity for SPPS.

Video: Annual Fall Feast and powwow celebrated at American Indian Magnet School

The American Indian Education Program’s recent Fall Feast and powwow included a community dinner, drum blessing and an academic award ceremony for students.

Action items
  • All Staff: Personalized Learning and iPad rollout updates
  • Principals and supervisors: Find a site coordinator for Community Giving Campaign at SPPS on Oct. 20
  • Principals: Register for 'Leading for Gender Inclusion'
  • Principals: Schedule an optional formal observation of your school counselor
  • Principals: Review important Special Education information
  • Principals and staff development coordinators: Complete MDE Staff Development Report
  • Teachers: Fill out Marvelous Mitten Makers form to receive winter wear for students
  • Third grade teachers: Schedule a free field trip to the Minnesota Zoo for your students
  • Teachers: Apply for fall grants now
  • All staff: Keep students healthy and safe by using soap, not sanitizer
  • Staff: Attend a retirement insurance session starting Oct. 15
  • School staff: Attendance Matters Awareness Campaign
  • School staff: Training for this year's Give to the Max Day is Thursday, Oct. 9
Department news
  • Free admission to Mill City Museum for Title I schools
  • Learn about 'Curiosity' during Monday's Tweet Chat
  • Applications now open for 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
  • Principals: Remember to assign Mentor/Mentee Program; fall trainings set
  • SPPS is a member of Science House: A resource center for educators
  • Host a flu shot clinic at your school’s event
Employee wellness
  • Save the date: SPPS Health & Benefits Fair on Thursday, Oct. 23
  • Today is the deadline for the Last Chance Program, Choose H20
Kudos
  • Three SPPS elementary schools awarded Minnesota State Arts Board arts learning grant
  • OWL Celebrates New Home at Ribbon Cutting Sept. 30