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From the Superintendent: Striving for a Truly Restorative Culture

There is no denying the past few months have been challenging for SPPS. We have seen an increase of unrest and disturbing behavior at some of our schools. This increase is not unique in SPPS, it is happening throughout the county and state. However, this is our district and these are our students, and we continue to search for the right combination of proactive and responsive measures.

Video: $1.5 Million Grant Awarded to College Possible to Help Support SPPS Students

Students in SPPS will have more opportunities for college thanks to a $1.5 million grant awarded to College Possible Minnesota. 

Action items
  • Teachers: Apply to teach Princeton Review ACT courses by Dec. 24
  • Teachers: View the Saint Paul Teachers' Retirement Fund Association newsletters
  • Teachers: Free Mill City Museum tours for Title I schools still available
  • Teachers: Free Winter Carnival field trip opportunity
  • Staff: Donate to Project REACH Coat and Blanket Drive through Jan. 15
  • School administrators: Ask families to submit Application for Educational Benefits and Free or Reduced-Price Lunch
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Kudos
  • OWL Students March College Applications to the Post Office
  • SPPS, Allina and Free Bikes 4 Kidz give away more than 300 bicycles
  • SPPS Student Advisory Team featured last week in ‘I Am SPPS’
  • OWL Teacher Speaks With Teacher of the Year Radio
Department news
  • Do Not Upgrade SPPS iPads to Apple’s iOS 9.2
  • Schoology Enterprise pilot underway at SPPS
  • Reduced IT Service Desk hours during Winter Break
  • Stay up to date with the Multilingual Learning newsletter
Teacher grants
  • Upcoming grant deadlines
  • Apply for Authors in the Schools grant for SPPS elementary schools
  • Fund for Teachers offers fellowships for PD, domestic or international travel
  • Awesome Foundation
  • Grants Facebook group offers advice, grant opportunities
  • Teachers: Apply for Saint Paul Retired Teachers, Inc. scholarship