From the Superintendent: Celebrating Your Dedication During Teacher Appreciation Week

Every day you offer words of kindness or encouragement to students who may have no other source for them. Every day you ask for and expect the best your students can give. Nothing makes me happier, and nothing makes me more hopeful for the future of our schools.

Video: Minnesota Teacher of the Year finalists share their inspiration for teaching

Juanita Ortiz, a Latino culture teacher at Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet, and Koua Yang, a social studies teacher at Harding Senior High School, were among the 11 teachers selected from the group of 34 semifinalists. A selection panel will meet on Saturday, May 14 to conduct individual interviews with the 11 finalists and to cast votes for the 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. 

Action items
  • Action Item: Encourage students to apply for Student Engagement and Advancement Board next year
  • Staff: Attend Maxfield’s 125th Anniversary Celebration on May 10
  • Staff: Participate in Walk ’n’ Roll to School Day, Wednesday, May 4
  • Staff: Important information about SCIP professional development and support sessions
  • Principals: Read the Office of Specialized Services newsletter
  • All Staff: Deadlines for FY 2015-16 expenditures
  • 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

  • Teachers: Submit App Store requests for 2016-17
  • Teachers: Schedule your 2016-17 Belwin Outdoor Science field trip
  • Staff: Share WE Day Design Contest information with students
  • All staff: Spread the word about SPPS school nurse informational interviews
  • Humboldt senior earns college degree before graduating high school
  • Three Humboldt students receive National Junior Honor Society Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Two SPPS high schools receive MASSP Awards
  • SPPS students, staff featured in ‘I Am SPPS’
Department news
  • Information about 2016-17 Family Engagement Plan and compacts
  • Stay up to date with the Multilingual Learning newsletter
  • Gender Inclusion in Schools Series
  • Free tickets to Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concert available for fifth grade students
  • Next week is SPPS Wellness Week
  • Do you have a financial plan?
Teacher grants
  • Upcoming grant deadlines