Department news

Self Service App Store Update
Personalized Learning thanks you for app addition requests to the Self Service App Store. The 400 apps available for student download have been finalized for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year. To see the complete list of approved apps, visit the Personalized Learning website: SPPS App Store Spreadsheet (

A Bridge announcement in May will inform staff when app addition requests are being accepted for consideration for the 2016-17 school year.

To increase functionality, apps downloaded fewer than 10 times by students or staff this year will be removed on Friday, April 1. iPads with these apps currently downloaded will not be locked through this removal process. To see a list of apps marked for removal, please click here.

If you have questions or concerns regarding apps in Self Service, please visit the Personalized Learning website to complete a feedback form.

Free tickets to Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concert available for fifth grade students
Saint Paul Public Schools fifth-graders are eligible for free tickets and transportation to the 2016-17 Young People’s Concert at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis.

If you have questions, contact

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.

New teacher interview day set for 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 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

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 by the end of March will be entered into prize drawings for three months’ gym membership (up to $50/month) or Fitbit Activity Trackers.