From the Superintendent: Thank You Teachers, for Your Dedication

As firmly as I believe in anything, I believe that SPPS teachers love their work, their schools, and their students. Our buildings, in contrast to the picture so often painted in the media, are places where kids feel and are safe -- because the adults around them truly care, and truly want what’s best for them. 

Video: SPPS celebrates National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID)

From a performance by an American Idol finalist at Farnsworth Aerospace to the singing of the Black National Anthem at Battle Creek Middle School SPPS celebrated NAAPID throughout the district. At Ramsey Middle School more than a dozen community groups turned out to let parents and students know more about academic support available in their community. Find out more about some of the inspirational family events held on Feb. 8, 2016.

Action items
  • Teachers: Schedule a visit to the Como Planetarium
  • Non-licensed staff interested in becoming a teacher: Attend an SPPS Urban Teacher Residency information session
  • Teachers, counselors, social workers, school psychologists and school nurses: 2016-17 school transfer information is now available
  • Fourth grade teachers: Register students for letter-writing contest
  • Staff: Evaluation underway of Teacher Development and Evaluation program
  • Principals and District Supervisors: Important information for 2016-17 workforce planning
  • Teachers: Mid-Year reflections on TD&E Individual Growth and Development Plan in PDExpress


  • Farnsworth fifth-graders read original stories in front of sold-out crowd at MOI event
  • Highland Park High School students perform Winter One Act Plays
  • SPPS students, staff featured last week in ‘I Am SPPS’
Department news
  • Thinking College Early Fair takes place Saturday, Feb. 27
  • Equity in the Classroom series begins in March at the Multicultural Resource Center
  • Consider joining a gym through the Frequent Fitness program
  • iPad professional development opportunities available in 2016


Teacher grants
  • Upcoming grant deadlines
  • Awesome Foundation
  • MRC offers grants for innovative projects and curriculum
  • Grants Facebook group offers advice, grant opportunities
  • Reminder from the Business Office about online fundraising