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From the Superintendent: Preparing for Graduation Day

Sunday's Celebration of Excellence recognizing seniors with the highest GPA at each school marked the beginning of our graduation season. In just a few short weeks we will see over 2,200 of our students walk across the stage -- each a testament to the commitment and expertise of you, our amazing staff.

Video: SPPS Students Celebrate African American Traditions of Excellence

The Honoring Project is a year-long enrichment program for sixth grade African and African American male students. The program focuses on leadership, critical literacy skills, and college and career readiness. During the year, student participants have an opportunity to work with a leadership team from Saint Paul Public Schools alumni and staff along with community and civic leaders. The Honoring Project year-end celebration featured African and African American male students from Battle Creek Middle School, Farnsworth Aerospace 5-8, Hazel Park Preparatory Academy and Murray Middle School. 

Action items
  • Elementary Principals: Order student desk tags for next fall’s ‘I am College and Career Bound’ campaign
  • Principals, Assistant Principals and staff who enter discipline in Campus: Discipline reporting clean-up
  • Teachers: Note these course requirement changes for teachers with projected tenure dates in 2017 and 2018
  • Staff: Encourage students to apply for Student Engagement and Advancement Board next year
  • Staff: Important information about SCIP professional development and support sessions
  • School staff: Distribute 2016-17 transportation request forms

  • S-Term staff: Recommended S-Term training is June 16  
  • Teachers: Read about classroom preparation for Summer Term

  • All staff: Spread the word about SPPS school nurse informational interviews
Kudos
  • 2016 We Made a Difference Video Contest winners announced
  • Battle Creek Elementary Student wins MnDOT’s Bike to School Day poster contest
  • Wellstone Elementary shows appreciation for cafeteria staff
  • Highland Park students win policy debate category in the Tournament of Champions
  • SPPS students, staff featured in ‘I Am SPPS’
Department news
  • Gateway to College to hold first graduation ceremony on May 19
  • Stay up to date with the Multilingual Learning newsletter
  • Information about 2016-17 Family Engagement Plan and compacts
  • Have you completed your Health Assessment?
  • Summer is a great time to complete your Wellness Program
Teacher grants
  • Upcoming grant deadlines