Department news

Information about TD&E summative evaluations of teachers
A summative evaluation of teachers is done once every three years for tenured staff. Staff should have been notified by the end of September if their evaluation is occurring this school year or during the 2016-17 school year.

The evaluation is not based on a single classroom and/or job observation, but instead on multiple instructional and professional experiences. The process brings together all components of Teacher Development & Evaluation (TD&E), and measures every domain on the evaluation tool based on evidence over the three-year cycle. Teachers can have an announced observation before their summative evaluation is complete.

More details about summative evaluations is available on the TD&E website. If you have questions about TD&E, contact Amy Steele at You also can submit comments to the TD&E Feedback page.

Community Giving Campaign begins Nov. 16
Each year, SPPS staff may elect to donate money from their paychecks to support causes that mean the most to them -- including their own schools. Some choose to give to the United Way, others give to their place of worship, and others give to organizations that serve Saint Paul students. 

Stay tuned for more information in The Bridge about signing up for the Community Giving Campaign -- a fast and convenient way to support our community.

SPPS App Store under review, new app approval temporarily suspended
More than 400 apps are available in the SPPS App Store. To ensure the best experience for teachers and students, the SPPS App Store is currently under review for the second semester. The addition of new apps has been temporarily suspended while this review is underway. To see the complete list of available apps, please visit the Personalized Learning website.

Stay up to date with the Multilingual Learning newsletter
The Oct. 26 issue of the Office of Multilingual Learning newsletter is now available.

Participate in free wellness opportunities in November
SPPS staff can participate in the following free wellness opportunities in November:

Free On-site Staff Yoga Classes
November series at Battle Creek Elementary

  • Class one: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4
  • Class two: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11
  • Class three: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18

November series at Washington Technology Magnet

  • Class one: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5
  • Class two: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12
  • Class three: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19

Resiliency Work: Cultivating Personal Resilience
November workshop at Hubbs Center

  • Class one: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3
  • Class two: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10
  • Class three: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17

Monthly Health Observance: Avoid tobacco and secondhand smoke
This month’s health observance challenges you to avoid the harmful effects of tobacco. Using tobacco has many negative health impacts, and quitting is tough, but it can be done.

For information on tobacco cessation resources available for SPPS staff, visit

2016 Online Open Enrollment system available through Friday
The annual open enrollment period is available through Friday, Nov. 6. During this time, you can enroll in and/or change your 2016 benefits coverage elections.

To enroll:
At work or home go to and click on Employee Self Service, then:

  • Enter your User ID, which is your six digit employee ID
  • Enter your PeopleSoft password
  • Click on Main Menu > Self Service > Benefits > Benefits Enrollment

For complete enrollment instructions, visit > Employee Benefits > Open Enrollment.

If you would like additional help:

  • Visit the Employee Benefits website for Open Enrollment
  • Call the Benefits Hotline at 651-744-1030 Monday through Friday, through Friday, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Nov. 5-6 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Email Benefits at

New Vision Plan offered through EyeMed for SPPS staff
SPPS will be offering a new Vision Plan through EyeMed for all benefit-eligible employees. EyeMed's vision benefit can save money on eyeglasses, contact lenses, laser vision correction and other vision care purchases, such as sunglasses.

The vision exam will continue to be a part of the HealthPartners medical plan, and will not be covered by EyeMed. To participate in EyeMed’s Vision Plan you must enroll online during health insurance open enrollment, which runs through Nov. 6. Coverage for EyeMed’s Vision Plan begins Jan. 1.