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From the superintendent

As we embark on the path towards equity, we have run into bumps along the way and through those experiences we have learned good lessons that will help us continue our journey into next year. While working hard to address our challenges, I choose to focus on how we are making changes on behalf of students in our district. Even though change is often messy, we are learning from our mistakes.

Action items
  • All staff: Update your bookmarks, other links to PD Express
  • All staff: Review 2014-15 calendar
  • All staff: Share coffee with a neighbor to reduce your carbon footprint
  • Clerks: Clean up inactive student records
  • School staff: Distribute transportation request forms
  • School staff: Register for Como Planetarium field trips May 5-27
  • School staff: Review fall 2014 enrollment information
  • School staff: Ecolab Visions for Learning grants offer up to $3,000
  • Principals and assistant principals: Attend Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training
  • Title I principals: Turn in Title I compliance folders by June 2
  • Principals and program leads: Request personalized learning support
  • Teachers: Apply for S-Term jobs
  • Teachers: Consider joining Culturally Responsive Teaching cohort
  • Teachers: Grant deadlines in May
Department news and announcements
  • Solutions in Action works toward improving school climate
  • Revised Student Behavior Handbook available in August
  • We Day T-Shirt design contest
  • Outdoor field trip opportunity for SPPS elementary schools
  • Learn about tailoring instruction and learning supports during Monday’s Tweet Chat
  • Online professional development from the Office of Personalized Learning
  • Save the date: Personalized Learning professional development is August 14
  • Discovery Club school age child care available in summer 2014
  • More summer opportunities for students
Employee wellness

Once completed, summer programs help you qualify for healthcare savings (reduced copays, deductible, etc.) in 2015.

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Kudos

Staff kudos:

  • Bethany Piety-Brown, teacher at Capitol Hill, receives scholarship to attend conference on Holocaust

Student kudos:

  • SPPS students, parents learn about Somali culture in artifact show
  • SPPS students shine in arts events, opening reception is May 15
  • Adams students are top scorers in Renewable Energy National Challenge
  • Adams featured as leading immersion program by University of Minnesota
  • Hundreds of kindergarten students participated in Blast Off to Kindergarten 2014
  • Five SPPS schools honored in School Breakfast Challenge
  • Murray students take part in Earth Day at Wolf Ridge
  • Open World Academy students are top scorers in History Day