Department News

Student active directory passwords 2014-15
For grades K-5, Technology Services will not be resetting passwords, so 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.

For grades 6-12, Technology Services will not be doing a wholesale password reset, so 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.

For new students, Technology Services will generate a password for each new student. Teachers can look up user names and passwords for students using the Teacher Activities Site. Directions are available on the login screen.

Passwords will be given to clerks, who will be reminded to safeguard temporary password information. The school will be responsible for giving the temporary passwords to students.

Now hiring licensed teachers for new homebound program
This school year, the Office of Specialized Services is offering an alternative to traditional homebound services for students in grades 6-12 who are recommended for suspension for more than five school days. The program will have four licensed teachers on site at Journeys Secondary School from 3:30-6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The teachers will provide academic programming, which includes assistance with homework, academic enrichment activities (math, reading, science and social studies) and project-based activities in a small group setting.

The  program is currently seeking qualified applicants who have a current Minnesota teaching license in the areas of math, reading, social studies or science. Current teachers and retired teachers are encouraged to apply.

Applicants will be required to work a minimum of two days per week and will be paid their current hourly rate of pay. The program is expected to begin in mid- to late-September. If interested in one of the teaching positions, please contact Dan Wolff at dan.wolff@spps.org, 651-226-9625  or Becky Hicks at becky.hicks@spps.org, 651-632-3788.

Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) information coming soon
In order to receive federal funding to support internet access costs, schools are required to annually teach lessons on digital citizenship, online safety/privacy and cyber bullying at all grade levels. SPPS CIPA guidelines are changing this fall for all schools, not only those in the 1:1 device deployment. More information will be provided. For questions please contact Chris.Turnbull@spps.org

SPPS is a member of Science House: A resource center for educators
SPPS will continue to have a district membership to the Science House for the 2014-15 school year. Science House is a lending library of materials at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Educators can check out classroom sets of hands-on materials for their students. All SPPS teachers are entitled to unlimited use of the resources and materials found at Science House. Benefits include:

  • Unlimited check-out of instructional, hands-on, STEM materials. The collection is valued at $500,000. Some of their most popular items are electronic snap kits, a large collection of skulls, anatomical models and dissecting microscopes. Search the online catalog.
  • After-school workshops.
  • Informal consultation with Science Museum Professional Development staff.
  • Use of Science House for small planning meetings.
  • Free parking during Science House open hours.

For directions, information about where to park for free, and how to receive your Science House library card, please go to http://www.smm.org/sciencehouse.

K-3 teachers: Early literacy PD modules are beginning soon
The Observation Survey for Early Literacy course begins on Wednesday, Sept. 10. This is the first of four early literacy modules being offered this year through the Literacy Department at The Office of Teaching and Learning. Please register on PD Express (LIT201) if you would like to be part of this course. Contact Maren Wallenberg at maren.wallenberg@spps.org with questions.

iPads and MacBooks for teachers at Year 1 schools
If you are a qualifying teacher in Year 1 school and missed one of the iPads for Educators events in August, there will be another opportunity to pick up your iPad or MacBook on Sept. 16. More details will be provided soon.

Job opportunities
Applications are now being accepted for after school program site leaders, academic and enrichment teachers, clerks and paraprofessionals to work in the Department of Alternative Education (DAE) Extended Day for Learning Programs (EDL). Find details here.

Extended Day Learning Calendar
The Extended Day Learning Calendar is now available.