Department news

Student Placement Center continues to process new applications
The Student Placement Center is working to process new applications received for fall 2016 enrollment. Notifications are being mailed home to students, and they are asked to contact schools to complete the application process. Student Placement will contact all school sites serving grades 9-12 for summer registration dates which will be shared with accepted students.

The Student Placement Center continue to use projected enrollment, class size capacity and each school’s past two years’ retention rates in planning for additional acceptances. Names of newly accepted students will be found on your enrollment website.

If you have questions, contact the Student Placement Center at 651-632-3760.

Student loan help available for qualifying teachers
Teachers working in designated teacher shortage areas in Minnesota may qualify for help with student loan payments. The Minnesota Teacher Shortage Student Loan Repayment Program is intended to encourage teachers to teach in Minnesota in designated shortage areas by providing assistance with their student loan repayments.

The program was created in 2015 with a $200,000 appropriation. The 2016 supplemental budget bill provides a one-time $2 million increase for this program for FY 2017 with the annual funding level returning to $200,000 effective FY 2018.

Sign up for Youth Mental Health First Aid classes on June 14 and June 16
Two Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) courses are available for professional development on June 14 and June 16. The YMHFA class is for adults who regularly interact with young people. The eight-hour course will teach you how to help adolescents (age 12-18) struggling with mental health or addiction.

Saint Paul Public Schools received a federal grant from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services to train staff in Youth Mental Health First Aid. This grant enables SPPS to provide hourly payments to staff who attend the training on non-duty days.

Courses listed on PdExpress with space available are OA300-OASpring15-16 and OA300-OASpring15-16A.

The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a five-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

Topics include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Substance use
  • Disorders in which psychosis may occur
  • Disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD)
  • Eating disorders

Questions about the course or registration may be directed to Kathy Lombardi, Mental Health Coordinator, at or 651-744-1958.

Consider joining a gym this summer through the Frequent Fitness program
If you are looking to join a gym this summer to stay active, make sure to look into the HealthPartners Frequent Fitness program. If you join a participating gym and attend at least 12 times per month, you will receive up to $20 back per month.

Summer Wellness Programs underway
If you are looking to add some fun activity and complete your Wellness Program this summer, consider one of the two summer programs: Gear Up and Go or the Summer Scramble.