From the superintendent

Seeing our board room packed full of teachers, parents and other community members for our board meeting last Tuesday and hearing impassioned stories about how our work to ensure racial equity has impacted the lives of students was incredibly energizing. The conversation was engaging and constructive, and I truly hope that board meeting sets the stage for future engagement opportunities in the coming months.

Action items
  • All staff: Volunteer as a guest reader for Freedom School students
  • All staff: Backup files before leaving for summer
  • School staff: Remind graduating seniors to export SPPS Apps and Travel Folder information
  • School staff: Submit 2014-15 activities to Business Office by June 5
  • Principals and clerks: Enter drill reports
  • 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
  • Save the date: Yoga Calm training available in fall 2014
  • 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 engaging parents during Monday’s Tweet Chat
  • Save the date: Personalized Learning professional development is August 14
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Staff kudos

  • Anne McInerney elected president of School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA)
  • Peter Brown, teacher at Highland Park Senior, leads Future Farmers of America (FFA) students in Agriculture Day
  • Judy Ryder, teacher at Highland Park Elementary, hosts successful Rhythm Show
  • Jim “Jimmy C.” Mitchell to celebrate retirement from SPPS

Student kudos

  • Students from three SPPS schools win poetry contest
  • SPPS Students shine during second annual Hmong American Day at state capitol
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson talks science with SPPS students
  • Ho-Chunk Nation helps Harding students build ciiporoke for American Indian Month
  • SPPS students and teachers talk youth jobs with U.S. labor secretary, other leaders
  • Central makes history with school's first state badminton championship
  • Murray students are top scorers in Music in the Parks Performance Competition
  • Nokomis South students win Outstanding School Patrol award

School/district kudos

  • Marvelous indeed: Volunteers donate more than 12,000 mittens and hats to SPPS students
  • Riverview's mexican folk dancers perform for Mexican consulate at Spanish-language book giveaway