From the Superintendent: Wishing You a Happy Holiday Season

I wish you all a blessed and peaceful time with family and friends this holiday season. For those of us who will still be on the job, may our time be blessed with stillness, quiet and getting lots done without so many interruptions!

Video: School Choice Fair is Jan. 10

Saint Paul parents have a prime opportunity to see a host of educational choices for their children at the 2015 School Choice Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. 

Action items
  • Staff: Review Personalized Learning updates
  • Staff: Volunteers needed for new recycling program
  • Staff: Plato's 4th annual blood drive is Dec. 18
  • Staff: Deadlines for fiscal year 2014-15 expenditures now available
  • Staff: Attend a retirement insurance session
  • Teachers: Look for details about TD&E Student Engagement Surveys
  • Teachers: Apply for education scholarships by Jan. 31
  • Teachers: Need extra funding? Apply for grants now
  • Gordon Parks staff: Start times changing beginning Jan. 26
  • School staff: Free assistance for school environmental initiatives
Department news
  • Stay up to date with the Multilingual Learning newsletter
  • Highland Park Senior students leading professional development session at MRC
  • Print, Copy and Mail Center open during winter break
  • Special Education Family Groups Transition Fair is Friday, Jan. 16
Employee wellness
  • Free yoga for SPPS staff continues January-March at Highland Park Senior High
  • Weekly employee wellness texting program coming in 2015
  • Four Seasons' arts residency program featured in Education Week
  • Farnsworth String Orchestra performs at the Union Depot
  • Barbara Schmidt honored by University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development's Alumni Society
  • Angie Gaszak wins grand prize for Healthy Brown Rice Menu contest
  • LEAP celebrates 20 years serving immigrant students with Culture Party