From the superintendent

When I was a little girl in Chile, I was undoubtedly asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. Every child is. I think we all enjoy watching a child’s expressions as her mind reaches into the future to identify sparkling hopes, dreams and possibilities. Could she be a doctor? A chef? A computer programmer ? (I always hope they say, “teacher.”)

AVID program expanded for the 2013-14 school year

Last school year the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program marked its eighth successful year in SPPS. The AVID program helps students who are in the "academic middle" prepare for success in colleges and universities by encouraging them to enroll in rigorous coursework during their school career. With the generous support of Travelers, the program is now offered in most middle school and all high schools. Hear what recent SPPS graduates had to say about how AVID has made their future brighter.

Action items

All staff: Celebrate College Knowledge Month
School staff: Online fundraising webinar this Thursday, October 3
School staff: Encourage students to apply for prudential spirit awards
Teachers: One week left to submit Inspired Educator Grant proposals for up to $,3000
Teachers: Apply this month for grants in arts, aerospace and more 
3rd Grade Teachers: Schedule a free field trip to the Minnesota Zoo for your students
Principals and teachers: Register for Mill City Museum scholarships
Principals, special education coaches and case managers: Register new special education paraprofessionals for training
Principals and supervisors: Identify Community Giving coordinators
Principals: Apply for transportation grants
Principals and staff development coordinators: Complete staff development report
Principals and clerks: Send AHERA annual asbestos notices to parents
iPhone and iPad users: follow instructions to upgrade to iOS 7

Employee wellness

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  • SPPS celebrates opening of East Side Learning Hub@ Harding
  • Celebrate National Walk/Bike to School Day on October 9
Department news and announcements
  • Marketing Toolkit updates
  • Special Education family meetings begin in October
  • Students ages 12-18 can read to pay off library fine
  • Tenured K-12 Classroom Teachers: Peer Assistance and Review
  • Translations of technology forms coming in October
  • SPPS Foundation to host Investing in Academic Excellence Breakfast on October 10
  • Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) to hold focus group