From the superintendent: Welcome back teachers, staff, students

Here we go—another school year begins! I know the summer went too quickly, but I’m also very, very happy to be back doing what I love – changing children’s lives for the better.

Video: Freedom Schools Grand Finale Celebration

The Freedom Schools Grand Finale Celebration was held Aug. 22 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium, honoring the 50-year anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act and the 50-year anniversary of Freedom Schools.


  • Small Talks | Big Topics
  • How will students use iPads and what support will teachers get?
  • How does the iPad plan at SPPS compare to smaller districts?
Action items
  • Principals: Identify EDL site leaders by Sept. 9
  • Teachers: Is this your first year as a teacher
  • Teachers: Apply for fall grants now
  • Teachers: Schedule a free science field trip
  • Avid teachers and coordinators: Stay up-to-date with AVID Monthly Moment
Department news
  • Student active directory passwords 2014-15 
  • Staff: Field trip changes for 2014-15
  • Staff can participate in pre-retirement planning seminars
  • Washington Tech earns 'Highly Certified AVID School' recognition
  • More than 140 special education teachers receive AVID training
  • #Back2SchoolSPPS Twitter Chat
Employee wellness
  • Deadline approaching: Save money on healthcare in 2015!
  • Saint Paul Classic: Ride in this annual fall rite with SPPS and save!
  • AVID students camp, hike and learn through nature at Glacier National Park 
  • Mayor Coleman visits Obama Elementary
  • SPPS Educators learn to Personalize Learning with iPads at HOOPLA
  • Bruce Vento Elementary hosts Family Values for Life backpack giveaway