From the Superintendent: Celebrating Heritage — and Making Courageous Changes

I’m proud to say that in Saint Paul Public Schools, we’re taking steps to better infuse all our classrooms with information and knowledge about contributions made by people from all over the world. 

Video: SPPS and Community Partners Celebrate Makeover at Galtier

Galtier Community School has been transformed into a state-of-the art campus that showcases a strong collaboration between Saint Paul Public Schools and two long-term partners, Target and the Heart of America Foundation.


Action items
  • Principals and supervisors: Find a site coordinator for Community Giving Campaign at SPPS by Oct. 3
  • Principals and clerks: Your action needed to collect Apple IDs
  • Principals: Create a wellness team
  • All staff: Keep students healthy and safe by using soap, not hand sanitizer
  • Administrators: Review SCIP continuous improvement timeline and expectations for 2014-15
  • Principals and staff development coordinators: Complete MDE Staff Development Report
  • Staff: Attend a retirement insurance session starting Oct. 15
  • Grade 3 Teachers: Request free dictionaries for your students
  • Principals: Review important Special Education information
  • Secondary Principals: All 6-12 teachers need training in Campus Instruction, upgrade for iPads
  • Clerks: Register for Title I meeting on Sept. 29
  • Principals and teachers: Attend Personalized Learning professional development
  • School staff: Training for this year's Give to the Max Day is Thursday, Oct. 9
  • Teachers: Walk-in grants clinic is this Thursday, Sept. 25
  • First-year teachers: Register for free supplies
  • Teachers: Apply for fall grants now
Department news
  • Plan a class field trip to Black Storytellers Alliance
  • Student information on free and reduced-price meal applications
  • Free admission to Mill City Museum for Title I schools
  • Learn about inspiration during Monday's Tweet Chat
  • Attend a training on improving student social justice projects
  • Fall Feast, Drum Blessing, Academic and Attendance Awards, and Powwow on Friday, Sept. 26
  • Applications now open for 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
  • Principals: Remember to assign Mentor/Mentee Program; fall trainings set
  • Grants available for transportation to Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • SPPS is a member of Science House: A resource center for educators
  • Prevent illness in schools
  • Host a flu shot clinic at your school’s event
  • Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) information coming soon
  • Now hiring licensed teachers for new homebound programs
Employee wellness
  • Register your building for National Bike/Walk to School Day on Oct. 8
  • Last chance to save! Choose H20 and see rewards

  • Supt. Valeria Silva among 84 Twin Cities women leaders honored by George Family Foundation
  • Washington Tech AVID students canoe on Mississippi River with renowned author
  • Photos: SPPS, Target and Heart of America celebrate makeover at Galtier
  • Riverview featured in Forbes for MeMoves
  • Central Student wins 2014 SPPS We Day T-shirt design contest