From the Superintendent: As Committed as Ever to Seeing Our Students Succeed

I have always approached this job with a sense of urgency. I am as committed as ever to making sure that all of our students, in all of their diversity, have the best chance for the outstanding education they deserve.

Video: Igniting student imagination through STE(A)M

Adding Art to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has enhanced learning and inspired students at several SPPS elementary schools. Using STE(A)M resources, teachers, residency artists, and science personnel collaborate to provide education opportunities that allow students to demonstrate knowledge in artistic and creative ways.

Action items
  • Staff: Three new Crisis Training courses available
  • Staff: Update your phone contact information
  • 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
  • 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


  • Highland Park High School students show support for Central
  • Six SPPS Teams compete in FIRST Lego League State Championship
  • SPPS students, staff featured last week in ‘I Am SPPS’
Department news
  • Nutrition Services using grants to help expand the variety of culturally relevant recipes served in schools
  • SPPS teacher Barry Frantum is featured storyteller at MRC’s ‘Telling Our Stories’ series
  • Thinking College Early Fair takes place Saturday, Feb. 27
  • Stay up to date with the Multilingual Learning newsletter
  • Equity in the Classroom series begins in March at the Multicultural Resource Center
  • Complete your Health Assessment to be entered into a free drawing
  • Staff Yoga moves to two new sites for March classes
Teacher grants
  • Teachers: Share your grant success stories  
  • Upcoming grant deadlines
  • MRC offers grants for innovative projects and curriculum
  • Reminder from the Business Office about online fundraising