From the Superintendent: MCAs have a place in our work, but what we do is so much more

We have reached that time of year in which our schools begin annual MCA testing. Let me be clear, our students are more than a test score. MCA scores have their uses, but they are just one component of overall achievement.

Video: Budgeting 101

This year, SPPS is facing a budget shortfall of about $20 million dollars. Where does our revenue come from and how is it spent? Watch the video below and visit for more information.

Action items
  • Teachers: Read about the process for collecting student iPads
  • Teachers: Process to ‘push out’ approved apps for SPPS iPads has started
  • Year 2 iPad teachers: Sign up for iPads for Educators event
  • Staff: Facilities Department seeks staff input on Master Plan
  • Staff: Reflect on your Individualized Growth and Development Plan
  • Principals: Read the Office of Specialized Services Newsletter
  • Staff: Celebrate student talent during SPPS Honors Concert, Performance Art and Visual Art Exhibitions
  • Staff: Participate in statewide tornado drill on April 16
  • Teachers: Save the date for Tech HOOPLA in August
  • Principals, assistant principals: Prepare to write your 2015-16 School Continuous Improvement Plans
  • Staff: Allina Health’s annual New Shoes, Healthy Kids event is April 18
  • Teachers: Schedule a visit to the Como Planetarium
  • Staff: Share CDF Freedom Schools flier and registration with families
  • Staff: Review summer professional development offerings
  • Elementary principals and teachers: Free field trip to plant flower beds at the State Capitol
  • Staff: S-Term information now available
  • Staff: Apply for S-Term positions by April 15
  • Teachers: Apply for grants now
Department news
  • New start date for ECSE, Pre-K and kindergarten for Fall 2015
  • Stay up to date with the Multilingual Learning newsletter
  • Stay up to date with the Fostering Connections newsletter
  • Use Print Copy & Mail for school, department and personal projects
  • School lunch price increasing for 2015-16
  • ‘Taking ownership of learning’ is topic of Monday’s Tweet Chat
  • Resources to help homeless youth are focus of April 22 discussion
  • MRC to hold training for fifth grade teachers prior to Bdote Field Trip
  • Support SPPS Teaching, Learning at A Toast to Student Success Benefit on April 30
Employee wellness
  • Mark your calendars for the first annual Wellness Week, May 4-8
  • Community Health Club opportunity
  • Johnson grad and Battle Creek teaching assistant saves family from a burning house
  • Harding Senior Admitted to All Ivy League Schools, 20 Schools in Total
  • Washington Tech students qualify for state science fair
  • Harding seniors head to State History Day competition
  • Linwood Monroe Arts Plus first grade team will receive two agriculture grants