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From the Superintendent: Focusing on School Climate

A school’s academic and social environment can have a profound effect on every person in the building. I am happy to tell you, after planning that dates back at least two years, we have created a new Department of School Climate and Support in the Office of College and Career Readiness.

Video: See Saint Paul provides free eye care for SPPS students

The Phillips Eye Institute Foundation and the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation have teamed up to create the See Saint Paul initiative. 

Action items
  • Teachers: Free Winter Carnival field trip opportunity
  • Staff: Donate to Project REACH Coat and Blanket Drive through Jan. 15
  • Teachers: Review talking points about the unrest in North Minneapolis
  • School administrators: Ask families to submit meal applications
Kudos
  • Creative Arts teacher featured in Art Force newsletter
  • Highland Senior High partners with Hiway Credit Union, Sanneh Foundation to teach students financial literacy
  • SPPS Student Advisory Team featured last week in ‘I Am SPPS’
Department news
  • Reduced IT Service Desk hours during Winter Break
  • Stay up to date with the Specialized Services newsletter
  • Rescheduled: Equity in Action Series at the Multicultural Resource Center
  • Equity in the Classroom Series: Creating Equity through Culture workshop is Thursday
Teacher grants
  • Upcoming grant deadlines
  • Education Minnesota offers Classroom Grants of up to $3,000; Applications due THIS FRIDAY, Dec. 11
  • 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