Department news

Personalized Learning PD is back and better than ever
Back in your classroom and looking for more ways to incorporate iPads into your lessons? Take advantage of Thursday iPad Cafes and core apps classes offered year-round from Personalized Learning. Learn from other teachers how they are using the devices, or take classes from the Apple experts on apps like iMovie, GarageBand, iBooks Author, Pages and more!

Extended Day Learning begins Oct. 12
All principals should have received their site’s Extended Day Learning (EDL) registration information. Principals and other administrators may direct questions regarding EDL to Fatima Lawson at 651-744-1366 or fatima.lawson@spps.org. Please view the AltEd website for additional information, including EDL curriculum, dates and times.

A few reminders:

  • EDL positions are posted on the Human Resources website. Candidates are welcome to apply.
  • EDL site leader meeting/orientation is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 14, (elementary) and Thursday, Sept. 17 (secondary).

For additional support and questions, contact the following Department of Alternative Education staff:

Use the School Marketing Toolkit to promote your school
The School Marketing Toolkit is open to all SPPS staff to promote your school's academics, events and programs. Student photos and customizable flyers, newsletters, postcards and more are available.

Just choose a template, customize it, add your school logo and you're done. The School Marketing Toolkit is updated regularly throughout the school year.

If you have questions, contact pepe.barton@spps.org.

SPPS considering selling vacant property along West Seventh Street
A vacant, former school site owned by Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) might be up for sale as part of a 10-year strategic Facilities Master Plan underway at the district.

The 5.4-acre property is at 900 Albion Ave. and borders Lexington Parkway South and Seventh Street West in St. Paul’s Highland Park area. It has been over 40 years since the triangle-shaped site, known as the Riverside Learning Center, has been used for K-12 educational purposes.

The 91-year-old building is the only unoccupied property owned by the school district. The district has kept up regular maintenance of the building; however, it's in need of significant renovations, Parent said. Also, the small size of the building and grounds are challenging to find an efficient educational use for it.

PLC building contacts: quarterly meeting dates announced
Each building has a Professional Learning Community (PLC) contact person who will attend quarterly meetings. The PLC building contact will:

  • Be the main point of contact for questions and disseminate information to the school-based leadership team
  • Update school staff on PLC expectations and best practices
  • Collaborate with other Building PLC contacts and district leadership throughout the year at PLC building contact quarterly meetings

PLC building contact quarterly meeting dates are:

  • Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7:30-9 a.m or 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7:30-9 a.m or 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 7 at 7:30-9 a.m or 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 3 at 7:30-9 a.m or 3-4:30 p.m.

PLC building contacts should register on PDExpress for TDE: PLC Building Contact Quarterly Meetings (TDE302 - SY15-16).

Time is running out: Follow 2 easy steps for health care savings in 2016
If you have HealthPartners insurance through the district, make sure to complete your health assessment and health-related activity by Friday, Oct. 23 to qualify for health care savings in 2016.

  • Step 1: Health Assessment- staff (and their covered spouse) must complete the online health assessment.
  • Step 2: Wellness Program- a wellness program must be completed by both the employee and their covered spouse.

By completing these two steps you can save on your 2016 health care. Not sure if you completed all the steps? Check your Wellness Initiative status by visiting healthpartners.com/wellbeing or by contacting Health Partners Customer Service at 952-883-7800.

What did you do to Live Well this summer?
Each day you can make small decisions to live a healthier life. But these small decisions start to add up over time and can include things like:

  • Choosing to take the stairs over the elevator
  • Parking farther away
  • Drinking water instead of a high-calorie drink
  • Joining a gym

At SPPS, we know our staff makes the decision to Live Well every day. We want to hear what you did to Live Well this summer! Submit your testimonial and you’ll be entered in a drawing for prizes, including a FitBit, Co-op Market gift cards and a gift card to an athletic store.

  • Submit a testimonial and photo (if  of what you did to Live Well this summer: district.wellness@spps.org
  • If you have one available, include a photo of you Living Well.

If you have questions, contact Brian Neppl at 651-767-8154 or district.wellness@spps.org.