From the Superintendent: Please celebrate the hard work of Personalized Learning, Facilities

I want to take a moment this week to recognize the people who have been working so hard on two very large SPPS initiatives: 1) Personalized Learning and distribution of iPads, and 2) planning the future of SPPS facilities.

Video: Impacting student learning through better facilities

Beginning this month, our schools will be developing 10-year facilities master plans to better serve the 21st century learning needs of students and educators. Please contact your school principal today if you would like to be part of this process or know of someone in your school who might be a good fit.

Action items
  • All staff: Volunteer to become a Sustainability Champion
  • All staff: Student engagement surveys will be conducted in March and April
  • All staff: Apply for S-Term positions by April 15
  • All staff: Attend pre-retirement seminars in March
  • All staff: Nominate teachers for 'Rotary Teacher of the Year' by April 10
  • All staff: Volunteers needed for new recycling program
  • All staff: 2015-16 school transfer information for staff now available
  • Teachers and paraprofessionals: iPad professional development courses available
  • Teachers: Review sabbatical leave information
  • Teachers: Apply for grants now
Department news
  • Elementary progress report pick up is March 16
  • Students invited to participate in Earth Day art contest
  • 130 SPPS students discuss roles of Black Women in 1930s Hollywood and more at Penumbra Theatre
  • Student Placement Center changing building hours
Employee wellness
  • Calling all runners and walkers: Join the SPPS marathon team
  • Take your annual health assessment today
  • 4 SPPS teachers selected as semifinalists for Minnesota Teacher of the Year
  • Como Park High School We Act group fundraises to donate a goat for sustainable farming
  • Four Seasons Pre-K students create art with a living legend
  • Congrats to this year's Lillian Wright Endowment Grant recipients
  • SPPS students compete in culinary competition for local celebrity chefs