Department news

Nutrition Services using grants to help expand the variety of culturally relevant recipes served in schools
Nutrition Services has received a pair of grants to improve food quality, cut costs, purchase more local produce and expand the variety of culturally relevant recipes offered at schools.

SPPS will use a $50,000 grant awarded by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and a $4,350 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield to purchase a Sous-vide machine for the district’s Nutrition Center.

The grant funding will enable SPPS to:

  • Decrease food shrinkage of protein items from 30-45 percent to less than 4 percent;
  • Improve food safety and extend shelf life of refrigerated products; and
  • Develop new recipes for wholesome foods free of preservatives, additives, artificial colors, added sodium, added fat and other common manufacturing ingredients.

On average, Nutrition Services serves 22,500 breakfasts and 29,000 lunches each day. The Nutrition Center is the production kitchen for all of the district's school sites.

SPPS teacher Barry Frantum is featured storyteller at MRC’s ‘Telling Our Stories’ series
The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) is hosting the second of its four-part series, “Telling Our Stories”, from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 3. The featured storyteller is Barry Frantum, an SPPS Lakota language teacher. Throughout the evening, students, families and community members will be invited to share their stories and experiences. The MRC will be recording individual stories as part of a project to bring multiple voices to the resource collection. Light refreshments will be provided.

If you have questions, contact the MRC at or 651-744-2635.

Thinking College Early Fair takes place Saturday, Feb. 27
Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) students and their families are invited to the 12th annual Thinking College Early Fair on Saturday, Feb. 27. The Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harding Senior High School, 1540 E. Sixth St.

The fair will feature breakout sessions providing information on admissions, financial aid and more. Representatives from local colleges will be present to answer questions. There will also be free childcare (ages 3+).

Stay up to date with the Multilingual Learning newsletter
The Feb. 17 issue of the Office of Multilingual Learning newsletter is now available.

Equity in the Classroom series begins in March at the Multicultural Resource Center
Are you looking for ways to integrate equity tools into your work with students? Join us for Compass 4 Kids, a three-part series that will engage, deepen and sustain conversations and learning around using the Compass with yourself, your students and your colleagues. School teams are encouraged to engage in this learning, but individuals are also welcome.

The Monday series will meet on March 7, March 14 and March 21. The Tuesday series will meet on April 12, April 19 and April 26.

All sessions will meet from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), located at Washington Technology Magnet School. Register on PDExpress under MRC. In-service credit available upon completion.

If you have questions about the series, contact Sherry Kempf at 651-744-2635 or

Complete your Health Assessment to be entered into a free drawing
To earn the 2017 healthcare savings, employees and their covered spouses must complete the Health Assessment and a Wellness Program.

Staff who complete their Health Assessment in February or March will be entered into prize drawings for three-month gym memberships (up to $50/month) and Fitbit Activity Trackers.

Staff Yoga moves to two new sites for March classes
Staff yoga will be held at Highland Park Senior High School and John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary. If you attend all three classes in one of these series, it will count as a Wellness Program for 2017 Health Care Savings.

To register please use the following links:

March series at Highland Park Senior

  • Class 1: Wednesday, March 2, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Class 2: Wednesday, March 9, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Class 3: Wednesday, March 16, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

March series at John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary

  • Class 1: Monday, March 7, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Class 2: Monday, March 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Class 3: Monday, March 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m.