From the Superintendent: You—SPPS—Are a Wonderful Team

I made another whirlwind tour of the district this past week, visiting at least 30 schools, and I can tell you that we had a wonderful start to the school year! Thank you to everyone who helped make that possible. It was definitely a team effort.

Video: SPPS families welcomed back for the first day of school

Superintendent Valeria Silva, Mayor Chris Coleman, along with a number of community and school district leaders, took to the streets to welcome students and families to the new school year. 

  • How will the school district improve support for middle schools?
  • How will middle school teachers be supported?
Action Items
  • Principals: Designate a contact for in-building professional development by Sept. 16
  • Instructional staff: Complete Personalized Learning Essentials Moodle Course
  • Teachers: Attend in-person trainings on iPad apps (optional but highly recommended)
  • Staff: Walk-in grants clinic is Thursday, Sept. 25
  • First-year teachers: Register for free supplies
  • Teachers: Apply for fall grants now
Department News
  • Student active directory passwords 2014-15
  • Now hiring licensed teachers for new homebound program
  • Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) information coming soon
  • SPPS is a member of Science House: A resource center for educators
  • K-3 teachers: Early literacy PD modules are beginning soon
  • iPads and MacBooks for teachers at Year 1 schools
Employee Wellness
  • Deadline to qualify for health care savings in 2015 is September 30!
  • SPPS Health and Benefits Fair is October 23
  • Jim Rue receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Minnesota Association of Environmental Educators
  • We acted and we made a difference
  • JJ Hill Discovery Club group leader recognized
  • Thousands of SPPS students participated in S-Term 2014