Department news

Security and Emergency Management, Office of Communications Relocate
The Office of Communications, Marketing and Development (CMD) has moved to the second floor of 360 Colborne and can now be found next to the Business Office.

The Office of Security and Emergency Management has moved into the first floor space previously occupied by CMD.

The communications, grants and translations staff are now all located in the same area.

Stay up to date with the Multilingual Learning newsletter
The April 12 issue of the Office of Multilingual Learning newsletter is now available.

Supporting Our LGBTQ+ Youth and Children: A Forum for Education and Discussion is April 30
Join Out for Equity for Supporting Our LGBTQ+ Youth and Children: A Forum for Education and Discussion, an LGBTQ+ Family Conference on Saturday, April 30 at Central High School.

Sessions will range from vocabulary to advocacy, from transition to adulthood, and advocating for your child in classrooms. If you have questions contact Mary Hoelscher at or 651-592-9956.

Supporting Our LGBTQ+ Youth and Children: A Forum for Education and Discussion

  • Where: Central High School
  • When: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, April 30
  • Cost: Free (suggested donation of $10 to $20)
  • Meal: Provided to advanced registrants
  • To register: Brown Paper Tickets

Childcare is available for potty-trained, independent children aged 2-8 years old.

Childcare registration must be made in advance to ensure appropriate ratios and care for your child. As soon as possible, email or call 651-592-9956. Children who are not registered for childcare will not be accepted after April 27.

A meal will be provided to those who register in advance, and will include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

This event is hosted by the Saint Paul Public Schools Gender and Sexual Diversity Parent Advisory Committee (GSDPAC). Saint Paul Public Schools, The Bridge for Youth, and Minneapolis Public Schools are co-sponsoring the event.

Final installment of ‘Telling Our Stories’ is TODAY at the MRC
The Multicultural Resource Center is hosting the last of its four-part series “Telling Our Stories” from 5-8 p.m., Monday, April 18, at the MRC.

The final session will highlight SPPS classes that have contributed to “Telling Our Stories” this year. Individual stories will also be recorded as part of a project to bring multiple voices to the MRC’s collection.

Light refreshments and staff clock hours will be provided.

Sign up on PDExpress under MRC: Storytelling. If you have questions, contact the MRC at 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

Equity in the Classroom series continues 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 continues 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

Get your team together and join the Wellness Cup Team Challenge
Ready for a friendly competition? Join the Wellness Cup Team Challenge. This point-based challenge will focus on a different area of wellness each week: Physical Activity, Nutrition, Health and Social/Emotional.

Get together your team of 3-10 staff members and select a team captain. The captain will collect and submit your team’s points each week. The Challenge starts Monday, April 25.

Have you taken your Health Assessment?
Take the first steps to earning the 2017 Health Care Savings, by completing your online Health Assessment. Staff on the district-provided health insurance plan may earn health care savings in 2017 by completing two simple steps:

Step 1: Take the online Health Assessment
Step 2: Complete a Wellness Program

Note: If your spouse is covered on your health insurance plan, they will also need to complete both of these steps for you to earn the savings.

Calling all runners and walkers: Join the SPPS Twin Cities Marathon team
SPPS will once again have a team for the Twin Cities Marathon, 5K and 10K races. If you join the SPPS team you will receive the lowest 1st tier price for the race, have access to the heated corporate team tent on race day as well as get free snacks and T-shirts. Participating in a race will qualify as a well-being activity for your wellness initiative.