Department news

Students, families invited to Thinking College Early Fair on Feb. 28
Many SPPS students and families are invited to the 11th annual Thinking College Early Fair on Saturday, Feb. 28, at Harding Senior High School, 1540 E. Sixth St.

The event is a family affair for parents and students in grades 5-12. Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will be a special guest. There will be free door prizes and child care for children ages 3 and up.

Read the 'It's Never Too Late to Graduate' newsletter
This month’s “It’s Never Too Late to Graduate” volume 1 newsletter is available for February 2015.

Student Placement Center changing building hours
Beginning March 1, public access hours will change for the Student Placement Center. The hours will be as follows:

  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays
  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays
  • 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays (new hours)
  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays
  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays

The Placement Center will return to 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays the first week of school and the week before to support the enrollment rush. Please call 651-632-3700 with questions.

Transportation debuts new app, web pages to track bus status
MySPPS Bus, the new status-tracking app for SPPS buses, is now available on all school websites. The MySPPS Bus app is available through Google Play and the Apple App Store. This service will help the Transportation Department communicate bus delay information directly to school staff, families and students.

Informational fliers are available here:

School bus information is available on every school's website. Go to your school's website and enter /bus at the end of the website address. (For example: benmays.spps.org/bus.)

Your dedicated /bus webpage will automatically load the bus routes serving your school. Green indicates the routes are on time; yellow indicates a delay of more than 10 minutes; and red means the bus service has been canceled. The dedicated bus pages on school websites will automatically refresh with the latest updates every three minutes. A list of all school bus routes can be found at spps.org/bus.

Please note: This new app does not replace direct communications to families when a bus is significantly delayed. Though we anticipate MySPPS Bus will reduce phone calls from families, you should continue using Connect 5 to inform them about school bus delays. For more information, contact communications@spps.org.

Information about the Feb. 27 secondary Professional Development Day
Secondary schools have a full day of professional development scheduled for Friday, Feb. 27. District-led professional development will occur from 7:30-9:30 a.m. for most areas and the remainder of the day will be site-based professional development.

Look for 2015 History Day Events in February
History Day season is upon us. The theme for History Day 2015 is “Leadership and Legacy.” Students will research their own topics of interest and present their findings in a paper, on a website or in a performance or documentary. Saint Paul Public Schools partners with the Department of Diversity Outreach at the Minnesota History Center to provide kickoff events, in-class mentors and Hullabaloos at local libraries.