Department news

Language Line interpretation services now available for schools
Language Line is an opportunity for schools and programs to provide phone interpretation services to families.

This service, provided through the state of Minnesota, allows schools to access interpreters over the phone in more than 200 languages. The cost is $1.25 per minute. For example, a 20-minute call would cost $25, regardless of the language. Visit the Language Line website to learn more about the service and a list of the languages available.

If you have not set up an account, send the following information to

  • Name of your school/program
  • School address and phone number
  • Administrator contact information (phone and email)
  • Accountant contact information (phone and email) for billing purposes

Once the information is received and the State of Minnesota authorizes the school to open an account, the school will receive an email with the assigned customer number, along with a username, password and instructions to use the phone interpreting system.

Gateway to College is off to a great start
Gateway to College ALC launched earlier this month with a cohort of 26 students. Gateway to College, a national program new at SPPS, is designed to give students a second chance for earning a high school diploma while obtaining college credits if they are behind on high school credits, not on track for graduation, or have dropped. For more information, call the Gateway to College office at 651-403-4222.

Stay up to date with the Multilingual Learning newsletter
The Nov. 10 issue of the Office of Multilingual Learning newsletter is now available.

Special Education Winter Party is Friday, Dec. 12
Special Education is hosting its annual Winter Party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at Bridge View School. There will be crafts, cookie decorating, games and dancing for families to enjoy. Winter-inspired appetizers and refreshments will be provided. Get more information.

Office of Operations to accommodate nursing mothers
The SPPS Office of Operations would like nursing moms to know that if they need help finding an appropriate place to nurse, they should speak with their site administrators or the Facilities Department One-Stop at 651-744-8100. Operations wants to work with you to find a suitable space in your building.

REA introduces new tool to help teachers create assignments for students
The Office of Research, Evaluation and Assessment (REA) has introduced Minnesota’s Perspective, a tool that gives teachers instructional options to fit each student. Perspective uses student responses to provide feedback and learning resources that target the student's specific areas for remediation and enrichment. The system has individually targeted instructional resources based on each student’s test results -- and also enables teachers to create assignments for individual students and learning groups. Perspective also is available for students and their guardians.

  • Perspective  - Quick Start Guide for Educators
  • Perspective - Guide for Families

The links above contain easy-to-follow instructions with screenshots. You also can find them on the REA website.

Year 1 teachers who missed iPad rollout events may now pick up their iPads
Teachers who missed the iPad rollout events may now pick up their iPads. The service desk at Technology Services will facilitate iPad distribution. You can submit a service ticket at The service desk will verify eligibility and set up an hour-long appointment in room 1101 at 1930 Como Ave. The appointment is needed to help with iPad setup. A limited number of appointments are available 7 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays.

Technology Services will retire website
Technology Services on Nov. 30 will retire their old website If you have bookmarked pages on your website, please update your web pages if they have hyperlinked to before Nov. 30. The Technology Services website is now available at If you have questions or need further assistance, contact the service desk at

Host a flu shot clinic at your school's event
Homeland Health Specialists and the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency provide flu shot clinics in schools for families and the surrounding community. Interested schools are invited to schedule flu shot clinics.

If you have a family night or other event scheduled and expect at least 200 attendees, consider hosting a flu shot clinic. For more information, contact Brenda Johnson at 763-746-8060, Jeanne R. Portoghese at 612-617-4512 or, or visit Kohl's and Children's Hospitals and Clinics sponsor the flu shot clinics in schools.