Department news

Elementary progress report pick up is March 16
Elementary Progress Reports will be available for pick up from 3-4:30 p.m. Monday, March 16 at 345 Plato in Training Room 1. Copies of the Elementary Progress Report Parent Guides will also be available in English and translated versions. If you have questions, contact Kristy Whalen at

Office of Specialized Services principals newsletter now available
The February edition of the Specialized Services principals newsletter is now available.

Students invited to participate in Earth Day art contest
In celebration of Earth Day, SPPS is partnering with Walters Recycling & Refuse on a student drawing contest with the theme “Every Day is Earth Day.” Students may submit artwork showing how they can take actions every day to be environmentally responsible. The winning drawings will be selected by Walter Recycling & Refuse to be featured as artwork on the side of their waste and recycling collection trucks. The students with the winning drawings will also be given a savings bond, and additional prizes are being lined up for honorable mentions. All students in grades K-12 are invited to submit one drawing between March 2 and March 31. For more information, view the attached flyer or contact Rachel King at 651-744-2704 or

130 SPPS students discuss roles of Black Women in 1930s Hollywood and more at Penumbra Theatre
One hundred thirty students from Creative Arts, Gordon Parks and LEAP saw “By The Way, Meet Vera Stark” by Lynn Nottage on Feb. 18 at the Penumbra Theatre. The play explored roles available to black women in 1930s Hollywood, and media representations of black women today. In two additional workshops, developed to support the themes of the play, students examined their own responses to media stereotypes using writing and theater techniques. The workshops were led by SPPS alumni Anika Bowie and Keno Evol and Teaching Artist Jen Wang. The project was organized by the Multicultural Resource Center and funded by an Education Minnesota Foundation grant. For more information, contact Sherry Kempf, MRC Coordinator, at

Student Placement Center changing building hours
Beginning March 1, public access hours changed for the Student Placement Center. The hours are now 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.