Department news

Student active directory passwords 2014-15
Grades K-5: Technology Services will not be doing a wholesale password reset. Students will have the same password they had last year. A list of student user IDs and passwords will be given to the clerk at each school.

Grades 6-12: Technology Services will not be doing a wholesale password reset. Students will have the same password they had last year. Teachers can reset passwords for students who forgot them using the Teacher Activities Site. Directions are available on the login screen.

New students: Technology Services will generate a password for each new student. Teachers can look up usernames and passwords for students using the Teacher Activities site. Directions are available on the login screen.

Passwords will be given to Clerks. Clerks will be reminded to safeguard temporary password information. Schools will be responsible for giving temporary passwords to students.

Staff: Field trip changes for 2014-15
Due to changes in grant funding the following field trips are no longer funded:

  • Kindergarten field trip to Gibbs Farm
  • 2nd grade field trip to the Children's Museum
  • 4th grade field trip to The Works Museum

Teachers are still welcome to go on these trips if other funds are available.

Staff can participate in pre-retirement planning seminars
Learn about benefits and other resources available to you after retirement in several fall seminars in September.

Session 1: Retire with Confidence
Monday, September 8, 2014 from 4-6 p.m.
360 Colborne, Rooms A & B
Presenter: Daniel Rickett, President of Capital Street Financial Services

Session 2: District Benefits
Friday, September 12, 2014 from 4-6 p.m.
360 Colborne, Rooms A & B
Presenters: Megan Jones Arko, Saint Paul Public Schools, Benefits Technician.
Details: This seminar will provide information on the district’s personnel policies and retiree insurance benefits. It also includes details on the district’s severance program.

Session 3:  Social Security and Medicare
Monday, September 15, from 4-5 p.m.
360 Colborne, Rooms A & B
Presenters: Jim Czechowicz, Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration, will present important information on Social Security and Medicare.

Session 4:  PERA (Public Employees Retirement Association)
Tuesday, September 16, from 4-6 p.m.
360 Colborne, Rooms D,E, & F
Details: This seminar will cover details about PERA and the public pension plan for all employees who are not licensed through the Minnesota Department of Education.

Session 5: SPTRFA (Saint Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association)
Monday, September 29, from 4-6 p.m.
360 Colborne, Rooms A & B
Details: This seminar will cover details about SPTRFA, the public pension plan for all employees who are licensed through the Minnesota Department of Education.

How to RSVP
The seminars are open to all employees and their spouses; however, space is limited. If you would like to attend the seminars, reservations will be taken on a first-come basis until September 29. Reserve your attendance to one or all of the seminars by emailing megan.jonesarko@spps.org The following information:

  • Name
  • Whether a spouse will be attending
  • Employee ID
  • Job title
  • Dates of attendance.

Phone reservations will not be accepted.You will receive a confirmation email of your reservation.

If you are planning to retire soon, follow these steps:

  • Call or visit your retirement fund association.
  • Saint Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association (SPTRFA): 651-642-2550
  • Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA): 651-296-7460
  • Check your bargaining agreement contract to determine if you qualify for post-retirement insurance benefits: http://hr.spps.org/Labor_Agreements
  • Submit your resignation form with Saint Paul Public Schools: http://hr.spps.org/Resignation_Form.html

Washington Tech earns 'Highly Certified AVID School' recognition
Washington Technology Magnet School will be a Highly Certified AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) school for the 2014-15 school year. This certification is based on the building’s results of the 2013-14 AVID Certification Self Study.

The study evaluates 11 AVID essentials, including AVID participation by teachers and staff and the extent to which AVID students take rigorous courses that make them college-ready. AVID Highly Certified Sites score in the category of “routine use” or “institutionalization” in at least six of the 11 essentials and have been an AVID Certified Site for at least two consecutive years.

More than 140 special education teachers receive AVID training
SPPS special education teachers of grades 7-12 recently participated in a day-long AVID workshop about critical reading, focused note taking, time management, organization and team building strategies. Starting fall 2014, special education teachers will incorporate the strategies into their study skills classes three times a week.

#Back2SchoolSPPS Twitter Chat

Superintendent Valeria Silva and leaders from the Office of Personalized Learning and the Office of Equity will host a #Back2SchoolSPPS Twitter Chat from 6 - 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2.

The chat will give students, families, staff and the community an opportunity to ask questions about the 2014-15 school year. Log on to Twitter and participate in the chat by using the hashtag #sppschat. Watch the chat live and participate at twitter.com/SPPS_News.