From the superintendent

Now that the sun has finally decided to shine, our educators have to work harder than ever to keep our students engaged. That’s not hard to understand. I can hardly stand to be inside myself! But let’s make these last 15 days count. Students will then get a much deserved break before at least 12,000 of them head into Summer Term (S-Term).

Action items
  • School staff: Submit 2014-15 activities to Business Office by June 5
  • School staff: Register for Como Planetarium field trips May 5-27
  • School staff: Ecolab Visions for Learning applications due this Friday, May 23
  • Principals and clerks: Enter drill reports
  • Principals, assistant principals and clerks: Clean up discipline reporting
  • Title I principals: Turn in Title I compliance folders by June 2
  • Teachers: Apply for S-Term jobs
  • Teachers: Upcoming grant deadlines
Department news and announcements
  • Instructional leadership in reading for middle and secondary schools
  • New permit management system/calendar to debut in fall 2014
  • We Day T-Shirt design contest
  • Outdoor field trip opportunity for SPPS elementary schools
  • Learn about empowering students during Monday’s Tweet Chat
  • Save the date: Personalized Learning professional development is August 14
  • Discovery Club school age child care available in summer 2014
Employee wellness

SPPS has a corporate team in the Twin Cities Marathon, 10K and 5K for 2014! Help us win a traveling trophy awarded to the school district with the highest participation.


Staff kudos

  • Vang Lo, SPPS counselor, named Outstanding Student of the Year
  • Meg King-Abraham, technology specialist at Cherokee Heights, named Digital Innovator
  • Nicole Staab, science teacher at Farnsworth, to attend Space Academy in Alabama
  • Tim Chase, science teacher at Murray, named Environmental Educator of the Year
  • Dr. Betsy Garcia, school nurse at Capitol Hill, featured on MPR for breakfast research

Student kudos

  • Zach Bougie and Bridget Ekeberg, students at Focus Beyond, star in musical
  • Wallin awards 39 scholarships to graduating SPPS students
  • SPPS students celebrate fitness day with staff and community partners
  • AGAPE student is first from school to study mechanical engineering at St. Thomas
  • Capitol Hill students excel at History Day

School/district kudos

  • SPFT to recognize historic anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education
  • Allina Health, SPPS announce new program to support learning success
  • Battle Creek Middle School wins national school breakfast competition
  • Twitter chat: Superintendent, R.T. Rybak, Rep. Mariani talk education