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From the superintendent

The past weekend, schools received information about funding for their staff and buildings for 2014-2015. Departments and programs will receive the same information Friday, April 18. A flat budget means there won’t be any significant enhancements to programs or services, but we’re grateful that the 4% increase from the legislature also means that there won’t be across-the-board cuts.

Action items
  • All staff: Participate in statewide tornado drill
  • All staff: Attend Board Listening Sessions
  • School staff: Register for We Act
  • School staff: Ecolab Visions for Learning grant application now available
  • School staff: Continue recruiting students for S-Term
  • Principals, assistant principals, other school leaders: Plan 2014-15 SCIPs
  • Teachers: Grant deadlines in April and May
Department news and announcements
  • New immunization laws for schools, childcares, and early childhood programs to begin September 2014
  • Nominate an excellent educator in Saint Paul Public Schools
  • Rotary Club Teacher of the Year nominations due Tuesday
  • Raise funds year-round using GiveMN’s online giving platform for Saint Paul Public Schools
  • Upcoming superintendent licensure cohort at University of Minnesota

  • Learn about Universal Design for Learning during Monday’s Tweet Chat
  • Poetry contest: Celebrating the veteran in my life
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Employee wellness

“Food is the most abused anxiety drug,” said Tadjia Willis, a payroll clerk who was reciting one of her favorite quotes. “Exercise is the most underutilized antidepressant.”

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Kudos

Staff kudos:

  • Yvonne Fair, teacher at Murray, honored with Circle of Peace Award
  • Mary Mackbee, principal at Central, named Administrator of the Year

Student kudos:

  • Capitol Hill Middle School Jazz Band Takes Second Place at Eau Claire Jazz Fest
  • Harding honors students who build Little Free Libraries
  • Linwood Monroe students with special needs learn from artists in residence
  • Bridge View and Focus Beyond students participate in dance residency
  • Murray students win awards at state science fair