Department news

New sustainability website, projects and more available on SPPS.org
The Environmental Services Group has constructed a new interactive web page to highlight past, current and future sustainability projects across the district. The web page highlights current projects such as waste and recycling or energy initiatives, and serves as a resource for staff and students to discover how SPPS cares for the environment.

How much waste is created at your school?
Ever wonder how much trash your school produces, or how your school’s recycling rate compares to other schools? The new sustainability web page features an interactive data tracking system that allows you to explore your school’s waste, recycling and carbon footprint. Greenhalo is a fun and interactive tool for students and staff to explore, research and report their school’s waste data.

Feature your sustainability project
Does your school have a great sustainability project? Is your school becoming greener and cleaner? If so, let us know and you can be the next Featured Project!

For more information, contact Racquel Maronde at racquel.maronde@spps.org.

Third installment of ‘Telling Our Stories’ is TODAY 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 mrc@spps.org or 651-744-2635.

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 jan.spencer@spps.org.

Self Service App Store Update
Personalized Learning thanks you for your 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 (bit.ly/sppsappstore).

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 continues in April 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 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 mrc@spps.org.

Three sites will be hosting Staff Yoga series this April
Take advantage of free staff yoga classes to reduce stress and develop health and sustainable self-care practices. If you attend all three classes in the series, it will count as a Wellness Program for the 2017 Health Care Savings. To register please use the following links:

April series at 1930 Como

  • Class 1: Thursday, April 14, 4-5 p.m.
  • Class 2: Thursday, April 21, 4-5 p.m.
  • Class 3: Thursday, April 28, 4-5 p.m.

April series at Highland Park Senior

  • Class 1: Tuesday, April 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Class 2: Tuesday, April 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Class 3: Tuesday, April 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

April series at John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary

  • Class 1: Monday, April 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Class 2: Monday, April 18, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Class 3: Monday, April 25, 3:30-4:30 p.m.