From the Superintendent: Gratitude and Wishing You a Great Winter Break

It is hard to believe, but we only have two days left with our students in 2015. Two days of learning, classroom celebrations and all around excitement until a much deserved winter break arrives.

Video: Credit union branch opens at Johnson Senior High

A new student-run Hiway Federal Credit Union branch is now open at Johnson Senior High School. It’s the third student-run school branch in SPPS. Hiway’s new student branch offers students a hands-on learning experience with financial literacy. The other branches are at Como Park Senior High School and Harding Senior High School.

Action items
  • Staff: Student records and your rights
  • Teachers: Apply this week to teach Princeton Review ACT courses
  • Teachers: View the Saint Paul Teachers' Retirement Fund Association newsletters
  • Teachers: Free Mill City Museum tours still available for Title I schools
  • Teachers: Free Winter Carnival field trip opportunity
  • Staff: Donate to Project REACH Coat and Blanket Drive through Jan. 15
Kudos
  • Four Seasons students take 1st, 2nd place in Colors of the Rainbow Ballroom Dance Competition
  • SPPS AVID, Specialized Services staff present at national AVID conference
  • SPPS Student Advisory Team featured in ‘I Am SPPS’
  • SPPS student, staff featured in ‘Spotlight on SPPS’ videos
Department news
  • IT Enables ‘Safe Search’ on Google
  • Reduced IT Service Desk hours during Winter Break
  • Schoology Enterprise pilot underway at SPPS
  • Do Not Upgrade SPPS iPads to Apple’s iOS 9.2
Teacher grants
  • Upcoming grant deadlines
  • Authors in the Schools applications DUE TUESDAY, DEC. 22
  • 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