From the superintendent

We can’t keep our focus on the students without also paying attention to how we communicate with the caring adults in their lives. The school district will do everything we can to eliminate obstacles to family involvement. Whether that’s offering Parent Academy, or translating information that goes home, or offering transportation or child care for important events, we will do our best to set the scene for student and teacher success.

Donate today -- Community Giving Campaign

So far this year, 160 SPPS staff members have given $43,878. At this same time last year, we had given over $52,000. Donate today to help us reach our goal. We aim to raise $160,000 by December 18.

Video: Ten Things I Want to Say To a Black Man

On November 19, African American Male Initiative (AAMI) students at Washington Technology Magnet School presented “Ten Things I Want to Say To a Black Man.” The production featured an original spoken word performance based on the students' research of famous African American men. In creating the performance, students used SPPS ArtsLiteracy strategies to help increase their comprehension of literature, build vocabulary skills, create community with one another and honor racial equity work of their ancestors.

Action items

All staff: Fourth annual blanket drive starts December 2
All staff: Donate to your PTA, place of worship, your child’s school or ANY charity through Community Giving
All staff: Instructors wanted for Summer 2014 enrichment programs
School staff: Education Minnesota Classroom Grants due December 13
Elementary school staff: Apply for Lillian Wright Author in the Schools funding
Teachers: Fund for Teachers deadline is January 30, 2014

Department news and announcements

Save the date: National African American Parent Involvement Day is Monday, February 10, 2014.
SPPS apparel available for purchase
Pre-retirement planning

Employee wellness

‘Tis the season -- time for holiday gatherings and festive treats! With a little planning, you can avoid holiday weight gain while still enjoying yourself and the company of others. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.


Good news from Gordon Parks, 3M and the Multicultural Resource Center