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From the Superintendent: Now is the time to act for school funding

In a time of a near $1.9 billion state surplus, we should not fund our schools as though there is a deficit.

Video: Annual Honors Concert showcases talents of SPPS students

On April 14, more than 450 Saint Paul Public Schools student artists, vocalists and instrumentalists showcased their talents during the 24th annual Honors Concert at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. The showcase -- presented by the Ordway and SPPS, in partnership with the Minnesota Museum of American Art -- includes an instrumental and vocal concert, a performance by the Ramsey Drumming Ensemble and a slideshow of original student artwork. Watch the video below.

Action items
  • Teachers: Apply to be Consulting Teacher for Peer Assistance and Review program
  • School staff: Distribute 2015-16 transportation request forms
  • S-Term staff: Attend required S-Term training on June 11
  • Teachers: Enter a 1-minute ‘We Made a Difference’ student video contest
  • Principals: CDF Freedom Schools Staff Training
  • Staff: Register for biannual Wellness Champions Training
  • Teachers: Read about the process for collecting student iPads
  • Teachers: Process to ‘push out’ approved apps for SPPS iPads has started
  • Staff: Facilities Department seeks staff input on Master Plan
  • Staff: Reflect on your Individualized Growth and Development Plan
  • Teachers: Save the date for Tech HOOPLA in August
  • Principals, assistant principals: Prepare to write your 2015-16 School Continuous Improvement Plans
  • Teachers: Schedule a visit to the Como Planetarium
  • Staff: Review summer professional development offerings
  • Staff: Professional development for Year 2 iPad deployment sites
  • Elementary principals and teachers: Free field trip to plant flower beds at the State Capitol
  • Staff: S-Term information now available
  • Staff: Ecolab Visions for Learning applications released
  • Staff: New Facebook group for SPPS grant-seekers
  • Teachers: Apply for grants now
Department news
  • Student Honors Art Exhibition open to public starting April 23
  • New start date for ECSE, Pre-K and kindergarten for Fall 2015
  • Use Print Copy & Mail for school, department and personal projects
  • School lunch price increasing for 2015-16
  • “Reflecting on Change” is topic of Monday’s Tweet Chat
  • Resources to help homeless youth are focus of April 22 discussion
  • Support SPPS Teaching, Learning at A Toast to Student Success Benefit on April 30
Employee wellness
  • Get ready for inaugural SPPS Wellness Week, May 4-8
  • Get ready to Walk n’ Roll on May 6
Kudos
  • Como Park Elementary principal honored with leadership award
  • Hazel Park students perform with LGBTA chorus for school
  • EXPO students take third place at Destination Imagination tourney
  • Capitol Hill teacher selected for history fellowship in Washington D.C.
  • 10 Schools at SPPS Compete at Renewable Energy Challenge
  • Two SPPS students receive scholarships to IB World Student conference
  • Nine elementary schools participate in yumPower School Challenge
  • Linwood Monroe teacher selected for LearnZillion’s 2015 Dream Team