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From the superintendent

As you may have seen in news reports this past weekend, the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers Executive Team has begun a process to ask its 3,200 members if they support a strike. On Monday, a union leadership meeting will be held to discuss the possibility of scheduling a strike vote.

Action items
  • All staff: Inform families of school choice deadline change
  • All staff: Review deadlines for purchasing
  • All staff: Last chance to take medical benefits survey
  • All staff: Learn more about the new strategic plan at information sessions
  • All staff: Register for Thinking College Early Fair by February 12
  • School staff: Attend Personalized Learning training
  • School staff: Review new substitute teacher request procedures
  • School staff: Learn how to raise funds online this week
  • Clerks and health office staff: Register for CPR/AED training
  • Title I principals, clerks and administrators: Submit budget revisions
  • Principals and site coordinators: Administer 5Essentials survey
  • Principals: Review early admission guidelines and procedures
  • Elementary principals: Update SCIPs for progress monitoring
  • Teachers: Technology grants from Education Minnesota due April 11
  • Teachers: Plan now for spring grant submissions
  • Teachers: Review information on Interview and Selection and the Placement Process
  • Elementary teachers: Register for service learning professional development
Department news and announcements
  • Learning Platform coming to a school near you!
  • Scholarships available for GRAMMY Camp St. Paul
  • Farmer Nelson and “Perfect” the Pig available for presentations
  • Used furniture auction begins February 20
  • Coming soon: Sound testing in secondary schools
  • Need childcare for spring break? Discovery Club is here for you!
  • No-cost tours available at Alexander Ramsey House
  • Blood drive at 345 Plato
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Why do you choose to live well?

If you visit wellness.spps.org and tell us what is motivating you to live well, your name will be placed in a drawing to receive a prize and a chance to be featured in the Bridge.

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Kudos
  • Hubbs Center student featured in magazine
  • SPPS Students present project on microaggressions
  • Eleven SPPS schools participate in yumPower School Challenge
  • Harding High School Principal Douglas Revsbeck to serve on International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme committee
  • Three SPPS teachers named candidates for Minnesota Teacher of the Year
  • L’Etoile du Nord to make solar lights for schools in Ethiopia
  • Saint Paul Music Academy to explore giant interactive map