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From the Superintendent: Our Students, Community Continue to Inspire

Last Tuesday we saw the power of people coming together for what they believe in.

Video: SPPS Students Celebrate 'We Day' 2015

Nearly 600 SPPS students were invited to "We Day" on Nov. 3 to celebrate youth making a difference in local and global communities through service projects.

Action items
  • Teachers: Free admission to Mill City Museum for Title I schools
  • Teachers: Apply for Dodge Nature Center transportation field trip grant
  • Teachers: Reflector 2 is now available on MacBooks
  • Principals: Read the Office of Specialized Services Newsletter
  • Staff: Increase your cultural understanding of Muslims in Minnesota
  • Staff: Attend ‘Paper Tigers’ documentary
  • Staff: Volunteer tutors needed at four schools in SPPS
  • Staff: Participate in Race, Culture, and Conversations event on ‘We Are Hmong Minnesota’ exhibit at Minnesota History Center
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Kudos
  • Washington Tech student receives ‘Bright Futures Award’ from Free the Children
  • 11th-graders improve ACT test scores with test prep classes at SPPS
  • Student-run credit union branch opens at Johnson High School
  • SPPS staff featured last week in ‘I Am SPPS’ 
Teacher grants
  • Upcoming grant deadlines
  • Education Minnesota Classroom Grants due Dec. 11
  • Authors in the Schools grant -- for SPPS teachers only
  • Information session on Nov. 18 about Fund for Teachers, grants for teacher PD fellowships via travel
  • Apply for Awesome Foundation $1,000 gift
  • Grants Facebook group offers advice, grant opportunities
  • Teachers: Apply for scholarship from Saint Paul Retired Teachers, Inc.
     
Department news
  • Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Support available for tenured PreK-12 teachers
  • Equity in Action Series at the Multicultural Resource Center
  • Community Giving Campaign begins Nov. 16
  • Equity in the classroom series: Unlearning whiteness with Ryan Williams-Virden
  • Information about TD&E summative evaluations of teachers
  • Register by Nov. 23 for the 2015 Holiday Weight Challenge
  • SPPS App Store under review, new app approval temporarily suspended