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From the superintendent

After a week like the one our country just had, I am more grateful than ever for the opportunity to spend time in our schools. SPPS affects children’s lives in so many ways: We teach them. We love them. We nurture them. We feed them. And with the help of groups like the Assistance League, we clothe them. We enter the second week of the federal government shutdown with an eye to the future.

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Getting to know Theresa Battle

Theresa Battle learned the value of an education at an early age. Growing up, her parents stressed that through education, family and faith, the “American dream” was something she could achieve. After leaving the district in 2007 to pursue leadership roles in Osseo and Minneapolis Public Schools, she is back to help SPPS students realize their own dreams. Watch the video to learn more about Theresa and her commitment to education.

Action items

School staff: Plan now to raise funds for your school on Give to the Max Day, November 14
School staff: Apply for scholarships to Dodge Nature Center
School staff: Encourage students to apply for Prudential Spirit awards
Principals: Notify parents of "Parents' Right to Know" information
Principals and supervisors: Identify Community Giving coordinators
Principals and staff development coordinators: Complete staff development report
Principals and teachers: Register for Mill City Museum scholarships
Principals and clerks: Follow new Connect5 guidelines
Grade 3 teachers: Request free dictionaries
Grade 3 teachers: Schedule a free field trip to the Minnesota Zoo for your students
Teachers: October grant deadlines for arts, professional development, aerospace and more
Teachers: Apply for education scholarships
iPhone and iPad users: Follow instructions to upgrade to iOS 7

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Employee wellness

Researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time — such as behind a desk at work or behind the wheel — with a number of health concerns, including obesity and high blood pressure. Take a stand against sitting and participate in Walk/Bike to School Day on October 9! Staff who take the pledge to walk or bike to work on October 9 will be entered in a drawing to win a prize courtesy of HealthPartners.

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Features

We Day events promote service-learning
College Knowledge Month continues throughout October

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Department news and announcements

Monthly retirement insurance sessions
Open enrollment meetings scheduled

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Kudos

Three SPPS teachers received more than $1,000 worth of school supplies and donations from Office Max's annual "A Day Made Better" award program to recognize their commitment to education. Congratulations to Thomas Cozzolino, Sarah Benedett and Michelle Strecker.