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From the Superintendent: Ruby Bridges Personifies So Much of What Still Needs to Be Done

What have we accomplished in 60 years since Brown vs. Board of Education? Not enough, I’m afraid. While our schools are no longer physically segregated, in far too many ways our systems perpetuate the racism that resulted in the Topeka, Kan., lawsuit back in 1954.

Video: Firefighters outfit SPPS students with new winter coats

Hundreds of Dayton’s Bluff students were outfitted with brand new winter coats Oct. 24, thanks to Minneapolis and Saint Paul firefighters as part of Operation Warm.

Action items
  • All staff: Donate to your PTA, place of worship, child's school or ANY charity through Community Giving
  • All staff: US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights offers bullying guidance to schools
  • All staff: Tips for preventing iPad, MacBook theft
  • All staff: Attend a retirement insurance session
  • School staff: Apply for scholarships to Dodge Nature Center
  • School staff: 7th annual Shop, Ship and Share event is Nov. 21-22
  • School staff: EDL canceled on parent-teacher conference days
  • Title I principals and parent liaisons: Hold Title I annual meetings by Nov. 21
  • Teachers: Put Culturally Responsive Teaching into practice
  • Teachers: Register for We Act today
  • Teachers: Need extra funding? Apply for grants now
  • Teachers: Apply for education scholarships
Department news
  • Year 1 teachers who missed iPad rollout events may now pick up their iPads
  • Technology Services will retire connect.spps.org website
  • Stay up to date with Multilingual Learning newsletter
  • Ebola information available on Student Wellness website
  • Schedule American Indian education classes, activities at your school
  • SPPS, Arc Greater Twin Cities offer support groups for Hmong families who have children with disabilities
  • Attend an Open Enrollment Information Session
  • Peer Assistance and Review available for tenured PreK-12 teachers
  • Learn about Rigor 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
  • Visit Virtuwell, an online clinic for everyday illnesses
  • First annual SPPS Health and Benefits Fair was a success
Kudos
  • HPPA Principal Henderson receives national racial equity leadership award
  • Highland Park fifth-graders save 1,008 plastic bags during 21-day project
  • Capitol Hill receives 1st Bike/Walk to School Traveling Trophy
  • Article in US Capitol Christmas Tree book features St. Anthony Park teacher's tree curriculum
  • Superintendent Silva named finalist among top superintendents by Council of Great City Schools