From the Superintendent: Thank You to Our Principals

As National Principals Month begins, let me be the first to sincerely thank our principals for giving so much of themselves on behalf of the students in their schools.

Video: Bridge View Builds New, Accessible Playground

On September 20, dozens of volunteers helped build an accessible playground at Bridge View School. Bridge View’s previous playground was outdated and had equipment that did not meet student needs.


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Action items
  • Principals: Sign up for Beyond Courage: Leading for Gender Inclusion on PDExpress.
  • Principals: Review important Special Education information
  • Principals and supervisors: Find a site coordinator for Community Giving Campaign by Oct. 3
  • Principals: Create a wellness team
  • Secondary Principals: All 6-12 teachers need training in Campus Instruction, upgrade for iPads
  • Principals and staff development coordinators: Complete MDE Staff Development Report
  • Principals and teachers: Attend Personalized Learning professional development
  • Teachers: Fill out Marvelous Mitten Makers form to receive winter wear for students
  • Elementary teachers: The Minnesota History Theater Presents ‘Tales from the Minnesota Trail’ at the Minnesota Zoo Oct. 6-10
  • 3rd Grade Teachers: Schedule a free field trip to the Minnesota Zoo for your students
  • 3rd Grade Teachers: Request free dictionaries for your students
  • Teachers: Register for free supplies
  • Teachers: Apply for fall grants now
  • All staff: Keep students healthy and safe by using soap, not hand sanitizer
  • Staff: Attend a retirement insurance session starting Oct. 15
  • School staff: Attendance Matters Awareness Campaign
  • School staff: Training for Give to the Max Day is Thursday, Oct. 9
Department news
  • Free admission to Mill City Museum for Title I schools
  • Learn about 'empowering students' during Monday's Tweet Chat
  • Attend a training on improving student social justice projects
  • 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
Employee wellness
  • Last chance to save! Health Assessment deadline is tomorrow
  • Don't forget to register your building for National Bike/Walk to School Day on Oct. 8
  • Putting Academics on the same playing field as Athletics
  • Superintendent Valeria Silva honored by White House's ‘Champions of Change’