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From the Superintendent: A spring and summer of celebrations and enrichment

May has come, and as we get closer to the end of the school year the celebrations have begun. Within a month SPPS will graduate more than 2,000 high school seniors. We will honor many of them with events and recognition ceremonies, including the Celebration of Excellence on Sunday, May 17th.

Video: SPPS students honor their mentors

On April 23, African and African American male students from Battle Creek Middle School, Farnsworth Aerospace 5-8, Hazel Park Preparatory Academy and Murray Middle School joined together in honoring African American men and women who have positively impacted their lives. 

Action items
  • Principals: Title 1 compliance folders are due June 1
  • Staff: Review list of SPPS employees celebrating 25 years of service
  • Staff: Share positive stories highlighting My Brother’s Keeper initiative
  • Staff: Upcoming payroll changes
  • Staff: Submit photo ID badge requests by email
  • Science teachers: Schedule your 2015-16 Belwin Outdoor Science field trip
  • Teachers and staff: Print, Copy & Mail summer printing sale
  • Staff: Deadlines for FY 2014-15 expenditures reminder
  • Staff: Encourage students to enter the We Day T-Shirt design contest
  • School staff: Distribute 2015-16 transportation request forms

  • S-Term staff: Attend required S-Term training on June 11
  • Principals: Nominate teachers to attend iLearn Institute
  • Staff: Register for iPad Cafés
  • Staff: Register for summer professional development offerings
  • Principals and Technology Integration TOSAs: Review iPad hand-in toolkits
  • Staff: Participate in training for Year 2 iPad deployment sites
  • Staff: S-Term information now available
  • Staff: Begin Ecolab Visions for Learning applications now
  • Staff: New Facebook group for SPPS grant-seekers
  • Teachers: Apply for grants now
Department news
  • Multicultural Resource Center honors 40th anniversary of the first Hmong family to arrive in Minnesota
  • School Grounds Coffee Cart opens at 360 Colborne
  • Summer food service program host sites needed
  • Stay up to date with the Fostering Connections newsletter
Employee wellness
  • Summer Programs
  • Complete your online health assessment by May 29
Kudos
  • 2015 We Made a Difference video contest winners announced
  • 10 SPPS students advance to National History Day competition
  • Como senior masters English and earns college credit
  • Como senior finds success after immigrating from India, Dubai
  • Teachers help Como senior become ‘better person’
  • ROTC helps Como senior earn college scholarship
  • 1,000 Students, Staff Participate in Walk/Bike to School at Capitol Hill
  • Hamline Elementary School Hikes for Health