Department news

Learn about updates to accessing YouTube, Lotus Notes on iOS 9
The Office of Technology Services thanks you for your patience as they work to improve SPPS information technology infrastructure. There have been updates in the district's bandwidth and using Lotus Notes with iOS 9.

As of Nov. 23, streaming media access have been turned on for all district sites connected to the SPPS network. Sites are now able to access YouTube and other streaming services.

Lotus Notes and iOS 9:
The Office of Technology Services has developed a solution for using Lotus Notes on devices that have been updated to Apple's iOS 9. Please use these instructions to enable Lotus Notes on your iOS 9 updated device. Please keep in mind that this procedure requires an uninstall and reinstall of our Traveler software.

If you need help with this update, please call our Service Desk at 3HELP (34357) if you’re inside the district, and 651-603-HELP (4357) if you’re outside the district. If you have additional questions, contact Idrissa Davis at

Stay up to date with the Multilingual Learning newsletter
The Nov. 23 issue of the Office of Multilingual Learning newsletter is now available.

Equity in the Classroom Series: Unlearning Whiteness with Ryan Williams-Virden
Creating Equity through Culture is a workshop aimed at beginning to equip teachers with the tools to foster culture in themselves and their classrooms. Ryan Williams-Virden is an educator, cultural worker and fellow at the Cultural Wellness Center.

  • 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Multicultural Resource Center at Washington Technology Magnet School.
  • Sign up on PD Express

The workshop is open to everyone. Contact with questions.

Participate in free, staff yoga classes in December, complete your 2016 Wellness Program
Take advantage of free on-site staff yoga classes. This is a great way to reduce stress and develop health and sustainable self-care practices. If you attend all three classes in the series, it will count as your 2016 Wellness Program for the 2017 Health Care Savings. To register please use the following links:

Battle Creek Elementary

  • Class one: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7
  • Class two: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14
  • Class three: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21

Washington Technology Magnet

  • Class one: 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2
  • Class two: 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9
  • Class three: 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16