Department news

Karen font now available on all SPPS computers
The district   language font is now available on every SPPS computer.

This means that if a colleague sends you a translated document in Karen, you can now see the language, instead of random symbols and numbers. Previously, the font was available for download at but required a technology staff member to install it.

The Karen font does not work in Google Docs or emails to families and other stakeholders who do not have the font installed. Please continue saving translated Karen documents as a pdf before attaching to an email.

The font will appear in font drop down menus as: KNU.

Note: Office 2008 on Macintosh computers may not automatically display the font in the font drop down menu. Macintosh users may first need to type the font name (KNU) in the drop down or font menu in order to use it in Office 2008. If a Word document you open already includes the font, it should display correctly.

Stay up to date with the Multilingual Learning newsletter
The Feb. 29 issue of the Office of Multilingual Learning newsletter is now available.

New teacher interview days set for March 11 and March 22
Saint Paul Public Schools will be interviewing math, science, elementary, Montessori and bilingual Spanish teacher candidates for the 2016-17 school year on Friday, March 11, and Tuesday, March 22, at 360 Colborne.

Equity in the Classroom series begins TODAY 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

Monthly Health Observance: March is National Nutrition Month
March is National Nutrition Month. We all have opportunities to improve our health through proper nutrition.

If you are looking for more assistance with your nutrition, consider a HealthPartners Health Coach. Get started with your Health Coach by calling 952-883-7800.

SPPS is Chosen for Manilow Music Project! - Win a Piano for Your School! Donate an Instrument for Free Tickets to see Barry Manilow!
In correlation with the Barry Manilow Concert at the Excel Center on April 7, a press release announced the Manilow Music Project is supporting Saint Paul Public Schools Music Program in two very exciting ways.

  1. A piano will be donated to a Saint Paul Public School. A Manilow Music Project Piano Contest will determine the school to receive a new Yamaha Piano. Interested schools should follow these contest rules.
  2. Anyone who donates a gently used musical instrument will receive a free ticket to the Barry Manilow Concert. The Xcel Energy Center Box Office will be the base for the instrument drive in Saint Paul from Friday, April 1 through Thursday, April 7. The instrument drop off location at Xcel Energy Center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. SPPS will be the recipient of these donated instruments so spread the word!

Question may be directed to Robin Lorenzen at