Department news

Third installment of ‘Telling Our Stories’ is March 28 at the MRC
The Multicultural Resource Center is hosting the third of its four-part series “Telling Our Stories” from 5-8 p.m., Monday, March 28, at the MRC. The featured storyteller, Win World, will read from his new book, Elephant Huggy, and answer questions from 6-7 pm.

Published by the Saint Paul Public Library, Elephant Huggy is one of the first children's books written in both Karen and English. Throughout the evening students, families and community members will be invited to share their stories and experiences.

The individual stories will be recorded as part of a project to bring multiple voices to the MRC’s collection. Light refreshments will be provided. Clock hours provided.

Sign up on PDExpress under MRC: Storytelling. If you have questions, contact the MRC at or 651-744-2635.

Stay up to date with the Multilingual Learning newsletter
The March 15 issue of the Office of Multilingual Learning newsletter is now available.

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 Jan Spencer de Gutiérrez at

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.

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

Equity in the Classroom series continues 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 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

Last Chance: Enter into a drawing for a free Fitbit by completing your Health Assessment

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 per month) or Fitbit Activity Trackers.

Get started on your Wellness Program by participating in the 10,000 Step Program
If you are interested in adding more activity to your day, get going with the 10,000 Step Challenge. Log your daily steps at least once a week, for at least eight weeks. To get started, register here and request your free pedometer.