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Last Bridge publication for the year is June 8
The final Bridge publication for the school year is Monday, June 8. If you have information you would like included as Action Items, Department News or Kudos, please submit them to by Monday, June 1.

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The May 19 issue of the Office of Multilingual Learning newsletter is now available.

MySPPS App debuts this week
The Saint Paul Public Schools App “MySPPS” has arrived. After several months in development, the Office of Communications, Marketing and Development this week will begin promoting to parents, families and the public the new district app for Saint Paul Public Schools.

Later this week schools will receive a one-pager with instructions on how to download the app (which can be shared with parents and families), along with communication points to families about how the app will be one of the most effective ways to keep in touch with their schools and the district during summer break.

This summer, SPPS will update the app with events, school and district news, as well as back to school information (including your school supply lists and more).

From a school perspective, the most important thing schools need to do is keep your school website’s homepage news stream up to date with the latest information.

If you have questions, contact Troy Melhus, digital media manager, at, or 651-744-5670.

SPPS websites transitioning to new content management system
The district will be transitioning from Urban Planet to Blackboard to host and manage its 136 school and district websites.

Earlier this month, the Department of Communications, Marketing and Development began working with 10 pilot schools to begin the training and migration process. Over the next two weeks, Communications will schedule several demos and districtwide introductions to the new software, after which the migration process will formally begin for all schools and continue over the summer. All school homepages and district departments are expected to be transitioned by July 1.

What you need to know: Formal training on the new platform for school website administrators and teachers will begin in August, and continue throughout the 2015-16 school year on a weekly basis.

From an external user perspective, the look and navigation of the websites will have minimal changes. All content on current websites will be migrated over to the new platform; archived content will still be available.

If you have questions, contact Troy Melhus, digital media manager, at, or 651-744-5670.

Multicultural Resource Center honors 40th anniversary of first Hmong family to arrive in Minnesota
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the first Hmong family to arrive in Minnesota, the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) is offering several opportunities to learn more about Hmong culture and history.

Hmong Lub Neeg (Hmong Life)
The Hmong Lub Neeg exhibit will use MRC materials and those shared by community members to highlight Hmong history and culture. The exhibit -- curated by Xia Yang from Qhia Dab Neeg -- will be on display until fall 2015.

Hmong resources for schools
As a result of merging resource collections, the MRC has multiple copies of many Hmong children’s books, resource books and films. The MRC is offering these to other SPPS schools and programs to be used with students. They will be available in the MRC until June 30. Browsing hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or by appointment. Contact the MRC at